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10 luxury mountain escapes for the final weeks of summer

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Make the final weeks of summer count and take your loved ones on a luxurious mountain getaway. Mountain resorts across the globe are offering tons of activities and events throughout the summer for you to enjoy the great outdoors this season.

From zip-lining on one of New England’s longest zip lines at Omni Mount Washington Resort to discovering the Music Wonders of Park City at Montage Deer Valley, we’ve outlined below 10 destinations that are perfect for a mountain escape this summer.

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Omni Mount Washington Resort, New Hampshire, US

Beat the heat this summer in the White Mountains of New Hampshire at Omni Mount Washington Resort in Bretton Woods. Set along the spectacular presidential mountain range, the resort’s mountains provide the perfect backdrop for an array of activities to keep you entertained, including fishing, swimming, rock climbing, mountain biking and horseback riding.

Those who are more adventurous will love the Bretton Woods Canopy Tour – one of New England’s longest zip lines. Unwind from an activity-packed day as you overlook the colossal peaks of Mount Washington, Crawford Notch and the Rosebrook-Willey Range on the 900-foot colonnaded-style veranda.

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Gstaad Palace, Switzerland

Summer season has officially opened at Gstaad Palace an iconic hotel nestled in the heart of the Alps. Rich in history, the glamorous resort has seen a significant presence in Saanenland since 1913 and remains one of the last five-star family-owned Palace hotels in the region. And this summer season the hotel is introducing new alpine life activities including group hikes with picnics available morning, lunch and at twilight in a new picnic area built in the same spot where they planted 1,200 trees as a gift to the community, lunch or dinner at the Walig Hut, a charming rustic accommodation dating from the late 1700s with beautiful mountains and village views.

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Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Pennsylvania, US

Discover the perfect summer mountain escape at Omni Bedford Springs Resort located in the Allegheny Mountains of southern Pennsylvania. The resort offers luxurious accommodations, supreme dining venues and spa. During the summer, you are invited to take in the mountain views and enjoy everything the resort has to offer, from unwinding with a massage treatment at scenic Springs Eternal Spa and golfing on the historic courses, to hiking and fly-fishing.

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Marataba Safari Lodge, South Africa

The luxury reserve is one of the most beautiful places in South Africa. Rich red mountain rock bears down on the verdant plains at its feet, and it is not hard to imagine a time long past when Stone Age settlers sought refuge in the sanctuary of Marakele. Contrasting mountain landscapes, grass-clad hills and deep valleys characterize the park.

There’s a smorgasbord of activities from which to choose. Whether game drive, walking trail, sunset river excursion, or a private dinner for two, there is never enough time to exhaust the many ways there are to love this place.

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Aranwa Pueblito Encantado del Colca, Peru

This luxury hotel is a brand new resort and spa opened in Peru’s Colca Valley on the banks of the Colca River, a destination rich in Andean legends, colonial traditions and most notably the ‘Cruz del Condor’ or Valley of the Condors.

The luxury Peruvian hotel is designed to complement the natural beauty of its surroundings, with a clean, modern aesthetic. The 41-room hotel offers views of the surrounding majestic Andes Mountains and rooms feature solar-powered heat and hot water.

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Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa, California, US

It’s pedal-to-the-metal vacation time in the San Bernardino National Forest of Southern California with the new drive, dine and dream spring break package from Lake Arrowhead Resort & Spa. The chic Marriott Autograph Collection property is the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing American retreat just 90 minutes from Los Angeles.

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Six Senses Zighy Bay, Oman

Located on a headland on the northern Musandam Peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman, this chic hotel is set between dramatic mountains to the rear and a broad sandy beach in front. The Musandam Peninsula is an exclave region of the Sultanate of Oman, separated from the rest of the country by the United Arab Emirates.

The 82 rustic Omani style villas have exceptional views, with the sheer Hajar Mountains on one side and a white sandy beach stretching across to the Gulf of Oman on the other.

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Montage Deer Valley, Utah, US

Celebrate summer at Montage Deer Valley with the 12 wonders of Park City, a summer-long programme highlighting all that the vibrant town of Park City has to offer. Each week will spotlight a different part of Park City summertime living, with themes around adventure, arts, bounty, drives, healing, history, music, nightlife, romance, shopping, trails and waters. Those taking in sounds of Vince Gill during the ‘music wonders’ weekend, for example, may request a gourmet picnic basket complete with wine pairings to accompany reserved seating for a summer evening that celebrates Deer Valley’s abundant and diverse music offerings.

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Ananda in the Himalayas, India

Nestled in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, Ananda in the Himalayas is a luxury spa resort close to the mythological city of Rishikesh, surrounded by the enchanted Sal forest, overlooking the Ganges river birthplace of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda.

Set amongst 100 acres of virgin, the luxury spa in the Himalayas is built around a Maharaja’s palace estate and located 260 kilometres north of New Delhi. The resort features a restored Viceregal Palace, luxury spa, 75 deluxe rooms and suites, and three private villas with breathtaking views of the Ganges River and mountainside.

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Mustang Monument, Nevada, US

Launched in June, Mustang Monument is an eco-resort and wild mustang reserve surrounded by the wide horizons and soul-soothing open spaces of Nevada.

Guests at the luxury resort can enjoy plenty of outdoor activities. Riding is key to the experience here plus observing, learning about and photographing the beautiful mustang, horse-drawn and off-road vehicle safaris, calf roping lessons, archery, hiking, Native American beading classes, learning about the heritage and history of the Wild West and divine in-tipi spa treatments.

About

Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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August 20, 2014 | Travel | View comments

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