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Incredible Spots to Escape the Grid

  1. Where Cell Phones Won't Work
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    Where Cell Phones Won't Work

    Bloomberg Businessweek’s Travel Issue focuses on secret thrills of business travel: from the exalted lifestyles of preferred customers to the high-stakes dealmaking that takes place 30,000 miles over the Pacific. But after weeks of conventions, meetings, and networking, even the most enthusiastic business traveler will crave the opportunity to escape and recharge. The following places don't just offer comfortable accommodations, they are also so off the grid that your boss would have to track you down on foot for that report.
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  2. Uttarakhand, India (0 BARS)
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    Uttarakhand, India (0 BARS)

    In northern India’s Uttarakhand, just outside the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve, is Shakti 360˚ Leti, a four-cabin camp named for its panoramic views of the Himalayas. From New Delhi, it’s nearly 12 hours by train, car, and foot to the lodge, which sits 8,000 feet above sea level. The glass-and-stone lodge has a well-curated library and solar-powered electricity. What it doesn’t have: television, Internet, or cell phone coverage.

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  3. The Gobi, Mongolia (0 BARS)
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    The Gobi, Mongolia (0 BARS)

    Mongolia is a sprawling desert nation with the world’s lowest population density. In the Gurvansaikhan National Park is the Three Camel Lodge, the region’s first (and only) luxury wilderness camp. Felt-covered nomadic tents, or gers, are rustic but cozy, with hand-carved wooden beds and wood-burning stoves, and the wind- and solar-powered main lodge has a fully stocked bar.

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  4. Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent & the Grenadines (0 BARS)
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    Petit St. Vincent, St. Vincent & the Grenadines (0 BARS)

    It’s a multi-leg ordeal—commercial airliner, puddle jumper, motor yacht—to reach this 113-acre private island, favored by recluses and the occasional celeb for its throwback vibe. Forget Wi-Fi and TV—you won’t even find regular phones (let alone cell phone towers) here. Island communication is via bamboo flagpole: Hike a yellow flag up the pole if you need anything, whether its room service or snorkel gear—or raise the red flag if you’re looking for privacy.

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  5. Hana, Maui, Hawaii (1 BAR)
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    Hana, Maui, Hawaii (1 BAR)

    Once you’re in the remote town of Hana on Maui’s eastern coast, the Hana-Maui Hotel is the only "real" hotel—but that’s not a bad thing. The 69-acre property has no TVs or Internet access, and you’ll be hard-pressed to get a cell phone signal—and that’s exactly the point. Spend days by the pool or nearby Hamoa Beach. Unwind with morning yoga, a traditional Lomi Lomi massage, or a hike to the Seven Sacred Pools.

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  6. Chebeague Island, Me. (2 BARS)
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    Chebeague Island, Me. (2 BARS)

    On Great Chebeague (shuh-Beeg), a tiny isle just 10 miles off the coast from Portland, expect single-lane, sandy roads; rusty island cars with no license plates; rocky coastlines; and wild blueberries. The Greek Revival-style Chebeague Island Inn has 21 locally designed, preppy-chic rooms and a 100-foot-long porch overlooking the great lawn, where guests play badminton and croquet with the ocean in the distance. The inn’s restaurant, helmed by White Barn Inn expat Justin Rowe, is a must for its lobster roll.

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  7. Malibu, Calif. (1 BAR)
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    Malibu, Calif. (1 BAR)

    Fifty miles west of Los Angeles, Malibu may seem like an unlikely escape. But the Ranch at Live Oak is about as cut off as you can get without crossing any oceans. The estate is part boot camp, part luxe hideaway: Expect to rise early for a mandatory 10-mile hike, followed by an afternoon of yoga, body sculpting, and TRX cable-suspension training. Along with caffeine and alcohol, computers, BlackBerries, and all other electronic devices are strictly verboten—though a computer and phone are available for emergency use.

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  8. Boundary Waters, Minn. (0 BARS)
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    Boundary Waters, Minn. (0 BARS)

    The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, which with spans over 1 million acres, is a network of lakes, canoe trails, and bogs. The area is largely uninhabited, except for such wildlife as wolves, moose, and foxes. Accommodations are not luxurious—your best bet is Log Cabin Hideaways, a collection of eight cabins, many of which lack electricity and indoor plumbing and are only accessible by boat or foot. The solitude is worth the sacrifice.

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  9. Pacuare, Costa Rica (0 BARS)
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    Pacuare, Costa Rica (0 BARS)

    Within this jungle-like region, the 19 tree house-style bungalows that constitute the Pacuare Lodge sit high up in the canopy, with the rush of the river below. You can get there by helicopter or four-by-four, but most guests choose an hour-and-a-half, Class III raft trip. It’s safe to assume cell phones won’t work—and there aren’t any landline phones, TVs, or even electricity, for that matter.

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  10. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia (0 BARS)
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    Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia (0 BARS)

    Patagonia is the definition of remote, and the Torres del Paine National Park is the region’s crown jewel. The Hotel Salto Chico, an Explora property, is five hours from the nearest airport and two hours from the nearest village. The 50-room lodge sits directly on Lago Pehoe with the jagged Paine massif in the backdrop. Once there, everything is taken care of, from photo safaris and horseback excursions to three squares a day (with an open bar and a selection of Chilean wines).

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