Top 10 Ski Resorts

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KITZBUHEL

SCHWARZER ADLER

 

Centrally located in the cobbled medieval centre and close to the Hahnenkamn ski lift, the Schwarzer Adler is Austrian hospitality epitomised. Within its traditional Tyrolean exterior lies a contemporary boutique hotel, its eighty eight rooms elegantly furnished with suites boasting private saunas and mountain views. Gourmet dining abounds overseen by Chef Stefan Hofer;Neuwirt serves Michelin-starred cuisine whilst the Hotel-Restaurant offers traditional dining in its three wood-panelled parlours.

The cosy lobby bar with roaring open fire offers refined apres-ski indulgence.

To unwind after the day's exertions, the Black Spa is one of the most celebrated in the Alps offering treatments, massages and indoor pool.

88 rooms and suites
40 minutes from Salzburg airport.

 
   

COURCHEVEL 1850

HOTEL LE SAINT ROCH

 

Hiding a contemporary interior within a traditional facade, the hotel commands an excellent ski-in, ski-out location in the centre of chic Courchevel 1850. Recently renovated it offers boutique style comfort with spacious rooms and suites draped in opulent fabrics, over-sized bathrooms being equipped with hammams and rain shower.

Led by a dynamic young chef, the restaurant conjures up superb gourmet delights, whilst the cosy piano bar provides the perfect place to unwind over a nightcap.

Return from the legendary Trois Vallees skiing to indulgent pampering in the Carita spa.
2hrs 30 mins from Geneva Airport.

 

 

 

VEYSONNAZ

HIDDEN DRAGON

 

Hidden dragon is a privately owned exclusive alpine lodge situated in the heart of Switzerland's 4 valley region.

Nestled in fir and pine forests, this secluded mountain retreat is discreetly located in its own extensive grounds accessed by private road.

Perched at 1500 metres, its position offers enchanting uninterrupted views over the Rhone valley, and offers skiers the luxury of ski-in/ski-out access.

Away from the crowds,the queues,the noise and the chaos of urban life, Hidden dargon is an idyllic mountain hideaway.

Dedicated to provide exceptional service, to ensure exceptional experiences, the Hidden Dragon team to strive to surprise and delight their guests.

Gastronomy, fine wines, dynamic skiing, invigorating alpine activities, and holistic therapies are all on the menu to nurture the mind, body and spirit.

After an indulgent stay at Hidden Dragon, the team aim to return  their guests back to their normal lives feeling happier, healthier, re-energized and refreshed.

6 Ensuite rooms with plasmas and DVD'S.

1 hour 30 minutes from Geneva Airport

 

 

 

 

 

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COURCHEVEL 1850

CHEVAL BLANC

 

Supreme elegance defines this palatial mountain haven in the heart of the Jardin Alpin, with direct ski access to the area's legendary range of slopes.

Opulent rooms and suites, spread over five floors, carry original objets d'art and evocative photography commissioned by Karl Lagerfeld.

Overlooking the piste, the terrace of 1947 restaurant makes the perfect spot for lingering over a gastronomic lunch, whilst convivial evenings beckon in the piano bar with its open fireplace.

For convenience there is in-house ski rental. Enjoy restorative treatments in the outstanding Givenchy Snow Spa, dip into the infinity pool, and shop for Louis Vuitton and Dior in the Hotel's boutiques.

34 rooms and suites

2 hours and 30 minutes from Geneva Airport.

 

 

 

GSTAAD

GSTAAD PALACE.

 

Long renowned as one of Europe's chicest winter resorts, the palatial hotel opened its doors in 1913. A founding memeber of The Leading Hotels of the World, it has been run by three generations of the Scherz family, each seemingly more determined than the last to deliver incomparable service.

Its fairytale turned facade dominates Gstaad, overlooking the Bernese Oberland and is ideally places to access 250 kilometres of superb skiing.

Tastefully decorated rooms are spacious and calming, offering Alpine vistas. No fewer than five elegant restaurants serve gourmet cuisine from Swiss to Italian, whilst for relaxation the spa specialises in beauty treatments from Phytomer.

104 rooms and suites

2 hours from geneva airport

 

 

 

ASPEN

ST REGIS RESORT

 

One of the highest rates ski resorts in the world. St Regis Resort Aspen enjoys a prime location at the foot of Aspen mountain and within walking distance of the shops and restaurants of Aspen.

An Ambience of Grand western chic prevails throughout its richly-coloured interiors- the stone fireplaces,leather chairs and bronze statues all enhanced by the panormaic mountain vistas outside.

This refined mountain elegance also extends to the guest rooms and suites, each one filled with luxury amenities including individual heating controls, flat- screen televisions, DVD players and fully-stocked honour bars, while all guests receive the signature St Regis Butler service.

In addition, the ski valets ensure that boots are warmed and skis tuned prior to the day's activities.

After a day on the slopes, enjoy the indulgent treatments offered by the Remede spa. Then visit The Restaurant for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and American classics before ending the evening in the Shadow Mountain Lounge, accompanied by signature martinis and live entertainment.

179 rooms and suites

10 minutes from Aspen Airport

1 hour and 30 minutes from Eagle Airport

 

 

 

 

ST ANTON

RAFFL'S ST ANTONER HOF

 

This fantastic family run hotel located in the heart of St Anton, with nearby access to the expansive Arlberg ski region is one of my personal favourites.

It begins with the destinctive exterior and continues into the swish interior spaces adorned with a contrasting but complementary blend of antiques and contemporary pieces.

No two rooms are alike, although each offering an exceptional level of comfort.

Tastefully furnished in neutral tones, the spacious rooms and suites are equipped with the latest technology including DVD, and most have a balcony.

After a sumptuous dinner in the traditionally styled Raffl Stube gourmet restaurant with its extensive wine selection, the exhuberant mood reappears with three times weekly music.

When tranquility beckons, you need look no further than the sauna, the indoor swimming pool or the hammam, where muscle relaxing apres-ski massages are a speciality.

A weekly activity programme includes snow shoe and torch lit hikes.

37 Rooms ans suites.

1 hour from Innsbruck Airport.

2hours 30 mins from Zurich Airport

 

 

 

 

 LE CHARDON MOUNTAIN LODGES

VAL D'ISERE

 

Lying in the exclusive enclave of Legattaz, clost to Val D'Isere's chic centre, this boutique collection of five luxury lodges boasts enviable ski-in, ski-out access.

Accomodating between eight and twenty guests, the chalets are sumptuously furnished in marble and Savoyard woods. Offering a fully-catered bespoke service, a private chef, chauffeur and concierge are on hand to arrange everything from lunch at the best mountain restaurants to ski hire and lessons.

Gourmet breakfasts start the day- five course evening meals being accompanied by sommelier-selected wines. For apres-ski relaxation, each chalet has its own hot tub and expansive terrace, together with plenty of games and activities for children; massages can be arranged for adults.

5 chalets

3 hours from Geneva Airport

 

 

 

 

WHISTLER

THE WESTIN RESORT & SPA

 

Located slope-side on Whistler mountain, this is an all- suite resort just steps from both Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas and Whistler Village.

The ski-in/ski-out convenience is matched by exceptional service, including a ski valet and well-appointed accomodations. Each of the sumptuously furnished suited features a kitchen, relaxing soaker tub, inviting fireplace, the trademark 'Heavenly bed' and stunning mountain views.

Dine in style at the Aubergine Grille where master chefs prepare tasty dishes in the show kitchen and afterwards unwind in the intimate FireRock Lounge. For apres-ski indulgence, The Avello Spa & Health Club offers  an enticing range of soothing treatments, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, a eucalyptus steam room, a pool and state-of-the-art gym equipment.

Besides enjoying superb skiing and snowboarding guests can delight in a host of winter activities including dog sledding, ice skating and snowmobiling.

The shops, cafes,restaurants and lively nightlife of pedestrian-friendly Whistler Village are a short stroll away.

419 Suites

3 hours from Vancouver International Airport

 

 

 

LES GETS

LA FERME DE MOUDON

 

 Utterly contemporary and boldly minimalist, this converted seventeenth century savoyard farmhouse is set in private grounds in a tiny hamlet, three minutes chauffeured drive  from relaxed Les Gets village and the lifts.

Accomodation for ten guests comprises five twin/super-king bedrooms, two large living areas, study, open plan kitchen and wine cellar.

Far reaching views are bewitching, and there is access to the immense Portes Du Soleil ski network.

Nearest airport- Geneva