We’ve rounded up hotels where you don’t need to venture out to make the most of the destination. All you need to do is look out the window. At 2,112 meters above sea level, Chetzeron is so high up in Crans Montana that “away from the crowds” takes on an entirely new meaning. The 16 rooms and suites as well as the restaurant (above) have panoramic views of the Rhone Valley and the majestic Alpine peaks, from Matterhorn to Mont Blanc.
Another mountain range further east but just as imposing are the Caucasus, best enjoyed from the terraces (above inset) of the Rooms Hotel Kazbegi. A geometric edifice, the hotel mimics its surroundings while framing them with expansive windows. Perhaps you’d rather sleep among the trees (literally!) in the ultimate treehouses (main image above) at Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park in northern Portugal. Designed by architect Luis Rebelo de Andrade, the sustainable lodgings are almost invisible, clad in native raw materials and do nothing to detract from the main protagonist—a centuries-old park.
Get a big, riveting slice of New York’s Lower East Side at The Ludlow Hotel, which evokes the neighborhood’s rich history—from the “Gangs of New York” era to Jewish immigration to the wild art and music scenes. The stunning result includes 175 rooms with a lofty industrial vibe and big casement windows (above)—many affording impressive views of the New York skyline—furry throws on chairs, and lavish bathrooms.
Postcard-perfect Provence has long beguiled visitors with its aromatic landscape blossoming under a cerulean blue sky. At Domaine des Andéols, located just one hour from Avignon, clean lines, bold geometric spaces (above main image), and an evocative art collection reframe this seductive region. Just as iconic for its arresting scenery, Mykonos has long been climbing up the wanderlust charts. Suspended between sky and sand, Myconian Avaton seems to grow miraculously out of bare rock. A showpiece on the famed Elia Beach, the property is defined by its stunning panoramas and its 85 harmoniously designed rooms and suites (above inset), where private pools and Jacuzzis abound.
When you’re located in Shangri-La, your surroundings can’t help but be chimerical. At Sunyata Hotel Meili, in the ruggedly awe-inspiring mountain terrain of China’s Yunnan province, the views include the sacred Snow Meili Mountain, the “Three Parallel Rivers” of Asia’s greatest tributaries, and a rich botanical World Heritage Site. In other words, paradise.