When we travel to the mountains, we like to do it in style. Sometimes we want to trade the standard wooden chalet for something a bit grander. If there is one thing that we can find in the spectacular mountain resorts, it’s spectacular hotels. Here are some of our favourite, luxury ski hotels that will make you want to book your next ski getaway. With Michelin-starred dining and five-star concierge service, it’s easy to see why these are some of the best ski hotels in Europe and North America.
When it comes to this five-star luxury hotel in the snow-sure area of Les Arcs, it’s all about the location. Perched high up in the Paradiski ski area at the top of the Le Cabriolet lift, the Taj-I-Mah offers panoramic views. If you can tear yourself away from the vista, next on your list should be the Taj-I-Mah’s culinary attractions. Le Diamant Noir is a fine dining establishment headed up by Michelin-starred Chef Eric Samson. While the L’Atelier d’Eric, inspired by the vibrancy and cuisine of Tibet, serves contemporary dishes prepared in a rustic wood fire.
Nestled at the foot of Aspen Mountain is the sparkling Little Nell Hotel. The hotel has received one of the most prestigious certificates a hotel can receive, the AAA five-diamond award. The Little Nell is a combination of bright and spacious rooms that are designed in a modern fashion and filled with personality. The hotel also has private residences with gourmet kitchens, rooftop pools and private gyms. The Little Nell has a selection of brilliant restaurants ran by world-renowned chefs and chic bars to keep you entertained. Try a Wagyu steak at Ajax Tavern and then take a tour of the famous Element 47’s 20,000 bottle-strong wine cellar.
One of the best ski hotels in Europe, the chic Chedi hotel is a beautiful property located in the wonderful Swiss resort of Andermatt. This fantastic hotel comes from the creative mind of star architect Jean-Michel Gathy. Gathy designed the property in a unique style with an infusion of both traditional Alpine elements and a dash of Asian elegance. The hotel is furnished with dark wood, leather sofas and soft lighting to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. The hotel has a great Japanese restaurant serving delicious sashimi as well as a Cheese room and a Wine and Cigar Library, perfect for enjoying a glass of vintage wine or a snifter of Cognac.
Les Fermes de Marie, located in Megève in the French Alps, epitomises the idyllic, rustic ski lodge look. The five-star hotel is composed of a number of chalets, which gives it a friendly village atmosphere. Facilities include a world-class, full-service spa featuring both indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, steam rooms and Japanese Ofuro baths – deep wooden tubs designed specially for complete relaxation. The hotel’s rooms and suites exude a feeling of warmth and cosiness with plush cushions, throws and lamps. Sloping ceilings and wooden walls and floors create a magical setting to enjoy a drink in the evening.
An unspoilt Italian hideaway nestled in the mountains above Champoluc, Hotellerie de Mascognaz’ remote location makes it one of the best ski hotels for a romantic break. When you’re ready to head to town, you can simply catch a skidoo for a 10-minute ride. There’s a 20-metre indoor pool and the chic modern spa offers views across the Plateau Rosa. Have lunch at one of the highest restaurants in the Alps, with two dining rooms to choose from. Each of the charming individual chalets has a different Alpine theme, all made by local craftsmen.
Le Refuge de Solaise is one of Val d’Isère’s most exciting additions. The property has been transformed from France’s oldest cable car station to one of Val d’Isère’s most luxurious residences. Perched upon the slopes of the Espace Killy at an altitude of 2,551m, Le Refuge de Solaise is perfect for skiers looking to soak up views of the mountains. Le Refuge de Solaise is designed in a traditional chalet-style; built with both stone and timber materials. The hotel has a beautiful gourmet restaurant, a stylish cocktail bar and a relaxing wellness centre. Le Refuge has quickly become one of the most exciting hotels in the mountains.
The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is one of Switzerland’s most luxurious Alpine properties and has one undoubtedly of the most impressive wellness centres in Europe. The Tschuggen Bergoase spa, designed by innovative architect Mario Botta, is a 5000 sqm peaceful paradise. The hotel has one of the most creative and contemporary interior and exterior designs to date, with beautiful and vibrantly furnished rooms. The Tschuggen has four different restaurants including La Vetta; a Michelin-starred restaurant offering artistic fine dining making this one of the best ski hotel choices for gourmands.
Situated at the edge of the pristine Italian resort of La Thuile lies the magnificent Montana Lodge and Spa hotel. Montana Lodge is a beautiful hotel which brings together the best of contemporary design with a natural ambience. Some rooms are made to create the sensation of being in an Alpine forest; with floors made with naturally wavy parquet and timber walls. The Montana Lodge has a delightful restaurant ran by star Chef Stefano Granata who creates innovative dishes that combine both traditional Italian tastes and a touch of modern elegance.
Verbier’s most illustrious address, the W Hotel, is certainly one of the best ski hotels in Europe. After waking up to mountain views, head out on your ski and enjoy over 400km of slopes in the Four Valleys. Following a day on the slopes, relax in the state-of-the-art wellness area. Take a dip in the large indoor swimming pool, after warming up in the bubbling jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Nourish yourself with an energising juice or smoothie bowl at the Arctic Juice & Café, before deciding where to dine. The W Kitchen is a contemporary bistro, Eat-Hola is Verbier’s first tapas bar and Carve Sushi Bar brings you the best of Asian flavours.
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