The height of luxury: Lavish new coffee-table book takes readers on a tour of the world’s most breathtaking mountain hotels and retreats, from the Alps to the Andes
- Mountain Escapes, published by teNeues, features more than 50 hotels situated in and around mountains
- Highlights include a hillside hotel near Machu Picchu and a retreat hidden in the Blue Mountains in Australia
- It leaves readers ‘fully immersed in a glorious display of nature and architecture that invites you to dream’
If you think you know what it feels like to live the high life, a lavish new coffee table book will make you think again.
Mountain Escapes – The Finest Hotels and Retreats from the Alps to the Andes, published by teNeues (www.teneues.com), showcases jaw-dropping retreats set amid breathtaking mountain landscapes that are beyond your wildest dreams.
More than 50 hotels are featured in the tome, including a sensational South African safari camp; a hotel in Bali with one of the most beautiful swimming pools in the world; an Australian retreat set amid the splendour of the Blue Mountains; a breathtaking chalet built from Swiss pine and natural stone on a mountain plateau in Austria, and a hotel in Peru with rooms scattered amid orchid trails and tea fields.
The introduction to the book enthuses that it contains ‘stunning shots by top photographers throughout’ leaving readers ‘fully immersed in a glorious display of nature and architecture that invites you to dream’.
It adds: ‘Those who find themselves drawn to the mountains can list countless reasons why. It might be the elegant curves through the deep snowbanks; breathtakingly remote peaks only accessible via helicopter… Or maybe it’s the subdued quiet far from the urban hubbub come summertime, with bubbling brooks and ice-cold streams, spectacular hiking trails, and fresh mountain air. Whatever their calling, this book offers a unique selection of the world’s most impressive mountain escapes.’
Below MailOnline Travel offers a sneak peek at some of the book’s most eye-catching images.
Pictured here is the Marataba Safari Lodge in South Africa’s Marakele National Park. The bushland surrounding the 15 guest suites is traversed by elephants, giraffes and antelopes heading to watering holes. The design of the suites has been inspired by huts of South African tribes, the book reveals. It adds: ‘The suites and main building, which is made entirely of stone and glass, contain furniture in the Prouvé style that would look just as good in an urban loft’
The hotel rooms and cottages at The Machu Picchu Pueblo Hotel in Cusco, Peru, are styled after an authentic Andean village and scattered over the hillside among ‘an exotic blend of orchid trails and tea fields’. The rooms are described in the book as ‘rustic’ with wood-burning fireplaces and local art on the walls. Guests can also choose to stay in suites with hot plunge pools – ‘and explore Incan trails that wind through waterfalls, gardens, and wild forest right outside their front door’
The Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Are, Sweden, lies high up on the mountain. The hotel offers two indoor pools and an outdoor pool that overlooks the majestic peaks of the Areskutan ski resort
The 16 breathtaking alpine chalets and two villas of the Premium Eco Resort Priesteregg have been built 3,600ft (1,097m) high on a mountain plateau in the Salzburg region of Austria. The accommodation, built from Swiss pine and natural stone, offers panoramic views over the Leoganger Steinbergen range and the Steinerne Meer Mountains
The Alila Ubud hotel in Bali, Indonesia, sits high above the Ayung River. The resort’s swimming pool (pictured) has been named one of the 50 most beautiful in the world and gives the appearance of spilling directly into the river
The Szuflandia Resort is located on a slope of Mount Kiczera in the Beskid Forest in Wisla, Poland. According to Mountain Escapes, at this hotel, suspended bedrooms with glass walls hang above terraces to give guests the feeling that they’re sleeping in the treetops
The Mahu Whenua Resort in Wanaka, New Zealand (pictured), was once a family retreat, but its five rooms and two cottages are now open to guests. The interior of the accommodation is designed with homely woods and plaids. The panoramic windows and terraces, meanwhile, overlook a valley towards Lake Wanaka
The Emirates One & Only Wolgan Valley in New South Wales, Australia, is located in the centre of the Blue Mountains. Guests can expect accommodation with crackling fireplaces, their own private pools and spectacular views of the valleys and mountains, Mountain Escapes divulges
The Hoshinoya Gugua resort in Taichung, Taiwan, has been designed around the concept of hot mountain spring bathing. Guests have the opportunity to take dips in the privacy of their own rooms and in communal bathing areas
The Six Senses Bumthang Resort in Bumthang, Bhutan, built its guest accommodation around the trees to create the feeling of being a ‘forest within a forest’. Pictured is the hotel’s restaurant
Mountain Escapes – The Finest Hotels and Retreats from the Alps to the Andes is published by teNeues (www.teneues.com). The hotel on the cover of the book is Bergdorf Priesteregg in Austria