This magnificent resort located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park in central Patagonia sits on the banks of the Salto Chico waterfall and offers breathtaking views of the Paine Massif mountain range. Experience authentic Patagonia gaucho culture by taking a trip to the Estancia 2 de Enero where you’ll watch gauchos train horses, drive livestock and shear sheep, or go on your own horseback ride. Then return to the resort and soak in an open-air Jacuzzi with views of Macizo del Paine and Lago Pehoe or indulge in a re-energizing massage, complete with essential oils.
Set in Italy’s northernmost region, Vigilius Mountain Resort in South Tyrol is an ideal place to escape the stress of the modern world. To get there, you’ll have to travel via cable car as the resort is car-free. This eco-friendly hideaway offers jaw-dropping views of the Dolomite Mountains and is also home to a 13th century church, adding to the especially romantic ambiance. Explore bubbling springs and pristine forests, then come back and relax in the spa with treatments utilizing the fresh water of Vigiljoch Springs, believed to have healing powers.
Set among scenery practically untouched by humans, Wildflower Hall in the Himalayas is a premiere mountaintop resort that will make you feel as if you’re stepping into the pages of a fairytale. On the interior, you’ll find antique furnishings, wood paneling and original artwork for an old world feel, along with magnificent vistas of endless forests and snowcapped mountains. Spend your days taking part in activities like white river rafting or trekking, and evenings indulging in holistic treatments in private spa suites – all with the same extraordinary views.
Altapura is a 5-star luxury resort that radiates après-ski opulence with a warm indoor/outdoor pool as well as a Scandinavian-style interior accented by giant snowflake cutouts. At 7,545 feet, it’s the highest resort in Europe and comes complete with the largest ski area in the world featuring 372 miles of ski-in, ski-out trails and views of Les Trois Vallées’s six glaciers and rocky peaks. The multi-sensorial spa focuses on nature and pleasure, combining the energies of five natural elements, including wood, fire, stone, plants and water, to enhance well-being.
This magnificent resort sits between southern Austria’s Verwall, Samnaun and Silvretta mountain ranges. It combines the best in comfort, innovative design and world-class mountain adventures for the ultimate Alpine experience. Enjoy taking a refreshing dip in the 20-meter long pool, the biggest in the region, and choose from a wide range of classic and exotic massage therapies as well as treatments designed for deep relaxation. Penthouse suites include private butler service, a Jacuzzi, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, a kitchen, and much more.
One of the most scenic and popular national parks in the country, Yosemite National Park is the home of the historic Ahwahnee, set among soaring cliffs and cascading waterfalls in Yosemite Valley. Staying here you’ll be close to trails heading to El Capitan and Half Dome – or you can simplyview this iconic landmark right from your window. While the beautiful interior blends Art Deco and Native American influences, you’ll find plenty of modern amenities, including flat-screen TVs. Stay in the Mary Curry Tresidder Suite, often referred to as “The Queen’s Room,” and you’ll be laying your head down where Queen Elizabeth II once slept.
Nia Alpina, set in the town of Silvaplana in the Engadin Valley of Switzerland, offers gorgeous views of Lake Silvaplana and rooms with a large terrace or balcony and panoramic windows overlooking the mountains. The interior features natural materials like Swiss Spruce and Italian stone along with high tech amenities like flat-screen TVs, an iPod docking station and free Wi-Fi. The gorgeous granite bathroom includes a waterfall shower and deep soaking bath. It’s ideal for winter skiing as well as summer treks.
Sparkling Hill Resort is known as one of the top mountain top resorts on the planet with elegant décor and surroundings that are filled with unsurpassed natural beauty. More than 3.5 million crystals shimmer into the sleek architecture, nestled in the mountains overlooking Lake Okanagon. Enjoy stunning indoor views from the resorts pool featuring a starry Swaroski crystal sky, or from the floor-to-ceiling windows in your own room. Guests get exclusive access to the KurSpa’s seven unique aromatherapy saunas and crystal steam room, an aqua meditation room with water dripping into a crystal basin, Tea & Serenity relaxation rooms, and more.
Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa in Lake Placid, New York, is a luxury lakeside resort with a cozy, casual vibe. In 2014, Conde Nast named it the number one resort in the Northeast, and it’s frequently appeared on lists of the best hotels in the world. In the summer, soak in the sun on a sandy beach, and paddle out on the water in complimentary canoes, kayaks or rowboats. During the winter months, strap on some complimentary snowshoes and make fresh tracks in the snow or glide across the ice skating rink on the lake. After a long day at play, not matter what the season, enjoy incredible cuisine made from locally sourced ingredients in the four-diamond rated restaurant and indulge in one or more of the latest in custom treatments at the luxurious spa.
St. Regis Lhasa Resort features unparalleled views of the Himalayas and Polata Palace along with architecture that reflects Tibetan elegance and simplicity. Its Gold Energy Pool is a bejeweled pool like no other, overlooking the surrounding valley for the ultimate in relaxation. Enjoy a reviving foot massage as well as amazing food and drinks right at poolside. You can even ask the resort’s chauffeur to bring you on a guided tour of Mount Everest, or the ancient palace Yunbulakang a more than 600-year-old monastery. If you’re having trouble sleeping, indulge in the two hour “Deep Sleep Treatment’ at the spa which includes a warming foot ritual followed by a head-to-toe massage using essential oils known for their intense calming and grounding effects.