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7 Most Beautiful Hotels at the End of the Trail

By: Michelle Arean

Michelle Marie Arean is an experienced writer who has written for Glamour and Latina magazines, World City Business and South Florida Parenting. Her most recent role as managing editor for a B2B travel publication, had her traveling around the world while covering new developments in the tourism industry. Michelle's website Bella Vida Styles covers beauty, book reviews, fashion, travel, wellness, and work-related stories.

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January 19, 2023 | Adventure Experts

What could sound more luxurious than laying your head on a comfy, plush bed with a fire lit nearby and taking in exquisite views after a long day of hiking and exploring? From hotel stays dating back over 100 years to private chalets in the middle of a mountain peak, to being surrounded by the foliage, and mountains or having the possibility to spot wildlife from the comfort of a luxury safari tent, we have seven captivating properties around the world that you can call home during your stay. You’ll definitely want to call these spots your home away from home.


  1. Parador de Santiago de Compostela
  2. The Ahwahnee Hotel
  3. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba
  4. Camp Moremi
  5. Dead Sea Marriott Hotel
  6. Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur
  7. Sheldon Chalet

1. Parador de Santiago de Compostela ~ Spain

Experience the rich history and timeless charm of this luxury hotel on our El Camino de Santiago Hiking Tour.

— Mountain Travel Sobek

As one of the oldest hotels in Spain, which dates back to 1910, Parador de Santiago de Compostela serves as home to guests on the 9-day Spain: El Camino de Santiago Hiking Tour. The property, located in the Plaza del Obradoiro, is situated next to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the most visited cathedrals in the world.

Parador de Compostella in Spain in El Camino de Santiago active adventure

Source: Parador de Santiago Compostella | Link to accommodation

The current hotel was once a Royal Hospital and has kept its historic Plateresque façade on the outside and four cloisters, corridors, and hallways, while now featuring luxurious rooms, and a museum that houses the largest collection of Madrid School paintings in the Paradors collection. Guests will feel as if they’re walking through history during their stay.

2. The Ahwahnee Hotel ~ California

Rest up at this luxury hotel with scenic mountain views of the Yosemite Falls on our California Yosemite National Park Hiking Adventure.

Mountain Travel Sobek

While traveling on the 6-day California Yosemite National Park Hiking Adventure, guests will stay at the Ahwahnee Hotel, a luxury property located in Yosemite Valley that is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. The property was built in the 1920s and was designed to put the focus on its natural surroundings highlighting Yosemite Falls. 

Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park

Source: The Ahwahnee Hotel | Link to accommodation

Not only does the property offer breathtaking views of the nature surrounding it, but also culinary offerings and luxury suites featuring private fireplaces and balconies as well as secluded cottages nestled in the forest just a short walk from the main hotel. Walks around the property will have guests coming face-to-face with views of the Half Dome, Yosemite Falls, and Glacier Point. There’s no question why this property has housed iconic travelers including presidents and royalty as well as other famous personalities.

3. Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba ~ Peru

Savor the rich culture and luxury of this grand hacienda on our Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Hiking Tour.

— Mountain Travel Sobek

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba is a contemporary, hacienda-style hotel located in the Sacred Valley of the Incas in-between Cusco and Machu Picchu. The property is surrounded by the captivating countryside and mountains and spans 100 acres. Guestrooms in the Casa Hacienda and the luxury casitas all feature views of the valley and interiors feature colonial furniture and authentic Inca masks and handicraft woodwork that adds to the local charm.

Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba hacienda-style hotel in the Sacred Valley of the Incas

Source: Inkaterra Hacienda Urubamba| Link to accommodation

The property’s Earth to Table concept features a 10-acre organic plantation where guests can pick their own produce including quinoa, Urubamba corn, medicinal herbs and a variety of potatoes. Guestrooms feature handmade wool coverlets, baby alpaca blankets, and a chimney to keep warm. When joining the 8-day Peru Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Hiking Tour you will relax in luxury while enjoying nature views during your stay here.

4. Camp Moremi ~ Botswana

Discover the breathtaking Moremi Game Reserve while staying at this enchanting camp on our Botswana Classic Safari Adventure Tour.

— Mountain Travel Sobek

Going on safaris and viewing wildlife in Botswana on the 9-day Botswana Classic Safari Adventure Tour isn’t all you’ll have to look forward to on this journey. You’ll also get to stay at Camp Moremi, located beneath ebony trees in the Xakanaxa area of the Moremi Game Reserve, which offers views over the Xakanaxa Lagoon. These 12 luxurious safari tents are a unique experience as they’re raised on teak platforms with glass sliding doors that open to private decks and offer ensuite bathrooms, king-size beds, and a desk. An elevated public area houses a lounge, library, bar, and dining room, while breakfast and tea are served in the garden. In addition, you’ll get to relax at the lookout deck and plunge pool. 

Camp Moremi safari and wildlife adventure

Source: Camp Moremi | Link to accommodation

In the evenings, you’ll dine under the stars as the staff pampers you, and come morning you’ll enjoy homemade pancakes to start your day with sightings of elephants, lions, and leopards among others. There is no WiFi on the property, which helps you disconnect from the bustle of your daily life as you immerse yourself in the nature around you.

5. Dead Sea Marriott Hotel  ~ Jordan

Unwind and rejuvenate at this 5-star hotel, where relaxation is a top priority, on our Jordan Passage to Petra trek.

— Mountain Travel Sobek

The 12-day Jordan Passage to Petra Trekking Tour gives you the opportunity to stay at the Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa located on the Dead Sea’s shores—the lowest point on Earth. This five-star resort with views of the Dead Sea offers luxurious guestrooms with deluxe bedding, marble bathrooms, walk-in showers, and private balconies overlooking the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea Marriott Hotel in the 12 day Jordan Passage to Petra trekking tour with MT Sobek

Source: Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa | Link to accommodation

There are multiple dining options on the property serving a range of culinary delights and offering captivating views. There are also various pools including a Dead Sea Water pool, a spa featuring a Dead Sea salt pool and natural products, a gym, and bars, and you’ll have beach access with an attendant and a supply of nourishing Dead Sea mud.

6. Jai Mahal Palace, Jaipur ~ India

Escape to the opulent grandeur of this stunning heritage hotel on our Royal Rajasthan & Pushkar Camel Fair Tour.

— Mountain Travel Sobek

After a day of exploring on the 15-day India Royal Rajasthan & Pushkar Camel Fair Tour, you’ll rest at the Jai Mahal Palace. The property, which is set on 18 acres of the Mughal gardens, dates to 1745 and offers Rajasthan heritage. This opulent property, which features the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, is in downtown Pink City in Civil Lines near the main shopping center and historical monuments. The five-star hotel was formerly the residence of three Prime Ministers in Jaipur and has been restored to what it is today. Housing 96 guestrooms and six suites you will enjoy views of the city and palace gardens.

Jai Mahal Palace in the 15 day India Royal Rajasthan and Pushkar Camel Fair Tour with MT Sobek

Source: Jai Mahal Palace | Link to accommodation

On-site, you’ll have access to two specialty restaurants including Cinnamon serving authentic Royal Indian cuisines, and Giardino serving contemporary Italian fare, plus Marble Arch, which offers all-day dining, and Marigold Bar with a selection of single malts and cigars as well as specialty cocktails. You can also enjoy signature experiences such as Bajot Private Dining—a regal and romantic dinner experience. In addition, the Jiva Spa offers yoga and meditation to help you relax after your days of exploration.

7. Sheldon Chalet ~ Alaska

Expect a private, secluded experience at this beautiful property on our Alaska Denali Glacier Private Multi-Adventure Tour.

— Mountain Travel Sobek

Guests on the 6-day Alaska Denali Glacier Private Multi-Adventure Tour will stay at Sheldon Chalet, a five-bedroom property that offers you a private experience for up to 10 guests traveling as a family or friend group. Situated on a nunatak (an isolated peak) within the Don Sheldon Amphitheater of Denali’s Ruth Glacier, this all-inclusive experience is only reachable by air transportation. There are no roads, rails, or trails with access to the area and the nearest town is 55 air miles away.

Sheldon Chalet

Source: Sheldon Chalet | Link to accommodation

This truly private experience includes an inbound and outbound helicopter flightseeing tour from Talkeetna or Anchorage, all food prepped by a world-class chef, use of adventure apparel and gear, plus guided adventures around the 35 sq. miles of the Don Sheldon Amphitheatre. You’ll also get to unwind at the sauna, which offers glorious views of the summit. During your stay, you’ll have the opportunity to spot wildlife including moose, bears, caribou, foxes, coyotes, and more during your scenic flight to Sheldon Chalet.

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