If you’re anywhere in North India right now, the sun is probably beating down on your head mercilessly. Under the circumstances, we can’t help but think very fondly of the cool comfort of the mountains. Tall, imposing, and magnificent, these snow-capped peaks have always provided us refuge (not to mention stunning views) whenever the mercury decided to soar to unkind heights.
If you’re planning a summer vacation, may we make a suggestion (or few)? Why stop at something close to home, when the grandest resorts in the world can be yours for the taking? Think no more. Consider the options we’re laying down in front of you and plan a retreat in a resort that is as picturesque as it is perfect.
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Located in the charming Engadine countryside and set against the backdrop of the Albula Alps, Kempinski Grand greets you with a dramatic exterior that reminds you just a little bit of Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel. Apart from being a popular ski destination, this 5-star luxury hotel houses a casino, two award-winning restaurants, and a cigar-friendly library. And when you’ve had your fill of skiing down Alpine slopes, you can enjoy a relaxing soak in the Alpine-style spa, complete with sauna, steam bath, and heated indoor pool. Now that’s what we call beating the heat in style!
Hoshinoya Fuji, Yamanashi, Japan
If you thought luxury was all about gilded fittings and opulent décor, Japan’s first glamping resort will change your mind. Hidden among red pine trees on the slope of a mountain, the cabins in Hoshinoya are simply furnished and echo minimalist design. However, the spectacular views of Mt. Fuji and Lake Kawaguchi more than make up for any lack of traditional amenities you might want to complain about. Camp-style meals featuring grilled beef, lamb chops, and seafood are prepared by a skilled chef and, apart from enjoying sights of the Mt. Fuji towering over them, guests can also go for hikes, walks, and horseback rides around the resort.
Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
A luxury resort with its heart in the right place – that’s Vigilus Mountain Resort for you. Located at an altitude of 1500 meters, this resort is known for its eco-friendly practices. Each room has been made from sustainable materials and the resort is accessible only by a cable car from the nearest town – Lana. Apart from enjoying the various amenities of the establishments, guests can take a dip in the bubbling springs of Vigiljoch, the waters of which are believed to have healing powers.
If there’s one place that reflects the unparalleled beauty of the Himalayan ranges, it’s Tibet. And if you’re looking for a luxurious resort from where you can enjoy these views, St. Regis Lhasa Resort will not let you down. Architecturally styled to pay homage to Tibetan simplicity and elegance, the resort has a stunning Golden Energy pool that overlooks an equally stunning valley. You’ll be especially fascinated by the Sabrage Evening Ritual where the butler opens a champagne bottle using sabers and then pours out drinks for everyone. Whether you’d just like to unwind in peace or explore nearby monasteries and sights of Mt. Everest, St. Regis Lhasa Resort will prove to be a gem of a find.
Started packing your bags already? Well, we wish you a great trip and hope that you bring back exciting tales, beautiful memories, and stunning pictures in equal measure. Bon Voyage!