Skip to main content

The World’s Best Mountain Hotels for Elevated Getaways

We’re big fans of a proper digital detox. Whether it’s on a remote Asian beach, a private island getaway in the Caribbean, or a high alpine hotel without a hint of Wi-Fi, there’s nothing more refreshing than a week (or three) of complete disconnection. If you’re looking for the latter, here are four of the world’s best mountain hotels.


Terminal Neige Refuge du Montenvers Hotel

Chamonix, France

France’s Terminal Neige Refuge du Montenvers Hotel has changed little since opening its doors in the late 1800s, and why would it? Tucked high into the French Alps, the hotel offers panoramic views of the Mer de Glace glacier and snow-capped peaks of Grandes Jorasses and the Drus. Each of the 17 guestrooms exudes old world traveler charm with vintage luggage accents, old miner’s lamps, and raw, reclaimed wood paneling. Both on-site restaurants hang precariously off the side of a cliff — a fitting spot for a nightcap after a day of climbing or glacier hiking.

Topas Ecolodge

Northwest Vietnam

Perched atop a hill in Vietnam’s lush Sapa Valley, Topas Ecolodge offers stunning mountain and valley views. Guests stay in one of only 33 one-bedroom bungalows built into the hillside. The granite structures feel intimate and secluded with private balconies that offer sweeping views of the rice-producing valleys below. The hotel’s infinity pool is one of the most Instagram-worthy spots we’ve ever seen. If you can peel yourself away from all that R&R, however, the area is also ideal for more active pursuits like mountain biking, hiking, and trail running.

Ion Adventure Hotel


“Where everything meets nothing.” It seems like an appropriate movie poster slogan for Interstellar. But, it’s also a fitting tagline for the Ion Adventure Hotel. It’s hard not to shower every waterfall, volcano, hiking trail, and coffee shop in Iceland with superlatives, and this newest of the country’s hotels is no different. There’s something for almost every type of guest here. Scene seekers will find the hustle of Reykjavik less than an hour away; the location along the Golden Circle is great for exploring Iceland by truck; and the surrounding Thingvellir National Park offers plenty of outdoor exploration opportunities. But, for those in search of disconnected downtime, the design hotel promises plenty of “nothing” to do as well. Start at the spa, make your way to the Nordic-inspired bar, then round out the night in the outdoor hot tubs, surrounded by towering glaciers and lava fields as the Northern Lights ignite the sky overhead.

Mashpi Lodge

Quito, Ecuador

Although technically within the metropolitan district of the Ecuadorian capital Quito, Masphi Lodge feels a million miles from anywhere. The lodge’s sole purpose is to fully immerse every guest in nature. That’s an easy goal when the property is surrounded by La Bosque de Niebla (“the Cloud Forest”). It’s a raw, pristine terrain full of amazing waterfalls, lush jungle, raging rivers, and the dramatic peaks of the Andes. The private, 3,000-acre reserve is home to some of South America’s most fascinating wildlife, including dozens of mammalian species, 400 bird species, and 200 types of amphibian. Needless to say, a hike anywhere on the property is a near-perfect prescription for a digital detox.

Editors' Recommendations

Mike Richard
Mike Richard has traveled the world since 2008. He's kayaked in Antarctica, tracked endangered African wild dogs in South…
Colorado’s A-Lodge Is a Unique, Choose Your Own Adventure Hotel

Eager travelers are being forced to get creative right now. With countries around the world shutting their doors to U.S. visitors, many Americans are looking to road-tripping, camping, and even long-term options like vanlifing to get their travel fix. One Colorado hotel is thinking well outside the box, offering visitors the opportunity to choose their own social-distancing-friendly outdoor adventure.

AdventureLodge VanLife

Read more
Safara Travel Subscription Service Might Be the Best New Way to Book Hotels
safara new hotel booking subscription service bed lamp

There are so many ways to find and book a hotel these days. It’s easy to go to a specific hotel’s website and book directly but often, if you’re not familiar with the area you’re traveling to and you need to find the best price and reviews possible, you’ll use an online booking service (otherwise known as an Online Travel Agency or OTA) like Expedia or TripAdvisor. 

However, customers can still have varying standards or leave a bad review based on personal experience, so how do you know the hotel you’re looking to stay at has actually been vetted in any way to provide you the best hospitality experience possible? There are plenty of hotel groups and portfolio collections like Relais & Châteaux or Accor that vet their member properties before they can join, but that’s more about premium branding instead of rewards-based membership. 

Read more
The World’s Best Hotels for Up-Close Wildlife Encounters
best hotels for wildlife encounters lion house at gg conservation reserve

It’s one thing to spy a cheetah or a herd of elephants in a zoo enclosure. It’s another experience altogether to spend the night amid a pack of wolves, a herd of giraffes, or dozens of lions mere feet from your bed. For animal-loving travelers, these are the world’s five best hotels for up-close wildlife encounters.
Wolf Cabins at Parc Omega
Quebec, Canada

New for 2019, Quebec’s Parc Omega debuted its one-of-a-kind Wolf Cabins. Here, guests can overnight in one of two rustic cabins, appropriately named Alpha and Omega. Both feature massive, panoramic windows, which are the only things separating the sleeping quarters from the park’s resident gray wolf pack outside. Cabin guests are also provided exclusive access to a private boardwalk overlooking the park’s wolf and bear enclosures.
Lion House at GG Conservation Wildlife Reserve
South Africa

Read more