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Few things beat a whiff of cool air on your face atop a mountain.


Few things beat a whiff of cool air on your face atop a mountain. If you have been pondering to get away from the hum drum of your sweltering summer life, then we have you covered. The list brings you the world’s most awe-inspiring and gorgeous mountain retreats that will make you reconsider your beach holiday plans. This is a perfect place for nature lovers and adventure aficionados. You can hike, bike, ski, swim or relax by the pool staring at mammoth mountains. These picturesque mountain retreats will give you a taste of the wild in the lap of luxury.

1  Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz Switzerland

An abode amidst snow-capped mountains is a dream destination for many. At Badrutts’ Palace which is more than 125 years old, the term “historic luxury” gets a complete new mearning. Nestling in the lap of the Swiss Alps surrounded by landmark sites, you can soak in the exquisite interiors of this palace hotel that has an equally classy and well managed set of recreational activities that include a tennis court, ice rink, heated swimming pool and a choice of cuisines in their six multispecialty restaurants. Enjoy a ski-holiday or lounge in the sun on a summer day – the retreat is open throughout the year.

2  Gstaad Palace, Gstaad Switzerland

Another century-old hotel is the Gstaad Palace that has retained its image amongst discerning holiday goers, looking for a memorable luxury vacation in the Swiss Alps. The hotel has 104 rooms that are the last word in opulent living. Whether you want a personal dinner cooked for you at Le Grill, Rôtisserie or indulge in some clay-pigeon shooting – this fine hotel, perched on a hill, will attend to all your little whims. You can go heli-skiing, hotair ballooning, horse-riding, trout-fishing, mountain biking or jeep safari. Music and cultural events are part of their summer and winter calendars adding further novelty to your stay.

3 Le Chabichou, France

This is a perfect place for Francophiles who are seeking a memorable holiday destination. Located at the foot of the ski slopes of Courchevel, it combines the perfect elements of salubrious living with sporting activity. A bright and cheerful bistro and aqua-fun area beckons even those who are not into outdoor sports. Their suites, gourmet restaurant, spa and shops can enthral and entertain solo, couple, family and business travellers. If you do step out, you will be engulfed in an array of pretty streets and dazzling sights.

4  Stein Ericson Lodge Utah, USA

If it is rustic, understated luxury that is more to your liking, you could not have chosen a more apt destination. The hotel, situated in the Deer Valley is one of the best ski hotels in the world. It is open year around and offers its guests an array of activities to choose from. Patrons can indulge themselves at the 23,000-square-foot spa, call for the choicest wine from the 10,000-bottle on-site wine cellar, dig into a range of luscious homemade chocolates, and enjoy the 24-hour in-room dining service. A cosy meal is served in style at the Glitretind Restaurant. The excellent service makes The Lodge a popular destination for honeymooners, family vacationers and business conferences.

5  Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Canada

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in the middle of the scenic Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada. Overlooking the spectacular Victoria Glacier, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a splendid lake, it offers excellent skiing, hiking, canoeing, snow mobiling and horseback riding activities, along with a range of guided tours. The hotel is complete with its stylish restaurants, lounge, salon and even a deli where you can turn in a request for a special picnic lunch.

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