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Mountain Retreats
In a world where it seems to be increasingly hard to find the quiet, there are pockets of five star luxury that are maximising the particularly epic kind of peace that belongs to inhabiting the mountains. Isolation has been the co-operating factor that The Luxury Travel Bible has selected in compiling this list. Allow your eye to sweep up sheer peaks and into valleys and be prepared for your soul to be stirred.
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Amangani, Wyoming, USA
Amangani, Wyoming, USA
It rises up rugged and raw to sharply pointed peaks. The winter snow gives them the strange innocence of a child's frosted ice cone.
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Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Ananda in the Himalayas, India
Beautifully packaged like a one-stop shop to nirvana, Ananda focuses on the holistic blending of a wealth of Ayurvedic-based and international spa treatments, yoga and workshops.
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Banyan Tree Ringha, China
Banyan Tree Ringha, China
Officially designated as Shangri-la by the Chinese government, the 32 lodges and suites that make up the resort offer the kind of mountain-fed tranquillity that would tame any mind.
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Jade Mountain, The Caribbean
Jade Mountain, The Caribbean
Russian-Canadian architect Nick Troubetzkoy had a vision that to combine earth, air and water with this ethereal view to "unlock potential for a profound and magical level of enjoyment and celebration.
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Kasbah Bab Ourika, Morocco
Kasbah Bab Ourika, Morocco
Marrakesh and isolation aren't two concepts that usually sit side-by-side, which makes Bab Ourika, only 35 minutes from the city's airport, an all the more special point of seclusion.
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Machu Piccu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru
Machu Piccu Sanctuary Lodge, Peru
The Lost City of the Incas lies next door, its stone walls shredding away as sharply beautiful as the mountains that rise all around. Surrounding you is nature, bold and bright.
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Strawberry Hill, Jamaica
Strawberry Hill, Jamaica
Settled into the slope of a high mountaintop in the Blue Mountains region, Strawberry Hill has been an R&R pad for luminaries since Island Records owner Chris Blackwell bought the former coffee plantation in 1972.
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The Lalu Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
The Lalu Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
It was originally the central mountain retreat of Chiang Kai Shek that was built in 1901. Remodelled, what remains undeniably the same is the Zen-like view down into the lake and the mountains.
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Uma Paro, Bhutan
Uma Paro, Bhutan
There are more recent additions to five star luxury in this Himalayan realm but the remoteness of Uma Paro offers a particularly unique mountain retreat.
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Vigilius Mountain Resort, Italy
Vigilius Mountain Resort, Italy
The view begins in reverse through the windows of a cable car that climbs you slowly up through the South Tryolean Alps to the top of the car-free mountain.
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