The suffocating heat of summer is always very uncomfortable, so why not choose to spend your time near the cooler climates of lakes and mountains? Whether you are heading to the Plitvice Lakes of Croatia or the Mt. Fuji Lake in Japan, you will be able to experience world-class blue waters and enjoy picturesque lake views. Let's take a look at six of the most perfect summer lake resorts for heat-addled travelers. Such gorgeous scenery should not be missed out on!

1. Mount Fuji Lake Kawaguchi, Japan

Lake Kawaguchi is the most easily accessible lake of the Fuji Five Lakes with direct train and bus connections from Tokyo. A hot spring resort town with phenomenal views of Mount Fuji is located around the lake's eastern end, though the northern and western shores are left mostly untouched by man. The best views of Mount Fuji can be enjoyed from the lake's northern shores and are particularly breathtaking during the cherry blossom season of mid-April and the transition to autumn around the first half of November.


HOSHINOYA Fuji is nearly hidden by the surrounding woods, located 100 meters up the slope of a mountain. Slender paths meander through a landscape of soil, grass, and tree roots. Inhale deeply and gaze up at a ceiling of red pine needles and leaves that hang far above. Leaves and branches cast shadows that shift subtly over time, allowing one to perceive the sun's changing position in the sky. One will find that their eyes will instinctively be drawn to every slight change or occurrence that graces the scenery.

2. Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is one of the oldest and the largest national parks in Croatia. In 1979, Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects inland Croatia with the Adriatic coastal region.

Hotel: B&B Plitvica Lodge

Featuring air-conditioned rooms with LCD satellite TV and an authentic wooden ambiance, B&B Plitvica Lodge is a 5-minute walk from the highest waterfall of the Plitvice Lakes National Park. The rooms have king-size beds and beamed ceilings made in oak wood. Each room comes with a fridge and a private bathroom. The property is located within a protected area and has a terrace with views of the idyllic scenery. Restaurants and souvenir shops are sprinkled throughout the national park, all within walking distance. Free private parking is available on site.

3. Lake Annecy, France

The French lake Annecy, known as the cleanest lake in Europe, is situated below the Alps and is the second largest freshwater lake in France. At its north end, there is an old town with medieval canals and bridges. The town of Saint-Jorioz has a popular beach. There are trails around the shore and pleasure boats dot the lake in summer. Travelers can swim, row, or take a sightseeing cruise on the lake to enjoy a relaxing summer afternoon. On the other side of Anxi Lake lies the Angon Waterfall, a must-visit summer spot where the water flows straight from the cliff.

Hotel: Hôtel Restaurant Yoann CONTE Bord du Lac

A mere 16-minute walk from the beach, Hôtel Restaurant Yoann CONTE Bord du Lac features its own private pontoon with sun loungers on the shores of Annecy Lake. Guests can relax in the 1640 square foot garden and enjoy a personal view from their hotel room. The chalet-style suites each have their own balcony with views of the lake, a flat-screen TV, a coffee machine and a mini-bar. Private bathrooms at the hotel are equipped with a balneotherapy bathtub. The hotel’s two-time Michelin-starred restaurant serves innovative and traditional cuisine using fresh, seasonal products. The hotel’s location is convenient for water activities in the summer and skiing in the winter. The historic community of Annecy is 2.5 mi away and authentic French markets are only 0.6 mi away. Free private parking is available on site.

4. Lake Taupo, New Zealand

Lake Taupo was created nearly two thousand years ago by a volcanic eruption so big it darkened the skies in Europe and China. Visit the Craters of the Moon and you'll see evidence of the lake's fiery birth in its geysers, steaming craters, and boiling mud pools. At many of Lake Taupo's beaches, swimmers and paddlers can enjoy warm, geothermal water currents. Just north of Lake Taupo you'll find New Zealand's most visited attraction, the magnificent Huka Falls, where more than 220,000 liters of water thunder over the cliff face every second.

Hotel: The Point Villas

The Point Villas are located in a private estate overlooking the blue waters of Lake Taupo, just a 10-minute drive from the Taupo town center. Each villa has its own private mineral-heated swimming pool. Located among native trees and landscaped grounds, the villas at The Point are spacious and elegant, with expanses of glass opening onto wide terraces with lake views. The interiors feature wood furniture, leather lounge suites, open gas fireplaces, and a collection of local artworks. Each has a beautifully equipped kitchen in which guests can self-cater or request the services of a personal chef.

5. Peggy Powell Lake, United States

Located in the Glen Canyon National Scenic Area, Peggy Powell Lake is a spectacular landscape that attracts nearly three million visitors each year. Lake Powell was originally an artificial lake dam built in 1960 but has now been elevated into the perfect recreational destination where passengers can engage in outdoor water activities such as water skiing, canoeing, and helicopter rides.

Hotel: Dreamkatchers Lake Powell Bed & Breakfast

Located 25 miles from the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and 14 miles from the Page Municipal Airport, the Dreamkatchers Lake Powell Bed & Breakfast is a well-equipped hotel in a great location. This bed and breakfast even offers a hot tub with a spacious garden and sun terrace. Couples particularly like this location – most rated it a 9.6/10 for a two-person trip.

6. Italy Maggiore Lake

On the south side of the Alps, Lake Maggiore is the second largest lake in Italy. Since the climate is mild year-round, the area is filled with abundant Mediterranean vegetation and exotic plants. Lake Maggiore was featured in Ernest Hemingway's infamous novel, A Farewell to Arms, where the protagonist and his lover had to row across the lake to escape the Italian Carabinieri (think police in military uniforms). Here's to hoping you won't have any run-ins of that nature.

Hotel: Relais Casali Della Cisterna

Relais Casali della Cisterna resides in two 19th-century buildings overlooking Lake Maggiore, surrounded by a private park. It offers elegant rooms with gorgeous lake views, private outdoor parking, and free Wi-Fi. The rooms are air conditioned and include a minibar, an electric kettle, and a full kitchenette. Some units even have a personal balcony and terrace. The hot tub, fitness area, and child’s playground are located in the park and available to all guests. Sweet and savory breakfast options are served daily, and gluten-free options are available on request.