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OUT-THERE DESTINATIONS WITH MODERN AMENITIES

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An off-the-grid vacation sounds sexy and rugged. But a serviceless cell phone, dire food, and a lack of indoor plumbing can wither the resolve of even the most intrepid traveler. Thankfully, there is a compromise. Here are five destinations where you'll feel detached from civilization but still be able to enjoy the comforts of a good massage and wireless Internet. Yaran Noti

1. Lyngen Lodge, Norway (pictured above)
Offering skiing at its best, this resort north of the Arctic Circle features trails that start at peaks and end on beaches. During the September-to-April season, you can soak in a mountaintop hot tub or just kick back in your old-fashioned—but broadband-equipped—wooden lodge.
Djupvik, 47-47-62-78-53; doubles from $250

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2. Faru Faru River Lodge, Tanzania
Game drives and safari walks are more appealing when you know you'll be returning to an infinity pool and satellite television. Beyond the giraffe-gazing, this remote lodge spoils guests with tennis courts and yoga.
Singita Grumeti Reserves, 27-21-683-3424; $950 per person per night

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3. Sipadan Kapalai Dive Resort, Malaysia
A beach getaway usually means fighting the sunburned masses for towel space—but that's when you're staying near the water, not over it. Hovering on stilts above the Celebes Sea, this divers' wet dream consists of 40 private chalets with secluded sundecks and Wi-Fi. Not that you'll want to Web-surf, but just in case ...
Off Kapalai Island, 60-89-765200; two nights minimum starting at $420 per person

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4. Wildflower Hall, India
Tucked deep in the Himalayas at a nosebleed altitude of more than 8,000 feet, this spot offers high adventure indeed. Guests can ride horseback, white-water raft, and mountain-bike, all with breathtaking views of the rapids of the Sutlej River in the valley below—and unwind at night with spa treatments, an outdoor Jacuzzi, and, of course, access to Scrabulous.
Near Shimla, 800-562-3764; doubles from $480

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5. Sacha Lodge, Equador
After the two-hour boat ride from Puerto Francisco de Orellana to the heart of the Amazon, the modern-day Darwin can explore this 5,000-acre sanctuary that's teeming with shrieking monkeys and white hawks—by canoe or from a lofty perch along the treetop boardwalk—and then post his sightings to his Flickr account.
Puerto Francisco de Orellana, 800-706-2215; three nights minimum starting at $1,035 per person

Photographs courtesy of Lyngen Lodge, Faru Faru, Sacha Lodge, Wildflower Hall, and PSRT

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