It's a real shame that some of the most stunning vistas in the world are virtually inaccessible without some kind of hellish hike. Unless, of course, you have a helicopter. Happily, there are some rather magnificent lodges, perched in the most spectacular but out-of-reach locations, that heli guests in. From New Zealand's Southern Alps to the Canadian Rockies, these five lodges will fly you in so you too can appreciate the rugged beauty of these secluded landscapes.
Mica Lodge, Canada
Backcountry skiers rejoice – Mica Lodge is a dazzling retreat perched high above the Columbia River, in the heart of British Columbia's snow belt. Offering breathtaking views from every angle, guests at Mica Lodge can experience Canada’s backcountry in unsurpassed comfort. Mica limits its capacity to 20 guests, allowing for a 1:1 staff to guest ratio, ensuring that you’ll feel at home and catered to from the moment you walk in the door. In addition to service, the lodge facilities aren't too shabby either, with everything from plush lounges to rooftop hot tubs. The skiing itself is unmatched too. The folks at Mica know what they’re doing and their heliski adventures sure prove it. Rest up after a day of deep powder with one of Mica’s luxury spa experiences and a gourmet meal - you’ll need it to hit the slopes again the next day.
Minaret Station, New Zealand
Located near Lake Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island, Minaret Station is tucked away at the head of a glacial valley, deep within the untouched Southern Alps. Guests at the lodge are hosted either exclusively or as part of a small group, with four luxuriously-appointed alpine chalets to choose from. The lodge is a wilderness adventure playground, offering countless outdoor experiences from heli skiing and hiking to guided fishing and hunting trips. Minaret also recognizes that impeccable cuisine is central to any five-star vacation experience, and uses fresh local produce to prepare gourmet meals that draw from European and Asian influences. Don't forget to take advantage of every chalet's private hot tub and complimentary mini bar.
Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet, New Zealand
Also situated in the Lake Wanaka region of New Zealand’s South Island, Whare Kea Lodge & Chalet offers an even more exclusive experience for guests. The private chalet is located on the north side of Dragonfly Peak, offering astounding views of Mount Cook and Mount Aspiring with its tumbling glaciers. The chalet acts as a a spectacular home base from which you can enjoy a ton of adventues – from scenic helicopter flights to hiking or heli-skiing. The spacious chalet was designed to have minimal environmental impact, but that in no way compromises the luxury experience – you’ll have your own staff on hand to cook gourmet meals and act as mountain guides.
Purcell Mountain Lodge, Canada
Perched amidst the alpine slopes of Bald Mountain in British Columbia’s northern Purcell mountains, Purcell Lodge is a three-storey timber-framed lodge which can accommodate up to 28 guests (NYE party, anyone?). With a frozen lake covered in silky soft snow that's perfect for cross country skiing to ice-capped mountain peaks, winters at the lodge are truly incredible. Purcell does not skimp on amenities either, and offers guided daily activities, chef-prepared gourmet dinners featuring elegant Canadian cuisine, hearty mountain breakfasts and packed lunches with home-baked goodies. It's a winning combo of adventure, relaxation, comfort and a truly unforgettable experience.
Talus Lodge, Canada
Talus Lodge is a private chalet providing fantastic views of the remote, alpine backcountry of the Canadian Rockies. It's a perfect place in both summer and winter to relax, dine and enjoy after a tough day of hiking, skiing or snowshoeing in the mountains. The lodge can accommodate 10 guests plus staff to cater to your every whim throughout your stay. Given its close proxminity to Banff National Park’s boundary, the lodge is certainly an upscale base for outdoor adventure, exploring local streams, lakes, mountain hikes and alpine wildlife.