The Isolationists: You want to roll like Robinson Crusoe...but with a nicer place to sleep.
Banyan Tree Ringha, China.
Those searching for land practically untouched by modern man will find it in China's mountainous Yunnan province, part of Greater Tibet—it's been declared the official Shangri-La by the Chinese government. At Banyan Tree Ringha, guests stay hillside, in traditional Tibetan farmhouses renovated to include fireplaces and private balconies with views of the valley below. The resort offers several day-treks through nearby villages and the countryside. We like the "Nomad Alpine Trek," on which you retrace the journey made by local families as they move their herds through the hills for the summer. For a little alone time, step into the spa for area-inspired treatments like the 150-minute "Himalayan Bliss," which includes a massage using river stones handcarved with Buddhist symbols by monks, and a "Rice Wine Bath."Photo: Courtesy of Banyan Tree