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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 worldâ€™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
fact, that once ensconced in that peaceful luxury
establishments more innovative in what they
itâ€™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
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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
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-
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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!
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
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
the grandeur of the French Alps and their spectacular ski areas.
Length of the world’s longest indoor snow-slope at Amneville
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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 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.
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.
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,
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+ 33 (0)607 231 726 email@example.com www.chaletsphilippe.com
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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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
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
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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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
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
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.
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
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.
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C h a le t C e r i s i e r Chamonix Chamonix may be one of the worldâ€™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. Itâ€™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
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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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
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
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
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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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
champagne reception, a delicious breakfast, afternoon tea with freshly prepared cakes, and
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.
w e re c o m m e n d . . . Taking advantage of the spacious ensuite rooms with uninterrupted views over to Mont Pourri. Each has private balcony, WiFi, and UK satellite TV. 32
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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
360˚ views of the Mont Blanc massif from Chalet Bibendum has it all – wonderful views,
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
Unwinding in the spa area then enjoying a
panoramic windows and balcony.
massage treatment before an excellent predinner aperitif.
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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
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
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
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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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
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,
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.
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,
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?
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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.
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
as in the British capital, and on top of that they
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
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
Europe’s most expensive ski destination by
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.
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
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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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
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.
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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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,
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.
w e re c o m m e n d . . . Relaxing on the sofa and sipping espresso and grappa in front of the fire after dinner.
The Omnia Zermatt
The Omniaâ€™s intimate restaurant is a place youâ€™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
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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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
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
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…)
+41 (0)33 736 3636 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lenkerhof.ch
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
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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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
are three en-suite bedrooms, hall, kitchenette and an impressive dining and living room with
Built in 1913, and very discreetly welcoming
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
outdoor pools with Jacuzzi, a state-of-the-art
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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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
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.
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 â€œstandardâ€?.
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+44 +41(0)845 (0)81 092 836 0350 3636 email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org www.lechardonvaldisere.com www.suvrettahouse.ch
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
hotel’s youngest guests, with an in-house kindergarten and a separate
Today, as when it opened a century ago in
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,
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
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.
+41 (0)33 748 6464 email@example.com www.steigenberger.ch
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
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.
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.
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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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
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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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
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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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
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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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,
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
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.
+41 (0)81 836 7000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.carlton-stmoritz.ch
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
watch the White Turf races and many other special St Moritz events from the comfort of
Other facilities include two restaurants and a
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
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.
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.
+41 (0)24 471 3838 email@example.com www.whitepod.com
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
Whitepodâ€™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 â€“
acts as base camp for the whole resort, and
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.
w e re c o m m e n d . . . Whitepodâ€™s excellent new spa facility which takes holidays here to a still higher level of pampering.
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
Today, Austria has over 600 skiing areas,
Österreich Werbung / Joe Wörgötter
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
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.
+43 (0)55 832 5130 firstname.lastname@example.org www.zuerserhof.at
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
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.
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.
+43 (0)55 832 5130 email@example.com www.zuerserhof.at
+43 (0)52 542 2600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.central-soelden.at
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
dedication to providing luxury service and gastronomic delights.
The three-storey Water World Venezia spa has nine different saunas among its many delights,
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
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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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
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
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
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.
+43 (0)53 574 201 email@example.com www.rosengarten-taxacher.com
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
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!
Merano Marketing/Frieder Blickle
I t a ly
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 SestiĂ¨re 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 dâ€™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
€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.
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
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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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,
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,
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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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
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.
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
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.
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 thatâ€™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
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
$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.
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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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
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.
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.
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
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 can be found on a clear day.
$1.2bn The projected cost to build Lebanonâ€™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, Lebanonâ€™s highest mountain.
50,000 Number of people who visit Lebanon each season to ski.
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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
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
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.
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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