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T H E G R E AT E S T P L A C E S TO S TAY I N T H E S N O W

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EDITED BY

P atri c k

Thorne “One of twenty people to know in ski”


Welcome France Switzerland Austria Italy Canada Lebanon

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We l c o m e Reviewing superb chalets and hotels around

“Enough!” and escape to a wonderful place in a

the world’s best ski resorts for this second

beautiful mountain resort becomes ever stronger.

edition of Powder Retreats, it struck me that while all offer an exceptionally high standard of

In some ways it’s a blessing that technology

accommodation and service, what I valued the

has made such an impact in the mountain, with

most was the peace, and the escape from the

the latest apps capable of bringing us live snow

realities of everyday life.

reports, locating friends on the mountain we didn’t know were holidaying at the same time

As we battle to master the ever-greater array of

as ourselves, or in the worst case scenario,

communication devices, or to understand the

geolocating us and calling mountain rescue

fee structures of airlines, the chance to just say

with our co-ordinates.


Conversely, emerging from the airport baggage

worldwide economic gloom, entrepreneurs

covering hundreds, sometimes thousands

scrum to be collected by a smiling and efficient

and enthusiasts are still managing to create

of m2 of floor space, even the most intimate

chauffeur, who will whisk you to a luxurious

fresh perfect Alpine escapes to add to the

properties offer a Jacuzzi, usually with a

mountain retreat for a superb meal before

established list of the world’s best.

wonderful view and a well-trained masseur.

those electronic gizmos seems to become an

Indeed, the growing choice continues to

Wherever you end up, I hope you enjoy your

evermore appealing prospect. So appealing, in

drive standards ever higher, and make

Powder Retreat.

fact, that once ensconced in that peaceful luxury

establishments more innovative in what they

it’s sometimes hard to motivate yourself in the

offer as they battle to stand out. You will find

morning to even get out and hit the slopes!

some imaginative ideas in the provision of

retiring to a private suite, and just turning off all

luxury services within these pages. It has, of course, been a pleasure to review the superb hotels and chalets that fill the

Of course, a little pampering is always nice

following pages, and good to know that

to make the experience extra special, and

despite what seems to be an endless tide of

while the grand hotels offer spectacular spas

P atri c k T h o r n e E dit o r


OT Chamonix/M COLONEL

Fr a n c e Skiing in France has it all – classic ski areas,

resorts. About twice as many as to the

modern ski in/out areas, high-altitude snow-

country’s nearest rival, Austria.

sure terrain, and more than two-thirds of the world’s biggest ski regions.

It hasn’t always been that way, French skiing has only really come into its own over the past

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Add to the mix the famous French ambience,

few decades, as the purpose-built resorts

a love of good food, and the proximity to the

of the 1960s and 70s matured, expanded

UK – direct from London by rail, Eurotunnel

and interlinked. But, in many ways, that later

and fast French motorways, or by air – and

development has been to the advantage of

it’s no surprise that nearly half of all ski

French skiing, with resort planners enjoying

holidays by British visitors are in French

a blank canvas on which to develop state-of-


OT ST MARTIN DE BELLEVILLE/Gilles Lansard

the art lift systems and ski runs. Today you

Although the new breed of luxury properties

can even ski over the border into Andorra,

and 5 hotels remain concentrated in a

Switzerland or Italy from French ski slopes.

handful of famous French resorts, other villages like Méribel, Morzine and Sainte

With notable exceptions, such as pioneering

Foy are increasingly home to luxury chalets

Chamonix, Megève, Val d’Isère, and more

too, often British-owned and run. Beautifully

recently Courchevel, luxury accommodation

converting traditional old farm buildings

was harder to find than in other skiing

is most popular, rather than the modern

nations in the Alps until recently too. But the

apartments for which French skiing is

introduction of a 5 category a few years

infamous, however, most still employ French

ago has changed all that, combined with a

staff, particularly for the catering!

in numbers...

2807m Height of the world’s highest liftserved vertical drop at Chamonix

600km Size of the world’s biggest liftlinked ski area at Les 3 Vallées

ZERO

recognition that ever more people wanted

Number of legal heli-ski trips in 2011 (Heli-skiing is illegal in France)

to stay in chalets and hotels that lived up to

600m

the grandeur of the French Alps and their spectacular ski areas.

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Length of the world’s longest indoor snow-slope at Amneville

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+44 (0)845 (0)203 092 432 0350 8446 info@lechardonvaldisere.com info@ski-base.com www.lechardonvaldisere.com www.ski-base.com

FRANCE

C h a le t d e l a C l o c h e Va l d ’ I s è re Va l l e y Chalet de la Cloche is situated in the heart of

Condé Nast Traveller’s top 10 chalets in the

Les Brévières, one of the seven villages that

Alps, and was shortlisted for the Design Et

make up what is often considered to be one of

Al International Hotel and Property Awards

the greatest ski areas in the world, Espace Killy.

2011. Specifically designed and built to the

The region combines two of the best resorts

most exacting standards, the attention to

in France, Val d’Isère and Tignes, and offers

detail is obvious, even down to the elegant

an amazingly diverse range of skiing. There

and contemporary interior where all the

is something for everyone with over 300km

furniture has been designed and made

of marked pistes. Ski lessons or guiding can

uniquely for the chalet. All bedrooms have a

be prearranged with the top instructors in the

balcony, a plasma TV, a luxury bathroom with

Espace Killy area.

Hermes amenities, and a super king bed with a memory foam mattress.

we love...

The Ski-Base team have created a wonderful chalet described by Harpers Bazaar as

After a tough day burning up the slopes many

The always innovative cuisine of the chalet’s

a “haven of sensual indulgence”. It is one of

people like to relax in the spa with its steam

Tom Aikens trained chef, Ruben Montes.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Relaxing on the incredible 1000 count Egyptian cotton sateen sheets beneath goose down duvets to prepare for another hard day’s skiing.

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C h a le t d e l a C l o c h e Va l d ’ I s è re

room, pool and outside hot tub, or massages

wine and after dinner drinks from the bar.

and beauty treatments can be arranged. The

At the end of the day one can’t fail to relax

evening doesn’t end there; guests are treated

and snuggle up in the incredible 1000 count

to a sumptuous dinner created by the in-house

Egyptian cotton sateen bed linen and the

chef Ruben Montes, who formally worked with

goose down duvets, to prepare for another day

Tom Aikens. As well as Ruben’s wonderful

on the slopes.

food, also included are canapés, champagne,

+44 (0)203 432 8446 info@ski-base.com www.ski-base.com

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+ 33 (0)607 231 726 contact@chaletsphilippe.com www.chaletsphilippe.com

FRANCE

L e s C h a le t s d e P h i l i p p e Chamonix Les Chalets de Philippe comprises a small

paintings from local Alpine artists and Hermès

cluster of eight wooden chalets on a south-facing

toiletries in the unique bathrooms.

plateau with spectacular views of Mont Blanc and the surrounding area. It is located in a quiet

Spa services provided include hammam, hot tubs,

corner of the hamlet of Lavancher, a short drive

sauna and massage treatments. A chauffeur is

from the centre of Chamonix.

available and cuisine is prepared in your chalet to Michelin-starred standards.

Unlike anything else to be found in the French Alps the former shepherds huts and famers

It’s no surprise that when bidding to host the

Alpine chalets have been rescued by passionate

2018 Olympics, the Annecy team selected two

Frenchman Philippe, who has dedicated himself

of Philippe’s properties, among three in the

to their preservation and renovation. His efforts

area, suitable to host guests of honour – kings,

extend beyond the buildings themselves, with

queens, princes, princesses, presidents.

a collection of Alpine antique furniture spread

we love... The chef’s superb meals determined

through the various chalets, perfectly mixed

Philippe himself is also your host, and never

with contemporary features such as flat screen

too busy to direct you to the best ski area in the

TVs and WiFi access throughout. There are also

Chamonix valley for your needs.

by what he buys that morning from the organic market.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Taking in a movie during your stay on the HD 3D TV in the cinema chalet.

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+44 (0)845 092 0350 info@lechardonvaldisere.com www.lechardonvaldisere.com

FRANCE

L e C h a rd o n Mountain Lodges Va l d ’ I s è re Imagine your very own winter wonderland

most exclusive addresses in the French Alps.

where you dictate the pace of life. You can do

The chalets enjoy unrivalled views in complete

as much or as little as you wish. You can relax

tranquillity, whilst only being a short ski or

in the hot tub after a day’s extreme off-piste

chauffeur-driven journey away from Val d’Isère’s

skiing, and dine on champagne and canapés

cosmopolitan centre.

in front of a roaring log fire. The stresses of everyday life disappear and your every need is

Sleeping between eight and twenty people

catered for. Imagine Le Chardon

these indulgent lodges provide luxury and style

Mountain Lodges.

out of the cold mountain air. Their first-class staff and concierge service provide a tailor-

Le Chardon Mountain Lodges are a unique

made holiday experience perfect for corporate

portfolio of five luxury chalets in chic Val d’Isère

parties, intimate family celebrations, romantic

in the private hamlet of La Legettaz, one of the

getaways and global superstars.

we love... Waking up to breakfast at Chalet Le Chardon to inspiring views. Soaking in one of the bubbling hot tubs sipping chilled champagne amidst magnificent scenery.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . The fantastic bedroom Dunvegan in Chalet Le Chardon, with its private balcony and uninterrupted views down the Manchet valley.

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+44 (0)1885 488799 michael@purpleski.com www.purpleski.com

FRANCE

Méribel Luxury Chalets Méribel Purple Ski has been organising luxury chalet

Purple Ski’s warm and welcoming atmosphere,

holidays in Méribel for 20 years, building up

exceptional cuisine and impeccable service.

unrivalled experience in the resort that sits at the heart of the world’s largest ski area, Les

Lapin Blanc sleeps 14 (all on super king sized

3 Vallées.

beds in rooms with superb en-suite facilities), and is arguably Méribel's ultimate chalet. Totally

The company’s portfolio of chalets has been

redesigned and refurbished it is in one of the

constantly fine-tuned and now extends to five

most enviable positions in the resort, at the

of Méribel's finest chalets.

bottom of the Georges Mauduit piste and boasts wonderful views towards the Tougnette side of

Each choice is unique in style and design, but

the mountain. The vast sitting/dining room at the

all offer Purple Ski’s signature assets including

heart of the chalet has a central open log fire with

hot tubs, saunas, sunny balconies, superb

access to the mezzanine above, and through the

we love...

views, cosy log fires and, of course, en-suite

large picture windows, which open on to the sun

The incredible attention to detail

bedrooms. What really sets the chalets apart is

terrace, there are south-facing views.’

and impeccable service standards in every chalet.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Booking into the master suite of the Foinsbois which has a large bedroom with fireplace, balcony, en-suite bathroom and study and is intensely private.

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Méribel Luxury Chalets Méribel

Another great choice is Chalet Foinsbois.

speed lift is a 2-minute walk away and it’s

With its spacious bedrooms, able to sleep

possible to ski right back to the chalet.

up to 15 guests, it is beautifully furnished

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and offers a very secluded location at the

The luxuriously furnished chalet’s living area is

end of a private drive in the ultra-discreet

focused on the central fireplace, and facilities

Méribel village. Yet it is wonderfully located

include a sauna, games room, gym, cinema

too, in arguably the most sought-after

room and an outdoor hot tub, which is formed

position in the resort. The nearest high

out of beautiful old stone.

+44 (0)1885 488799 michael@purpleski.com www.purpleski.com


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+44 (0)7850 833 969 info@chaletcerisier.com www.chaletcerisier.com

FRANCE

C h a le t C e r i s i e r Chamonix Chamonix may be one of the world’s top

Completed in 2006, Le Cerisier is one of the last

resorts but it sits in a narrow, shady valley, and

chalets built by Pierre Trappier, the pre-eminent

finding accommodation that maximises the

chalet builder in the region. It successfully

view, stretching up more than 3000m above,

combines a massive wooden construction in

can be a challenge.

the alpine tradition with modern aesthetic and ecological considerations.

Step forward Chalet Cerisier, which is situated in the perfect spot to take full advantage

Sleeping ten guests in five bedrooms, each

of some of the most dramatic views in the

with its own individually designed bathroom,

Alps. It’s located just outside the famous ski

guests are spoilt for choice. The chalet is a

town in a wide and sunny part of the valley.

haven of tranquillity, full of space and light, and

To the south, the twin peaks of the Drus and

the large open log fire adds a cosy ambience,

the Aiguille Vert rise to over 4000m, to the

whilst underfloor heating throughout is provided

we love...

west Mont Blanc itself dominates the skyline.

by a geothermal system.

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

w e re c o m m e n d . . . You choose between the large master bedroom, airy light upper rooms, selfcontained studio room or ground floor bedroom with wet room.

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FRANCE

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

area and bar. Enter the hotel’s restaurant and

France’s original exclusive ski destination,

you are transported into a glamorous trapper's

Megève, Le Lodge Park is close to the ski

hideout in the Alps, with logs, furs, hunting

lifts, village square and casino. In winter,

trophies, wolf skins, every detail exudes a whiff

the neighbouring park covered in snow and

of adventure.

illuminated with a multitude of lights creates a magical experience.

In the Pure Altitude Spa the environment is totally natural and highly contemporary all at

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

once. Wood, untreated granite, pebbles, soft

course, but for utmost luxury, the 75m² Plenitude

colours and rounded walls of glass evoke the

Suite stands out, with its contemporary furniture

five elements at the heart of the Spa "Pure

and its log walls and ceiling, and a magnificent

Altitude" concept. There are four treatment

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

rooms, a large Jacuzzi, two saunas, and a

we love...

two distinct areas, the bedroom with luxurious

hammam all inviting you to relax, as well as a

Le Lodge Park’s bar, a rustic-styled meet-

bathroom, and the lounge with stone fireplace

fitness room.

ing place for Megève.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Enjoying a culinary tour of the world in the restaurant with dishes including spare ribs, king crab or penne with truffles and sashimi.

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+44 (0)870 383 1000 snow@premiere-neige.com www.premiere-neige.com

FRANCE

The Peak S a i n t e Fo y Ideally positioned, just a stone’s throw from the

lounge with log fire, Wi-Fi and spectacular

lifts, with private access path onto the piste,

views across the valley?

The Peak is the ultimate bespoke destination in Sainte Foy.

As well as taking advantage of the resort’s uncrowded slopes and legendary off-piste skiing,

Offering eight spacious ensuite bedrooms

guests are treated to a memorable catering

– each available as a double or twin room

experience, with your private chalet chef

– The Peak also affords the flexibility of

creating a menu tailored to your requirements

individual room-by-room bookings, in

using locally sourced, seasonal produce.

addition to those for exclusive occupancy, to suit your party size, or corporate

A half board catered service including

booking requirements.

champagne reception, a delicious breakfast, afternoon tea with freshly prepared cakes, and

we love...

The chalet’s wellness centre with balcony hot

a sumptuous four course dinner with carefully

The knowledgeable on-site concierge service

tub, steam room, sauna and Elemis treatment

selected wines is provided 6 nights out of 7, also

for organising those little extras: pre-

room, is the perfect place to relax after your

allowing you the opportunity to sample one of

day on the slopes – or how about the cosy

the traditional local restaurants during your stay.

booked lift passes, ski-guiding, restaurant reservations, inter-resort transfers, dedicated childcare, babysitting and airport transfers.

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+ 33 (0)637 851 830 olaf@chaletbibendum.com www.chaletbibendum.com

FRANCE

C h a le t B i b e n d u m Chamonix Created within one of the oldest chalets in

divides the living area creating two separate

Chamonix, Chalet Bibendum began as a

spaces. At the end of the day guests can

dream, Olaf and Jolanda’s vision of creating

unwind in the outdoor woodfired hot tub with

the perfect escape.

incredible views of Les Drus, relax in the sauna or curl up on a sofa by the roaring fire.

Ideally located in the tranquil, picturesque Savoyard hamlet of Les Bois, 5 minutes from

Jolanda and Olaf are attentive when you need

the resort centre and a minute’s walk to the La

them invisible when you don’t. They ensure

Flégère lift, the spacious chalet has been tastefully

your boots are warmed, your glass is filled

renovated and maintains its original features of

and that dinners are prepared by their talented

stone and wooden beams, as well as stunning

French chef.

360˚ views of the Mont Blanc massif from Chalet Bibendum has it all – wonderful views,

we love...

superb hosts, every comfort, great food,

The Bibendum Feeling - the unique ambiance

The chalet sleeps eight in four en-suite bedrooms.

an excellent spa area, the perfect location

of a private hotel.

The master bedroom has a French copper bateau

and a timeless ambiance – it’s called The

w e re c o m m e n d . . .

bath with wonderful views, and a central fireplace

Bibendum Feeling.

Unwinding in the spa area then enjoying a

panoramic windows and balcony.

massage treatment before an excellent predinner aperitif.

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+33 (0)479 061 888 reservation@hotelaigledesneiges.com www.hotelaigledesneiges.com

FRANCE

H o t e l L’A i g l e d e s N e i g e s Va l d ’ I s è re Situated in the very heart of the old village of

our suites.

Val d’Isère at 1850m, Hotel L’Aigle des Neiges

The hotel’s Pier Paul Jack restaurant is a

is a great location for skiing, sitting just 50m

unique concept of three experiences in one.

from the ski runs and lifts.

Le Pier is the contemporary restaurant option, Le Paul is the gourmet restaurant providing

The hotel has all the services you need

spectacular gastronomic experiences, while

and expect including 24-hour concierge,

Le Jack is the cool cocktail bar with classy

two restaurants and a great new spa. Hotel

snack menu.

L’Aigle des Neiges’ 109 rooms, including 14 junior suites, are spacious and comfortable,

L’Aigle des Neiges also has an excellent spa

seamlessly blending wood and natural colours

and indoor swimming pool. Recently renovated

in their interior design. Each one has a free in-

it comes complete with sauna, steam room

room WiFi connection and a wide choice of TV

and massage rooms where a wide range of

we love...

channels. A VIP package is available to guests in

exclusive treatments are available.

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

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Book into the Deep Nature Spa for an treatment.

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+33 (0)450 547 520 residence@vallorcine-mont-blanc.com www.chamonix-vacances.com

FRANCE

Résidence & Spa Va l l o rc i n e M o n t - B l a n c Chamonix Set in the heart of the Chamonix Mont-Blanc

area, accessed by a gondola just 200m away

Valley, in the French Alps, the Résidence

from the Résidence. The 50 spacious apartments

& Spa Vallorcine Mont-Blanc offers a cosy

are fully furnished in alpine style and provide

atmosphere and a warm welcome.

an intimate ambience. Each apartment has a balcony or terrace and flat screen satellite TV.

Surrounded by mountains and forests, this

Each apartment comes with a free indoor parking

newly-opened 5 residence is an ideal place

place and individual ski lockers with boot dryers.

for relaxing and exploring the Mont

During the winter season, the Résidence features

Blanc region.

a private ice rink as well as a ski rental shop.

The Résidence & Spa Vallorcine Mont-Blanc is

Spa facilities are a particular strength with

located in the village of Vallorcine, only 15km

luxurious amenities in the wellness centre,

away from the shops, restaurants and bars of

including a large indoor swimming pool,

we love...

central Chamonix – all accessible by a rail link

saunas, a fitness centre and a beautiful spa

The feeling of being home away from home.

that’s free for guests of the Résidence. But many

by Cinq Mondes offering beauty rituals from

will be happy anyway with the Balme/Le Tour ski

around the world.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Making full use of the free Guest Card provided which gives free train transportation from Vallorcine to Chamonix.

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The Experts in Luxury Ski It’s the conundrum of the modern era –

worst case we don’t realise our mistake until

trusted family friend whose two key assets are

travel agents seem outdated in our hi-tech

we arrive in the resort.

that they know exactly what you are personally looking for from your ski holiday, and they have

world of websites and direct booking,

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and yet we often find ourselves spending

Step forward The Oxford Ski Company, the

an encyclopaedic knowledge of every luxury

valuable hours trawling the internet trying

luxury ski travel specialist. Definitely don’t think

ski property, and reliable, comfortable and

to find the right ski accommodation and

here of a High Street travel agency where the

convenient ways to reach them.

travel package, and often ending up with

poor girl behind the desk knows less than you

something that’s not quite right, or with a

do. Think instead of the ski holiday equivalent

Better still their service is free of charge to you,

crucial part of the holiday missing. In the

of a long-established private financial advisor, a

and does not increase the cost of your holiday


H o l i d a y A d v i ce

T h e O x f o rd S k i C o m p a n y

compared with booking direct by even €1. In

The only real question is, with holiday time

fact it may actually reduce it.

so precious, with the investment of time and money so great, and with the friendly Oxford Ski

“A good agent is working for you, rather than for

Company waiting to help you, free of charge,

any particular hotel, villa or airline – and you will

why wouldn’t you use their services?

+44 (0)1865 398130 info@oxfordski.com www.oxfordski.com

benefit from their experience, impartial advice and passion for skiing – they will strive to secure the best possible ski holiday for you” says The Oxford Ski Company Director, Rupert Longsdon.

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swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

Switzerland This is where it all began, in 1864, when a

was a free stay all winter. Within a few decades

clever hotelier challenged some British ”grand

St Moritz was the leading winter sports

tourists” visiting in the summer that if they

destination in the Alps, the first electric lights

spent the winter in Switzerland they’d find it

in Switzerland were illuminating the Kulm, and

brighter and sunnier than London, and despite

today it is one of most famous of the resort’s

being up at about 1829m it wouldn’t be as cold

5 hotels.

as in the British capital, and on top of that they

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might even have fun in the snow. The bet was

Most of Switzerland’s best known resorts

placed by the manager of the Kulm hotel, one

emerged in the following 60 years, and

of the very few people who stayed the winter

indeed the country was the dominant ski

up in the little hamlet of St Moritz, and the bet

destination in the world before the other


swiss-image.ch/Christof Sonderegger

Alpine nations really got started. Famous

And now, nearly 150 years on, Switzerland

names like Gstaad, Mürren, Grindelwald,

remains the country that most people

Villars, Davos and Klosters emerged as

name as their favourite ski destination. The

top ski destinations, and new resorts were

combination of magnificent scenery, often

created in stunning locations such as

spectacular skiing, atmospheric alpine

Wengen, with its views of the Eiger and

villages, and typically excellent food and

Jungfrau – now a UNESCO World Natural

service is very difficult to beat. It may also be

Heritage Site.

Europe’s most expensive ski destination by

in numbers...

ZERO Number of cars in Saas-Fee, Wengen and Zermatt. Switzerland has more car-free resorts than any other.

3899m The height of highest lift in the Alps (Zermatt).

some distance, but most of its devotees feel This was all really before downhill skiing took off, but take off it did, driven by British pioneers

that it’s well worth it.

£0.00

such as the Downhill Only Ski Club, established

The price in most resorts for children under age 9 to ski, and then pay 50% or less up to age 18.

in 1925, who made use of Switzerland’s

1st

mountain railway network to get a lift up in order to ski down.

Engelberg installed the first revolving cable car on Mount Titlis.

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+41 (0)27 966 2424 info@matterhorn-focus.ch www.matterhorn-focus.ch

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H o t e l M a t t e r h o r n Fo c u s Zermatt Zermatt is a very special resort, with Europe’s

The hotel is not big, with just 30 spacious

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

double, superior double family rooms and

served verticals, and the iconic backdrop of the

suites, some with freestanding bath tubs

Matterhorn making it hard to beat.

specially created for the hotel, placed to provide a view of the Matterhorn, others

The resort is full of top class accommodation

looking on to the resort’s car-free, but often

too, so to stand out is a challenge, and the

bustling streets.

answer from the Matterhorn Focus team was to design the hotel like a work of art.

Heinz Julen was responsible for the interior design and all the rooms are furnished with

This “Design and Lifestyle Hotel Garni” was

furniture and works of art created by him.

created by Heinz Julen, world famous for

Nearly all the rooms have a balcony with a view

his eye-catching creations. With its distinct

of either the Matterhorn or of Zermatt.

lines, the architectural style follows that of the

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

mountain railways, creating a building that

Facilities include a sophisticated wellness

is elegant, without being obtrusive, blending

oasis complete with a wonderful interior pool,

w e re c o m m e n d . . .

perfectly into the mountain environment.

outdoor whirlpool, heated couches, saltwater

Taking as much time as you can spare from the slopes to make full use of the superb spa facilities.

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H o t e l M a t t e r h o r n Fo c u s Zermatt

bath, caldarium, Finnish sauna and a rest area,

Klein-Matterhorn cable car is accessible in just

which altogether provide complete peace

2 minutes through an underground passageway

and relaxation. A wide range of massage and

from the hotel. But the key element of the

beauty treatments are, of course, also available.

success of the Matterhorn Focus, behind the great design and the excellent facilities, is the

There are many very special cool features to

high standard of discreet but attentive service

the hotel, for example the lower station of the

required by the owners, Sonja and Christian Noti.

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SWITZERLAND

The Omnia Zermatt There’s an immediate WOW factor at the Omnia

wellness centre and seamless service, to

Mountain Lodge which perches on a cliff in the

create a harmonious guest experience.

centre of Zermatt. Passing through a tunnel, you’ll come to an elevator rising up through the

There are 30 rooms, including 12 suites all

rock and bringing you to the lobby at 1649m

equipped with the latest technology. There

above sea level. Here you have effectively

is no room design conformity here, in fact the

passed through a portal into another world, one

opposite is the case with each room varying

where you can forget time, where you are from,

in layout and décor, and none with a room

where you are going and just enjoy life.

number. In addition, most rooms and suites have a balcony with breathtaking panoramic

To help you do just that The Omnia

views of the Matterhorn.

builds on its great location with exquisite interior design, based on a contemporary

The Omnia’s lobby has a library and fireplace,

we love...

interpretation of the classic American

restaurant, bar, boardroom, cavern, and two

The Omnia restaurant where the hotel’s

mountain lodge, fine cuisine, a wonderful

sun decks high above the roofs of Zermatt.

Executive Chef focuses on providing pure, authentic flavours reflected in the modern seasonal dishes.

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The Omnia Zermatt

The Omnia’s intimate restaurant is a place you’ll

sofa by the fireplace to enjoy an espresso and

want to spend the night in, with residents and their

grappa, or whatever else you desire.

guests equally welcome. Executive Chef Patrick

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Weber creates modern, uncomplicated cuisine

The wellness centre features an indoor/outdoor

providing authentic flavours using seasonal

pool, Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, caldarium,

ingredients. His food is served to you by staff

flower steam room, hi-tech gym, two treatment

who are both efficient and understated, giving

rooms, a relaxation room and an outdoor

you the space to enjoy. After dinner relax on the

Jacuzzi with, once again, wonderful views.

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SWITZERLAND

The Cambrian Adelboden With stunning mountain views of the pristine

winning Just Pure Spa incorporates heated

Swiss Alps in every direction, The Cambrian

indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a well-

offers the kind of location that tense desk

equipped gym, tranquil treatment rooms,

huggers the world over spend their days

a Finnish sauna with steam bath and rain

dreaming about.

shower, and a sleeping area.

Located in the leading resort of Adelboden

In The Cambrian restaurant, the hotel’s

in the Bernese Oberland, the hotel provides

chefs are dedicated to producing what the

authentic local colour, cosmopolitan comfort

hotel calls “new alpine cuisine” – a fresh

and inspiring cuisine backed up by superb

interpretation of mountain classics, making

service. With only 71 rooms (including 24

use of the finest seasonal ingredients sourced

suites), The Cambrian’s staff are able to provide

from within a few miles of Adelboden. Later

a fully personalised service.

on, you can chill with your favourite tipple in

we love...

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

The Cambian’s proximity to the ski

ground floor, and open daily until 1am.

lifts, a 5 minute walk away.

To soak away your aches and pains after a hard day on the slopes, The Cambrian’s award-

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Asking for a south facing room for the very best views (although they’re good from every room…)

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SWITZERLAND

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

regenerate between your days on the slopes –

outside Switzerland, but has been welcoming

if indeed you force yourself out from the hotel’s

winter tourists for more than a century, and

luxurious embrace to actually get on the snow!

skiers since the early 1930s. The village remains unspoilt, and is connected by lifts to

One of Lenkerhof’s two restaurants is the

neighbouring Adelboden, together offering a

Gault Millau 16-point graded Spettacolo

considerable 180km ski area.

where every meal is a spectacular experience. Everyday there are 15 dishes to choose from.

There’s only one 5 hotel in the village and it’s

The alternative Oh de vie restaurant celebrates

something special, graded in the even higher

exquisite Mediterranean cuisine.

5 Superior category. The hotel’s 7 Sources spa reflects and The Lenkerhof Alpine Resort is one of the most

enhances Lenk’s spa history, with indoor sports

we love...

modern, most unconventional luxury hotels

pool, outdoor sulphur pool, seven saunas and

The timeless elegance of the Lenkerhof,

in Europe. Here you will find everything you

much, much more.

one of the world’s best ski hotels.

might need to allow you time to rest, relax and

w e re c o m m e n d . . . The excellent spa treatments in the Lenkerhof’s 7 Sources spa with over 2000m² of wellness facilities.

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SWITZERLAND

The Gstaad Palace Gstaad With ever more luxurious hotel options around

covers a remarkable 240m² with magnificent

the world, there is an intense battle to be the

views to the Swiss Alps from its rooms and

best. The opposition is fierce but the unique

the 150m² terrace, complete with Jacuzzi and

penthouse suite of the Gstaad Palace may be

sauna. Beautifully decorated of course, there

the winner.

are three en-suite bedrooms, hall, kitchenette and an impressive dining and living room with

Built in 1913, and very discreetly welcoming

cosy fireplace.

the world’s great and good for the near-century since, the Gstaad Palace is set in a prominent

All Gstaad Palace guests can enjoy world-class

location above the famous resort. Its 250 staff

dining as well as pampering in the large spa

attend to the whims of the guests of its 104

which includes eight treatment rooms, a private

rooms, junior suites, tower suites and that

spa suite, saunas, steam bath, indoor and

penthouse suite.

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

we love...

gym, a Pilates studio, and a unique hammam

The near 100-year history of this great hotel

experience with seven rooms.

that saw some of world’s first downhill skiers

What’s so special about it? The rooftop penthouse suite, accessed by private elevator,

pass through its door.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Booking the huge penthouse suite, accessed by your own private elevator and complete with rooftop terrace, Jacuzzi and sauna.

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SWITZERLAND

Chesetta St Moritz “Staying at Chesetta is not like a break in a five-

The staff are employed year-round to look

star hotel, it’s like staying with wealthy relatives

after the property and, as a result, they not

who can’t do enough to make you happy.”

only know the area exceptionally well, but they

Financial News

also work very hard to make “their home” your home during your stay.

But how does Chesetta go that extra mile to take it beyond regular 5 service?

In summertime, they’re sent to widen their experience in some of the world’s great hotels

Well Chesetta is not a property built for

and Michelin-starred restaurants to hone their

rental, it is the owner’s home, and the doors

skills to perfection.

are opened to guests when they are not using it themselves.

Located 5 minutes from the centre of St Moritz, Chesetta’s guests have a world-class resort

Chesetta’s owners grew up locally and carefully

with a lively nightlife at their doorstep, whilst

selected their staff from the area to ensure

Chesetta is still a true “get away” offering

in-depth local knowledge, and to provide a

tranquility, charm and relaxation in a picturesque

luxurious and discrete alternative to the typical

village, with easy access to the slopes, skating,

St Moritz holiday.

kitesurfing and cross-country skiing.

we love... The detail – hand painted china and local antiques.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . The power showers and extra deep bathtubs where you can relax with exclusive Miller Harris beauty products.

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Chesetta St Moritz

Of course Chesetta boasts all conceivable

But its reputation is built on making possible the

mod-cons too, including controllable underfloor

impossible, such as arranging for private night-time

heating, home cinema, steam room, sauna and

skiing, an Olympic bobsleigh run, or a private horse

gym, and is one of the newest luxury chalets in

race on the frozen lake. Gourmet meals, in-house

the Alps, built in 2008.

massage and yoga services are “standard�.

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SWITZERLAND

S u v re t t a H o u s e St Moritz Something different, located a short distance

Families have always been particularly

outside St Moritz centre, but right on the ski

welcome at Suvretta House, and the Teddy

slopes, The Suvretta could be a million miles

Club provides superb facilities and care for the

from anywhere.

hotel’s youngest guests, with an in-house kindergarten and a separate

Today, as when it opened a century ago in

children’s restaurant.

1912, you can stay away from the bustle of the town centre, remain incognito if you wish, and

As you would expect there’s a wonderful health

enjoy one’s holiday undisturbed in

spa complete with a 25m swimming pool,

complete privacy.

and the hotel has four exclusive boutiques for designer shopping.

Suvretta House fulfils every gastronomic desire. The Grand Restaurant serves gourmet

With a ski lift directly by the hotel, the Suvretta

we love...

specialities, while the Suvretta Stube offers

Snowsports School is one of the world’s best

Arriving at Suvretta House by sleigh.

guests simple cuisine and authentic Swiss

and longest established (it dates back to 1925).

dishes. You can enjoy drinks and snacks in

It’s ski instructors are used to teaching and

w e re c o m m e n d . . .

Anton’s Bar, the Club Bar or the hotel lobby.

guiding guests of all abilities and ages.

Spending time in the sauna world, which includes Marina (mixed), Aurora (ladies only), the dry Finnarium, semi-humid sanarium, 100% humid vaporium, or the mid-scale caldarium.

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SWITZERLAND

S t e i g e n b e rg e r Alpenhotel And Spa Gstaad-Saanen Built in the classic Swiss chalet-style on

The elegant Sonnenhalte restaurant is one of the

a sunny terrace with panoramic views of

best half board restaurants in the area, which is

the surrounding Bernese Oberland Alps, the

already renowned for its high culinary standards.

luxurious Steigenberger Hotel is a world away

You can choose from a variety of dishes from

from the stress of day-to-day life, but right in

a four course menu plan each day, or you can

the heart of one of the world’s best ski areas,

choose to dine in the hotel’s second restaurant,

the 250km of slopes that make up the Gstaad

the rustic Halte Beiz, which specialises in the

ski region.

local Saanenländer cuisine. There is also a chalet next door which offers raclette or fondue

The Steigenberger oozes cosiness and

evenings on request for groups. Whichever you

comfort, particularly in its bedrooms and

choose you can round the evening off nicely in

suites which are all furnished in rustic Swiss

the hotel bar with live piano music.

we love...

style, and feature cosy corner seating units, as well as all modern creature comforts such

Wellness facilities are another Steigenberger

The choice of three dining options – all of

as satellite television, minibar and dressing

strength with gym, indoor pool, steam grotto,

them great quality.

gown service.

saunas, beauty and massage treatments available.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Spending time enjoying the Steigenberger’s wellness facilities including the bio and Finnish saunas.

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+41 (0)79 916 1372 +41 (0)27 967 1727 info@chalet-zen.com www.chalet-zen.com

SWITZERLAND

C h a le t Z e n Zermatt A chic and luxuriously appointed privately-

products and three have balconies looking up

owned chalet in snow-sure Zermatt, Chalet

to the mighty Matterhorn. There is also a bunk

Zen is discreetly tucked away just 100m from

room and fifth bathroom as part of a family suite

the main Matterhorn glacier lift hub and piste.

should your party be larger than eight guests.

It is also only a short stroll to the centre of the village, making the chalet perfectly located for

A bubbling outdoor hot tub, steam and

both skiers and non-skiers alike.

massage rooms ensure guests are pampered post-piste and there are two spacious living

Offering all the amenities of modern-day living

areas with fireplaces, a small study with

yet retaining the cosy, traditional feel of a home

computer and wireless broadband internet, flat

from home, Chalet Zen is all about old-school

screen televisions with cable and satellite, an

luxury with antique furniture, rugs and paintings

extensive library of books and DVDs, as well

giving it a wonderfully established feel. Each

as toys for all ages including toboggans. A

we love...

of the four large, elegantly furnished bedrooms

rare and private haven, Chalet Zen combines

The truly fabulous ski-in/ski-out location,

features its own en-suite marble bathroom

supreme comfort with excellent service.

charming professional manager/personal

with fluffy bathrobes, slippers and Jo Malone

concierge and skilled chef who can create gastronomic magic to suit all tastes.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . 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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SWITZERLAND

Mont Cervin Palace Zermatt The Mont Cervin Palace is one of the great

Children are especially welcome at the

hotels of the Alps, with more than 150 years

hotel with many facilities, including a

of simple warm hospitality. The original hotel

kindergarten, a children’s paddling pool and

opened in 1852 with just 14 beds. Today the 5

the children’s table.

Mont Cervin Palace offers 165 charming rooms and suites. The hotel is a founding member of

Mont Cervin Palace’s leading spa facilities

Leading Hotels of the World association.

are particular good and extend over 1700m², incorporating a 20m indoor pool warmed to

There are three gourmet restaurants: Le

28°C, an outdoor pool with waterfall, massage

Restaurant, Grill Le Cervin and Ristorante Capri.

jets and bubble massage bed warmed to

Le Cervin has been awarded 14 points in the

35°C. At the MCP Beauty Spa there are

prestigious Gault Millau guide, and Capri the best

eleven treatment rooms offering a wide choice

score of any Zermatt restaurant with 16 Gault

of massages, hand, foot, face and body

we love...

Millau points. There are also two bars, a smokers

treatments – just lie back and be spoilt!

The hotel’s own horse-drawn carriage which

lounge and various corners to just relax in.

picks you up from the train station.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Using the hotel’s Dine Around option to eat in any one of the 13 superb restaurants.

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SWITZERLAND

Nira Alpina S u r le j The Nira Alpina hotel sits just along the valley

are graced with super king beds, and luxurious

from St Moritz in the hamlet of Surlej, yet is

granite bathrooms with oversized baths and

located in the best position to access the

waterfall showers.

famed resort’s Corvatsch ski area. Connected via a private walkway to the cable car meaning

Families are very welcome, with a private

it’s not only (uniquely for the area) ski-in/ski-

children’s ski school in high season. Parents

out, but also only 15 minutes from the highest

can watch from the terrace, or even Jacuzzi, as

point in the entire Engadin ski region, at 3300m,

their offspring slide past on the nursery slope.

with its most challenging runs at your feet. Facilities include a choice of restaurants, A member of the Design Hotels group and

serving locally-sourced ingredients transformed

architecturally inspiring, the hotel unobtrusively

into world cuisine, a superb spa, an Apple Mac

clings to the mountainside as each floor steps

equipped library and a rooftop bar where the

up to the next. Every room features a vast sun-

Nira Alpina’s DJ plays through an eclectic set

drenched balcony or terrace, huge panoramic

as guests sip well-mixed caipirinhas.

windows and breathtaking views. Bedrooms

we love... The hotel’s in-house bakery, nothing fresher!

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Enjoying spa treatments like the Swiss chocolate body wrap, ozone therapy or an oxygen facial.

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SWITZERLAND

Wa l d h a u s S i l s St Moritz Waldhaus Sils – a family affair since 1908, is

in order to maintain high personal service

run by the fifth & fourth generations of Dietrich

standards, it has continually evolved from within,

and Kienberger.

adding its wonderful swimming pool and spa, underground parking, and nearly quadrupling the

As rich in history as it is in service quality and

number of guest bathrooms from 40 on opening

facilities, the 5 Waldhaus Sils was built just

to 150 today! But increasingly the Waldhaus Sils’

over a century ago entirely from materials

priorities have shifted from merely modernising

arriving on horsecarts from the train stations

the hotel, to restoring its vintage charms and

of St Moritz and Chiavenna. The romantic,

character to their 1908 glory. No expense has

castle-like exterior designed by Karl Koller

been spared in a careful restoration of the bar, the

(1873-1946), one of the foremost Swiss hotel

Arvenstube restaurant and the reading room.

architects of the time, hid amazingly modern Sils has its own mid-sized ski area and the

we love...

Waldhaus operates a free shuttle to the slopes.

The welcome given to children (owners

It’s a philosophy which continues to this day,

A lift pass for the full Engadin pass, including

Maria and Felix Dietrich have five of their

because although the Waldhaus Sils is proud to

the skiing of St Moritz, is also available, with a

have stayed within its original physical dimensions

ski bus service to the slopes.

concepts and ideas.

own!) care is free up to 12 years of age.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Purchasing A Labor of Love, a cookbook-comeportrait of Kurt Röösli, the hotel’s executive chef for 25 years. Illustrated by house engineer Guido Schmidt, a very talented photographer.

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Switzerland

Carlton Hotel St Moritz The highest hotel in St Moritz, at 1856m, this

truly world-class facility has virtually every

beautiful 5 boutique hotel is a real hidden

imaginable massage and beauty treatment

gem, with 60 beautifully designed suites by

available, and facilities including a range of

Carlo Rampazzi, all with breathtaking views

saunas, a private sauna suite, ice fountain,

over St Moritz, its famous frozen lake and the

hot tub, hair salon and a large indoor/outdoor

Upper Engadin mountains beyond. You can

heated pool.

watch the White Turf races and many other special St Moritz events from the comfort of

Other facilities include two restaurants and a

your suite.

fabulous bar with live music. The hotel also has its own ski shop for equipment rental or

Every room in this luxury hotel is a suite and

purchase, and operates a private ski school.

include a Nespresso coffee maker, free mini-bar and a spectacular bathroom. All your needs can

You can arrive in style with a limousine shuttle

we love...

be taken care of by your personal Carlton butler.

service from/to St Moritz station or Samedan

The only indoor/outdoor pool in St Moritz

airport. Every morning there’s a private shuttle

with its spectacular views across the resort

The Carlton Hotel’s 1200m2, award-winning three-floor spa is a particular asset. This

to/collection from the Corviglia lift station too.

and lake.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Spending time in the sauna area with steam bath, caldarium, Finnish sauna, and for the ladies a private sauna.

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Switzerland

Whitepod Les Cerniers Nestled in the charming village of Les Cerniers,

environmental impact no electricity is used, and

surrounded by a blanket of glistening white

the tents are illuminated with oil lamps.

snow and panoramic mountain views, Whitepod offers an unforgettable experience in

Whitepod is located at a snowsure 1700m

the heart of the Swiss Alps.

altitude, and has 7km of ski slopes over a 700 metre vertical, with its own private ski lifts

Whitepod’s unique concept is to provide an

which can be opened day or night on request.

unforgettable stay in one of the 15 geodesic

Cross-country skiing, dog-sledging, paragliding,

domes, a little way from the nearest civilisation,

snowshoeing, sledging and ski touring with a

and surrounding a central chalet. These

mountain guide are all available too.

domes are designed to be in harmony with the surrounding environment, whilst still being

The traditional wooden Chalet des Cerniers

both comfortable and luxurious for guests –

acts as base camp for the whole resort, and

we love...

snug in the insulated, hi-tech tents heated by

in its new restaurant offers both traditional

The feeling of being so close to nature on the

wood-burning stove, complete with luxury

mountain favourites like fondue, as well as a

mountain with your private ski run outside

bedding and full bathrooms. To ensure minimal

selection of inventive and refined cuisine.

your door.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Whitepod’s excellent new spa facility which takes holidays here to a still higher level of pampering.

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Österreich Werbung / J. Mallaun

Austria Austria is the home of alpine skiing. The sport

Arlberg Ski School, which offered expertise

began in 1905 in the village of Lilienfeld, not far

in the new technique, thus superseding the

from Vienna, when pioneer Mathias Zdarsky

Norwegian telemark model.

(1856–1940) organised the first slalom race on the slopes of the local Muckenkogel mountain.

Soon after, some of the world’s best-known ski areas developed, including St Johann,

Around the same time the Arlberg region,

Kitzbühel, Seefeld, Saalbach-Hinterglemm

and the resorts of Lech and St Anton, was

(the country’s second most popular tourism

establishing itself as one of the pioneering

destination after Vienna), and Zell am See.

downhill ski areas, thanks to the Arlberg Ski Club and Hannes Schneider’s world-famous

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Österreich Werbung / Joe Wörgötter

in numbers...

more than any other country. They are not the

Despite having lower peaks than its

biggest or the highest in the Alps, but for many

neighbours, Austria also has the most glacier

people they are the best, and before the rise of

skiing in the world, with 10 resorts to choose

France in the 1980s, more Brits visited Austrian

from opening at various points between June

ski areas than those of any other country.

and September, including year-round Hintertux.

And many still do. Austria’s intimate ski areas

The country also boasts Europe’s only true

are some of the easiest to reach – many within

ski city, in the shape of beautiful Innsbruck,

90 minutes, often less, of Innsbruck or Salzburg

three-times an Olympic centre, with its own

airports. There are almost no soulless purpose-

area ski pass, which includes a ski bus from

built resorts here, and in contrast, strict planning

your hotel to one of eight ski areas; these

laws mean that almost all resorts are comprised

include the extensive year-round skiing on

Gradient of Austria’s steepest piste, Harakiri above Mayrhofen.

of traditional wooden chalet-style buildings, with

the Stubai glacier and day trips to other big-

none of the concrete blocks that blight some of

name resorts.

1st

the best-known French, Italian and Swiss resorts.

1800m Height of Obergurgl, which is the highest traditional village in the Alps

1280m Length of the shortest underground railway in the world, found in car-free Serfaus.

78% Ischgl has seen more superstars play at its season-end concert than any other resort, including Elton John, Kylie and Diana Ross.

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AUSTRIA

Hotel Zürserhof A r l b e rg Located in one of the world’s most exclusive

can be tested from Strolz’s sport shop in the

resorts, the elegant Zürserhof is perfectly

hotel, where you will also receive the very best

positioned to offer the best of both worlds,

personal attention and advice. Of course your

situated in a sunny high-lying valley at a snow-

lift pass is also available through the hotel, and

sure altitude of 1720m, it stands in a secluded

there’s heated equipment storage on site too.

location but also within a short walk (or ski) of Zürs centre, itself part of the huge and

As you would expect the 5 Zürserhof has

spectacular Arlberg ski region.

superb wellness facilities including a swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, sunbeds and steam bath,

Indeed, you could not have a better location

and a ladies-only sauna. There’s also a fitness

in a ski area than at the Zürserhof. The ski

studio, hairdressing and beauty salon, indoor

lift is outside the hotel’s doors, the hotel has

tennis court and a daily programme of

its own ski slope, and for beginners a private

ski gymnastics.

shuttle service to the nursery slopes. Private

we love... That one of the world’s best ski schools

ski lessons, guiding or even a heli-ski excursion

Choose to stay in one of the Zürserhof’s single or

are available from instructors who will meet

double rooms, or one of five types of suite, the

you at the hotel. In addition the best equipment

best of which is the spectacular Royal Suite.

and ski shops are all on site.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . The Shiseido beauty salon where Zürserhof’s professional team offer innovative body treatments to refresh your body, mind and spirit.

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Hotel Zürserhof A r l b e rg

The hotel’s kids club employs professionally

In the Zürserhof’s gourmet restaurant the chef

trained nannies for children aged 3 years and

combines the best regional products with

over who will provide care from 1pm to 10pm,

delicacies from all over the world. Gentlemen

including dinner if required.

wear jackets for dinner, and a tie too for the weekly Sunday evening gala menu, with its

The Zürserhof also organises a weekly program,

sumptuous dessert buffet. During the day the

with welcome cocktail and gala evening, as well

hotel’s popular sun terrace is the place to enjoy

as culinary-themed evenings; and the hotel’s

Austrian or vegetarian specialities.

own pianist plays each day in the hotel lobby.

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AUSTRIA

Central Spa Hotel Sölden Sölden has been one of the world’s leading

rooms and suites are individually styled with

resorts for many years now, its long ski season

interiors ranging from traditional rustic Tyrolean

from October to May is guaranteed thanks

to modern contemporary.

to its twin glaciers, and the skiable vertical of nearly 3000m is one of the world’s biggest.

The hotel’s award-winning restaurant, run by 2-toque chef Gottfried Prantl, has built an

The best hotel in the lively village is the

international reputation, and alongside the

Central Spa Hotel. A 5 of course, the hotel’s

culinary masterpieces there are more than

ambience is relaxed, but don’t be fooled,

30,000 bottles of fine wine in the cellar to

as beneath this informal approach lies a

choose from.

dedication to providing luxury service and gastronomic delights.

The three-storey Water World Venezia spa has nine different saunas among its many delights,

we love...

Warm hospitality and a noticeable love of detail

with the Beauty and Wellness Residence

The local “Alpienne relaxation

create a special atmosphere able to make

pampering guests with traditional oriental

massage” – a herbal footbath followed

you feel right at home. Each of the hotel’s 121

massage treatments.

by a massage with heated herbal packs.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . The luxurious Penthouse suites, furnished with the finest materials, featuring romantic open fireplaces and providing stunning views of the Ötztal mountains.

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AUSTRIA

Hotel Kristiania Lech The Kristiania is a truly special place in the

taken very seriously by the Kristiania, it was

heart of Lech. Innovative and individual in

Austria’s first carbon neutral hotel, offsetting

its philosophy, its priorities are providing a

its emissions.

luxurious, private stay that’s also a unique experience. This philosophy led to the

Facilities within the intimate Seventies Spa

Kristiania being ranked number one of 500

include a whirlpool tub, aromatic sauna

small luxury hotels.

and serenity lounge, and treatments are offered according to your personal desires –

The 29 rooms and suites are unique in

relaxation, skin renewal or a refreshing

character and design, and for dining there’s

sports massage.

a choice of the à la carte restaurant or casual dining in the Kaminzimmer with its open

Finally, those fascinated by ski racing history

fireplace. Art lovers will also particularly

will also want to know that the Kristiania was

we love...

enjoy their stay as the hotel has both its own

built by Othmar Schneider, Olympic slalom

The scented candles and fresh flowers

collection of innovative work, and a regularly

gold medallist from the 1952 Winter Games in

which welcome you to the Kristiania’s spa.

changing selection of work from specially

Oslo, who also ran ski schools in the USA and

selected artists. The environment is also

Portillio in Chile.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . The Kristiania’s Bath Butler and Reading Butler services which choose the perfect reading material or prepare the perfect bath for you.

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AUSTRIA

Hotel Rosengarten Austria Member of Relais & Châteaux & Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux

The decision by master chef Simon Taxacher to

The Rosengarten SPA offers exclusive

open a luxury hotel and spa to accompany his

treatments from the Italian spa brand ‘comfort

renowned Restaurant Rosengarten in Kirchberg

zone’ as well as a Finnish sauna, a marble

near Kitzbühel was a stroke of genius.

steam room and relaxation area. The Rosen Private SPA Suite offers blissful treatments for

Already the holder of three Gault Millau

two including a full body peeling, Duo Whirlpool

toques and two Michelin stars in 2009, chef

and a revitalising massage.

Taxacher has successfully sought to make his Rosengarten a haven of elegance and

The commitment to service, quality and

wellbeing, reflecting his unequivocal high

design ensures uncompromising standards

standards and individuality.

in all aspects. The spirit of Relais & Châteaux is omnipresent throughout the Rosengarten,

The 26 exquisite rooms and suites are named after

from the hotel’s own cookery studio, the divine

we love...

delicious produce such as Beluga, Olive or Alba,

piano bar with smokers lounge, the gourmet

Simon Taxacher’s French-Mediterranean

synchronised with delicate colour hues, precious

breakfast service for later risers, to the Bistro

cuisine – innovative, interpreted with a twist,

woods and tactile materials. Relax in front of the

Rosengarten Light – offering delectable snacks

open fire, explore the well-stocked mini bar, and

in an informal setting.

finally enjoy a peaceful sleep on the oversized bed.

original, individual and yet authentic.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Butler room breakfast at Rosengarten – let us surprise you!

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Merano Marketing/Frieder Blickle

I t a ly

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Italy is home to more than 300 ski areas

famous in the 1930s, after the first resort

spreading from east to west along its

had been established at Claviere on the

northern border, down through Tuscany and

French border. The Italians also pioneered

the Apennines to ski centres around Rome,

purpose-built ski centres with the aid of large

and even on Mount Etna in Sicily. In short it

corporations such as Fiat, and famous centres

is one of the biggest and most diverse skiing

such as Sestière were created long before the

nations in Europe.

French had thought of them.

Italian skiing has a long history; classic resorts

There is also a diverse choice of mountain

such as Cortina d’Ampezzo, Madonna di

scenery, from skiing beneath Mont Blanc

Campiglio, and Selva in Val Gardena were

(Monte Bianco) or the Matterhorn (Monte


Alto Adige Marketing/Alessandro Trovati

Alto Adige Marketing/Frieder Blickle

Cervino) from Courmayeur or Cervinia in the

But do people visit Italy for the skiing and the

west of the country, to the stunningly beautiful

scenery? Well perhaps, but Italians are also

pink granite cliffs of the Dolomites in the east, a

famous for their love of good things and their

UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site.

relaxed attitude to life. Italy’s an excellent choice if you’re looking for friendly people, where eating

Today, the country is home to some of the

the best cuisine and providing the best service is

world’s largest ski areas, the most famous

second nature, and not something planned out

being the Dolomiti Superski, which for

by corporate management.

more than 30 years has connected a dozen neighbouring valleys, offering 1200km of piste and about 450 ski lifts all on one ticket. They

in numbers...

€105m Price of new revolving cable car system, which will link Courmayeur to Pointe Helbronner (3500m) by 2014.

43m World ski jump record set at Bardonecchia in 1909 by Norwegian Harald Smith.

2006

include the Sella Ronda circuit, which connects

Last time a European nation staged a Winter Olympics. Held in Torino, Italy.

about 500km of piste around a central

Three

mountain, probably the world’s second largest lift-linked ski area.

The number of countries (France, Switzerland and Slovenia) that can be reached via ski lifts crossing Italian borders.

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ITALY

Lagació Mountain Residence Alta Badia, Dolomites The Lagació Mountain Residence genuinely

each with a modern design and windows that

reflects a quality of life that has grown over

afford panoramic views of the mountain scenery.

centuries and is characteristic of the region. Taking the breathtaking Dolomites – recently

The bar-cum-lounge is elegantly furnished

made a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site

and serves South Tyrolean wines and spirits,

– as its model, the Residence relies on natural

homemade teas and juices, and delicious

materials and warm colours.

snacks and special aperitifs. A box of local organic groceries is delivered to your

As a certified “Climate House” it meets the

apartment once a week.

exacting building standards of South Tyrol and is exceptionally energy efficient. Local timber,

The Mountain Residence’s wellness area La

warm walls made of loam, wooden and stone

Palsa boasts a Finnish sauna, steam bath,

floors, and linen fabrics have created a natural

low-temperature sauna, crushed-ice well,

we love...

and highly personal, pleasant atmosphere.

and a generously laid-out rest area. Guests

The unobtrusive hospitality and the exclusive

Lagació Mountain Residence gives guests a

are offered relaxing massages and luxurious

services that make the Residence a place

choice of 24 exclusive apartments, 42–88m²,

beauty treatments.

where you can feel at home.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Enjoying the softpack baths, cosmetic treatments and massages provided by the hotel’s massage team.

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ITALY

Hotel Chalet del Sogno Madonna di Campiglio Can you stay in a classic ski resort, within one of

and king sizes. The 48m² “del Sogno” King

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

Suite is one of the best. Along with a combined

hotel and still be kind to the environment?

wool carpeted and larch wood floor, the goldenyellow draperies give brightness to the room,

Domenico and Miriam Schiavon, owners of

which is further warmed by an antique stove.

the beautiful Hotel Chalet del Sogno, located

The large bathroom is equipped with a double

in woodland at the edge of Madonna di

Teuco hydro-shower.

Campiglio, believe so. Gourmet cuisine prepared by expert chefs is Despite its ageless appearance, the Hotel

the norm too. Enjoy meals made with local

Chalet del Sogno was built to bioarchitectural

valley Alpine cheese, fish and meats, along with

standards, and is eco-certified for its reduced

the famed Surgiva mineral water.

we love...

environmental impact. The well-insulated building is heated with geothermal energy,

There’s also a wonderful spa complete with

The exclusive suites in which the

and built using only natural materials including

pool, gym, hammam, biosauna, treatment

natural scent of wood induces a

wood, wool, lime and local stone. The hotel has

rooms and much, much more.

a number of wonderful suites in junior, family

relaxing atmosphere.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . You can enjoy the peace and relax in our Wellness and Fitness centre Oasi del Sogno or taste the delicious dishes of Trentino in the restaurant, Al Vecchio Sarca.

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RED Mountain/Erik Kalacis

Canada Canada has ski areas stretching right across

resorts of Alberta and British Columbia, which

the country from coast to coast, but their

are perhaps the most well known in the country

development has varied depending on location.

today, have only made it big in the last few

The country has about 300 ski areas, but two-

decades, and that’s because of destination

thirds of these are relatively small resorts in the

travel rather than local populations.

east of the country, in provinces such as Quebec and Ontario, close to major population centres like

And wow, have they made it big. Whistler

Montreal and Toronto.

Blackcomb expanded through the 1990s to become one of the biggest destinations on the

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The remainder are much bigger ski areas on

planet, hosting the 2010 Winter Olympics, and

much bigger ski hills. For the most part, the

thanks to its glacier skiing it offers the longest


Tourism BC/Randy Lincks

season of any major North American resort. And

80 years of operating in 2011 – one of the

resorts like Fernie and Big White offer some of the

world’s oldest downhill ski areas.

deepest average annual snowfalls on the planet, then there’s Kicking Horse, only 10-years-old, with

Western Canada has also developed a

a reputation for its steep terrain.

reputation as the world’s top heli-skiing destination, with increasing numbers of

A lot of this modern development can be

operations offering 2600km² territories of

credited to hosting the 1988 Calgary Olympics,

untouched powder snow on huge verticals, and

which helped to publicise the region and

promoting them as an ultimate ski experience.

open up air routes; but some Western resorts

in numbers...

$22m The value of ski bindings imported to Canada each year. Nearly half came from China, followed by France.

2632 Number of athletes who competed in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.

1383m

like Banff and Lake Louise had been famous

But those original east coast resorts shouldn’t be

long before, as they were created when the

forgotten, particularly Tremblant, still under the

The height of the Town of Banff, making it the highest in Canada.

Canadian Pacific railway passed through over

same ownership as Whistler, which despite being

a century ago to help attract tourism onto the

smaller in stature, attracts the biggest numbers in

new rail routes. Mt Norquay at Banff celebrated

the country thanks to its high-quality experience.

10m The average snowfall in Whistler each year.

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CANADA

Fa i r m o n t L e Manoir Richelieu Quebec Nestled majestically between the sea and

The Charlevoix region has long been known for

the mountains, the Fairmont Le Manoir

its fine gastronomy, and Fairmont Le Manoir

Richelieu Quebec resort in Charlevoix is a

Richelieu’s five restaurants provide visitors with

vision of historical splendour. Rich in tradition,

unique dining experiences in several mouth-

this exquisite paragon of hospitality blends

watering forms. Le Charlevoix (AAA/CAA Four

the quiet charm of the countryside with the

Diamond Award), with its innovative cuisine

sophistication of a world-class resort.

showcases local products from local farmers, Le

There’s lots to do here including downhill skiing

Le Bellerive features a varied à la carte menu or a

at the revitalised Le Massif ski hill, or cross-

buffet overflowing with flavour.

Le Massif de Charlevoix

Saint-Laurent offers a “brasserie-style” menu, and

country nearby. Or you can enjoy snowshoeing, ice-fishing on site, carriage rides, kayaking

Only 90 minutes from Quebec City airport via a

through the ice field on the St Lawrence River,

beautiful drive along the magnificent St Lawrence

we love...

a flutter in the casino, year-round outdoor and

River; the “Castle on the Cliff”, Fairmont Le Manoir

The unmatched view of the stunning

indoor swimming pools and whirlpools, and

Richelieu in Charlevoix has a rich tradition of

St Lawrence River from many of the

a superb spa.

hospitality, romance and elegance.

guest rooms.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . The hotel’s fantastic spa and 23 treatment rooms, and Le Charlevoix Restaurant for its fabulous cuisine.

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Lebanon Described, as “the Switzerland of the Middle

beyond the marked pistes, and whatever

East” by many, skiing in Lebanon is far more

your preferred ski discipline, hiring a local

popular than most expect it to be, and is home

guide allows you to discover real treats.

to six ski resorts with a total of 46 ski lifts.

Adrenaline junkies can also get their snow

Skiing isn’t a new pastime in the country and

fix in many of the countries resorts, where

has been exploited in the mountains since the

snowmobiling is yet another way to explore

1950’s when the first lifts were installed at the

the snow-capped peaks.

Cedars resort. Lebanon is highly unique in the fact that

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Ever popular with cross-country skiers, the

you can ski until lunchtime and swim in the

best of Lebanon’s snow does, in places, lie

warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea in


the afternoon. The Lebanese mountains rise

Situated at 1850 metres the resort offers skiing

up very quickly above the narrow coastline,

to 2465 metres, the height of Mzaar Mountain,

making the resorts in very close proximity to

where breathtaking views of the mountains and

the sea.

the sea can be found on a clear day.

in numbers...

$1.2bn The projected cost to build Lebanon’s seventh resort, Sannine Zenith.

The two major resorts of the country, Faraya

The popularity of winter sports in Lebanon

Mzaar and Cedars remain the most popular

continues to flourish and for those looking to

with tourists, in particular Faraya Mzaar with

experience snow off the beaten track, then

its world-class infrastructure. The resort

heading to the country this season is a must.

now boasts 42 pistes, covering over 80km

The season in Lebanon is very similar to that of

of ground and is located just one hour from

the Alps, with resorts opening in December and

Beirut. The queues at the resorts 18 lifts are

closing in April.

SIX The number of ski resorts in Lebanon.

refreshingly short compared to those in many European resorts, and the extensive lift system allows for varied skiing.

3083m The height of Qornet es Saouda, Lebanon’s highest mountain.

50,000 Number of people who visit Lebanon each season to ski.

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LEBANON

InterContinental Mzaar Resort and Spa Lebanon At 2000m high, you’ll sense the true

impressive après-ski experience with an indoor

uniqueness of your stay at the InterContinental

swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, hammam, kids’

Mzaar Mountain Resort & Spa. With direct

fun centre, and a prestigious shopping arcade.

access to 80km of skiing trails and access to major tourist sites nearby, you’ll experience the

There are five restaurants, each serving different

pleasures of winter and discover the region’s

cuisines, taking you on an eclectic culinary

natural beauty.

journey without leaving the resort. While the long days of serious skiing and eating take their toll,

With 19 ski lifts accessed directly from the

Les Thermes du Mzaar health spa is the ideal

resort, and activities like snowshoeing, cross-

solution to loosen up tired muscles.

country skiing and snowmobiling available, the resort offers a long list of winter activities, all

The combination of challenging downhill

easily arranged for you by the resort’s devoted

skiing, après-ski, relaxation and the splendour

we love...

concierge team.

of Mzaar can prove hard to resist. So it’s no

Being in the only 5 ski resort in the

surprise that Lebanon is called the Switzerland

Middle East and less than an hour from

Basking in its beautiful setting, the InterContinental Mzaar also offers an

of the Middle East.

the sea.

w e re c o m m e n d . . . Booking the amazing 105m² Diplomatic suite, with two bathrooms, dressing room, Jacuzzi and spectacular views.

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