There's hotels, then there's this extraordinary hideaway. Opening just this week in the ruggedly beautiful Denali National Park in Alaska, Sheldon Chalet is the park's first and only luxury hotel, and boy is it a beauty. Sitting almost 2,000 metres above sea level atop a granite outcrop and amid a 35-square kilometre snowfield amphitheatre, the five-bedroom chalet is like nowhere else on earth.
While Sheldon Chalet seems in the middle of nowhere, there's plenty to do during your stay. Two expert guides will offer plenty of once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including everything from trekking out on Ruth Glacier, snow-cave digging or igloo-building. What you do is up to you. It all begins, however, with a 45-minute scenic helicopter flight from Talkeetna (Champagne on arrival, of course) and an incredible getting-to-know-you seafood meal. That's our kind of check-in.
Whatever you decide to do at Sheldon, gazing at the Northern Lights is absolutely mandatory (if you time your stay right). And chances are you'll find yourselves just marvelling at the breathtaking views of Denali (North America's highest mountain) from your bedroom window. With digs as sumptuous as these, it's not hard to.
An experience like this truly is one you won't get anywhere else, so it's no surprise that a stay at Sheldon Chalet costs $23,000USD a night (with a two-night minimum stay).
To find out more about Sheldon Chalet or to make a booking, visit the website here.