Secluded Stays
RETREAT Magazine|Issue 19
From mountain refuges to nature reserves, island hideaways to tropical rainforests, these sublime secluded places offer the perfect escape from the modern world.

Mexcaltitán

RIVIERA NAYARIT, MEXICO

A short boat ride from Riviera Nayarit´s coast brings travellers to the small island of Mexcaltitán, nicknamed the “Mexican Venice”, thanks to the many canals that crisscross through it. Mexcaltitán is a place shrouded in mystical and magical history that is well worth a visit.

The northern area of Riviera Nayarit located alongside Mexico’s Pacific coast immerses visitors in the history of ancient Mexico. A day trip to Mexcaltitán will whisk visitors away to a world of mystery and unique cultural experiences. The island is deep-rooted in ancient Aztec history and many historians believe that this island is the birthplace of modern-day Mexico.

Visitors will find no cars. A canoe ride around the charming island takes about 30 minutes and provides numerous photo opportunities as well as many surprises including a close-up view of the island’s only soccer pitch—in the middle of a lake. Travellers will be enchanted by thousands of colourful Mexican houses and local restaurants offering fresh shrimp ceviche or tlaxtihuil (a traditional corn-based shrimp chowder) with the ingredients caught right outside their very doors.

Samana

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Samaná is one of the Dominican Republic’s best-kept secrets. Tucked away on the north-eastern tip of the Dominican Republic, stretching out into the Atlantic, the Samaná Peninsula enjoys splendid isolation from the rest of the country and many Dominicans say this is the most appealing part of their country. With traditional charm, a laid-back vibe and long, uncrowded, white-sand beaches, Samaná Peninsula is a hidden gem with most of its land still wild and undeveloped.

The Samaná province is full of incredible scenery: craggy limestone cliffs with panoramic views and rolling hills blanketed in coconut trees, tropical forests, colourful villages dotted along the rough roads, vibrant local markets scattered around the port town and a handful of sea view restaurants.

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