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Top 8 Luxury Resorts in Lake Tahoe

The largest alpine lake in North America, Lake Tahoe sits across the California and Nevada border in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It offers a year-round adventurer’s playground, from cruising, swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking in the summer to world-famous slopes for skiing and boarding in the winter. Tahoe also hosts some especially luxurious accommodation options, so if you’re looking for the total package here, be sure to book one of these luxury resorts.

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe
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Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino

The Hyatt Regency lies on the Nevada side of the lake in Incline Village, an area known for its more tranquil, nature-oriented scene. From here you’ll be able to enjoy multiple scenic trails for hiking and take advantage of its lakeside location for a refreshing summer dip or enjoying just about every water sport imaginable. Guests can also try their luck at gambling in the Grand Lodge Casino, enjoy rejuvenating treatments at its Stillwater Spa, the largest and most comprehensive spa in Tahoe, swim in the large indoor/outdoor pool with a lazy river, or tee off on one of the lakeview golf courses that are just minutes away.

Key Amenities:

  • Indoor/outdoor pool with lazy river

  • On-site spa and casino

  • Rooms, upscale suites and private waterfront cottages

Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
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Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe

The Ritz-Carlton is the crème de la crème when it comes to Tahoe resorts. It’s the first and only AAA Five Diamond mountain resort in California, set in a mid-mountain location on Northstar California Mountain, providing access not only to winter sports but to summer activities like hiking, fly fishing, biking and watersports – all just steps from your door. This year-round luxury resort features elegant rooms and suites with fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows as well as a 17,000square-foot mega spa that sits at the slope side. Treatments are focused around the water and woods and include ladies’ and gentleman’s lounge areas with sauna, steam and whirlpool. Fine dining at the Manzanita features rustic California cuisine with mountain influences, while the “Marshmology” experience including the “Art of the S’more,” around the fire pit each evening is sure to please both kids and the kid-at-heart.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site mega spa with sauna, steam and whirlpool

  • Rooms and suites with fireplaces and floor-to-ceiling windows

  • Kid-friendly experiences for both summer and winter

Edgewood Tahoe Edgewood Tahoe
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Edgewood Tahoe

The Edgewood Tahoe is located on the 235-acre property of the Edgewood Tahoe golf resort on the shores of South Lake Tahoe. When you walk into the lobby with its 38-foot tall ceilings and stellar views of the lake, you will realize you have found one of the best places to stay on the lake. This LEED-designed lodge has luxury guest rooms, an 8,500 sq. ft. spa and salon, outdoor fire pits, a 40-person outdoor hot tub, a heated pool, a 200-seat bistro restaurant, a 3,000 sq. ft. ballroom, an adventure center, kids camp, and premium shopping. Room amenities include private access to the Edgewood beach, feather comforters, and excellent views of the water and the mountains. Edgewood Tahoe also has added The Villa Suites, which are two, three, and five-bedroom lakefront units with picture-perfect views of Lake Tahoe on the 8th and 9th fairways.

Key Amenities:

  • Spa and salon on-site

  • Private Edgewood beach access

  • Shares property with Edgewood Tahoe golf resort

Everline Resort and Spa Everline Resort and Spa
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Everline Resort and Spa

This was the location of the 1960 Winter Olympics, and it’s been one of the most popular destinations for luxury tourists since then. There’s no denying the charm of this place, no matter what season it may be. The Everline Resort and Spa is surrounded by lush greenery that’s contrasted by the beautiful skies. You can get a completely deluxe mountain home experience with access to all the benefits and amenities of a full-service resort. You’ll even have access to a shopping plaza on the premises, so you’ll never have the need to ever leave the area. An on-site spa, championship golf course and ski-in and ski-out access are just a few perks at this resort.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site spa and championship golf course

  • Ski-in and ski-out access

  • Full suites and resort rooms with kitchens and fireplaces

Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe Marriott Grand Residence Club Lake Tahoe
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Marriott Grand Residence Club, Lake Tahoe

Located in South Lake Tahoe (on the California side of the lake), the spacious lodgings at the Marriott Grand Residence Club are ideal for vacationing families. Skiers appreciate that the gondola up to the Heavenly Ski Resort is just steps from the front door. When you need to thaw, take a dip in the hotel’s heated pool or hot tub. Because this is a Grand Residence, the rooms are owned by Marriott Vacation Club members, meaning that the amenities resemble those of timeshares more than hotel rooms; you’ll get a fully equipped kitchen and dining area. Even though the resort does not charge for Wi-Fi usage, the valet parking fee galled many recent guests. This property is a Marriott Rewards category 8, meaning that members need at least 35,000 points to book a free night.

Key Amenities:

  • On-site spa, heated pool and hot tub

  • Access to Heavenly Ski Resort gondola

  • Full kitchens and dining rooms in residences

Harrah's Lake Tahoe Harrah's Lake Tahoe
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Harrah's Lake Tahoe

With 18 stories that show off the beautiful views of Lake Tahoe with Sierra Nevada in the backdrop, Harrah’s is one place that will take your breath away. The interior of this place will make you feel as if you’re outdoors already. This award-winning hotel is the ultimate destination for those who are looking to have a luxurious yet entertaining experience. You’ll have access to the world-famous South Shore Room, and of course, Harrah’s well-known Casinos. It’s the ultimate playground for adults, but don’t think that you can’t bring the kids along. There’s plenty for the family to enjoy together in the hotel.

Key Amenities:

  • 18-story high hotel with Sierra Nevada views

  • On-site casino and live entertainment

  • Indoor pool, spa, salon and fitness center

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Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn

Built for the 1960 Winter Olympic delegation, this upscale village-style property is particularly appreciated for its bucolic grounds, which are crisscrossed by stone pathways and interspersed with Adirondack chairs. The hotel is situated within Squaw Village and offers ski-in and ski-out accessibility. In terms of culinary options, the hotel offers a formal restaurant known for its wine list, as well as a more casual bar and lounge. The grounds are ample, with a number of wide pathways for walking and skiing in the winter months. The small outdoor pool, set among pine trees, and an adjacent hot tub. The meeting room and event hall are airy and bright, with lots of natural light and exposed beams.

Key Amenities:

  • Ski-in and ski-out accessibility

  • Outdoor pool with hot tub

  • Village-style poroperty with on-site restaurants

Old Greenwood by EastWest Hospitality Old Greenwood in Lake Tahoe
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Old Greenwood by EastWest Hospitality

The four-pearl Tahoe Mountain Resorts Lodging offers direct access to Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort, with plenty of nearby upscale shopping and dining found via cobblestone streets. Housed in separate lodges in the quaint Village at Northstar, the spacious, luxe rooms include kitchens, surround-sound TV systems, and fireplaces. A heated pool, underground parking, and the beautiful mountain setting are added bonuses. However, it can be difficult to find a room here in winter, and rates may increase depending on availability.

Key Amenities:

  • Outdoor, year-round heated pool and hot tub

  • Rooms in townhomes, villas, cabins and private homes

  • On-site Jack Nicklaus golf course

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