Great Mercury Island
Through New Zealand’s Seasonz Travel bespoke outfitters, you can rent a cloistered retreat on the privately owned 5,000-acre Great Mercury Island—25 minutes by helicopter from Auckland. Two clean-lined, Scandinavian-inspired residences are set into the hillside and have panoramic views of the Pacific. You won’t feel isolated though: massage therapists, personal cooks, and expert guides are at your beck and call, and endless activities await—hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, motorcycling, and scuba diving off miles of pristine white beaches, just to name a few. If you want to get doubly remote, ask the staff to prepare a basket of picnic goodies and arrange for you to be transported by boat or helicopter to the secluded beach at Peach Grove, where you can play Robinson Crusoe.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.