If you want to get outside this summer and see more than beaches, might we suggest you take a trip into the mountains? You won't be roughing it when you stay at one of these jaw-dropping luxury mountain retreats: You’ll get the goodness of the mountain views without any dirt under your pristinely painted nails. Wake up in the clouds, relax alongside the songs of nature, take in the dreamiest views... and then head back to a plush bed and astounding service indoors.
1. The Little Nell
Tucked away in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is The Little Nell. With luxury suites and amenities like complimentary mini bar snacks and beverages, and even over-the-top services for pets, there’s no comfort beyond your reach at The Little Nell. The dining is as fine as it comes, with wine options for the pairing. And the outdoors adventure opportunities are plentiful, ranging from winter skiing to summer hiking and everything in between.
2. Explora Patagonia Chile
Finding Luxury in the remote and wild Patagonia region of Chile is easy when you stay at Explora Patagonia Chile. The suites are minimalistic but plush with views of the southernmost Andes Mountains. From a morning horseback ride to an afternoon at the spa followed by fresh and fine dining options, this is the best basecamp you’ll find in this gorgeous land.
3. Wildflower Hall
If a dreamy retreat in the Himalayan Mountains is what you’re after, look no further than Wildflower Hall, near Shimla, India. The view is utterly breathtaking, and whether you’re relaxing in the open-air hot tub, the spa, or in shavasana pose, you’ll be enveloped in the scenery. Pan-Indian, Asian, and Continental meal options will keep you simultaneously full and impressed. The spacious suites and their refreshing mountain views will become a temporary home while away — one you’ll never want to leave.
4. Altapura Val Thorens
If the idea of staying in a modern luxury ski resort appeals to you, you’re going to want to jet over to the French Alps to check in to the Altapura Hotel in Val Thorens. The design and décor in this place is innovative and yet comfortable... and the views are just heavenly.
5. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel
The Majestic Yosemite Hotel is the only AAA Four-Diamond hotel in Yosemite, so if you want the finest lodging options while taking in these surreal Californian views, this is where you’re going to want to stay. Book a featured room and wake up with a cup of coffee on a balcony overlooking one of Yosemite’s most dramatic cliffs or waterfalls. Whether you’re in Yosemite to get seriously sporty or just look at the landscape, this is the elite place you’ll want to return to each day.
6. Nira Alpina
Fancy a fancy trip to the Swiss Alps? Make a reservation at Nira Alpina for sleek rustic yet modern design and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. The in-house culinary experience will blow you away and the spa will rejuvenate you thoroughly. Regardless of the season, you’ll find plenty to do within and beyond the resort.
7. Kasbah Tamadot
For a different kind of mountain experience — one with a vastly different appeal than the ones above — go to the Kasbah Tamadot, which sits in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Imagine Moroccan cuisine paired with a warm starry night... or falling asleep wrapped up in luxe bedding after a spa treatment that draws from local traditions and natural sources. It’s a special kind of mountain experience — one you won’t find anywhere else.
8. The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
You’ve no doubt seen glorious photos of Banff, so how about you make plans to wake up there? The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel will make sure you’re fully pampered while nestled into the iconic and truly awesome scenery. They’ve thought of everything you might desire, from activities and relaxation options to dining and room services.
9. Matakauri Lodge
New Zealand’s South Island’s mountains are called "The Remarkables" with good reason. And if you want to take in the unforgettable view, do it at the super swank Matakauri Lodge, which overlooks Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown. The Deluxe Suite will make your heart skip a beat with its lake views and amenities like a private dining room and on-site library will make your trip one for the books.
10. Mount Meru Hotel
If you’ve always wanted to see Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania for yourself, look into booking a room at the Mount Meru Hotel, which is just a short drive away from the famous peak. The Presidential Suite will make you feel like royalty as you take in the lush views and local wildlife. With all of the amenities you could need available, this hotel should be your plush pad when seeking a Mount Kilimanjaro experience.
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