A short but scenic drive from Mongolia’s capital city of Ulan Bator, Terelj Hotel is a pristinely-illuminated palatial retreat ensconced within the rugged forests, lakes, and mountains of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park. The hotel is a welcome respite of opulent tranquility against the banks of the Terelj River in the heartland and birthplace of Chinggis Khan, ideal after a Khan-influenced horseback riding adventure through the vast Khan Khentii,

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The interiors of Terelj Hotel recall an age of golden imperialism, with plush fabrics and ornate décor in every corner. Each of the 52 regal rooms and suites feature accents of Mongolian antiques, local contemporary art, rich patterned wall coverings, and creamy marble bathroom tiles. Textures range from mahogany paneled doors to beds lined in Egyptian cotton linen, warm Mongolian cashmere blankets, and silk cushions. Looking out from private verandas over the views of ancient Mongolian larch trees, it is difficult to comprehend this jewel amidst the raw nature where Chinggis Khan once trampled.

Four restaurants and three lounges offer seasonal Mongolian delicacies and Western fare with a refined French twist. Wake to the River View’s expansive breakfast menu and stunning sunrise views of the Terelj River and enjoy the sophisticated pre-dinner small bites and original cocktails—including more than 70 different whiskeys—at Argali Cocktail Lounge. From four- and five-course wine paired fare at Morin Khuur to casual smoothies, desserts, and specialty coffee at The Café, Terelj Hotel has each guests’ preferences covered.

Activities are endless in this corner of the forest. Relax at the Tereljmaa Spa or the swimming pool’s colonnaded pavilion, the largest of its kind in the country. Children will get lost in the kids’ club and game rooms, replete with Nintendo Wii, table tennis, air hockey, and foosball, while their parents retreat to the multipurpose Gentleman’s Club and multilingual Karaoke Room. But with the massive Gorkhi-Terelj National Park at the front doorstep, it’s virtually impossible to ignore the call of the rugged wilderness and traditional nomadic culture outside. Tennis, volleyball, winter ice skating, and bicycling are all available at the hotel, while the more adventurous bird watching, hiking, climbing, and horseback riding activities are just as accessible through the meadows of edelweiss, grassy steppes, glacial lakes, and forested mountainscape. While the area is virtually uninhabited, it is home to many nomadic Mongolians, offering a fun and interesting opportunity to interact with Mongolia’s authentic culture.

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