When we travel to the mountains, we like to do it in style. Sometimes we want to trade the standard wooden chalet with its log burner and fur throws for something a bit grander; and 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 sooner rather than later. With Michelin-starred dining, five-star concierge service and top-notch amenities, it’s easy to see why these are some of the best ski hotels in the mountains.
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 not only panoramic views but unparalleled ski-in ski-out opportunities too. 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, one of Aspen’s best ski hotels. The hotel has received one of the most prestigious certificates a hotel can receive, the AAA five-diamond award; only 0.3% of nearly 59,000 AAA hotels can boast to have a five-diamond status. The Little Nell is a combination of bright and spacious rooms that are designed in a modern fashion and filled with personality, as well as private mountainside 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 on an evening; why not try a Wagyu steak at Ajax Tavern and then take a tour of the famous Element 47’s 20,000 bottle-strong wine cellar?
The chic Chedi hotel is a beautiful luxury property located in the wonderful Swiss resort of Andermatt. The fantastic hotel comes from the creative mind of star architect Jean-Michel Gathy. Gathy designed the property in a unique style; The Chedi is an infusion of both traditional Alpine elements with a dash of Asian elegance. The hotel is furnished with dark wood, leather sofas and soft lighting to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere. There are also outstanding luxuries to look forward to, such as a 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 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 for a glass of wine or an evening meal for two.
If you’re searching for a retreat that’s free of the confines of a bustling resort, then look no further than Hotellerie de Mascognaz, an unspoilt Italian hideaway nestled in the mountains above Champoluc. Its remote location makes it one of the best ski hotels from a romantic break. When you’re ready to head to town, you can catch a skidoo for the 10-minute ride.
There’s a 20-metre indoor pool if you feel like taking a dip, 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 – both featuring warm wood floors and cosy stone walls. Each of the charming individual chalets has a different Alpine theme, ranging from the style of a stone-slabbed cottage to the carved logs of a forest cabin, all made by local craftsmen.
Le Refuge de Solaise is one of Val d’Isère’s most exciting additions to its brilliant resort. The wonderful property has been transformed from France’s oldest cable car station to one of Val d’Isère’s most luxurious residences with France’s highest hotel; perched upon the slopes of the Espace Killy at a mind-boggling altitude of 2,551m. At such a height, Le Refuge de Solaise is perfect for skiers looking to bask on a sunny terrace or soak up views of the dramatic mountainscapes. Le Refuge de Solaise is designed in keeping with the traditional chalet style too; built with traditional stone and timber materials to make it extremely appealing to the eye. The hotel also 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 of the most impressive wellness centres in Europe. The Tschuggen Bergoase spa, designed by innovative architect Mario Botta, is a 5000 sqm peaceful paradise; and an experience that any spa lover would dream of trying. The hotel has one of the most creative and contemporary interior and exterior designs to date. The hotel is filled with beautiful, spacious and vibrantly furnished rooms; with a mixture of cool and warm colours to give a wonderful contrast to the hotel. The Tschuggen has four different restaurants including La Vetta; a Michelin-starred restaurant offering artistic fine dining at 1,800m 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 hotel also has its own gallery, where you can see the masterful pieces of both Alessandro Busci, painter and architect, and contemporary artist, Marco Paladini. The Montana Lodge also has a delightful restaurant ran by star Chef Stefano Granata; who creates innovative dishes that combine the best of both traditional Italian tastes with a touch of modern elegance.
Verbier’s most illustrious address, the W Hotel is a place to see and be seen. Wake up to mountain views and access to over 400km of slopes in the Four Valleys. After a day on the slopes, relax in the state-of-the-art wellness area. Take a dip in the large indoor swimming pool, after that warm up in the bubbling jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
The Away spa has all the latest skincare and beauty treatments, and moreover, a calming relaxing area. 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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