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a c o l l e c t i o n o f t h e g r e at e s t p l a c e s t o s tay i n t h e s n ow


a c o l l e c t i o n o f t h e g r e at e s t p l a c e s t o s tay i n t h e s n ow

E D ITE D B Y PATRIC K THORNE


a c o l l e c t i o n o f t h e g r e at e s t p l a c e s t o s tay i n t h e s n ow


Welcome Luxury ski resort accommodation – just what is it exactly? It may seem blindingly obvious, but in my personal travels I’ve stayed in five star hotels that ticked the boxes to get their grading, but didn’t seem bothered to do any more, and conversely, I’ve stayed in simple bed and breakfast pensions where the service was definitely five star, even if the price was not. With Powder Retreats we’ve set out not just to find the good five star hotels that do more than tick the boxes – but we’ve also included those hard-to-find, luxurious private chalets and beautiful boutique hotels.


I’m pleased to say that we have been able to get a good

Without wanting to sound too much like a travel agent, the

geographic spread of luxury properties too, with chalets and

simple laws of supply and demand are stacked up against you

hotels from ten countries in four continents included, because

when you’re wanting to book somewhere special during the

although we tend to think of the Alps or the Rockies when we

ski season. The odds are shorter still against success if you’re

think of top resorts, there are in fact ski slopes in 80 countries

looking to stay in luxurious lodgings over the busiest weeks of

around the world now, and an increasing number of these have

Christmas, New Year and in the peak ski season in February.

luxury hotels to stay in when you’re not on the snow – be it

Many chalets featured take bookings a year in advance. Of

Canada or Switzerland, Japan or the Lebanon.

course if you are wanting to stay in one of the large five star

The problem with so many of these establishments however,

hotels rather than a small chalet you have much more choice

wherever they are, is actually forcing yourself to make the effort to

and the availability will be greater, but even these will have a

get out on to the slopes in the morning. Of course they make it easy

limited number of luxury suites, so the message remains, book

for you, with heated boot rooms, staff to carry your skis to the lifts

as early as you can.

– it’s all seamless. The difficulty is forcing yourself out of your ultracomfortable bed, getting quickly through the gourmet breakfast and managing to stagger out past the spa and on to the snow!

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CHA M ONI X / FRA

Gasthof Post 78 Hotel Zürserhof 24

CO U RCHE V EL 1 6 5 0 / FRA

GRAN D M ASSIF / A U S

Hotel Manali 92

La Source 102

ESPACE K ILLY / FRA

K i t zb ü h e l / A U S

Chalet de la Cloche 8

Royal Spa Kitzbühel 22

LES GETS / FRA

SOL D EN / A U S

The Ferme de Moudon 76

Central Spa Hotel 94

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The Hermitage 28

M ERI B EL / FRA

D OLO M ITES / ITA

Chalet Foinsbois 20

Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina 80 Lagació Mountain Residence 82

Madonna di Campiglio / ITA

Ferme du Ciel 66

Hotel Garni del Sogno 54

SERRE CHE VALIER / FRA Chalet Chez Bear 98

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Les Suites du Nevada 64

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Chalet Lhotse 14 Hotel L'Aigle des Neiges 58 Le Chardon Mountain Lodges 40

A D EL B O D EN / SWI The Cambrian 18

GRI M ENT Z / SWI Chalet St Christophe 74

GSTAA D / SWI Grand Hotel Park 96

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White Pod 50

Z ER M ATT / SWI Chalet Zen 100 Hotel Matterhorn Focus 10 Mont Cervin Palace 62 The Omnia 44

LA K E LO U ISE / CAN The Fairmnont Chateau Lake Louise 68

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Q U E B EC / CAN Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu 52

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WHISTLER / CAN The Fairmnont Chateau Whistler 36

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LE B ANON InterContinental Mzaar Resort and Spa 30

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HA K U B A / J PN The Ridge 38

Lenkerhof 34

L e s C e r n i e r s / SWI

J ASPER / CAN The Fairmnont Jasper Park Lodge 86

Chalet Maldeghem 90

LEN K , SI M M ENTAL / SWI

B ANFF SPRINGS / CAN The Fairmnont Banff Springs 26

The Gstaad Palace 60

K LOSTER s / SWI

ASPEN , COLORA D O / U SA Hotel Jerome 84

Va l d ’ I s è r e / FRA Chalet Le Rocher 16

Å RE / SWE Copperhill Mountain Lodge 70

TIGNES / FRA

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Le Lodge Park 88

SA M O Ë NS / FRA 13

ARL B ERG / A U S

The Clubhouse 32

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Chalet Cerisier 12

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Chalet de la Cloche France ESPACE KILLY The team behind Chalet de la Cloche have worked

sumptuous, elegant and contemporary interiors with

+44 (0)20 8293 3850

hard to create the perfect ski holiday experience,

all of the furniture made specifically for the chalet.

info@ski-base.com

avoiding the pitfalls that can beset even the most

But then the thought that goes in to your day, by the

luxurious accommodation when every detail hasn’t

chalet’s team, is perhaps the most important of all.

been considered.

After a day on the slopes you can relax with a glass

So firstly they found a building in the perfect location,

of champagne, have a soak in the jacuzzi, sunbathe

just 50 metres from the piste in the village of Les

on one of the terraces or just watch a DVD on one of

Brevières, in the Espace Killy, the huge world class

the plasma screens.

ski area shared between Tignes and Val d’Isère.

Then six evenings a week, guests will be treated

we recommend...

They then ensured the chalet offered a host of

to a sumptuous five course meal with canapés,

Relaxing on the incredible 1000 count Egyptian

luxurious amenities. Guests have the pleasure

champagne and wine, all included to complete the

cotton sateen sheets beneath goose down duvets

of relaxing surrounded by some of the most

perfect experience.

www.ski-base.com

we love... The always innovative cuisine of the chalet’s Heston Bloominthal trained chef.

to prepare for another hard day’s skiing.

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Hotel Matterhorn Focus Switzerland ZER MATT

+41 (0)27 966 2424

Zermatt is a very special resort, with Europe’s

blending perfectly into the mountain environment.

info@matterhorn-focus.ch

highest lifts, one of the world’s biggest lift-served

The hotel is not big, with just 30 spacious rooms and

verticals and the iconic backdrop of the Matterhorn

suites, some with free-standing bath tubs specially

make it hard to beat.

created for the hotel, placed to provide a view of the

The resort is full of top class accommodation too,

Matterhorn, others looking on to the resort’s car-free,

so to stand out is a challenge, and the answer

but often bustling streets.

from the Matterhorn Focus team was to design

Facilities include a glorious indoor pool, outdoor

the hotel like a work of art.

whirlpool, saline bath, caldarium and a sauna, with

This ‘Design and Lifestyle Hotel Garni’ was created

massages and beauty treatments available.

from the slopes to make full use of the

by Heinz Julen, world famous for his eye-catching

But the key element of the success of the Matterhorn

superb spa facilities.

creations. With its distinct lines, the architectural

Focus, behind the great design and the excellent

style follows that of the mountain railways creating

facilities, is the discreet but attentive service to the

a building that is elegant, without being obtrusive,

high standards required by the owners.

www.matterhorn-focus.ch

we love... The fantastic views of the Matterhorn.

we recommend... Taking as much time as you can spare

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Chalet Cerisier France Chamonix Chamonix may be one of the world’s top resorts,

chalets built by Pierre Trappier, the pre-eminent

+44 (0)7850 833 969

but it sits in a narrow, shady valley and finding

chalet builder in the region. It successfully

info@chaletcerisier.com

accommodation that maximises the view stretching up

combines a massive wooden construction in

more than 3000 metres above, can be a challenge.

the alpine tradition with modern aesthetic and

Step forward Chalet Cerisier which is situated in the

ecological considerations.

perfect spot to take full advantage of some of the

Sleeping ten guests in five bedrooms, each with its

most dramatic views in the Alps. It’s located just

own individually designed bathroom, making it hard

outside the famous ski town in a wide and sunny

to choose which to have when your party books the

part of the valley. To the south, the twin peaks of the

building, the chalet is a haven of tranquillity, full of

we recommend...

Drus and the Aiguille Vert rise to over 4,000m, to the

space and light. The large open log fire adds a cosy

You choose between the large master bedroom,

west Mont Blanc itself dominates the skyline.

ambience, whilst under-floor heating throughout is

airy light upper rooms, self-contained studio

Completed in 2006, Le Cerisier is one of the last

provided by a geothermal system.

www.chaletcerisier.com

we love... The magnificent views through the huge picture windows and from the equally large balcony.

room or ground floor bedroom with wet room.

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Chalet Lhotse France Val d’Isère With its outlook on to the mythical Face de

be prepared on request by a chef employed by

+33 (0)613 921 500

Bellevarde, Lhotse is the envy of Val d’Isère. Ideally

the chalet’s owners.

contact@montelinvest.com

located, this restful chalet is a one-minute walk from

Lhotse sleeps 12 guests in five en-suite double

the old village and from the slopes.

bedrooms with a further twin. The master bedroom

Light floods into the open plan living and dining area

boasts a solid stone bath and each bedroom features

from vast picture windows. The dramatic beamed

an integrated music system along with a Wii console.

drawing room features a charming stone fireplace.

The plasma screen TVs have the latest Kaleidescape

Ancient doors and timbers, Himalayan woodwork

system providing hundreds of films and music.

and bespoke contemporary furnishings create a

At the end of a long day on the slopes, guests

warm and authentic harmony in Lhotse.

can unwind in the spa area which boasts a large

we recommend...

The state-of-the-art kitchen is separated by an

swimming pool with jet stream and giant cinema

The massage room to have a rest after skiing

aged wooden bar where you can enjoy a cool

screen, a Hammam, massage room, solarium and

draught beer or Nespresso coffees. Dinners can

gym equipped with power plate and Technogym.

www.chaletlhotse.com

we love... The large terrace where guests can enjoy the hot tub while admiring the legendary Face de Bellevarde.

and enjoying the spa.

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Chalet Le Rocher France Val d’Isère +33 (0)613 921 500

Chalet Le Rocher began as a dream, an architect’s

consoles and Zeppelin iPod speaker systems for the

contact@montelinvest.com

vision of a masterpiece. Charged with creating ‘the

ultimate cosy night in. For the first time in a chalet, all

ultimate chalet’ it was built against a vast backdrop of

the TVs are linked to the latest Kaleidescape system

rock in the heart of the Alps in Val d’Isère.

that delivers hundreds of movies and music at any time.

So was created this sumptuous chalet, an

The wellness area boasts a large indoor pool,

outstanding building spread over 800 square metres.

Hammam, solarium and massage room. The gym

Finished inside with a chic rustic style, the living room

is kitted out with Technogym and Powerplate

features stunning reclaimed wood beams and intricately

equipment. If this isn’t decadent enough, there is

we recommend...

carved furnishings, centred on the open-fire.

also an outdoor Storvatt hot tub where you can soak

The breathtaking double height living

All of the five en-suite double bedrooms and two

up the bubbles in the fresh mountain air.

room with its hot tub on the balcony and

spectacular master bedrooms have state-of-the art

Authenticity and modernity are allied to make of Le

equipment with giant TVs, Blu-Ray players, PS3

Rocher one of the most beautiful chalets in the Alps.

www.chaletlerocher.com

we love... The unbelievable private spa carved out of rock to indulge at any time.

views of Val d’Isère.

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The Cambrian Switzerland Ad elboden With stunning mountain views of the pristine Swiss

Pure Spa incorporates heated indoor and outdoor

+41 (0)33 673 8383

Alps in every direction, The Cambrian offers the kind

swimming pools, a well equipped gym, tranquil

info@thecambrianadelboden.com

of location that tense desk huggers the world over

treatment rooms, a Finnish sauna with steam bath

spend their days dreaming about.

and rain shower, and a sleeping area.

Located in the leading resort of Adelboden in the

In The Cambrian Restaurant, the hotel’s chefs are

Bernese Oberland, the hotel provides authentic local

dedicated to producing what the hotel calls “new

colour, cosmopolitan comfort and inspiring cuisine

alpine cuisine” - a fresh interpretation of mountain

backed up by superb service. With only 71 rooms

classics, making use of the finest seasonal ingredients

(including 24 suites), The Cambrian’s staff are able to

sourced from within a few miles of Adelboden.

we recommend...

provide a fully personalized service.

Later on, you can chill with your favourite tipple in

Asking for a south facing room for the very

To soak away your aches and pains after a hard day

Scott’s Bar, located just off the lobby on the ground

best views (although they’re good from

on the slopes, The Cambrian’s award-winning Just

floor and open daily until 1am.

www.thecambrianadelboden.com

we love... The Cambian’s proximity to the ski lifts, a five minute walk away.

every room…)

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Chalet Foinsbois France MÉribel Chalet Foinsbois is a beautifully furnished, full-

The chalet boasts all modern luxuries while its

+44 (0)1885 488 799

service chalet, where your every whim is catered for.

interior features warm colours, with locally sourced

michael@purpleski.com

Sleeping 15, with spacious bedrooms and excellent

wood and stone featuring prominently, although

facilities as well as uninterrupted views of the valley,

luxurious furnishings have been sourced from

this is one of THE chalets in which to stay in Méribel.

throughout Europe. Even the outdoor hot tub is

The chalet sits in a very secluded location at the end

formed out of beautiful old stone. The living areas

of a private drive in ultra discreet Méribel Village.

focus on the central fireplace, and there’s a homely

Despite this privacy, it’s just two minutes walk from

kitchen and dining area too in which your private

the fast ‘Golf’ chairlift, providing quick access to

chef is based.

Méribel’s slopes and connecting lifts to Courchevel.

Additional facilities include a walk-in ground floor ski

we recommend...

Alternatively, the chalet is a short drive in your

room with heated boot warmers and, on the lower

Booking in to the master suite which has a

chauffeured 4x4 to either La Tania or the lively heart

ground floor, access to a sauna, games room, gym

of Méribel.

and cinema room.

www.purpleski.com/foinsbois

we love... The privacy of this stunning Alpine chalet, but with ski slopes steps away and a private chauffeur to get anywhere else.

large bedroom with fireplace, balcony, en-suite bathroom and study and is intensely private.

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Royal Spa Kitzbühel Hotel Austria Kitzbühel

The newest luxury ski resort hotel in Europe is the Royal

stone and herbal treatments in the “Hildegard von

+43 (0)535 550 100

Spa Kitzbühel Hotel, well located in beautiful natural

Bingen” steam bath, massages and three private

info@kitzbuehelroyalspa.com

surroundings, a few kilometres from the world's most

spa suites, as well as an outdoor pool and an indoor

famous ski town with direct access to the slopes.

adventure pool. It was awarded ‘Best Alpine Spa’ in

The five-star, six storey hotel opened for winter

the 2010 Senses Awards.

2009-2010. As a new member of the “Leading

The hotel now also has a medical spa area offering

Hotels of the World” group, it has many attractions,

treatments including cosmetic surgery or metabolic

as well as unforgettable views over the surrounding

balance®. An adjacent golf training facility is also

Kitzbühel Alps.

available for guest use.

Boasting 144 rooms and suites, the heart of the

The portfolio of hotel services is topped by a fine

we recommend...

hotel is the 3,600 square metre Mountain Health

dining restaurant or the opportunity for full privacy

Booking in to one of the hotels 21 suites for an

Spa, a member of ‘Leading Spa.’ This boasts

in one of the two private dining rooms, as well as a

various different saunas, 4-Senses Lounger, precious

fireside bar and a cigar lounge with library.

www.kitzbuehelroyalspa.com

we love... The hotel’s fantastic location in the middle of untouched nature but with ski in / ski out access to Kitzbühel’s superb ski area.

even higher level of accommodation, the best is the 184 square metre Presidential Suite.

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Hotel Zürserhof Austria Arlberg +43 (0)558 325 130

The Zürserhof is a convivial hotel with charm and a

vegetarian specialities are served on the sun terrace

hotel@zuerserhof.at

generous level of comfort which displays Austrian family

right next to the slopes.

tradition at its best. Elegant, comfortable rooms and

The Zürserhof’s spa, exclusively for guests, has a stylish

suites, ranging up to the stunning Royal Suite, provide

pool, mixed-gender sauna, ladies sauna, steam bath and

panoramic views of the unique Arlberg mountain scenery.

sunbeds. Further pampering is offered by the Shiseido

The hotel is situated in a peaceful location directly

beauty salon where the hotel’s professional team offers

on the slopes yet only a couple of minutes away

massages and various innovative body treatments.

from the centre of exclusive Zürs itself for ultimate

The Zürserhof has aristocratic roots, originally

we recommend...

convenience day and night.

exclusively furnished by legendary hotelier Count

The weekly gala menu and sumptuous dessert

In the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, the chef combines

Tattenbach, in the 1920s, then purchased by ski

buffet every Sunday, with farmer’s buffets and

the best regional products with delicacies from

pioneer Ernst Skardarasy and his wife, Hilde, in

all over the world to create a wide range of taste

1955. The third generation of the Skardarasy family

combinations for his menu. Lighter meals including

is now running the five star 100+ room hotel.

www.zuerserhof.at

we love... The hotel’s uniquely beautiful sun terrace where every culinary whim is catered for.

fondues during the week.

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The Fairmont Banff Springs Canada Banff Springs +44 (0)845 177 0656 fairmont@ski-i.com www.fairmont.com/banffsprings www.ski-i.com/Fairmont

The Fairmont Banff Springs stands as a world-

horse drawn sleigh rides. Indulge in luxury from the

renowned symbol of Canadian hospitality. Located

tranquil oasis of Willow Stream spa, to exceptional

in Banff National Park, its blend of opulence and

regional cuisine options and an exclusive Fairmont

serenity has been a symbol of Rocky Mountain

Gold floor.

majesty for more than a hundred years.

In short, few hotels in the world can rival the majesty,

For skiers it’s a great base both to visit the town

hospitality and scenery of The Fairmont Banff

we love...

of Banff below and the nearby ski areas of Mt.

Springs ski resort, and few locales can match the

The Willow Stream Spa, a tranquil oasis where

Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise ski area,

unparalleled skiing offered by the three excellent ski

the alpine air, waters and mountain magic

all on a tri-area lift ticket.

areas, all within the spectacular Banff National Park.

But there’s so much going on in Canada’s ‘Castle

To book contact The Fairmont Banff Springs’

in The Rockies’ that if you wanted, you hardly need

recommended UK travel partner, Ski

leave the hotel. Explore an abundance of winter

Independence at 0845 177 0656 or visit www.

experience up yet another notch with private

activities like cross country skiing, ice skating and

ski-i.com/Fairmont

perks and still higher standards of comfort.

come together.

we recommend... The Fairmont Gold floor takes your holiday

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The Hermitage Italy Cervinia +39 (0)166 948 998

Cervinia is one of Italy’s top resorts, with the cross-

room has a large fireplace and lovely parquet flooring

info@hotelhermitage.com

border connection to Zermatt and snow sports

from the 17th century rescued from an old refuge.

www.hotelhermitage.com

in summer too, so it’s nice to know there’s a high

There are 38 rooms, many of them suites, with

altitude luxury hotel here, right up at 2050 metres!

wood and marble key elements in the interior

we love...

The Hermitage, a member of the Relais & Châteaux

decor. The Hotel Restaurant "La Chandelle”

The legend behind the hotel that it is built on the

group, was built by the Neyroz family back in 1975

produces traditional cuisine from the Aosta Valley,

spot where an early Christian Saint Theodulus had

and they have been lovingly caring for it ever since,

prepared respecting centuries-old customs, with

carrying out the most recent renovations in 2009.

recipes handed down within the Neyroz family

Run like a big private household within the large,

preserving the gastronomic heritage and using

traditional style, chalet building, the hotel has a

local ingredients, backed by a wine list of more

welcoming, yet exclusive atmosphere. The drawing

than 600 different labels.

his refuge.

we recommend... Staying in one of the two stunning 90 square metre master Suites, Guido Rey and Edward Whymper, with real fires and jacuzzis.

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InterContinental Mzaar Resort and Spa L e b an on At 2000m high, you’ll sense the true uniqueness

experience with an indoor swimming pool, jacuzzi,

of your stay at the InterContinental Mzaar Lebanon

sauna, Hammam, kids’ fun centre and a prestigious

Mountain Resort & Spa. With direct access to 80km

shopping arcade.

of skiing trails and with major tourist sites nearby, you’ll

There are five restaurants, each serving different

experience the pleasures of winter and discover the

cuisines, taking you on an eclectic culinary

region’s natural beauties from the resort.

journey without leaving the resort.

we love...

With 19 ski lifts accessed directly from the resort,

While the long days of serious skiing and eating take

Being in the only five star ski resort in the

and activities like snowshoeing, cross-country skiing

their toll, “Les Thermes du Mzaar” health spa is the

and snowmobiling available, the resort offers a long

ideal solution to loosen up tired muscles.

list of winter activities, all easily arranged for you by

The combination of challenging downhill skiing,

the resort’s devoted concierge team.

apres-ski, relaxation and the aesthetics of Mzaar can

Diplomatic suite, with two bathrooms, dressing

Basking in its beautiful setting, the InterContinental

prove hard to resist. So it’s no surprise that Lebanon

room, jacuzzi and spectacular views.

Mzaar also offers an impressive apres-ski

is called the Switzerland of the Middle East.

+961 (0)9 340 100 mzaar.resort@ic-mzaar.com www.intercontinental.com

middle east and less than an hour from the sea.

we recommend... Booking the amazing 105 square metres

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The Clubhouse France Chamonix The Clubhouse was France's first ever mountain

Chamonix, & The Clubhouse’s concierge know everyone

+33 (0)450 984 220

boutique hotel, so what better place to have it than

they need to, so can pre-book the best Vallée Blanche

reception@clubhouse.fr

Chamonix? It opened following a one million Euro

guides, heliskiing in to Italy, ice climbing and much more

refurbishment which created seven ultra-modern

– along with your airport pick up and lift pass.

rooms with accommodation for up to 20 guests,

The Myla suite is The Clubhouse’s best and comes

organised by Jonathan Downey, the owner of a

with a nine foot wide bed and panoramic views of

string of London private members' clubs.

Mont Blanc. The private galleried den on the first

Centrally located in a traditional 1920’s stone built

floor has stunning mountain views of the massif.

Savoyard Art Deco mansion, all The Clubhouse’s

Downstairs, members enjoy proper après-ski with

contemporary designed suites and bunkhouse

a state-of-the-art sound system in The Clubhouse

we recommend...

rooms boast large his-and-hers, teak-decked,

bar and dining room, which offers delicious meals

The Clubhouse Bar is a sister bar to Milk &

power showers, Italian Frette linen and fat duvets.

combining modern European favourites with bold

For skiers and boarders it’s all about “who you know” in

Asian flavours and the best cocktails in Europe.

www.clubhouse.fr

we love... The attitude – part private club, part cocktail bar, part après ski bar, part hotel – a winning combination!

Honey in New York and London and has been designed to recreate the warmth and intimacy of The Red Room at Milk & Honey London.

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Lenkerhof Switzerland LENK, Simmental 34


Lenk is an old spa resort that’s not well known

need for a highly enjoyable time to rest, relax and

+41 (0)33 736 3636

outside Switzerland but has been welcoming

regenerate between your days on the slopes – if

welcome@lenkerhof.ch

winter tourists for more than a century and skiers

indeed you force yourself out from the hotel’s

since the early years in the 1930s. Although the

luxurious embrace to actually get on the snow!

village remains unspoilt, it is connected by lifts to

One of Lenkerhof’s two restaurants is the Gault Millau

neighbouring Adelboden, together offering a big

graded (16 points) ‘Spettacolo’ where every meal

180km ski area.

is a spectacular experience. Every day there are 15

There’s only one five star hotel in the village and it’s

dishes to choose from. Alternatively in the ‘Oh de

somewhere special, graded in the even higher Five

vie’ restaurant, the Tapas principle is employed in

we recommend...

Star Superior category.

celebrating exquisite Mediterranean cuisine.

The excellent spa treatments in the

The Lenkerhof Alpine Resort is one of the most

The hotel’s ‘7sources’ spa reflects and enhances

Lenkerhof’s ‘7sources’ spa with over

modern, most unconventional luxury hotels in

Lenk’s spa history, with indoor sports pool, outdoor

Europe. Here you will find everything you might

sulphur pool, seven saunas and much, much more.

www.lenkerhof.ch

we love... The timeless elegance of the Lenkerhof, one of the world’s best ski hotels.

2000 square metres of wellness facilities.

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The Fairmont Chateau Whistler Canada WHISTLER

Whistler’s staging of the 2010 Winter Olympics

to Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains 8,100

cemented its place as the world’s most successful

acres of world class terrain – North America’s

ski resort in the modern era.

biggest ski area.

So it’s no surprise that many of the world’s top hotel

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler's dining options

brands have been attracted here. As yet however,

present authentic, fresh menus and distinctive

none has managed to surpass one of the originals

experiences. Choose between fine dining, fireside

and best, The Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Nestled

fondues or gourmet picnics to go.

at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, it defines

The on-site spa and fully equipped fitness centre has

Canadian mountain luxury.

whirlpools, sauna, and indoor and outdoor slopeside

When you visit The Fairmont Chateau Whistler you’ll

pools. In addition each of the 550 guest rooms and

we recommend...

discover the hotel has thought of every practical

suites features a wonderful village or mountain view.

Fairmont Gold, Fairmont's exclusive hotel

need, then piled on layers of luxury and service to

To book, contact The Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s

experience with private check-in, concierge

make the overall experience very special.

recommended UK travel partner, Ski Independence

Firstly you’ll enjoy direct ski-in and ski-out access

at 0845 177 0656 or visit www.ski-i.com/Fairmont

+44 (0)845 177 0656 fairmont@ski-i.com www.fairmont.com/whistler www.ski-i.com/Fairmont

we love... The privileged location of The Fairmont Chateau Whistler - mere steps to the ski lifts.

service and members' lounge for complimentary breakfast and après ski canapés.

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The Ridge Japan Hakuba

+81 (0)261 854 301

Originally built as a luxurious retreat for members of

The Ridge also has a full restaurant, après ski lounge

info@theridgehakuba.com

the Japanese Imperial Family as a base when the last

bar and games room complete with XBox and Wii.

Olympics were staged in the country, The Ridge is

Hakuba was the venue for downhill, Super-G and

superbly located an easy two-and-a-half hours by bullet

ski jumping at the Olympics and The Ridge is just

train from Tokyo, within the prestigious Wadano area of

200m from the lifts. The area is located in the

Hakuba, at the base of the largest ski resort Happo.

heart of the Japanese Alps and also has traditional

The Ridge offers unparalleled Western style

onsen hot spring baths, and breathtaking mountain

accommodation, luxury amenities and service mixing

landscapes with the peaks soaring to 3,000m,

we recommend...

contemporary design with simple, sophisticated

more than 2,000 vertical metres above some of

Booking the Penthouse Suite to enjoy the

comfort and large suite apartments. It's Penthouse

the villages below. The region contains 10 resorts

very best of what The Ridge can offer.

comprises a designer bathroom with spa bath,

with over 200 ski runs between them including the

panoramic wrap-around balcony, contemporary

steepest pistes and some of the best back country

furnishings, a giant bed and much more.

access in the country.

www.theridgehakuba.com

we love... The fabulous views from The Ridge and its superb location in the heart of the action.

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Le Chardon Mountain Lodges France Val d’IsÈre

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges are a portfolio of five

Val d’Isère in the private enclave of La Legettaz

+44 (0)845 092 0350

luxury chalets in Val d’Isère where the philosophy

making it one of the most exclusive addresses in the

info@lechardonvaldisere.com

is that you define the pace of life and do as much

French Alps. This unique setting ensures the chalets

or as little as you wish on each day of your holiday.

benefit from peace and tranquility while only being

Relaxing in the hot tub after a day’s skiing comes as

a short ski away from the lifts and a short chauffeur

standard of course, as do Champagne and canapés

driven journey away from Val d’Isère’s cosmopolitan

in front of a roaring log fire. In short, the stresses of

centre.

everyday life will disappear and your every whim will

It is the little things that make the difference and the

be catered for in Le Chardon Mountain Lodges.

attention to detail is what sets Le Chardon Mountain

Sleeping between 8 and 20 people, Le Chardon

Lodges apart from the rest. Their service to guests

we recommend...

Mountain Lodges have played host to large

doesn’t start upon your arrival at the chalet nor

The fantastic bedroom Dunvegan, in Le

corporate parties, intimate family celebrations and

when you are met with a champagne picnic at the

global superstars. The lodges are located just above

airport – it starts the very minute they first speak

www.lechardonvaldisere.com

we love... Soaking our weary limbs at the end of a great day's skiing in one of the bubbling hot tubs while sipping a glass of chilled Champagne.

Chardon, with its private balcony and uninterrupted views down the Manchet Valley.

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to you. Le Chardon Mountain Lodges tailor make your stay with them to your precise individual wishes – organising ski school, qualified nannies, in-chalet equipment rental, massage and beauty services – the list goes on… Priding themselves on gastronomic food and fine wines, you can rest assured that dinner will be the highlight of your day. Beginning the evening with a tantalising selection of canapés, your talented chef will prepare the finest cuisine using a premium selection of hand picked local and international ingredients to suit all of your culinary desires. Le Chardon Mountain Lodges ethos is that of professional integrity, a warm welcome and a flexibility to ensure you want for nothing, feel comfortably indulged and wallow in the warm relaxation created by a uniquely laid back ambiance that is Le Chardon Mountain Lodges.

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The Omnia Switzerland Zermatt

There’s an immediate WOW factor at The Omnia

wellness centre and seemless service, to create a

+41 (0)27 966 7171

Mountain Lodge which perches on a cliff in the

harmonious guest experience.

info@the-omnia.com

centre of Zermatt. Passing through a tunnel, you’ll

There are 30 rooms, a dozen of them suites all

come to an elevator rising up through the rock and

equipped with the latest technology and all with

bringing you to the lobby at 1,649.4 meters above

balconies, some with Matterhorn views. The Omnia’s

sea level. Here you have effectively passed through a

lobby has a library and fireplace, restaurant, bar,

portal in to another world, one where you can forget

boardroom, cavern and two sun decks high above

time, where you are from, where you are going and

the roofs of Zermatt.

authentic flavours which are reflected in the

just enjoy life.

The wellness centre features an indoor/outdoor pool,

modern seasonal dishes.

To help you do just that, The Omnia builds on its

Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, caldarium, flower steam

great location with exquisite interior design, based

room, hi-tec gym, two treatment rooms, a relaxation

on a contemporary interpretation of the classic

room and an outdoor jacuzzi with, once again, a

American Mountain Lodge, fine cuisine, a wonderful

wonderful view to the Matterhorn.

www.the-omnia.com

we love... The Omnia restaurant where the hotel’s executive Chef focuses on providing pure,

we recommend... Relaxing on the sofa and sipping espresso and grappa in front of the fire after dinner.

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The Vale Niseko Japan Niseko Luxury redefined awaits the discerning guest

the ambience is superlative in every sense.

+81 (0)136 231 724

to the world famous powder snows of Niseko.

The pinnacle of snow pampering is definitely

reservations@nisade.com

Nurturing private onsens (traditional Japanese

the mineral bath soak in the onsen on your

mineral baths) the elegance and appointment

balcony. Settle those ski muscles with a glass

brings new riches to the privileged few of Asia.

of bubbly while radiating in the rich waters of

The blending of Japanese tradition with an Asian

mother earth. Rejuvenated to then experience

chic drives a fusion of design elegance from the

the sensual delights of some of Japan’s finest

moment you enter the building to the moment

foods in a region that the Japanese revere for

you sink into the sofa to be amazed at the winter

its stunning nature, the freshest produce and

wonderland outside the window. Timber and

sumptuous seafood.

we recommend...

glazing envelop you in an alpine experience, the

With only eight rooms offering private onsens,

Booking one of the eight rooms with private

clean design lines drive a silence in space. With

these are definitely high on the demand list of

each apartment hosting an environmental fireplace,

Asia’s most discerning travelers.

www.nisade.com

we love... The attention to detail, with everything from the stylish ski room to the in-house massage service carefully thought through.

onsen baths on your apartment balcony for a truly luxuriating après-ski soak.

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Constructed in 2010 the building offers an unparalleled experience with heated pool, sauna and luxurious onsen, apres bar and lounge and restaurant offering true Asian experiences. Each apartment is fully appointed with a full kitchen sporting Meile appliances and the latest in gadgets to ensure your stay is without worry. Detail is the success of this property, every wish for your stay has been delivered from the direct lift access from a stylish ski and boot room to the inhouse massage facilities. Outside, the wonders of Niseko envelope the building with some of the driest and deepest snows on planet earth. Already world renowned for snow addicts, this destination will only grow with properties such as The Vale Niseko delivering the finest in ski slope accommodation. Escape and experience Niseko’s finest.

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Whitepod Switzerland Les Cerniers

Nestled in the charming village of Les Cerniers,

minimal environmental impact no electricity is used,

surrounded by a blanket of glistening white snow

and the tents are illuminated with oil lamps.

+41 (0)24 471 3838

and panoramic mountain views, Whitepod offers an

Whitepod is located at a snowsure 1700m altitude

reservations@whitepod.com

unforgettable experience in the heart of the Swiss Alps.

and has 7km of ski slopes over a 700 metre vertical

www.whitepod.com

Whitepod’s unique concept is to provide an

with its own private ski lifts which can be open day

unforgettable stay in one of the 15 geodesic-dome

or night on request. Cross-country skiing, dog-

pods, a little way from the nearest civilisation,

sledging, paragliding, snowshoeing, sledding and ski

and surrounding a central chalet. These pods are

touring with a mountain guide are all available too.

the mountain with your private ski run

designed to be in harmony with the surrounding

The traditional wooden Chalet des Cerniers acts

outside your door.

environment whilst still being both comfortable

as base-camp for the whole resort, and offers

and luxurious for guests, snug in the insulated,

both traditional mountain favourites like fondue as

wood burning stove heated hi-tec tents, complete

well as a selection of inventive and refined cuisine

with luxury bedding and full bathrooms. To ensure

in its new restaurant.

we love... The feeling of being so close to nature on

we recommend... Whitepod’s excellent new spa facility which takes holidays here to a still higher level of pampering.

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Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu Canada Quebec

Nestled majestically between the sea and the

The Charlevoix region has long been known for its

mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu

fine gastronomy and Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu's

00 800 0441 1414

Quebec Resort in Charlevoix is a vision of

five restaurants provide visitors with unique dining

manoirrichelieu@fairmont.com

historical splendour. Rich in tradition, this

experiences in several mouth-watering forms. Le

www.fairmont.com/richelieu

exquisite paragon of hospitality blends the quiet

Charlevoix (AAA/CAA Four Diamond Award), with its

charm of the countryside with the sophistication

innovative cuisine, showcases local products from local

of a world-class resort.

farmers; Le Saint-Laurent offers a 'Brasserie Française'

There’s lots to do here including downhill skiing at

type of menu, and Le Bellerive, featuring a varied 'à la

the revitalised Le Massif ski hill or cross country

carte' menu or a buffet overflowing with flavour.

nearby. Or you can enjoy snowshoeing, ice-fishing,

Only 90 minutes from Quebec City Airport via a

we recommend...

carriage rides, kayaking through the ice field on the

beautiful drive along the magnificent St. Lawrence

A visit to the hotel’s fantastic spa with its 23

St. Lawrence River, a flutter in the casino, year round

River, the ‘Castle on the Cliff,’ Fairmont Le Manoir

outdoor and indoor swimming pools and whirlpools

Richelieu in Charlevoix has a rich tradition of

and a superb spa.

hospitality, romance and elegance.

we love... The unmatched view of the stunning St.Lawrence River from many of the guest rooms.

treatment rooms where therapists are waiting to pamper you and Restaurant Le Charlevoix for its fabulous cuisine using local farmers produce.

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Hotel Garni del Sogno Italy

Madonna di Campiglio

Can you stay in a classic ski resort, within one of the

in junior, family and king sizes. The 48 square

+39 (0)465 441 033

world’s most beautiful ski areas, in a luxurious hotel

metre “del Sogno” King Suite is one of the best.

info@garnidelsogno.it

and still be kind to the environment?

Along with a wool carpeted larch wood floor, the

Domenico and Miriam Schiavon, owners of the

golden-yellow draperies give brightness to the

beautiful Garni del Sogno Hotel, located in woodland

room, which is further warmed by an antique

at the edge of Madonna di Campiglio believe so.

stove. The large bathroom is equipped with a

Despite its ageless appearance, the Garni del Sogno

double Teuco hydro-shower.

was built to bio-architectural standards and is eco-

Gourmet cuisine prepared by expert chefs is the norm

certified for its reduced environmental impact. The

too. Enjoy everything from Surgiva water char to meals

well insulated building is heated with geothermal

made with local valley Alpine cheese and meats.

we recommend...

energy and built using only natural materials

There’s also a wonderful spa complete with pool,

A visit to the hotel’s superb Oasi di Sogno

including wood, wool, lime and local stone.

gym, Hammam, biosauna, treatment rooms and

The hotel has a number of wonderful suites

much, much more.

www.garnidelsogno.it

we love... The exclusive suites in which the natural scent of wood wraps around you in a relaxing atmosphere.

wellness, beauty and fitness centre with its wide range of quality equipment and treatments.

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Chalet Spa Switzerland VER BIER

+44 (0)1865 395 001

Verbier is of course a resort filled with luxury

for the whims of every guest, while giving the

sales@luxurychaletcollection.com

accommodation, and so to feature Chalet Spa

impression you are in your very own chalet during

www.luxurychaletcollection.com

from The Luxury Chalet Collection proves this is

your stay. It is worth noting that Chalet Spa has a

truly a first class property.

smaller twin sister in Verbier called Chalet Blanche.

we love...

Chalet Spa combines the charm of a boutique hotel

Both these chalets offer the services of a chef,

The charm of a boutique hotel with luxury

with the service of a five star establishment. As

a private driver, a concierge and of professional

five star service and limitless comfort.

the name denotes this chalet is equipped with an

spa therapists. With no expense spared, the

exceptional spa and has been improved each year

two chalets offer a contemporary design with

since opening in 2008. In short, there is no doubt

sophisticated spa areas and the very latest in

that this chalet defines luxury when the word is

technology, combined with a warm atmosphere,

an elegant fireplace and feature view to

used to describe a ski property.

extraordinary views all complimented by attentive

the mountain.

Chalet Spa offers personalised services catering

service and top quality catering.

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Hotel L'Aigle des Neiges France Val d’IsÈre Situated in the very heart of the old village of Val

suites for which a VIP package is available.

+33 (0)479 061 888

d’Isère at 1850m, Hotel L'Aigle des Neiges is a great

The hotel’s Pier Paul Jack restaurant is a unique

reservation@hotelaigledesneiges.com

location for skiing, sitting just 50 metres from the ski

concept of three experiences in one. Le Pier is

runs and lifts.

the contemporary restaurant option, Le Paul is

The hotel has all the services you need and

the gourmet restaurant providing spectacular

expect including 24 hour concierge, two

gastronomic experiences, while Le Jack is the cool

restaurants and a great new spa. Hotel L'Aigle

cocktail bar with classy snack menu.

des Neiges’ 109 rooms are spacious and

L’Aigle des Neiges also has an excellent spa and

comfortable, seamlessly blending wood and

indoor swimming pool. Recently renovated, it

natural colours in their interior design. Each one

comes complete with sauna, steam room and

we recommend...

has a free in-room Wi-Fi connection and a wide

massage rooms where a wide range of exclusive

Book in for a Deep Nature and Spa après

choice of TV channels. They range up to junior

treatments are available.

www.hotelaigledesneiges.com

we love... The great location, perfectly positioned by the slopes and the nightlife in one of the world’s best resorts.

ski treatment.

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The Gstaad Palace Switzerland Gstaad With ever more luxurious hotel options around the

remarkable 240 square metres with magnificent views

+41 (0)33 748 5000

world, there is an intense battle to be the best and

to the Swiss Alps from its rooms and the 150 square

info@palace.ch

offer the best of all. The opposition is fierce but the

metre terrace, complete with jacuzzi and sauna.

unique Penthouse Suite of the Gstaad Palace may

Beautifully decorated of course, there are three en-

be the winner.

suite bedrooms, hall, kitchenette and an impressive

Built in 1913 and very discreetly welcoming the

dining and living room with cosy fireplace.

world’s great and good for the near-century since,

All Gstaad Palace guests can enjoy world class

the Gstaad Palace is set in a prominent location

dining as well as pampering in the large spa

above the famous resort. Its 250 staff minister to the

which includes eight treatment rooms, a private

whims of the guests of its 104 rooms, junior suites,

spa suite, saunas, steam bath, indoor and

we recommend...

tower suites and that Penthouse Suite.

outdoor pools with jacuzzi, a state-of-the-art

Booking a huge penthouse suite, accessed by your

What’s so special about it? The rooftop Penthouse

gym, a pilates studio and a unique Hammam

suite, accessed by private elevator, covers a

experience with seven rooms.

www.palace.ch

we love... The near 100 year history of this great hotel that saw some of world’s first downhill skiers pass through its door.

own private elevator and complete with rooftop terrace, jacuzzi and sauna.

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Mont Cervin Palace Switzerland ZERMATT The Mont Cervin Palace is one of the great hotels

lounge and various corners to just relax in.

of the Alps, with more than 150 years of simple

Children are especially welcome at the hotel with

warm hospitality. The original hotel opened in 1852

many facilities including a kindergarten, a children’s

with just 14 beds. Today the five star Mont Cervin

paddling pool and the children’s table.

Palace offers 165 charming rooms and suites. The

Mont Cervin Palace’s Leading Spa facilities are

hotel is a founding member of Leading Hotels of

particularly good and extend over 1700 square

we love...

the World association.

metres, incorporating a 20 metre indoor pool warmed

The unique hotel's own horse drawn carriage

There are three gourmet restaurants: Le

to 28°C, an outdoor pool with waterfall, massage jets

Restaurant, Grill Le Cervin and Fine-Dining Capri.

and bubble massage bed warmed to 35°C.

Le Cervin has been awarded 14 points in the

At the MCP Beauty Spa there are eleven

prestigious Gault Millau guide and Capri the best

treatment rooms offering a wide choice of

score of any Zermatt restaurant with 16 Gault

massages, hand, foot, face and body treatments

Millau points. There are also two bars, a smokers

– just lie back and be spoilt!

+41 (0)27 966 8888 mcp.reservation@seilerhotels.ch www.montcervinpalace.com

which picks you up from the train station.

we recommend... Using the hotel’s dine around option to eat in any one of the 13 superb restaurants.

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Les Suites du Nevada France TIGNES +33 (0)479 416 830

Tignes is one of the world’s most snow sure resorts,

rooms all dedicated to your relaxation and well-being.

suites.nevada@mgm-immobilier.fr

with a longer season than any other resort in France,

Take a convivial après-ski cocktail in the chic

as well as a huge ski area, and now you can stay

Whitney Bar to admire the work of sculptor Rene

there in luxury by booking in to Les Suites du Nevada.

Broissand who designed the bar and the central

Suites range up to spacious 65 square metre rooms

fireplace, the flame in which, Rene says, provides,

with king size beds, adjoining lounge, luxurious

“…the creative spirit of the place and gives it its

bathrooms with rain shower and all the hi-tec

unique identity.”

trimmings of big flat screen TVs complete with blu-

Then for dinner, the La Table en Montagne

ray alongside iPod stations and Wi-Fi throughout.

restaurant combines superb gourmet cuisine with

we recommend...

The stylish pool of Les Suites du Nevada with its

a stylish modern ambience of wood and stone and

Booking a treatment from the extensive

original architectural features and luxurious fittings,

every dish served is a work of creative genius!

leads you in to the top quality spa area with its

Book in the UK with a specialist tour operator

saunas, steam rooms, fitness room and treatment

+44 (0)844 576 0175 www.skicollection.co.uk

www.les-suites-du-nevada.com

we love... The exquisite combination of traditional materials and modern design flair so successfully employed here.

menu in Les Suites du Nevada’s Centre Spas & Beauté Montagne.

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Ferme du Ciel France Samoëns For the perfect escape away-from-it-all in France,

Set over three levels, the chalet maintains the

+33 (0)621 197 483

the pretty village of Samoëns is hard to beat. You get

spaciousness and character of the working barn

+44 (0)7733 100 020

the best of both worlds – a traditional and unspoilt

from which it was converted, with traditional wood,

French village, with a huge ski area – the wonderful

combined with contemporary features throughout.

snow-sure Grand Massif, right on your doorstep with

At the heart of the building is a stunning double-

more than 260km of piste.

height, open-plan living and dining area, complete

Once you’ve picked the village you’ll need to get the

with floor-to-ceiling windows and an open fireplace.

best accommodation in resort too, and Ferme du

All perfect for spending time with family and friends.

Ciel offers the ultimate escape, with luxury boutique

Samoëns is just an hour from Geneva and you

we recommend...

accommodation and superb personalised service

can rent the entire chalet, which sleeps up to 18

Ignoring the outside world by using the Wi-Fi

in this beautifully renovated farmhouse chalet. The

people, fully catered, or just book a room, subject

or watching the giant plasma TV and relaxing

chalet’s private minibuses will whisk you discreetly to

to availability. The owners also rent a separate one

and from the slopes each day.

bedroom apartment which sleeps up to four.

www.fermeduciel.com

we love... The large floor to ceiling windows that bring the glory of the mountains into every room.

in the sauna or jacuzzi instead!

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The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Canada Lake Louise When you visit the Lake Louise area you’ll discover

a Mountain Heritage Guide, to dog sledding or

why snow worshippers, nature lovers and polished

skating through an ice castle on Lake Louise, your

travellers visit The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for

adventure awaits right outside the Chateau’s doors.

some of the world’s best outdoor adventure.

Inside, indulge in luxury with an exclusive Fairmont

Located in the heart of pristine Banff National

Gold floor, outstanding Canadian cuisine and

Park, and within a UNESCO World Heritage Site,

personalized service.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise resort hotel is

Situated on the shores of world famous Lake Louise,

recognized globally for progressive environmental

surrounded by majestic peaks, thousand year old

stewardship and responsible tourism, values at the

glaciers and pristine wilderness, it is no wonder why this

where you can ski at a different mountain every

heart of this historic resort.

is one of Canada’s favourite outdoor playgrounds.

day from mid-November to mid-May.

You will experience unrivalled mountain terrain just

To book, contact The Fairmont Chateau Lake

minutes away at Lake Louise ski area, spread over

Louise’s recommended UK travel partner, Ski

four mountain faces. From cross country skiing

Independence at 0845 177 0656 or visit

on miles of groomed trails, snow shoeing with

www.ski-i.com/Fairmont

+44 (0)845 177 0656 fairmont@ski-i.com www.fairmont.com/lakelouise www.ski-i.com/Fairmont

we love... The long ski season and close proximity to four of the finest ski areas in Canada's Rocky Mountains

we recommend... Guests who favour the personalized service and unique attention to detail of a boutique hotel will want to explore the luxurious Fairmont Gold floor.

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Copperhill Mountain Lodge Sweden Åre

Åre in Sweden has long been Scandinavia’s top

Lodge will love the contemporary architecture,

+46 (0)64 714 300

ski area, but until 2008 it lacked a luxury hotel

created by American architect Peter Bohlin,

info@copperhill.se

- then The Design Hotel, Copperhill Mountain

with Swedish architects Koncept Stockholm

Lodge opened and quickly became THE place

responsible for the interior design.

to stay, winning a major international award in its

“We wanted the décor to feel like an extension

opening year.

of the building’s fantastic architecture and the

Besides all the qualities of the most luxurious

area’s history. Local materials, such as slate and

hotels, the Design Hotel concept is to bring as

pine, have been complemented by warm colours

much art and design in to its guests' lives as

in copper, leather and textiles,” says Ann Marie

we recommend...

possible, something not always at the forefront

Ekroth, project manager for Koncept Stockholm.

The Samí tipi spa treatment rooms

of your mind when you go skiing, but surprisingly

The hotel won the “Spa Interior Design of the

where you relax below a starry

enriching once you experience it.

Year Award” in the European Hotel Design

So skiers staying at Copperhill Mountain

Awards in November 2009, but it hasn’t rested

www.copperhill.se

we love... The great art you find around every corner in this hotel.

sky, smelling birch oil and hearing traditional “jojk” music.

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Copperhill Mountain Lodge Sweden Åre

on its laurels and already opened a new, larger spa in December 2010. Owners Choice Hotels also spent over £2m on new art recently, including hiring world-famous sculptor Jaume Plensa to make two large sculptures, ‘Irma’ and ’Nuria’ to welcome arrivals at the hotel’s helipad.

Anders Karolyi

The luxurious new spa, with private area available, builds on the Samí cultural atmosphere that has proved popular from the start. Four Samí cultural elements are integrated in the overall concept, including ‘earth’ – with the spa built in rustic natural materials particularly locally sourced slate and pine; ‘water’ of course with "hot springs" and still water, both indoors and out; ‘fire’ with the open fireplace and finally ‘sun’, with natural light flooding through panoramic windows. You can step right outside of the new sauna to have a snow roll or relax

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Chalet St Christophe Switzerland GRIMENTZ Grimentz in the Val d'Anniviers is not a well known

the resort centre providing spectacular Alpine views,

+44 (0)151 625 1921

name for British skiers, but this hidden gem is a

it comfortably sleeps 10 guests and incorporates

info@mountainheaven.co.uk

truly unspoilt village in a stunning location with

a luxurious living space with access to decks and

a spectacular ski area rising to 3,000m above.

balconies. As you would expect, there’s Wi-Fi,

The fairy-tale village in the canton of Valais is in a

satellite TV and numerous games waiting.

conservation area and is full of traditional buildings

The ethos of the chalet team is that the quality of

with bars, restaurants, ice rink and swimming pool.

the cuisine you’re served at the end of the day,

Chalet St Christophe provides luxurious

is just as important as the skiing experience, so

accommodation, furnished to the highest standards.

you’ll receive fresh quality food of the highest

we recommend...

No expense has been spared in creating one of the

standard. This includes a superb breakfast,

Bedroom Chandolin with its magnificent king

finest chalets in the Alps, superbly appointed and

afternoon tea with freshly baked cakes and dinner

size bed, balcony overlooking the valley below

comprehensively equipped.

with quality wine, served by experienced and

Set in an elevated position, a short distance from

attentive chalet hosts.

www.mountainheaven.co.uk

we love... The wonderful freshly baked cakes served with the afternoon tea.

and its stunning en-suite bathroom.

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The Ferme de Moudon France LES GETS Followers of Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs Abroad’

exquisite interior designed by Nicky Dobree. Set in

+44 (0)207 627 0469

will have been awe struck by the conversion of a

private grounds a three minute chauffeured drive

sales@fermedemoudon.com

spectacular 17th century farmhouse in the Portes du

from the centre of Les Gets, The Ferme de Moudon

Soleil, one of the world’s biggest ski areas.

is blessed with superb views from the south-facing

The viewer’s first envious thought on seeing the

windows across pretty snow-covered woodland to

completed building at the end of the show was,

the ski slopes beyond.

“I’d like to stay there!” The good news is that the

Complete with sauna, massage room and outdoor

Ferme de Moudon, which sleeps up to ten guests

hot tub as well as a hi-tec study and large living

in en-suite rooms, complete with luxury linens and

areas, the chalet’s expert chef has built a reputation

toiletries, is now available to rent.

for his wonderful cuisine, paired with a selection

we recommend...

The chalet, also a finalist in the Design and

from the extensive wine cellar. You’ll be treated to

The many hi-tec facilities: giant satellite TV,

Decoration Awards, is stunning inside and out with

a Perrier Jouët Champagne reception on arrival

its ancient timbers blending effortlessly with an

followed by more Champagne and canapés nightly.

www.fermedemoudon.com

we love... The way that the dedicated chalet team’s discerning service means that everything you possibly need just happens!

DVDs, iPod docks and, if you must stay in touch with the outside world, Wi-Fi.

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Gasthof Post Austria Arlberg

+43 (0)558 322 060

One of the best hotels in one of the world’s best

while being thoroughly pampered. It’s an opportunity

info@postlech.com

ski resorts, the 48 room Gasthof Post is a superb

to just be yourself.

base for a stay in the famous Arlberg ski area, with

In winter, after a day on the slopes, afternoon

its 276km of downhill pistes and a further 19km of

tea and delicious strudel is served in the hotel’s

cross-country ski tracks.

comfortable lounge, in front of a roaring fire.

The five-star hotel, located right next to the piste,

Then before dinner it’s a good time to visit the hotel’s

was at one time a royal staging post. A member of

wellness centre to swim in the large indoor pool, or relax

the famous Relais & Châteaux hotel group, it has

in the panorama outdoor pool, spa, sauna or Hammam.

we recommend...

been owned and run by the Moosbrugger family for

With Lech offering the highest density of Gault

You enjoy your complimentary cocktail in the

over 70 years.

Millau gourmet guide toques per inhabitant of any

Hubertus Hall on arrival, browsing the library

Guests of the Post arrive from all over the world to

ski resort, it’s no surprise that dining at the Post is

enjoy peace, calm and the hospitality of the family

something special too.

www.postlech.com

we love... The attitude! Not only will staff at the Post shine your shoes, they’ll also wax your skis!

before relaxing in a comfy fireside armchair.

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Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina Italy ALTA B A D IA D OLO M ITES

Italy’s Alta Badia region already had two big

Exquisitely unique, each of the 50 square metre

+39 (0)471 849 500

assets for skiers even before the region became

suites, located in the wooden Chalet wing,

info@rosalpina.it

renowned for its fantastic gourmet cuisine. They

encompasses variations to the distinctive style of

are its location – in the heart of some of the most

the area. All have south facing terraces and combine

stunning scenery of the Dolomites - and its ski

traditional style with all the latest hi-tec electronics.

area, at the heart of the world’s second largest

The open fireplace provides a welcoming focal point,

lift-linked ski domain, the Sella Ronda, with more

while a relaxing sitting area and natural wooden

than 500km of piste.

floors from an ancient Austrian farm house add

Rosa Alpina is located in the pretty village of

further warmth to the rooms. Supremely relaxing

San Cassiano and a member of the Relais &

beds with luxurious touches such as goose

we recommend...

Châteaux group, is the best hotel in the area,

down duvets are provided. The spacious marble

The hotel’s ‘Dine Around’ offer. Choose to eat

and the best accommodation it offers is its

bathrooms with Hammam showers and bathtub

sumptuous Châlet Loft Suite.

complete this very special hotel experience.

www.rosalpina.it

we love... The Daniela Steiner Spa, dedicated to the human need to be pampered in all senses of the word.

in the intimate Fondue Stuben, informal Grill or the elegant Michelin-starred Restaurant St. Hubertus.

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Lagació Mountain Residence Italy ALTA B A D IA D OLO MITES The Lagació Mountain Residence genuinely reflects

of twenty-four exclusive apartments, 42 to 88 square

+39 (0)471 849 503

a quality of life that has grown over centuries and

metres, each combining modern design and panorama

info@lagacio.com

is characteristic of Alta Badia/Dolomites/Italy: the

windows allow lots of light and afford splendid views of

www.lagacio.com

breathtaking Dolomite mountains – recently made a

the mountain scenery.

World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO.

The bar-cum-lounge is elegantly furnished and serves

Taking nature as its model, the Residence in the village

South Tyrolean wines and spirits, home-made teas and

of San Cassiano relies on natural materials and warm

juices, and delicious snacks and special aperitifs. A box

exclusive services that make the Residence

colours; as a standard A Certified “Climate House” it

of local organic groceries is delivered to your apartment

a place where you can feel at home.

meets the exacting building standards of South Tyrol,

twice a week.

and is exceptionally energy efficient. Local timber,

The Mountain Residence’s wellness area “La Palsa”

warm walls made of loam, wooden and stone floors

boasts a Finnish sauna, steam bath, low-temperature

and choice linen fabrics have created a natural and

sauna, crushed-ice well and a generously laid-out

highly personal, pleasant atmosphere.

rest area. Guests are offered relaxing massages and

Lagació Mountain Residence gives guests a choice

luxurious beauty treatments.

we love... The unobtrusive hospitality and the

we recommend... Enjoying the softpack baths, cosmetic treatments and massages provided by the hotel’s massage team.

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Hotel Jerome United States ASPEN Colorado

The Hotel Jerome, A RockResort, has been the heart

including the Library, J Bar and Garden Terrace

+1 970 920 1000

of Aspen since 1889, providing guests with a timeless

are invariably superb.

hoteljerome@rockresorts.com

blend of luxury and casual sophistication. The sense of

But it’s the Jerome’s attention to your every whim

space and elegance is apparent as soon as you walk in

that really makes it stand apart, being a guest here

to the lobby, where you’ll also ponder the convenience

seems to open doors right across Aspen, including

of the Jerome – just 10 minutes drive from the airport

receiving on-mountain ski storage, complimentary local

and ten minutes walk to the ski slopes.

transportation via a chauffer-driven luxury SUV or just a

The Jerome’s amenities include a fitness centre

massage back in your room.

elegance with easy access to 4 ski mountains in

with cardio and strength equipment and an

In addition, the feeling of history to the Jerome is

winter and a variety of festivals in summer.

outdoor heated pool and guests receive privileges

epitomized by The J-Bar, serving Aspen since 1889

at the Aspen Club & Spa which features a 77,000

with its authentic saloon ambiance, lively and casual

square foot exercise facility, indoor lap pool and

atmosphere, it continues to attract a colorful mix of

provides spa treatments. The dining options

locals, tourists and celebrities.

www.hoteljerome.com

we love... The feeling of history as you enter the Hotel Jerome, offering the latest technology and timeless

we recommend... Booking a Junior Suite with king-size bed (or two queen-sized), luxury linens,oversized bathtub, separate shower and fully stocked mini-bar.

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The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Canada JASPER

+44 (0)845 177 0656 fairmont@ski-i.com www.fairmont.com/jasper www.ski-i.com/Fairmont

Visitors to Jasper will find the town has a real frontier

The resort recently added a new Fairmont Spa,

feel, both it and the local ski area, Marmot Basin, are

which boasts modern treatment rooms, energizing

located within the Jasper National Park, a UNESCO

rain showers and a heated year-round outdoor pool.

World Heritage Site, and reached via the Icefields

This provides the ideal place to relax after a day on

Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning scenic

the slopes at Marmot Basin, a 20 minute drive away,

drives, up from Banff.

where a new high speed quad chair, the longest in the

we love...

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is unlike most

Canadian Rockies, cuts the ride time in half.

Feeling completely away from it all in a resort

of the other large grand Fairmont hotels in that

Then after ski and spa it’s time for outstanding food and

that's miles from everywhere.

it is made up of individual rustic cedar chalets

memorable dining experiences in one of the Lodge’s

and heritage log cabins, located on the shore of

many restaurants which showcase regional cuisine.

a beautiful lake and combining the charm of a

To book contact The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge's

true Rocky Mountain experience with exceptional

recommended UK travel partner, Ski Independence

unsurpassed, uniqe to The Fairmont Jasper

guest service.

at 0845 177 0656 or visit www.ski-i.com/Fairmont

Park Lodge.

we recommend... The signature cabin selection which offers a luxurious lifestyle experience with service

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Le Lodge Park France Megève Located in a superb position at the heart of France’s

and the lounge with stone fireplace area and bar.

+33 (0)457 747 474

original exclusive ski destination, Megève, Le Lodge

Enter the hotel’s restaurant and you are transported

contact@sibuethotels-spa.com

Park is close to the ski lifts, village square and

into a glamorous trapper's hideout in the Alps, with

www.lodgepark.com/uk/

casino. In winter, the neighbouring park covered

logs, furs, hunting trophies, wolf skins, so every

in snow and illuminated with a multitude of lights

detail exudes a whiff of adventure.

creates a magical experience.

In the Pure Altitude Spa the environment is totally

All of Le Lodge Park’s rooms are very special of

natural and highly contemporary all at once. Wood,

course, but for utmost luxury, the 75m² Plenitude

untreated granite, pebbles, soft colours and rounded

Suite stands out with its contemporary furniture

walls «of glass» evoke the five elements at the

we recommend...

and its log walls and ceiling and a magnificent view

heart of the Spa "Pure Altitude" concept. There are

Enjoying a culinary tour of the world

of the Mont-d'Arbois mountain range. It has two

four treatment rooms, a large jacuzzi, two saunas,

distinct areas, the bedroom with luxurious bathroom

Hammam and a fitness room all inviting you to relax.

we love... The Lodge Park’s bar, a rustic-styled meeting place for Megève.

in the restaurant with dishes including spare ribs, king crab or penne with truffles and sashimi.

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Chalet Maldeghem Switzerland KLOSTERS +41 (0)793572038 / 0207 8437264

Chalet Maldeghem is a lovely old chalet, attractively

balcony/terrace as well as a small gym downstairs.

clauslabes@hotmail.com

redecorated and refurbished to a luxurious

There’s also an outdoor jacuzzi for that essential

standard. Eight to ten guests are looked after and

après ski soak.

thoroughly pampered by an excellent chef and a

There are three double bedrooms, three single

dedicated housekeeper/hostess. The atmosphere

bedrooms and one bunk bedroom all with fine linen. A

is of a luxurious home away from home, in a quiet

sauna shower with luxurious bath products provided.

rural location, yet within easy reach of the town

The chef provides delicious dinners in accordance

centre – a 12 minute walk away or a five minute

to your preferences on five evenings each week,

chauffeur driven ride.

as well as wonderful breakfasts in the morning and

Enjoying morning tea or coffee on request in

Having been greeted with champagne on arrival,

afternoon tea and canapés when you return from

your bedroom each morning before heading

you’ll find that Chalet Maldeghem has a stunning

the slopes, and the neighbouring Hotel Sport serves

drawing room with sitting area, a chill-out area, big

excellent typical local dishes. There’s also a Michelin

TV, fire place, dining area and a large South facing

starred restaurant nearby.

www.klosters-ski-chalets.com

we love... The large and high ceilinged master bedroom with old wood decor, sitting area and ensuite bathroom.

we recommend... to the dining area for a great breakfast.

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Hotel Manali France C ou rch e v e L 1650

The Hotel Manali, named after a famous resort in

The Mahayana spa is a particularly wonderful

+33 (0)479 080 707

the Himalayas and one of the first five star hotels

facility with luxurious indoor pool, sun loungers,

info@hotelmanali.com

in France, is located away from over-crowded

sauna and steam room and staff dedicated to

Courchevel 1850, choosing to base itself at 1650

your total well-being. This winter the spa will see

instead, at the heart of the resort and the ski slopes.

the addition of the Cinq Mondes range in the

The hotel has been built by two local families to

relaxation area complete with sunbed and five

a traditional wooden chalet design and features

treatment rooms for a wide range of body wraps

36 bedrooms ranging from classic to deluxe

and massages, as well as a hair salon and herbal

and suites. The Hotel Manali has its own ski

tea room. If you need more exercise however, the

shop, childcare centre and spa as well as a bar,

hi-tec gym is equipped with all the latest gear and

we recommend...

gourmet restaurant and large sunny terrace at

employs a personal trainer to ensure you tackle

Spending time in the exclusive Kullu Mountain

the foot of the slopes.

the appropriate equipment!

www.hotelmanali.com

we love... The welcoming white marble elephants, gazing towards the summits, that welcome skiers on to the hotel terrace from the slopes.

Club with bar, smoking lounge, large screen televisions and games.

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Central Spa Hotel Austria Sölden +43 (0)525 422 600

Sölden has been one of the world’s leading resorts

their classy interiors and you can choose between

info@central-soelden.at

for many years now, its long ski season from

a variety of styles from traditional rustic Tyrolean

October to May is guaranteed thanks to its twin

ambiance to modern design.

glaciers and the skiable vertical of nearly 3,000m is

The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, run by

one of the world’s biggest.

2-toque chef Gottfried Prantl, has built an

The best hotel in the lively village is the Central Spa

international reputation, and alongside the culinary

Hotel. A five star of course, the hotel’s ambience

masterpieces there are more than 30,000 bottles of

is relaxed, but don’t be fooled, as beneath this

fine wine in the cellar to choose from.

informal approach lies a dedication to providing

The three storey Water World Venezia spa has

we recommend...

luxury as well as culinary delights.

nine different saunas among its many delights,

The luxurious Penthouse suites, furnished

Warm hospitality and a noticeable love of detail

with the Beauty and Wellness Residence

create a special flair to make you feel right at home.

pampering guests with traditional oriental

The hotel’s 121 rooms and suites are delightful with

massage treatments.

www.central-soelden.at

we love... The local “Alpienne relaxation massage” - a herbal footbath followed by a massage with heated herbal packs.

with the finest materials, featuring romantic open fireplaces and providing stunning views to the Ötztal mountains.

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Grand Hotel Park Switzerland Gstaad The Grand Hotel Park in the heart of Switzerland’s

It costs from 13,290 to 21,900 Swiss Francs (£8,100

+41 (0)33 748 9800

famous resort of Gstaad, has been an institution

- £13,350) per night, depending on the season.

info@grandhotelpark.ch

within the exclusive Swiss village for more than

The hotel’s four restaurants offer something for

100 years. To celebrate its centenary, the hotel just

all tastes with Mediterranean recipes in the main

completed a full renovation and is now even more

restaurant, oriental fusion cuisine in the Marco

exceptional than ever.

Polo, light dishes in the Greenhouse and local

Cosy and welcoming rooms are decorated in wood,

specialties at the Waldhuus. There’s also the Bar

wool and stone in-keeping with the mountain

and its sushis or the Caveau for a moment of

mood, but they also feature the latest entertainment

conviviality with the sommelier.

systems and Wi-Fi.

Completing the package is the Grand Hotel Park

we recommend...

The wide range of rooms extend up to the incredible

spa, which includes a vast salt water pool, fitness

The Grand Hotel Park employs its own hot-air

400 square metre Grand Penthouse Suite which

room, saunas and Hammams and ten treatment

includes a private spa and a butler, available 24 hours.

cabins in which to enjoy an aromatherapy massage.

www.grandhotelpark.ch

we love... The timeless elegance of the Grand Hotel Park, complimented by the ultra-modern touches from its recent renovations!

balloon pilot to carry guests on flights over Saanenland, a unique sensation – floating freely in the air.

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Chalet Chez Bear France SERRE CHEVALIER Chalet Chez Bear is a beautifully restored 17th

Along with its rustic charm, much of the success of

+33 (0)492 211 170

century farmhouse which offers five-star luxury

the Chalet Chez Bear is down to host and hostess

info@chezbear.com

services and the unique ambiance of a private hotel.

Matthew and Hélène who provide a superb service

www.chezbear.com

Situated in the charming Belvoir village, five minutes

catering for every guest requirement.

drive above Briançon and Serre Chevalier by your

The games area contains charming antique

private chauffeur, Chalet Chez Bear is exquisitely

furniture and a selection of board games. The

decorated and reflects characteristics from its

lounge is an excellent place to unwind with

Matthew and Hélène, private chef and

long history, including an open plan living area with

comfortable seating and large open fire. A writing

chauffeur at your disposal…

original stone work and larch beams.

bureau with full internet and email access is at

The beautifully finished chalet bar features a wood

your disposal.

burning pizza oven where much of the cuisine is

There are five double/twin en-suite rooms, four of

prepared in front of you and the large dining area

which feature mezzanines and stunning south facing

can seat up to 15 people.

views of the mountain scenery of the Durance valley.

we love... The dedicated service of host and hostess

we recommend... The home cinema in the vaulted cellars, a great place to watch your favourite film after relaxing in the sauna.

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Chalet Zen Switzerland Zermatt

A chic and luxuriously appointed privately owned

en-suite marble bathrooms with under floor heating,

+41 (0)79 916 1372

chalet situated in snow-sure Zermatt, Chalet Zen

fluffy bathrobes, slippers and Jo Malone products.

info@chalet-zen.com

is an absolute gem of a property discreetly located

Most bedrooms boast balconies with stunning views

just 100m from the main lift up to Schwarzsee, the

of the Matterhorn and there is a bunk room that

Matterhorn glacier, Riffelberg and Gornergrat. At once

can be used as an extra bedroom or incorporated

both incredibly cosy and distinctly luxurious, Chalet

to make a large family suite with extra downstairs

Zen offers all the amenities for modern day living

bathroom. A bubbling outdoor hot tub, steam room

yet retains the traditional feel of an authentic Swiss

and massage room ensure guests are pampered

and skilled chef. Chalet Zen combines supreme

chalet. Furnished with antiques, rugs and paintings

post-piste, and there are two spacious living areas,

comfort and privacy with excellent service.

from across the globe Chalet Zen has the wonderfully

a small study complete with computer and wireless

welcoming feel of a fabulous private home.

broadband internet, flatscreen televisions with cable

The property sleeps eight, with two additional guests

and satellite, an extensive library of books and DVDs

in four large, elegantly furnished bedrooms all featuring

and toys for the kids including toboggans!

www.chalet-zen.com

we love... The truly fabulous ski-in/ski-out location, the charming, professional manager, concierge

we recommend... After a day on the slopes, enjoy a glass of chilled champagne in the hot tub followed by a relaxing massage.

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La Source France GRAND Massif

Many luxury accommodation providers around the

with hammocks, swinging chairs and a separate

+33 (0)450 586 107

world are trying to “go green”, but few are set up

kids room. The huge balcony has stunning South

info@greenadventureretreats.com

with this ethos. La Source is a green renovation

facing views. This 'Hip 21st Century Commune'

of an 1865 farmhouse, but its charm is that the

sleeps up to 14 people.

philosophy seeps into everything they do!

You can hire the whole chalet or go on one of the

La Source is located in the picturesque village of

catered holidays where you are served healthy

Samoëns, part of the Grand Massif ski region, an

organic meals, try pre-breakfast yoga, or a post-ski

hour from Geneva.

massage. There is also a wood fired hot tub on the

world, and put that philosophy in to the

Featured in many design magazines, La Source

deck. Guests come from all over the world to tune in

ethos of La Source.

boasts a light, breathtaking, open plan living area

to their own beat and just ‘be’!

www.sourcealps.com

we love... The way that owners Duncan and Saskia have sussed out what’s important in the

we recommend... Getting up a few minutes early for prebreakfast yoga, the food will taste even better and your day on the slopes more perfect.

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