The World's 8 Most Luxurious Mountain Retreats
These high-altitude lodges beckon with captivating scenery and superlative service.
These high-altitude lodges beckon with captivating scenery and superlative service.(Getty Images).
As the altitude increases, so does the excitement for many skiers, hikers and other thrill-seekers looking to embrace the great outdoors. For those looking for a high-stakes adventure with fresh mountain air and mesmerizing views, these lavish lodges offer top-notch service and enchanting settings. And with perks such as spa therapy rooms, wine cellars and rooms outfitted with hand-crafted furnishings, these eight luxurious retreats offer beautiful, one-of-a-kind mountain escapes. Read on to start planning your next getaway.
The Whiteface Lodge
Lake Placid, New York
Tucked away in the Adirondacks, the idyllic Whiteface Lodge offers indulgent spa treatments, kid-friendly amenities, including a bowling alley and surround-sound movie theater, and rooms outfitted with sweeping balconies with dramatic views of the surrounding mountain backdrop. The Lodge is set in a picturesque woodland setting and is a true rustic getaway with cozy fireplaces and access to a wealth of amenities. At the tranquil all-suite lodge, guests can soak in the year-round indoor/outdoor pool and hot tubs and unwind in the Spa at Whiteface Lodge, which offers distinctive treatments (think: an Adirondack Exfoliation, a Lodge Mud Wrap and the Outdoorsman Facial). What's more, guides take visitors hiking, biking and snowshoeing, and yoga instructors teach on the private Lake Placid lakefront.
The Arrabelle at Vail Square, A RockResort
Combining Old World charm and elegance, The Arrabelle at Vail Square reflects the spirit of the grand alpine hotels of historic Europe. Located on the western side of Vail, The Arrabelle offers exquisite accommodations with stunning mountain vistas and first-rate- amenities, such as crackling fireplaces and plush throw blankets. Other noteworthy amenities include a 10,000-square-foot spa appointed with a hydrotherapy room and Swiss showers, the crowd-pleasing Tavern on the Square, an alpine-inspired eatery dishing out mouthwatering American dishes, microbrews, signature cocktails and fine wines, an après-ski deck with panoramic views of the Rockies and a cozy and well-stocked reading library.
Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat
Immerse yourself in nature and recharge at this eco-friendly luxury resort. With inspiring mountain views, fascinating animals (think: howler monkeys) and an emphasis on wellness, the Nekupe sanctuary is a spiritual oasis. Set on 1,300 acres, the property's nature-oriented design was influenced by feng shui principles and nurtures exploration and adventure. What's more, guests have access to an ATV to explore the area. Back at the property, you can enjoy indulgent spa treatments, horseback riding, hiking, yoga, cooking and cocktail-making classes, gardening and farming lessons, dancing and painting classes, along with excursions to nearby volcanoes.
Situated more than 4,700 feet above sea level, The Chedi blends an authentic Swiss alpine setting with Asian design elements. The opulent hotel includes four restaurants, upscale lounges and bars and other unique features, including a Wine and Cigar Library and a cheese cellar. What's more, the Tibetan-inspired spa and health club offers lavish beauty treatments, including a reviving, detox-focused Himalayan crystal body polish ritual and a Balinese-inspired massage and aromatherapy treatment. The area is known for its towering peaks, deep canyons, cascading waterfalls and pristine lakes. In the summertime, you can enjoy activities such as walking, hiking, rounds of golf, fishing and mountain biking. Even better, a knowledgeable local guide at the property accompanies guests on a scenic hike to admire the arresting alpine scenery.
Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
Paradise Valley, Arizona
If you have a zest for adrenaline-pumping activities and Zen-like atmospheres, retreat to this oasis tucked into Arizona's Camelback Mountain. In response to the popular demand for high-octane adventure paired with relaxation, the resort boast acclaimed spa facilities and treatments. Relax and recharge in the on-site Zen meditation garden or one of the 12 indoor and outdoor treatment rooms with unique treatments, such as the coconut sumatra body ritual or sanctuary jewel facial. Thanks to its superlative location, nestled into Camelback Mountain, guests can also partake in a wide range of active adventures in nature, from hikes on the mountain trails to horseback rides through the Sonoran Desert. Dining at the mountain retreat is a special experience with a menu that features local organic produce and sustainable cuisine. As for accommodations, you'll find mountain casitas with a contemporary design and spacious bathrooms appointed with oversized soaking tubs.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel
Fort William, Scotland
At the foot of the highest peak in the United Kingdom, Inverlochy Castle Hotel is uniquely located in Nevis Range amongst the glens, lochs and mountains of the West Highlands of Scotland. Built in 1863, this opulent hotel attracts a high-profile clientele year-round. With its billiard room and stately interiors, the hotel offers an ideal base for exploring the surrounding areas. Each of the 17 bedrooms, all appointed with private bathroom, features a unique individual design and character, along with splendid views of the grounds and the surrounding mountains. Even better, dinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savor in any of three dining rooms, with each venue decked in elaborate period furniture.
Crystal Springs Resort
Hamburg, New Jersey
Set amongst the Kittatinny Mountains in northwest New Jersey, Crystal Springs Resort is home to the elegant Grand Cascades Lodge. With high vaulted ceilings and striking wooden beams, the lodge features a Biosphere – an indoor pool complex with an aquarium, vortex pools and caves – along with lush tropical foliage, a year-round outdoor heated pool and a 140-foot waterslide. And no visit to the resort is complete without a wine cellar tour. An intricate catacomb that houses 75,000 bottles, some of which are priced at $25,000 and up, the cellar's collection is valued at $15 million and is among the finest in the world.
Rosapetra Spa Resort
The Dolomites serves as a picture-perfect backdrop for this luxurious spa retreat. Catering to travelers seeking peace and tranquility from the daily grind, Rosapetra Spa Resort offers easy access to the Dolomites' UNESCO World Natural Heritage-recognized backdrops and ample opportunities for alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and other active pursuits. Constructed with fir tree wood, stone, lovely fabrics and cozy furnishings, the property balance comfort with unrivaled views. If you're looking to soothe muscles at the end of the day, retreat to the spa, which reflects a holistic healing philosophy with three wellness-focused elements: physical, sensory and aesthetic. And when hunger sets in, the resort’s acclaimed restaurant, la Corte del Lampone, provides an indulgent culinary experience for discerning guests, with varying flavors and ingredients according to the season.
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