Best Mountain Retreats

From a serene Himalaya haven in Bhutan to a cozy bed and breakfast ringed by the Rockies in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, these lodges are your gateway to some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in the world. Each lodge offers a variety of ways to explore the surrounding peaks: hiking and walking on a range of trails, mountain biking, excursions by 4x4, skiing, and even heli-hiking. Check out the best spots to retreat into the mountains.

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Kasbah Du Toubkal

HIGH ATLAS MOUNTAINS, MOROCCO

The founders of Kasbah Du Toubkal transformed a ruined and abandoned castle into a cozy mountain retreat set against the soaring backdrop of the tallest mountain in North Africa. Together with their Moroccan host, they built the lodge to make the High Atlas Mountains—and the culture of their inhabitants—accessible to those who wished to explore them. Set out on a variety of guided hikes to see for yourself. 

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Zhiwa Ling Hotel

PARO, BHUTAN

Nestled within ten acres of lush gardens among the emerald foothills of the Himalaya, Zhiwa Ling Hotel is hiking distance from myriad natural and cultural wonders. Walk to Tsu-tho Monastery, dramatically perched atop a ridge and offering breathtaking views of the Paro Valley below. Explore the unusual village of Dzongdrakha, stretched high across a rock face and home to many temples and stunning vistas. Or tackle the steep climb to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Temple.

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JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING, UNITED STATES

You have your choice of peaks at the Bentwood Inn: the Grand Tetons are within biking distance, the nearby Gros Ventre range harbors waterfalls and hot springs, and some of the best ski resorts in the country are just up the road. The Rockies define the experience at Bentwood, beckoning guests to hike, climb, ski, or paraglide, or simply providing a breathtaking backdrop for your adventures in Jackson Hole.

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ARISTI, GREECE

The Pindus Mountains of northern Greece hold one of the country’s best-kept secrets. The magnificent Vikos Gorge is considered by some standards to be the deepest canyon in the world, and the mountain villages that dot the surrounding slopes are nothing short of magical. Guests of Aristi can set out from the lodge and explore like the locals have for hundreds of years, ambling along stone mule paths and Ottoman-era bridges to villages little changed since their trading-post heyday.

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Tierra Patagonia Hotel & Spa

PATAGONIA, CHILE

Perched on a bluff on the edge of Chile’s Lake Sarmiento, Tierra Patagonia celebrates all that is majestic about its surroundings—especially the rocky pinnacles known as the Cuernos del Paine. A variety of walks and hikes bring you to incredible viewpoints where you can overlook the Torres del Paine mountains, observe a glacier from above, or trace the shores of turquoise lakes flanked by stunning peaks.

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ATACAMA DESERT, CHILE

The Domeyko Range of the Andes Mountains fills northern Chile with spectacular peaks, including eight volcanoes that are visible from Tierra Atacama. A few hours’ walk brings you past archaeological sites to Death Valley or into the remarkable Kari Gorge in the Salt Mountains. Go on an invigorating climb before relaxing in thermal springs and sparkling natural pools, or try some high-altitude trails to spot wildlife and stunning scenery at more than 13,000 feet.

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SOUTH-CENTRAL ALASKAN WILDERNESS, UNITED STATES

Framed by soaring peaks on almost all sides, Winterlake is your gateway to the rugged Alaska Range. Many of the activities offered by the lodge take place among the surrounding slopes, including fly-fishing or rafting in crystalline mountain rivers, hiking across meadows sprinkled with colorful wildflowers, and climbing rugged hiking trails. For adventures at even higher altitudes, the lodge helicopter can whisk you to remote ridgelines or turquoise glacial pools—places that are perfect for a picnic with a jaw-dropping view.

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MACHU PICCHU PUEBLO, PERU

Step out of your casita and peer up through the trees and there is a vertical slope looming in every direction. The village of Machu Picchu Pueblo, also known as Aguas Calientes, is tucked at the foot of the same peaks that ring Machu Picchu. Some of the most epic mountain adventures on the planet begin or end here, including climbing the sheer slope of Huayna Picchu overlooking Machu Picchu, trekking the Inca Trail, and exploring the great Inca citadel itself.

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WESTERN MONTANA WILDERNESS, UNITED STATES

In the heart of the western Montana wilderness, The Ranch at Rock Creek invites you to play in the Rockies. Every kind of outdoor fun is available here, and the setting for all of it is gorgeous mountain landscapes. Head out on horseback or mountain bike or spend a morning fly-fishing in a Blue Ribbon mountain stream. Hike to a nearby summit for a sunset picnic or a yoga session beneath the big sky. The slopes call in the winter, whether you're skiing at a local resort or sledding at The Ranch.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA

Along British Columbia's coast, granite peaks rise up from the Great Bear Rainforest, and only a lucky few have seen the spectacular views from their heights. Far below, guests at Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort can choose to explore forested slopes and pristine waterways at the foot of these mountains. Or they can soar right up to their summits by helicopter to hike trails that are otherwise inaccessible, or enjoy a meal for two on top of the world.

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