If you’re a nature lover, scouting for some new and fantastic views, forget those classic beach-view hotels you visit every year. Although watching a golden sunset is an ideal way to relax, we’re here to show you some alternative destinations, which will allow you to witness spectacular mountain views, better than any tropical vacation.
Observatoire du Pic du Midi, Pyrenees, France
Built of thick concrete walls, tunnels, and corridors, the Observatoire du Pic du Midi is the most famous observatory in France and feels like a relic of the Cold War. It is situated on top of a mountain 9,440 feet above sea level, but is, however, only a short cable ride from the ski resort, La Mongie. Surrounded by the Pyrenees National Park in the Hautes Pyrenees district, its telescope studded observation deck is a stargazer’s dream. You can have a romantic candlelight dinner under the twinkling stars and receive a cozy night’s accommodation for $473 a couple.
Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, Machu Picchu, Peru
If you want to be the first in for a pre-dawn hike to the Sun Gate, the Belmond Sanctuary Lodge is the place to go. It is the only hotel adjacent to the ruins and its gardens have spectacular views across Machu Picchu, the Andes mountains, and the Sacred Valley.
LEAPrus 3912 Alpine Station, Russia
How does stating on Europe’s highest peak sound to you? Built on the southern glacier of the mighty Mount Elbrus in Russia, this rare spot has a cool eco-hotel created designed by Italian architects. With prefabricated modules containing communal bedrooms and bunk beds, the LEAPrus 3912 isn’t exactly five-star worthy, however, it provides a one-of-a-kind experience.
Hotel Everest View, Namche, Nepal
Hotel Everest View was built over 45 years ago and currently holds the title of the world’s highest hotel. Comprised of 12 luxurious rooms, all laced with panoramic views of Mount Everest, this unique destination must be scribbled down on your bucket list. You can dine here in a cool restaurant, where one if its walls is made of an immovable boulder of the mountain ridge.