Peak perfect: hotels with stunning mountain views

By Emma Power,

Spend a crisp winter evening sipping a steaming mug of hot cocoa in one of our top hotels with stunning mountain views. From the privacy of your own personal balcony, look out over majestic valleys, snow-capped cliffs and clear lakes in deepest Asia, vibrant South America or romantic Europe. Although we must warn you, after staying just one night in one of these gorgeous mountainside hotels, you’ll never be able to quite fully enjoy a garden view ever again…

explora

Torres del Paine, Chile

In the heart of Patagonia at the Torres del Paine National Park, explora actively immerses travellers in the stunningly untamed scenery of South America. On the shores of Lake Pehoe, the hotel enjoys striking sights of the Paine ridge and granite towers. Based around what the hotel describes as ‘essential luxuries’, the explora allows guests to take in the remote location in its true essence, without distractions or disturbance, and take full advantage of the silence, privacy, and space of the surrounding landscape. Wood plays a key role in the hotel’s decor, and the 49 rooms of explora are not equipped with televisions or Wi-Fi, so that travellers may actively seek a real escape from their everyday routines.

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Dishes at the explora have been thoughtfully created so that guests feel agile and energetic, and are always accompanied by superb Chilean wine. The massage room and pool area are located 100 metres away from the main building of the explora. Connected by a dipped wood path, they feature a heated and covered pool, sauna, and four open-air jacuzzis with views over the Paine River. The only hotel in the area with its own horses, explora’s 2 de enero Ranch acts as the starting point for some of the rides, housing 26 horses of different breeds and crosses.

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Badrutt’s Palace

St Moritz, Switzerland

The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel St. Moritz is hailed as a marquee holiday retreat in the heart of St Moritz, the ultimate base for exploring the sublime Swiss Alps. Exceeding the demands of the most ardent traveller while also offering extra state-of-the-art amenities and services, the hotel is perfectly situated in stylish and charming surroundings in Switzerland’s awe-inspiring Engadin Valley.

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The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel offers 165 elegantly decorated, spacious guestrooms. Here, guests can indulge in ultra-modern recreational facilities, including luxury indoor and outdoor swimming pools with sauna complex, and a plethora of outdoor pursuits which maximise the natural beauty of the region. The Badrutt’s Palace Hotel features 7 critically acclaimed restaurants offering fine dining or casual venues, and 4 popular bars perfect for any social occasion.

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Cheyenne Mountain Resort

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Surrounded by magnificent vistas sprawled over 200 picturesque acres, Cheyenne Mountain Resort offers a soulful escape from the monotony of everyday life. Modern facilities are perfectly paired with subtle Rocky Mountain decor for optimum rest and a restorative return to nature. With 316 spacious guestrooms tucked away in eight residential lodges, all set against a breathtaking mountain backdrop in the Pikes Peak Region, this resort offers a one-of-a-kind, authentic Colorado experience.

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During your stay, soak up the therapeutic powers of a pampering spa treatment in the Alluvia Spa & Wellness Retreat or float your troubles away in one of the hotel’s five indoor/outdoor pools. If you’re the active sort, breathe the fresh mountain air with all-season hiking, or try your hand at a round of tennis in one of the 17 state-of-the-art courts. Tee up and go for green on the 18-hole Pete Dye designed course, or get your pulse racing on a thrilling rafting expedition on the private 35-acre lake. Afterwards, unwind in the signature Mountain View Restaurant, or Elevations, the rustic restaurant and bar, featuring open-air kitchens, lofty wood-beamed ceilings, panoramic windows, and an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the nearby Rocky Mountain Front Range.

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Sumaq Machu Picchu

Aguas Calientes, Peru

Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel is a luxury family hotel, recently refurbished to reflect the millenary Andean Culture. On the skirts on the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, near the shores of the Vilcanota River, Sumaq offers an impressive view of the mountains and beautiful landscapes, with excellent service, authentic Peruvian cuisine, and a mystic connection with local traditions.

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Surrounded by the majestic and enchanting bio-diversity of Machu Picchu Archaeological Park, Sumaq Machu Picchu hotel has a mission to protect the local environment and indigenous culture through sustainable practices – from staff and hotel operations to guest services – which have all been certified by the Rainforest Alliance. Here, you can immerse yourself in outdoor activities and experience the authentic traditions of the neighboring communities. Guests also enjoy exclusive haute cuisine featuring traditional Peruvian dishes prepared with exotic, regional ingredients and innovative special touches.

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Las Balsas Relais & Chateaux Las Balsas

Villa La Angostura, Argentina

Calm, courtesy, character, cuisine and charm – these are the characteristics that make a stay at La Balsas unique. On the shore of the peaceful Nahuel Huapi lake, the hotel has hosted distinguished guests in search of tranquillity and relaxation for more than 25 years. Originally built in 1988, the blue facade has since become something of an iconic institution in Kraft bay, surrounded by 20 hectares of native forest in the natural vastness of Nahuel Huapi National Park. Since 1995, the hotel has been an exclusive member of Relais & Chateaux, a collection of the finest hotels and restaurants in the world.

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The Spa at Las Balsas is a space specially created for pure relaxation, rest and enjoyment of body and mind. The whole building has views of the lake, so guests can still enjoy the stunning landscapes even after returning from a day of skiing or hiking in the mountains. With a heated in/out swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, fitness area, massage and relaxation room, guests can thoroughly unwind in the hotel’s state-of-the-art leisure facilities.

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Sirenuse

Positano, Italy

Located at the centre of the village of Positano on the Amalfi Drive, 50 km from Naples and 70 metres above the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the high-end Sirenuse hotel. With 58 rooms of unparalleled peace and tranquility, and boasting breathtaking views of the Amalfi Coast, the hotel is decorated with antique and contemporary furniture from Europe and the East. Almost all rooms overlook the bay of Positano, and most feature a private terrace or balcony as well as white-washed walls, vaulted ceilings and hand-made tile floors. The elegant bathrooms are made of exquisite marbles, and all but three include an indulgent whirlpool bath tub.

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Surrounded by lemon trees, flowers and comfortable deck chairs, the swimming pool and bar tables overlook the sea and steep cliffside village in the shade of bamboo awning. The light and refined Mediterranean cuisine of the Michelin-starred La Sponda restaurant feature fresh local ingredients, infused with the culinary traditions of Naples and the Amalfi Coast. In the evening, La Sponda is dreamily illuminated by four hundred candles, creating a thoroughly unforgettable Italian atmosphere.

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The Oberoi Cecil

Shimla, India

During the reign of the British Raj, The Oberoi Cecil was one of the most exclusive hotels in Shimla, thanks to its extravagant ballroom dances and fashionable clientele. 130 years later, the restored luxury heritage hotel still holds its colonial charm, nestled deep in the majestic Himalayan mountainside. The Oberoi Cecil is instantly recognisable with its clean, white facade and neat green railings amongst the wild beauty of the cliffs.

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Built around a beautiful signature atrium and located off lavishly carpeted corridors, the Oberoi’s rooms offer unrivalled views across a terraced garden of towering cedar trees overlooking the Shimla valley. All rooms and suites are WiFi enabled and serviced round-the-clock by your very own personal butler. Air-conditioned in summer and heated in winter, each room is furnished with a king-size two-poster bed, rich Burmese teak floorboards and quaint colonial-style touches such as an ottoman, deep armchair or sofa and leather-topped bureau desk. The bathrooms, tiled in deep red granite and evergreen marble, are fitted with the kind of full-length bathtubs you dream of sinking into. And the luxury doesn’t stop there; home to Shimla’s only temperature controlled swimming pool, the spa offers a wide range of Eastern, Western and signature Oberoi treatments.

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Continue your love affair with mountain views and stay in one of our spectacular hiking hotels.