Skiing comes second when there are swimming pools, saunas and Alpine-style bars on offer; these are the luxury stays you need to book now for the ski season
Looking for luxury this ski season? Look no further…
Ski holidays come in many shapes and sizes, but there’s nothing better than a little luxury when it comes to your winter break. After all, skiing is hard work, so a little pampering goes a long way. From state of the art suites, to hotels with palatial panache, these luxury stays have it all. Book now for the ski season and prepare for the holiday of a lifetime.
SEVERIN*S THE ALPINE RETREAT, ARLBERG, AUSTRIA
Severin*s is the hot new ski hotel launch of 2017 and it’s set to sizzle this season as it reopens on 1 December. The hotel offers nine super-suites complete with terraces and mountain views, spacious bedrooms, living areas and cosy fireplaces. Or, to make it a family-affair, there is a four-bedroom Private Residence which includes a home cinema, hot-tub, office and state of the art kitchen. Off the slopes, guests can enjoy Michelin-starred dining, spa, swimming pool, saunas, steams and an Alpine-inspired bar. Meanwhile, the heated ski lockers have proved an instant hit with those wanting to hit the slopes with toasty toes.
Prices from around £610 per person, severins-lech.at
CHALET MERLO, SAINTE-FOY-TARENTAISE, FRANCE
As Sainte Foy’s most prestigious chalet company, Première Neige has a wealth of gems in its portfolio, but Chalet Merlo is certainly the jewel in the crown. This luxury chalet offers panoramic vistas of the Tarentaise valley and access to some of the best skiing in the Alps. Explore the beauty of this region via Sainte Foy’s uncrowded ski slopes – ideal for beginners, intermediates and off-piste experts, or with a snowshoe hike or shopping excursion. Next, unwind in the incomparable comfort of Chalet Merlo, which boasts a private massage suite, private chef, host and chauffeur, fully-equipped gym spread over two floors, hot tub and sauna facilities.
Prices from £10,000 per week for the whole chalet, chaletmerlo.eu
FAIRMONT BANFF SPRINGS, BANFF, CANADA
On the doorstep of some of Canada’s finest slopes, the Banff Springs is an exceptional home-from-home for the ski season. Guests are typically enthralled by its resemblance to a Scottish baronial castle and even further impressed by the views from the rooms overlooking Bow Valley or the mountains. The Fairmont Snow School offers an opportunity to polish your skills before heading for the slopes, or for the ultimate thrill, try heli-skiing. Relax those ski-weary limbs with a massage and whirlpool soak at Willow Stream, the hotel’s world-class spa.
Prices from £715 per person, fairmont.com
HOTEL CHRISTIANIA, VAL D’ISERE, FRANCE
This family-run, chalet-style hotel is a Val d’Isere hotspot, due undoubtedly to its central location near the town’s fashionable restaurants, nightlife and the Solaise lift, just 100m away. It boasts a popular restaurant, cosy lounges and close proximity to the slopes, making it an ideal choice for families too.
Prices from £1,400; hotel-christiania.com
HOTEL HERMITAGE, BREUIL CERVINIA, ITALY
Hotel Hermitage can be found tucked among the trees in a quiet area of Breuil Cervinia. It draws swarms of guests for its highly coveted location next to the cable-car up to Plateau Rosa. A traditional Alpine exterior encases plush interiors complete with bedroom fireplaces, Valle d’Aosta antiques, rich rugs and 17th century parquet floors. This, plus breathtaking mountain views, means you’ll certainly find it difficult to leave.
Prices from £1,805; hotelhermitage.com
THE CHEDI ANDERMATT, SWITZERLAND
The Chedi Andermatt is one of Switzerland’s finest design hotels, visioned by ‘starchitect’ Jean-Michel Gathy. It stands in the centre of the charming Swiss village of Andermatt and is known for its elegant interiors, which combine Swiss Alpine chic with Asian Zen. Alongside beautiful alpine views, an award-winning spa and a swimming pool with panoramic views, the hotel is home to a Japanese restaurant and a traditional fondue chalet. They have just announced some great packages for the coming ski season, including sushi and sake tasting, private ski tours and Alpine helicopter rides.
Prices from £385 for a Deluxe Room on a B&B basis
PARK GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND
Set in the heart of iconic Swiss town of Gstaad, five-star hotel Park Gstaad is the perfect place for a winter Alpine escape. With endless winter activities on offer such as skiing, ice-kart racing, sledging, snowshoe excursions, ice-skating, dog sled rides and winter biking, you won’t be short of ways to fill the snow-filled days. A new executive chef has just come on board and is working his magic to shake up the hotel’s culinary scene, while the accommodation itself enchants with impressive sized rooms and grandeur.
Prices from £330 for a double on a B&B basis
L’HÉLIOS, MÉRIBEL, FRANCE
This luxury boutique hotel boasts an enviable ski-in-ski-out location not far from the centre of Méribel. With 18 stylish rooms and suites with facilities including swimming pool, Carita Spa, private cinema and restaurant with sunny terrace, skiing may not be such a priority.
Prices from around £295 per person, lhelios.com