Dramatic peaks, awe-inspiring landscapes and breathtaking sunrises: it’s not hard to see why the pull of the mountains is so irresistible. Here are 5 high-altitude hideaways to inspire an unforgettable adventure.
Awasi Patagonia, Chile
Follow in the footsteps of adventurer Florence Dixie, who first pitched her tent beneath Patagonia’s iconic Torres del Paine in 1878. Voted the “8th wonder of the world” by travellers, the awe-inspiring Torres del Paine National Park is home to glaciers, lakes, waterfalls and world-famous wildlife – including condors and pumas. Explore 40m-year-old fossils at nearby Cumbre-Baguales Geological and Paleontological Park, then stay at Awasi Patagonia, a remote gathering of luxe designer villas a mere 20 minutes from the Park. With private 4x4s and personal guides on hand, you can make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime visit to an untouched part of the world.
Kasbah Tamadot, High Atlas, Morocco
Perched among the High Atlas peaks, but just 45 minutes from the hustle and bustle of Marrakech’s medina, Richard Branson’s lavish retreat Kasbah Tamadot is a seriously stylish mountain hideaway. You can expect superb cuisine, first-class facilities and stunning interiors. Enjoy an array of 1-to-5-day excursions, visit waterfalls in nearby Ourika Valley, or challenge yourself to a desert hike arranged by the hotel. If you prefer staying put, simply enjoy the epic surroundings from the stunning infinity pool. Is Kasbah Tamadot the most luxurious mountain hideaway in Morocco? We certainly think so.
Shakti 360 Leti, Himalayas, India
Fancy a taste of Everest base camp scenery without roughing it? Himalayan hideaway Shakti 360 Leti delivers in spades. Its location truly redefines ‘remote’ – getting here requires an overnight train, a car journey and then an hour on foot – but you’ll be generously rewarded for your efforts. Each of the 4 private cabins has been designed to fit harmoniously within the landscape, with floor-to-ceiling windows to maximise the magical Himalayan views, and gigantic beds wrapped in thick duvets and locally woven pashmina blankets. Guided walks from the camp take in spellbinding views of the Rāmgangā valley, while more intrepid guests can combine their stay with a longer trek organised by Kumaon Village Walks.
Mowani Mountain Camp, Namibia
In the vast savannah of Damaraland, with uninterrupted views of the Abu Haub valley, is the hauntingly beautiful eco-lodge Mowani Mountain Camp. This tented accommodation is a rare treat: each luxurious tent has a private deck looking out upon the stunning scenery and distant mountains. First-class guides will help you spot elusive desert elephants, but a stay here is as much about the landscape as it is the wildlife. Enjoy unforgettable sundowners from the camp’s lookout point, before gazing up at starry night skies that benefit from some of the lowest light-pollution levels in Africa.
Muang La Lodge, Northern Laos
The tropical rainforests of Northern Laos are home to local hill tribe communities that remain relatively untouched by modern tourism. Embark on guided day treks from the serene mountain hotel Muang La Lodge, with local experts on hand to explain tribal customs and traditions. Or head further afield by 4×4 to visit the remote villages of the Hmong, Ikhos and Khmu peoples. If trekking isn’t for you, enjoy a cruise down the picturesque Nam Ou river, taking in the huge limestone formations, before returning to the hotel for a piping-hot shower and superb 5-course dinner overlooking the river.