Head 70 km upcountry from Ulaanbataar and a most unexpected surprise awaits in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, one of the most unspoilt, untouched places in the world where rare birds fly, glacial lakes sparkle, mountains beckon to be climbed, edelweiss sprawls across the hills, and hospitable nomadic tribes roam. This lavish oasis otherwise known as Terelj Hotel is a world unto itself, a veritable portal into Mongolian culture, history and pure adventure.

Terelj is tremendous in its beauty, and stunning array of offerings, and everything you might not expect in this corner of the world. Rooms were created as tranquil oases, rich with local artwork, exquisite linens, environmentally-friendly amenities and hi-tech gadgets galore. Bliss awaits in many forms at the property’s Terejlmaa Spa, a space entirely devoted to earthly indulgence, where you’ll find a vast menu of enriching body treats designed to restore your glow (and who couldn’t use something like that these days…) before you feast on the splendid array of dishes at four different restaurants.

They’ve thought of everything, from a creative Children’s Club to a Gentleman’s Club, where a game of cards and a Cuban cigar can be enjoyed, a museum filled with Mongolian antiques and souvenirs down to a Karaoke Room where you’re likely to hear jovial guests belting tunes in Mongolian, English, Russian or Japanese. Sporting from basketball to ice skating, cycling to camelback rides, this Small Luxury Hotel member has it all. And, what they haven’t added, nature takes care of in the surrounding areas where guests can visit the natural springs, scout wildlife, gaze in wonder at stunning natural rock formations, spelunk in the 100 Monks Cave, or explore a Buddhist meditation temple. A most amazing, unexpected jewel. www.tereljhotel.com

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