Do you enjoy fancy hotels that are off the beaten track? And enjoy being high in the sky? Mile-high members now catch a bird’s eye view of surrounding landscapes with some views starting at 14,000 feet above sea level. Withstand altitude sickness as you enjoy swanky amenities and chic sheets. Some hotels are not easy to access, but the payoff is well worth the view. From Peru to New Zealand, sit back, relax and enjoy the views at the best high altitude hotels in the world.
Amankora Gangtey, Bhutan
Altitude: 9,843 feet
This eight-suite hotel features broad views over 16th Century monastery, Gangtey Goemba and Phobjikha Valley. The journey from Paro includes a six-hour drive, which is best taken from a chauffeured car. Rooms overlook the hills and meadows of Black Mountain National Park, Bhutan’s largest nature preserve. During the winter months, guests are treated with a stellar scene of black-necked cranes migrating from Tibet.
Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru
Altitude: 7,710 feet
This hotel, part of the Orient Express Group, is the only hotel next to Machu Picchu. From Cuzco, take a four-hour trip via train or bus to the lodge, or walk for five days on the Inca Trail. The twin bed rooms features views of Huayna Pichu, Urubamba River Valley and 300-year old species of orchids.
Whare Kea Chalet, New Zealand
Altitude: 5,700 feet
Snuggled in the glacial snow of South Island’s Southern Alps is the steel and glass chalet. Accessible via helicopter, guests are picked up from the Wanaka to enjoy a 20-minute ride featuring Lake Wanaka and vast snowy landscapes. Only two rooms are available in the chalet, both feature amazing views, including Mount Cook. Mount Aspiring, and Lucas Glaciers.
Yeti Mountain Home Kongde, Nepal
Altitude: Approximately 14,000 feet
As the highest altitude hotel in the world, guest rooms are treated to a knockout view of Everest. Keep your iPod and laptop at home, to get to the hotel, guests are guided by local Sherpa’s and trek eight hours through the intense terrain. High alpine terrain includes waterfalls, lakes, streams and herds of goats and sheep. The postcard perfect rooms also showcase the best night sky twilight and surrounding mountains such as Makalu, Cho Oyu and Tawache.
Explora en Atacama, Chile
Altitude: 8,015 feet
The 42-acre desert oasis boasts picturesque views of Licanabur volcano and starry nights. An observatory is onsite so bring your camera to catch some of the best stargazing photographs. Take a dip in the pool or a two-day trek to Licanabur. Guests are picked up from Calama airport for a one-hour drive through the desert.
Far View Lodge, Colorado
Altitude: 8,000 feet
Located in Mesa Verde National Park, the lodge is situated on bluff where ancient Pueblo Indians made their home. The Santa-Fe designed rooms overlook miles of landscape including sites from four states. Bobcat’s mountain lions and wild horses have paid a visit to the hotel’s land. The old 15-mile wagon trail leads to the hotel’s entrance. The trail is steep and features tight switchbacks.
Elizabeth is a fitness professional, workshop presenter and freelance writer. She is an active traveler who treks the globe looking for interesting stories to write and places to photograph. Her most significant travel achievements include living and volunteering in Australia twice and studied yoga in India.