If you’re searching for something new — perhaps with a luxurious twist — to add to your bucket list, consider this remote chalet in Alaska.
Sheldon Chalet is a family-owned and operated business tucked on the edge of Denali National Park and Preserve, 6,000 feet above sea level. The chalet, which officially opens in February, sits on a five-acre outcrop (called a nunatak) on a glacier.
The location is as magnificent as it sounds, and the only way in is by chartered plane.
From the hotel’s base, patrons can take in 365-degree views of the rugged Alaskan wilderness as the rapidly changing skies dance above. This luxe destination is the perfect spot to experience the Northern Lights, after all.
There’s no cellphone service or internet access, which will give you a chance to disconnect from social media. Plus, you’ll be so busy hiking a glacier, snowshoeing or skiing that you won’t even have a chance to miss it. The property also offers customized itineraries based on your vacation wants and needs.
Five rooms, each with jaw-dropping, panoramic views, make up the top floor of the chalet, which has a maximum capacity of 10 guests. Downstairs, a grand kitchen and shared living space with a soapstone fireplace creates the most perfect atmosphere to curl up with a glass of champagne and gawk at the surrounding views. There’s also a sauna and observatory you can use to your heart’s content.
And yes, there’s hot, running water in the washrooms, which are equipped with spa products. Imagine getting sudsy on top of a glacier.
“Alaska doesn’t have many of these crown-jewel experiences,” Marne Sheldon, who owns the property with her husband and sister-in-law, told Travel Weekly. “We hope to fill that niche.”
An on-site chef will even serve up meals based on seasonality and local ingredients, like Alaskan king crab and Copper River salmon along with plenty of wine and spirits.
The price starts at $2,300 USD ($2,850 CAD) per person, per night (an extreme price for an extreme experience), and is run on an all-inclusive model, which includes meals, accommodations as well as a ‘flightseeing’ tour on the plane ride to and from the property.
A stay in a chalet atop a glacier is perfect for anyone who subscribes to the belief that money is better spent on experiences than material possessions… and has the chequing account to back it up.