Affectionately known as the “Gem State,” Idaho is a must-visit destination in the Northwestern United States for vacationers who want to enjoy some of the country’s most breathtaking mountain scenery. This is also where you’ll find top-rated ski and wilderness resorts. Popular getaways include a stay at Shore Lodge, an intimate luxury lakefront resort amidst the mountains, and the elegant, European-inspired Knob Hill Inn. For a dose of extreme luxury, The Coeur d’Alene Resort is worth every penny of your room rate – especially when you factor in the chauffeur-driven BMW experience. Whatever your budget or interests, you’ll find plenty of great places to stay with our list of the top-rated resorts in Idaho.
1 Shore Lodge, McCall
The elegant Shore Lodge in McCall has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top-rated resorts in Idaho. This elegant property not only has the beautiful lake and mountain views you normally expect in Switzerland, but also has the same appeal as a top luxury destination in Europe. Consisting of just 75 suites (many overlooking glacier-fed Payette Lake), the resort pampers guests with beautifully appointed accommodations featuring a choice of king or queen size beds, separate sitting areas with a pull-out couch, refrigerator, HDTV, and a large outdoor deck. .
The resort also offers excellent amenities. Highlights include a heated pool with a hot tub, fitness room, game room, and fire pit. There is also a movie theater along with fine and casual dining options. Shuttle service and valet parking are available for guests wishing to explore McCall. Use of the resort’s bicycles is also included in your stay.
Accommodation: Shore Lodge
2 Knob Hill Inn, Ketchum
One of Idaho’s finest boutique hotels, the beautiful Knob Hill Inn is the perfect base for a great summer or winter getaway. Amenities include unhurried breakfasts in front of the scenic fireplace, as well as lunches and dinners at the inn’s restaurant, The Grill at Knob Hill. Also worth checking out is the inn’s indoor heated pool, hot tub, and sauna. Shuttle service is available to various points in and around Sun Valley and Ketchum when the urge to venture further afield strikes, whether for off-site dining, a hiking or biking adventure, or skiing (equipment handout). ). For a real treat, be sure to book an in-room massage.
The 450 square foot king rooms are a popular choice for couples. These well-appointed rooms also feature a living area with a wet bar, marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs and walk-in showers, and balconies with stunning mountain views. An upgrade offers the chance to stay in one of the slightly larger fireplace rooms, each with a real wood burning stove. There are also a small number of spacious one-bedroom suites.
Accommodation: Knob Hill Inn
3 Teton Springs Lodge and Spa, Victor
With the stunning pristine beauty of the Teton Valley as a backdrop, Teton Springs Lodge & Spa is perfect for those seeking first-class accommodations close to Yellowstone National Park’s famous attractions. As well as exploring the surrounding countryside, guests can enjoy a variety of other activities from golf and tennis to fishing during the warmer months. Winter is all about activities like downhill and cross-country skiing, as well as thrilling helicopter rides. ski adventures. A variety of treatments and services are also available at the resort’s Stillwater Spa. The resort’s café-bistro and restaurant offer dining options.
While the resort offers a variety of accommodation options, the two-bedroom luxury suites are one of the most popular for families and larger groups. These large and stylish units with their elegant wood finishes and flourishes comfortably sleep up to eight guests and feature fully equipped kitchens, separate living rooms with fireplaces and ample seating, plus balconies.
Accommodatie: Teton Springs Lodge and Spa
4 Sun Valley Lodge, Sun Valley
Another luxury vacation destination worth considering in Idaho is the elegant Sun Valley Lodge. The resort consists of 108 spacious rooms and a popular option for couples are the cozy king suites. Notable features include custom furnishings, separate entry areas, large bathrooms with granite floors, oversized soaking tubs and separate showers, HDTVs, as well as mini-fridges and coffee makers. A version of this room with two queen beds is also available, as are rooms with ski lockers.
A must for pampering lovers is a visit to the 20,000 square foot spa and recreation area. This is also where you will find the fitness center and yoga studio with regular classes, along with the glass-enclosed, heated outdoor pool. There is also a great dining option on site including a poolside cafe and restaurants. Other fun activities include downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Accommodatie: Sun Valley Lodge
5 Het Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene
Located in the quaint lakeside town of the same name, the luxurious Coeur d’Alene Resort offers guests a world-class vacation experience in the heart of Idaho’s beautiful northwestern mountain region. Popular with groups and families, as well as couples, this world-class resort is particularly loved for its beautiful lakefront setting (be sure to request a lake view if available).Amenities at this property include a fully equipped spa; dining (including in-room options); a heated infinity pool; and for golfers, the ability to tap off the world’s only “floating green” (it’s built on a platform on the lake). A nice perk is the chance to enjoy a driver BMW when the need arises to get out.
The rooms at The Coeur d’Alene are equally interesting. One of the best choices is the luxurious fireplace suites, each with a spacious bathroom featuring a soaker tub, granite countertops, separate shower and bathrobes. These rooms also have a private balcony overlooking the lake. If you really want to make a splash, go for the 2,500 square foot penthouse suite. Popular with visiting celebrities, the suite features an in-room waterfall bath, separate living and dining rooms, a fireplace, whirlpool tub and a private glass bottom pool.
Accommodation: The Coeur d’Alene Resort
6 Sun Valley Inn, Sun Valley
Since opening in 1937, Sun Valley Inn has provided visitors with excellent accommodations to explore and enjoy the beautiful Sun Valley area. This charming property does not resemble a mountain chalet in the Alps and offers great amenities, including two restaurants, convention space, a heated outdoor pool and a fitness room. Golfing at nearby championship courses is popular in the summer, and there’s plenty of fun in the winter too, with activities such as downhill skiing and cross-country skiing.
The rooms are cozy and comfortable and come with a mini fridge as standard; tea and coffee supplies; a 55-inch HDTV; and a spacious bathroom with wood accents, granite countertops and a stand-alone shower. Upgraded rooms feature pullout couches and a marble bath with bathrobes.
Accommodation: Sun Valley Inn
7 The Lodge at Sandpoint, Sagle
One of Lake Idaho’s premier boutique hotels, The Lodge at Sandpoint offers guests an intimate vacation experience. Consisting of just 29 rooms and suites, along with a quaint guest house and detached cottage, the lodge has a beautiful
sandy beach on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, lakeside patios to kick back and relax on, and an expansive front porch with sweeping views over the mountains. Other on-site amenities include a fitness room, two hot tubs, and a reading room. A nice perk is the inclusion of a continental breakfast. There’s also plenty to do nearby, including activities such as golfing, boating, and plenty of skiing action in the winter.
Guestrooms feature amenities such as comfortable pillow-top beds, spacious bathrooms, mini-fridges and coffee makers. The largest suite consists of approximately 1,100 square feet of living space, including a master bedroom, kitchenette with full-sized appliances, fireplace, and private balcony. A number of easily accessible units are available for those with mobility issues, and pets are welcome in some units (ask in advance to require either).
Accommodatie: The Lodge at Sandpoint
8 Schweitzer Mountain Resort Lodging, Sandpoint
The Schweitzer Mountain Resort is one of Idaho’s top ski destinations, nestled in the middle of an impressive 2,900-acre ski area. The resort is as popular with skiers and snowboarders as it is with Nordic and cross-country skiing enthusiasts. The resort features over 25 miles of trails, most of which are also good for snowshoeing. The resort village also offers plenty of indoor fun, including a full-service spa, swimming pools, a fitness center (yoga classes offered), numerous restaurants, a movie theater, and shops. There are also numerous organized activities and programs for children, including crafts and arts.
There are also many choices when it comes to accommodations. Popular options for larger groups and families include large 3-bedroom suites that can sleep up to 10 people. These nearly 2 square meter units are spread over three levels and come with features such as a separate games room with arcade style video games, a fully equipped kitchen and a spacious living space.
Accommodation: Schweitzer Mountain Resort Lodging
9 Western Pleasure Guest Ranch, Sandpoint
For something completely different, check out the historic Western Pleasure Guest Ranch in Sandpoint. Reminiscent of the spirit as the Old West – the same family has run the ranch for over 100 years – this true-to-nature experience offers the opportunity to stay in unique log cabins and lodge-style accommodations while enjoying horseback riding adventures. Other notable amenities include the Great Room, ideal for dining and meetings, a recreation room, an outdoor hot tub, and a basketball court. Laundry facilities are also available.
One of the most popular accommodations, the Meadowview Cabin sleeps six comfortably and offers a beautiful view of the ranch. Highlights include a large stone fireplace, spacious bathroom with separate tub and shower, full kitchen with appliances, and a large wrap-around deck. Smaller rooms are also available.
Accommodatie: Western Pleasure Guest Ranch