Some of the world’s most breathtaking resorts are located far from sea level.
Nestled in mountain ranges and perched on top of desert cliffs, these hotels offer visitors picturesque views and quiet retreats away from the hustle of everyday life. Here are our picks for the world’s most stunning mountaintop hotels.
Where: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
At the edge of Jackson Hole’s East Gros Ventre Butte is Amangani, (meaning peaceful home) one of the world’s most stunning mountaintop resorts. The hotel offers unparalleled views of the Grand Teton Mountains and the surrounding meadows and valleys.
Guests can enjoy the scenery from the hotel’s outdoor pool, or take in the breathtaking views from one of the resort’s exclusive suites. Learn about the surrounding area with a book on Native American culture from Amangani’s redwood-decorated library or wander the resort’s gallery of regional artwork and buy a piece of local jewelry to remember your mountain stay.
Where: in the Himalayas near Shimla, India
Untouched scenery and antique furnishings make Wildflower Hall one of the world’s premiere mountaintop resorts. The hotel’s colonial-era décor and view of the nearby Himalayas will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale.
Visitors can explore the surrounding forests by foot, or enjoy views of the snow capped mountains from the resort’s heated outdoor pool. Indulge in holistic treatments at the Oberoi spa’s private spa suites that offer exquisite views of mountains and tall cedars. During the winter enjoy skating on the hotel’s own ice rink, and during warm summer days enjoy archery or croquet on the resort’s lush lawns.
Vigilius Mountain Resort
Where: South Tyrol, Italy
Guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle can unwind at Vigilius Mountain Resort in South Tyrol, Italy. The resort is car-free, and the hotel prides itself on its eco-friendly practices.
Visitors can explore bubbling springs and pristine forests, and enjoy some of the best mountain views in the area. The resort is also home to a 13th-century church that adds to its romantic ambiance. Experience an elegant dinner at the resort’s Restaurant 1500, or enjoy a cozy lunch with regional dishes cooked in the hundred-year-old tiled stove at the Parlour Ida, where homemade cakes are served as well.
Then relax at the resort’s spa, relishing the treatments that utilize the fresh waters of the Vigiljoch springs—believed to have healing powers.