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Around the world in chalets

Chalets can be found all over the world, from the snowy Swiss Alps to the sweltering Montezuma jungle in southern Costa Rica. We’ve inspected the data to find the best chalet on every continent. *

Africa

Waterside Cottages in Gaborone, Botswana

Waterside Cottages

Waterside Cottages

The thatched Waterside Cottages sit amongst the unspoilt bush that lines Botswana’s Taung River. Guests can take a portable barbeque down to the riverbank (only a 7-minute drive from the cottage) or head to the nearby Mokolodi Nature Reserve and enjoy dinner on the terrace at the reserve’s four-star restaurant.

Asia

White Suites in Majdal Shams, Israel

White Suites

White Suites

All the best chalets have enviable views and the White Suites are no exception. Overlooking the foothills of Mount Hermon, these chalets make the most of the stunning scenery with a large sun terrace, a rooftop pool and floor-to-ceiling windows in every room. Fans of skiing will love the easy access to the nearby Mount Hermon Ski Site, and after a day of skiing, guests can enjoy a barbeque on the terrace.

Europe

Hyades Mountain Resort in Trikala Korinthias, Greece

Hyades Mountain Resort

Hyades Mountain Resort

The wooden Hyades Mountain Resort chalets look out over the Corinthian Gulf and the rugged slopes of Mount Ziria. Built with Alpine roofs and balconies, these chalets are surrounded by wildflower and vegetable gardens, which add a splash of colour to a scene that’s already picture-perfect. Inside, guests will find a snug yet stylish seating area, board games, a library and a well-stocked bar.

North America

Beaver Creek Lodge and Cabins in McBride, Canada

Beaver Creek Lodge and Cabins

Beaver Creek Lodge and Cabins

The simple chalets at Beaver Creek Lodge and Cabins are perfectly adapted to their surroundings. In the winter months visitors can enjoy snowmobiling and cross-country skiing, followed by a visit to one of the McBride restaurants or bars. The summer months, on the other hand, are perfect for hiking and white water rafting, with evenings spent around the firepit.

Oceania

Woodbank Park Cottages in Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Woodbank Park Cottages

Woodbank Park Cottages

The way to the Woodbank Park Cottages takes visitors past the gently steaming thermal pools of Hanmer Springs and through country lanes, lined with statuesque fir trees. The route is pretty enough in its own right, and the wooden chalets with their welcoming porch rocking chairs fit perfectly with the beautiful scenery.

South America

Chalé Recanto do Sol in Paraisópolis, Brazil

Chalé Recanto do Sol

Chalé Recanto do Sol

The pointed roof of Chalé Recanto do Sol is just about visible above the abundant, waving ferns. On the inside of the cabins have picture windows opening to sun-drenched vistas and mountains, including one window with a built-in hot tub. A wood-burning stove keeps cool evenings at bay and eating breakfast in the garden as the sun rises is a glorious start to the day.

** The data scientists at Booking.com looked at the most highly-reviewed chalets on every continent (except for Antarctica – we haven’t got any properties there).