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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!
P a t r i c k T h o r n e Ed i t o r
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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
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
Les Suites du Nevada 64
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
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
Q U E B EC / CAN Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu 52
WHISTLER / CAN The Fairmnont Chateau Whistler 36
LE B ANON InterContinental Mzaar Resort and Spa 30
HA K U B A / J PN The Ridge 38
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
CERV INA / ITA
Le Lodge Park 88
SA M O Ë NS / FRA 13
ARL B ERG / A U S
The Clubhouse 32
M e g è v e / FRA
Chalet Cerisier 12
NISE K O / J PN The Vale Niseko 46
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.
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.
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
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
we love... The always innovative cuisine of the chalet’s Heston Bloominthal trained chef.
to prepare for another hard day’s skiing.
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.
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.
we love... The fantastic views of the Matterhorn.
we recommend... Taking as much time as you can spare
Chalet Cerisier France Chamonix Chamonix may be one of the worldâ€™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
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
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. Itâ€™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
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.
we love... The magnificent views through the huge picture windows and from the equally large balcony.
room or ground floor bedroom with wet room.
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.
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
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.
we love... The large terrace where guests can enjoy the hot tub while admiring the legendary Face de Bellevarde.
and enjoying the spa.
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
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
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.
we love... The unbelievable private spa carved out of rock to indulge at any time.
views of Val d’Isère.
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
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.
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.
we love... The Cambian’s proximity to the ski lifts, a five minute walk away.
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
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
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
and cinema room.
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.
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
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
available for guest use.
Boasting 144 rooms and suites, the heart of the
The portfolio of hotel services is topped by a fine
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.
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.
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
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
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.
we love... The hotel’s uniquely beautiful sun terrace where every culinary whim is catered for.
fondues during the week.
The Fairmont Banff Springs Canada Banff Springs +44 (0)845 177 0656 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
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
perks and still higher standards of comfort.
we recommend... The Fairmont Gold floor takes your holiday
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
border connection to Zermatt and snow sports
from the 17th century rescued from an old refuge.
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
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.
we recommend... Staying in one of the two stunning 90 square metre master Suites, Guido Rey and Edward Whymper, with real fires and jacuzzis.
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
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.
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 email@example.com www.intercontinental.com
middle east and less than an hour from the sea.
we recommend... Booking the amazing 105 square metres
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
we love... The timeless elegance of the Lenkerhof, one of the world’s best ski hotels.
2000 square metres of wellness facilities.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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, aprĂ¨s ski lounge
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,
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.
we love... The fabulous views from The Ridge and its superb location in the heart of the action.
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
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
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
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
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.
Le Chardon Mountain Lodges France Val d’IsÈ re
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 Japanâ€™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
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,
Asiaâ€™s most discerning travelers.
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 aprĂ¨s-ski soak.
The Vale Niseko Japan N is e ko
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 Nisekoâ€™s finest.
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
unforgettable experience in the heart of the Swiss Alps.
and has 7km of ski slopes over a 700 metre vertical
Whitepodâ€™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... Whitepodâ€™s excellent new spa facility which takes holidays here to a still higher level of pampering.
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
historical splendour. Rich in tradition, this
experiences in several mouth-watering forms. Le
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
accommodation, and so to feature Chalet Spa
impression you are in your very own chalet during
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.
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
Chalet Spa offers personalised services catering
service and top quality catering.
we recommend... The Penthouse Suite on the top floor of the chalet: a truly magnificent room with
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
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
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.
we love... The great location, perfectly positioned by the slopes and the nightlife in one of the world’s best resorts.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
we love... The large floor to ceiling windows that bring the glory of the mountains into every room.
in the sauna or jacuzzi instead!
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,
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
+44 (0)845 177 0656 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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,
- 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
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
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
we love... The great art you find around every corner in this hotel.
sky, smelling birch oil and hearing traditional “jojk” music.
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.
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
in the new outdoor hot spring, and take in the magnificent views of Mount Åreskutan.
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
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
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
with quality wine, served by experienced and
Set in an elevated position, a short distance from
attentive chalet hosts.
we love... The wonderful freshly baked cakes served with the afternoon tea.
and its stunning en-suite bathroom.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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.
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.
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
is characteristic of Alta Badia/Dolomites/Italy: the
windows allow lots of light and afford splendid views of
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Canada JASPER
+44 (0)845 177 0656 email@example.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
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
at 0845 177 0656 or visit www.ski-i.com/Fairmont
we recommend... The signature cabin selection which offers a luxurious lifestyle experience with service
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
Park is close to the ski lifts, village square and
into a glamorous trapper's hideout in the Alps, with
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
services and the unique ambiance of a private hotel.
Matthew and Hélène who provide a superb service
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
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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’!
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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