Do you love hiking? Then get ready to be blown away – these are the most beautiful hiking hotels in the world to spark your wanderlust!
Let me say this now – I absolutely love hiking.
As much as I love throwing myself off crazy high bridges and other awesome adventures, hiking is an activity that I do on pretty much every trip I go on.
However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve ditched the hiking hostels and switched them for luxurious hiking hotels. If I’m walking for more than a few hours a day, I want somewhere nice to rest at the end of the day. Hey, as I said, I’m getting older and I now enjoy the finer things in life.
From spending 10 days hiking in the Himalayas to exploring the countryside of Greenland, I have been to some of the most beautiful places in the world.
However, there are a few places I haven’t been to yet that very high up on my list. The world is a big place and I haven’t been everywhere yet.
With that in mind, here are the most beautiful hiking hotels in the world. What I would give to stay at a couple of these.
If you’re looking for some inspiration on where to go hiking this year, this is the perfect place to start.
I first went to Lake Louise during the summer of 2014 and I instantly fell in love with the place (as does everyone!) Along with my buddy Justin, we hiked a few of the most popular trails around Lake Louise like summitting Beehive and hiking to the Plain of the 6 Glaciers. In terms of beautiful scenery, it’s hard to beat Alberta in Canada.
Then I came back here during winter of last year and fell in love all over again. Lake Louise is just as beautiful during the winter as it is in summer; many would argue it’s even more beautiful.
This time around I stayed a Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a luxurious hotel right on the shores of the lake, and it is up there with the best hiking hotels in the world. If you’re looking for a place that’s close to the action with loads of hiking trails in the area, this is your place.
If you ever need any inspiration to travel to the Dolomites in Northern Italy then check out Tom Archer’s photos. Every time I see one I want to book a trip there.
Even there are loads of options of places to stay at in the Dolomites, Rifugio Lagazuoi is one of the best in the area, especially for hiking. This magical hotel sits at 2,750m and the views of the mountains are next level.
There are so many hiking trails around the hotel and as the Dolomites aren’t the highest mountain range it’s possible to summit a few of the smaller peaks in a day too. Back at the hotel, you get to relax in the highest sauna in the Dolomites. Also, as you’d expect from a hotel run by an Italian family, the food is incredible.
This is without a doubt one of the best places to stay in the Dolomites. It doesn’t get much better than this place.
I spent a couple of months travelling around China but the one place I didn’t make it to was Huangshan. You know the mountains from Avatar? Yep, those are these ones.
As I’m sure you can imagine, with these karst mountains all around this is one of the best hiking spots in all of China. That means you’ll want to stay at one of the best hiking hotels, so take a look at Huangshan Yupinglou Hotel. The views from this place say it all.
There are some incredible hiking opportunities in the area but make sure you’re back on the terrace for sunset. Also, there are some hot springs in the area too if you’re looking for a place to unwind from all the hiking. For a hotel near hiking trails, it’s hard to beat Huangshan – for me, this is some of the best hiking in all of China. When I’m next in China again I’m heading straight for this place!
Okay, so this is pure bucket list territory for me. At around £500 per night, Kasbah Tamadot is one of the most luxurious hotels in Africa. Well, what would you expect from a hotel owned and run by Sir Richard Branson!
Surrounding Kasbah Tamadot are the Atlas Mountain range, the best hiking spot in Morocco. One of the most popular hikes here is Mount Toubkal, the highest peak in North Africa. The trek to the top takes around 3 to 4 hours and the views from the top are just stunning.
Back at the hotel you can laze in the two infinity pools, enjoy Richard Branson’s private collection of fine art and artefacts or enjoy a session in the spa after an amazing day’s hike. As I said, a real bucket list place.
I doubt you will have heard of Amangani in Wyoming but it is up there as one of the world’s most beautiful mountaintop resorts. The hotel offers unparalleled views of the Grand Teton Mountains and the surrounding meadows and valleys.
The view from the outdoor heated pool are exceptional but in terms of “I can’t believe I’m staying here”, the restaurants are unbelievable too. All the rooms at Amangani are lined next to each other so each one has an incredible view – they know what people come here for and they deliver it on a plate.
It goes without saying, but there are loads of hiking opportunities here during the summer, and Wyoming is one of the best ski spots in the States for those looking for a winter break. I would say, despite the price bracket, that this is one of the best hotels for hiking in the States.
If you’re looking for a resorts with hiking trails nearby, you really can’t go wrong with this one.
This may be a little controversial, but I think hiking in Cornwall is as good as anywhere in the world. Being a Brit, I might be a bit biased though.
Saying that, even though you don’t get gorgeous mountains, the coastline is spectacular in Cornwall are there are some really good hiking spots in the area.
My favourite spot is the Bedruthan Steps (here’s my guide to the Bedruthan Steps if you’re going there!) These are a series of granite stacks that have fallen into the sea creating one of the most dramatic stretches of coastline in the UK.
According to legend, the rocks were stepping stones for the giant Bedruthan who used them as a shortcut across the bay. I love this image of a great lumbering giant leaping from rock to rock. Just think Lord of the Rings when you’re here and you’ll understand.
The best place to base yourself if you want to explore the Bedruthan Steps and other parts of Cornwall is the Scarlet Hotel. This is a luxurious eco-friendly hotel in Mawgan Porth. Lashings of style and comfort are combined with breathtaking sea vistas which make for the ultimate relaxing stay!
Chile is without a doubt one of my favourite countries in the world. When it comes to hiking, Patagonia is on another level. It’s virtually a hiking Mecca; there’s a reason why people flock to this location above all others.
If you’re looking for one of the best hiking hotels in the world then cast your eyes on Explora Patagonia. This magnificent all-inclusive resort is located right in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park and it is just so stunning.
The view that surrounds you is of Salto Chico waterfalls and of the Paine Massif mountains, the pinup postcard for Patagonia. The best thing to do here is go horse-riding and be a gaucho for the day exploring the countryside. Then you can return to the resort for a dip in the outside hot-tub and soak in the beauty of the mountains. Just bliss.
I think it’s safe to say you can file this one under the ‘most adventurous hotels in the world’ tab. Take a look and you’ll see what I mean.
Which one of these hiking hotels would you stay at? Any of them catch your eye? Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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