Mother Nature is known to amazed and she does some of her best work in the mountains. In honour of International Mountain Day, we take a look at five high altitude accommodations that are so breathtaking, they actually take your breath away.
1. Hacienda El Porvenir – Cotopaxi, Ecuador (3,600 metres)
Set in a traditional Andean house with adobe walls and thatched roofs, Hacienda El Porvenir is one of the highest altitude hotels in the world. The property is only 4 km away from Cotopaxi National Park and its guests can book horseback riding, mountain biking and excursions to the surrounding area at the hotel’s tour desk. Hacienda Porvenir is a great destination for scenery, nature, horseback riding and volcanoes as endorsed by Booking.com travelers.
2. The Lodge at Breckenridge – Breckenridge, USA (3,109 metres)
Perched on a bluff in White River National Forest, in a beautiful mountainous setting adjacent to Boreas Pass, this boutique hotel overlooks the Rocky Mountains and Breckenridge Ski Resort. The Lodge at Breckenridge features two hot tubs facing the mountain, luxurious spa services and a restaurant serving local dishes. The town of Breckinridge is a destination that Booking.com travelers mainly visit for mountain biking, downhill skiing and hiking.
3. 3100 Kulmhotel Gornergrat – Zermatt, Switzerland (3,099 metres)
The 3100 Kulmhotel is the highest hotel in the Swiss Alps and the mountain base camp of a high mountain range. Situated in Gornergrat, this secluded hotel features its own planetarium, a library and a shopping centre and offers stunning views of 29 four-thousand-metre peaks of the Alps. The viewing platform of Gornergrat and the areas around the hotel are only reachable by a regular train service, which takes 40 minutes’ through a scenic countryside, from car-free Zermatt.
4. Wildflower Hall Shimla – Shimla, India (2,434 metres)
Set high above sea level in the Himalayas amongst pine and cedar forest, the Wildflower Hall Shimla is a luxurious property with heated indoor and outdoor pools, spa facilities and an open-air terrace with panoramic mountain views. Jakhoo Hill, Simla’s highest point, is about 11 km away from the hotel and is an ideal spot for peace and calm surrounded by alpine trees.
5. Belmond Sanctuary Lodge – Machu Picchu, Peru (2,350 metres)
Landscaped ponds, direct views of the Huayna Picchu Mountain, aromatherapy massages and trips to Machu Picchu citadel are only some of the things travelers can enjoy during their stay at Belmond Sanctuary Lodge. The hotel’s restaurant has large sliding windows and panoramic views of the lush jungle. Booking.com guests endorsed Machu Picchu for scenery, history and mountains.
Text and photos courtesy of Booking.com