The best thing about travel is that there is no single formula for the perfect vacation. While some may adore the fast-paced lifestyle of a metropolitan city, others may prefer a more laid-back vacation at a beach destination. When it comes to enjoying everything the world has to offer, it truly is to each his own.
Even if you’re looking for a more off-the-beaten-path experience, there is a smorgasbord of options out there. Safari adventures? Done that. Visiting aboriginal tribes in Papua New Guinea? Possible. But while all these options may sound exciting, sometimes all a person wants to do is relax and appreciate an underrated yet beautiful locale in complete luxury — without hiking through rainforests for 12 hours or coming face-to-face with the wildlife of Africa.
Enter lakeside hotels. While beachfront resorts are ever-popular options for a tropical getaway, hotels located right by the world’s most beautiful lakes just don’t get enough credit. If you love nature, staying at a pristine lakeside hotel has all the advantages of a beach resort — minus the rowdy party-goers.
From a luxurious property in Lake Como to a residence located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park with panoramic views of Lake Pehoé, check out these 5 beautiful lakeside hotels that will get you yearning for your next vacation.
(Main image credit: Matakauri Lodge)
Opened in August 2016, Il sereno Lago di Como is Lake Como’s most sought-after address. Touted as Europe’s most exciting new luxury hotel, it is not hard to see why. The hotel is located on the iconic Lake Como, surrounded by snow-capped mountains, aristocratic villas and lush gardens, as well as quaint villages full of yellow and red houses.
The 30-suite hotel was designed by award-winning designer, Patricia Urquiola, who incorporates the surrounding environment with comfort and luxury — resulting in a stylish space facing one of the world’s most famous lakes.
Il Sereno Lago Di Como, Via Torrazza 10, 22020 Torno CO, Italy
Located along Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand, just 6.44km south of Queenstown, Matakauri Lodge is a stunning hotel featuring 12 sleek guest rooms that boast floor-to-ceiling windows, private terraces and open fireplaces.
What the property is known for, though, is its uninterrupted views of Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and the world-famous Remarkables ski area. If you’re a ski enthusiast, Matakauri Lodge makes for the ideal place to spend a winter vacation.
Matakauri Lodge, 569 Glenorchy Road, Queenstown, Closeburn 9371, New Zealand
The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe is located along the border of California and Nevada. Nestled within the Sierra mountain range, the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort has a stunning locale and makes for the ideal setting for a year-round adventure.
Amenities include a 20,000 square-foot Stillwater Spa and Salon with a total of 16 treatment rooms and two couples’ private massage suites, a variety of dining options, as well as indoor and outdoor function spaces with unobstructed views of Lake Tahoe.
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, 111 Country Club Dr, Incline Village, NV 89451, USA
Explore Patagonia, located in the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, boasts panoramic views of the glittering Lake Pehoé and opens up to vistas of the Cordillera del Paine mountain ridge.
The hotel offers guided rainforest hikes and horseback riding, with more than 50 day trips to choose from. Amenities include four open-air jacuzzis, a spa that is located on the edge of a beautiful pine forest, as well as a dining establishment serving modern New Zealand cuisine.
Explore Patagonia, Torres de Paine, Región de Magallanes y de la Antártica Chilena, Chile
This award-winning resort located in Lake Placid, New York, is known as one of the best ski hotels in the world. Nestled in an awe-inspiring locale in Mirror Lake, it features rooms and three restaurants that overlook the pristine lake and the Adirondack High Peaks.
Rooms are beautifully furnished, each appointed with Harden furniture, cathedral ceilings, and 10-foot doors — while bathrooms are decorated with teak wood, Turkish tiles and in-floor heat. If you’re not into skiing, the inn also offers guests access to Mirror Lake for swimming, boating and fishing.
Mirror Lake Inn, 77 Mirror Lake Dr, Lake Placid, NY 12946, USA