Everyone wants to get to the top, but nobody knows how to stay there. Metaphors aside, it is possible to stay at the top — the top of the mountain, that is. While people are busy flocking to the beach, try checking out mountain hotels instead. The view is always going to be spectacular and ever-changing. The vast expanse of the ocean may just remain as it is — water for miles ahead — but there is always something new to see where there are mountains and forests involved.
That said, you don’t need to be a seasoned mountain climber to be able to get to these mountain hotels. Most are accessible by car, while some may need other modes of transportation such as a helicopter or cable car. But it certainly won’t be your average taxi ride from the airport. Whatever the means needed to get there, one thing’s for sure: the view you get upon checking in will be like none other.
While you’re there, be sure to go on a digital detox. Mobile reception will be scarce at the top, but you don’t need to scroll through your Instagram when there are so many other things to see and do while you’re up there. Check out our picks for the best luxury mountain hotels to check in to, and then check out some mountains you can hike while you’re still in Southeast Asia.