Winter is here and one of the best ways to relish the weather is by planning a hideaway into the mountains. While you may have scoured the “Top 50 Resorts in the World” for your next trip, do not overlook the fact that some of the hidden gems are sitting pretty on mountaintops. From snowboarding to undertaking an adrenaline-pumping ferrata climb, there are tons of options apart from valley-gazing from your balcony. Welcome the picturesque views of the valley and the enticing gaze of the snow-capped mountains at some of the best ski resorts and mountain resorts that are an ideal choice to truly unplug.
1. Vigilius Mountain Resort, South Tyrol, Italy
Perched at an altitude of 1500 metres, this car-free, eco-friendly resort is situated on Mont Vigilio. The resort is accessible only via cable cars from the town of Lana since there are no operational roads. Due to minimal air pollution, the mountain breeze smells only of larch trees and sometimes snow. Destress in the lap of nature as you soak in a panoramic view of the Dolomites from its suites and contemporary chalets.
Approximate cost: INR 48,000
2. The Chedi, Andermatt, Switzerland
Surrounded by the scenic Swiss Alps, The Chedi is situated in the heart of Andermatt, a ski village in Urseren valley. The resort is accessible via a two-hour train ride from Zurich. The wood and natural stone construction brings an earthy appeal to the whole facade. Along with lavish suites offering mesmerising Alpine views, the resort also features a hydrothermal bath, ski-in living room, sports boutique, fine restaurants, spa and wellness centres etc.
Approximate cost: INR 65,500 – 222,860
3. The Ritz Carlton, California, USA
The Ritz Carlton in Lake Tahoe is one of the best ski resorts in the state. Nestled amid towering, snow-capped mountains thronged with pine trees, the resort is 15 minutes away from the majestic Lake Tahoe. Along with restaurants and bars with valley views and heated pools, the resort provides ski-in and ski-out access to the Northstar California resort.
Approximate cost: INR 59,500
4. Amangani, Wyoming, USA
One of the most incredible mountain top resorts in the world is Amangani, which means ‘peaceful home’. Situated at the foothills of Grand Tetons, the suites overlook the plains, valleys and mountains of the Snake River Valley. Bask in the panoramic views of the valley and the snow sports hub of Jackson Hole at this resort. The red sandstone frontage along with modernist architecture brings out the esse of true luxury.
Approximate cost: INR 171,360
5. Wildflower Hall, Himachal Pradesh, India
Do not miss out on Shimla even when you are indoors. Witness the stately beauty of the Himalayan mountain ranges from the plush suites of the Oberoi Wildflower Hall in Himachal Pradesh. Wrapping breathtaking valleys of Shimla around it, Wildflower Hall serenaded by lush cedar forests, could be your ultimate luxury timeout in the hills. Rejuvenate at the swish Oberoi Spa crowned with sweeping views of the landscape at this mountain top resort.
Approximate cost: INR 35,000
6. Nira Alpina, Silvaplana, Switzerland
Offering the views of Lake Silvaplana, Nira Alpina is situated in the Engadin Valley of Switzerland. The swish suites and rooms of this mountain resort feature terrace and balcony views of the mountain landscapes. The resort also has a spa and wellness facility along with modern amenities. Experience delectable Mediterranean cuisine at one of the three restaurants at this resort.
Approximate cost: INR 50,000
7. St. Regis Lhasa Resort, Tibet, China
Revel in the striking panoramic view of the Himalayas and Potala Palace from the St. Regis Lhasa Resort. The traditional architecture of the mountain resort is a tribute to the ancient Tibetan charm and simplicity. The Golden Energy Pool of the resort overlooks the gorgeous surroundings of the resort. Along with a quaint and luxury stay experience, you can also go on a guided exploration of Mount Everest.
Approximate cost: INR 50,000
8. Cheval Blanc Courchevel, France
Cloaked by the Alps, Cheval Blanc rests at the foot of the Three Valleys. Experience the best of French dining at Courchevel’s only three-Michelin starred restaurant – Le 1947. Along with 36 contemporary rooms and suites, Cheval Blanc also offers a fully-equipped spa and a wellness facility with spa treatments by Guerlain.
Approximate cost: INR 330,450
9. Alila Jabal Akhdar, Oman
Alila Jabal Akhdar is established 6000 feet above the sea level in the Al Hajar Mountains. The warm and earthy tones blended with the fort-style frontage and contemporary architecture aligns the design of the resort with the surroundings. Almost every room and suite of the resort presents the panoramic vistas of the gorge and the mountains. One can go hiking through caves or even opt for stargazing outside the accommodation. Relish the authentic Middle Eastern cuisine at the resort’s restaurant, Juniper.
Approximate cost: INR 135,512