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)