The World's Most Exotic Wine Cellars
Traveling to distant destinations doesn’t mean missing out on a well-stocked cellar. These dramatic locations have wines to match. Click through to take our tour through some of the world’s most remote, yet totally awesome, wine cellars.
Sabi Sand Reserve, South Africa
Fine wines are harder to spot than lions and leopards deep in the South African bush, but safari-goers who stay at the luxurious Singita Boulders Lodge are in luck. Situated on a private, 45,000-acre wildlife reserve, the resort boasts approximately 20,000 premium bottles in its collection, with many rare wines sourced at auction. Guests can even sip away in their own heated pools while watching elephants, antelopes and hippos.
Huvafen fushi translates to “dream island” in the local language, Dhivehi, and it’s easy to see why. In addition to heavenly private-island seclusion and an aquarium-style underwater spa, the resort’s Vinum restaurant is a wine lover’s paradise. It offers some 6,000 bottles, displayed around a circular dining table in a wine cellar that’s approximately 26 feet below sea level. There, guests indulge in opulent, three-course meals with wines that nod to the world’s top regions, with particular depth in Australia.
Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, Australia
Perched atop rugged cliffs on Kangaroo Island—often called Australia’s Galapagos—this modern hotel is nestled amidst spectacular natural attractions. With one-third of the island a designated park or conservation area, guests often encounter more koalas, ospreys and sea lions than human beings. But such remote environs do not mean a lack of fine libations. The hotel is stocked exclusively with Champagne and South Australian wines. Room rates include a selection of more than 40 whites and 80 reds, and guests can select rarities from an impressive reserve list, often at below-market prices.
Stan Creek District, Belize
Acquired by winemaker and film director Francis Ford Coppola and his wife, Eleanor, in 2001, Turtle Inn is a chic, 25-room seaside refuge that attracts fellow Hollywood celebs. In addition to privacy, the resort boasts a 1,200-bottle wine room designed by French architect Laurent Deroo. Picks include selections from Coppola’s own California wine properties alongside labels from Chile, Argentina, Italy, France and the U.S.
- 1Singita Boulders Lodge
- 2Per Aquum Huvafen Fushi Resort
- 3Southern Ocean Lodge
- 4Turtle Inn, a Family Coppola Resort