Airbnb has always offered a huge range of holiday accommodation, but it’s now raised the bar to dizzying heights.
Its new `Top of the World’ filter option showcases properties that are at least 10,000 feet above sea level, taking the `room with a view’ concept to a different level.
And to make your search even more niche, you can add filters for requirements such as a hot tub or games room.
So, if you dream of leaving it all behind and taking a holiday in the clouds, check out some of our favourites!
Perched high in the breathtaking Khumbu Himalaya in the Eastern Development Region of Nepal is The Everest Sherpa Resort, a nature lodge stationed 12,586 feet above sea level. Far from the tourist areas, during a stay here you can experience Sherpa hospitality, and embrace the local culture and customs. There are 22 comfortable bedrooms, hot water showers, home-cooked food, and 360-degree panoramic views of the mountains. The resort complies with sustainable tourism practices and costs £88 per night, per guest.
If glamping at the top of the world is on your wish list, renting a private room in this resort at Cusco Salkantay and Humantay Lake, 11,044 feet above sea level, could fit the bill. The price per guest is £101 per night and the accommodation includes hot water, towels, bed sheets, pillows, blankets, and breakfast.
The treehouse of Cerro Verde, Bogota, Columbia
Situated in the middle of primary tropical wet forest and 10,191 feet above sea level, the treehouse stands 8m high in the tree canopy, providing spectacular mountain and valley views. It can accommodate five guests and has two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom as well as a refrigerator and hot water.
It’s accessible by car or bus and is 25 minutes away from La Calera. You can enjoy walks in the Chingaza National Natural Park and good boots, warm clothes and a raincoat are recommended – the region can be both humid and cold.
The price is £46 per night. One guest commented: “What an incredible stay! The bird life is spectacular, especially in the mornings. We saw a few species of hummingbird and countless other species including a crimson-mantled woodpecker. The views from your bed are gorgeous and unforgettable.”
Hacienda Rumilahua, Ecuador
This spectacular villa at Cotopaxi in the Ecuadorian Andes is surrounded by five volcanoes. It’s an hour from Quito, in an area renowned for breeding Arab, Spanish, and Creole horses, and guided routes are suitable for all standards of horse rider.
It caters for 12 guests, having six bedrooms and six bathrooms. A huge social area overlooks the Corazόn and Illinizas mountains and after a day in the saddle, you can relax in a Turkish bath or jacuzzi and enjoy life around an outdoor campfire. It costs £353 per night per person. One guest commented: “It’s rare to watch the clouds flow below you, let alone at sunset, let alone in such a house.”
Fox Rock at Breckenridge, Colorado
This luxurious property in the Colorado mountains is set on five acres, covers almost 12,000 square feet, and is 10,273 feet above sea level. It boasts an indoor pool, a theatre, two hot tubs, five luxury bedrooms, six bathrooms, fully opening glass walls, a huge kitchen, a bar, and 360-degree views of mountain peaks and pine trees.
Choose between skiing in the winter – when a private ski shuttle operates – or visiting to enjoy spectacular autumn colours or the onset of spring. Fox Rock is 1.7 miles from restaurants and shops and costs £2,161 per night.
Rakchham, Himachal Pradesh, India.
At the foot of the dhar Soshla, this bed and breakfast offers fabulous mountain and river valley views from its 10,522-foot elevation. There are four bedrooms with comfortable beds and big bathrooms with modern facilities, and there’s a kitchen for guests to cook in, although breakfast is provided.
Helping you to fully immerse yourself in nature and the scenery, there’s a fire pit and a meditation cave in nearby rocks. One guest commented: “Great property with very humble hosts. They will help you with everything you need.” The price is £20 per night.
Casa El Cielo, north Colombia
From this lofty perch in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta at Magdalena, you can take in views across one of the world’s highest coastal mountain ranges. It’s 26 miles from the Caribbean coast and activities include trail hiking, exploring waterfalls in the tropical rainforest, and birdwatching.
There are two bedrooms, three bathrooms, and a kitchen and the cost is £337 per night. One guest commented: “Gorgeous architecture. Completely integrated with nature, very remote and chill.” Another said: “Getting to this house is not so easy, but absolutely worth it. This is a house you go to to disconnect, wear comfy clothes and just enjoy.”
Domo Black, Caldas, Colombia
Total immersion in the mountains is offered at Glamping Leόn Dormido, where domes are surrounded by extraordinary Andean scenery. According to one reviewer: “If you like adventure and are not afraid of altitude sickness, the Domo Black is the best option with the best view.
The food in the restaurant was exquisite.” The Domo Black is the tallest dome on site and overlooks the Nevada del Ruiz. It has one bedroom, a bathroom, a minibar, a fireplace, and a jacuzzi, and is priced at £98 per night.