Many of the most spectacular mountain resorts in the world also happen to be popular ski destinations, but the majority of them also tend to draw off-season crowds to enjoy beautiful scenery as well as, spring, summer and fall activities like hiking and mountain biking. If you’d like to combine a trip to the mountains with a little, or a lot, of R&R and the best in luxurious amenities, any of these resorts is sure to fit the bill.
Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy (Prices & Photos)
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.
Wildflower Hall, Himalayan Mountains near Shimla, India (Prices & Photos)
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.
Nira Alpina, Switzerland
Nira Alpina, Switzerland (Prices & Photos)
Nira 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, Vernon, British Columbia
Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon, British Columbia (Prices & Photos)
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, Lake Placid
Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa, Lake Placid, New York (Prices & Photos)
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.
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