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 five incredibly luxurious hotels that will make you want to book your next ski getaway sooner rather than later.
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.
New for the 19/20 season, Le Refuge de Solaise is one of Val d’Isère’s most exciting new 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 and 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.
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 also has four different restaurants including La Vetta; a Michelin-starred restaurant offering artistic fine dining at 1,800m.
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.
Nestled at the foot of Aspen mountain is the sparkling Little Nell Hotel. The hotel has also 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?