As the altitude increases, so does the excitement for many travelers. Skiers, hikers and other thrill seekers crave high stakes adventure in fresh mountain air, and they will go to great lengths to find accommodations that match their needs. These three luxurious mountain retreats offer travelers such amenities as spa therapy rooms, wine cellars, handcrafted furnishings and some of the best views in the world.
Nekupe Sporting Resort and Retreat, Nicaragua
Indulge your passion for nature and well-being at Nicaragua’s first luxury countryside resort, which opened November 2016. Built on the highest point of the property with views of the mountains all around, the Nekupe sanctuary is a spiritual oasis. An all-inclusive intimate 8-room property located on a 1,800-acre nature reserve, its nature-based design was influenced by Feng Shui principles and nurtures exploration and adventure. Guests receive one luxury ATV per room to traverse the destination that is a cross between the lush vegetation of Jurassic Park and your favorite fairy tale. Activities include in-room and nature spas, horseback riding, hiking, yoga, cooking and cocktail making classes, gardening and farming lessons, dancing and painting classes, and excursions to neighboring towns or one of the many volcanoes.
The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
Situated 1,447 meters above sea level, Andermatt perfectly combines authentic Swiss Alpine Chic with Asian style. The opulent hotel includes four restaurants, luxurious lounges and bars, as well as local highlights like a unique Wine & Cheese Cellar which sets new standards of luxury. The exclusive Tibetan inspired Spa and Health Club offers health and beauty treatments including a reviving body polish ritual and romantic bathing ceremonies. The area is known for its towering peaks, deep canyons, cascading waterfalls and pristine mountain lakes. Summer brings an outdoor playground of walking, hiking, golf, fishing and mountain biking. The Chedi Andermatt takes you beyond the expected luxuries this summer, with an unconventional yet utterly unforgettable adventure. Loveable mountain goats and a knowledgeable local guide accompany guests on a breathtaking hike through a pristine alpine environment.
Inverlochy Castle Hotel, 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 celebrity guests year round. With its billiard room and stately interiors the hotel is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding areas. Each of the bespoke 17 bedrooms, all with private bathroom, has its own individual design and character along with splendid views of the grounds and the surrounding mountains. With its very own loch, the surrounding area is rich with hunting and fishing activities. Dinner at Inverlochy is an experience to savor in any of three dining rooms, each decorated with period and elaborate furniture.