Peak Perfection – Ten of the best luxury ski lodges and hotels
From the awesome, expansive beauty of North America, to the sophistication and elegance of Europe, the world’s finest ski resorts are home to some exceptional lodges and hotels. Whether this winter will be a chance for adventurous heli-skiing, or time for family fun on the slopes, there is a luxury property waiting for you.
So we let’s go on a journey of extravagance, luxury and adventure through some of the best lodges and ski hotels of the world.
Amangani, Wyoming, USA
Best for a flavour of the Great American outdoors
From the deep, embracing tub in your guest suite bathroom, enjoy spectacular views of the Grand Tetons and Snake River Valley whilst relaxing after a day on the slopes. The elegant, Zen-like Amangani resort clings to a mountain crest. Choose one of the prestigious private Aman Villas with daily housekeeping, private dining and of course full access to the resort’s exclusive facilities.
The Little Nell, Aspen, USA
Best for ski-in and ski-out elegance
Leave the crowds and the ski-lift queues to others, as you enjoy unmatched ski-in and out access. Or instead board a helicopter for unrivalled heli-skiing in Colorado. It’s all part of the exclusive service offered to VIP guests at Aspen’s legendary property, ‘The Little Nell’, at the foot of Aspen Mountain.
Bighorn, Revelstoke, Canada
Best for powder skiing
Share a magical winter sports vacation with up to 15 of your friends and family in this full-service private retreat. European chefs will prepare your meals, whilst a helicopter is waiting on the private helipad to take you on a bespoke heli-skiing tour – British Columbia style!
Hotel Zürserhof, Zürs, Austria
Best for the Royal treatment
The challenging slopes of the Arlberg have attracted elite visitors for generations. To feel like a King check into the Royal Suite, at the classic, 5 star Hotel Zürserhof, in the exclusive and cosmopolitan Austrian village of Zürs. This exception 2 bedroom suite has a roaring open fireplace, sauna/steam cabin and your very own personal butler on hand.
W Hotel, Verbier, Switzerland
Best for vibrant après ski
Opening this month, this is W Hotels’ first alpine escape. Located just steps away from the Medran ski lift and at the heart of the buzzing Place Blanche, this new luxury hotel brings the legendary W style and experience to the already pulsating après ski of upscale Swiss resort, Verbier.
Suvretta House, San Moritz, Switzerland
Best for chic sophistication
Suvretta House is reassuringly expensive; offering exclusivity, and exceptional service. This magical alpine castle-style hotel offers genuine tranquillity for international VIPs that take their skiing seriously. Choose Privacy Suite 544 for style and undisturbed privacy.
Hotel La Sivolière
Best for spacious, private apartments
Courchevel 1850, with its Michelin-starred restaurants is a perennial favourite and is probably the one of the best places in which to welcome the New Year in with style. Expect expertly groomed pistes and sophisticated après ski. Hotel La Sivolière is the elegant choice within the three valleys, an intimate hotel offering suites, as well as spacious private apartments with dedicated chefs.
Chalet Marco Polo, Val d’Isere, France
Best for private, indulgent pampering
Chalet Marco Polo is a picture-perfect alpine lodge near the village of Val d’Isere, the lively, sophisticated French alpine resort. The chalet’s traditional stone and timber discreet exterior gives little indication of the exceptional living space within, including luxurious guest suites, a stunning pool, and a first floor dedicated to wellness including private spa and sauna. The chalet even has its own exclusive entertaining space, the ‘White Room’.
Hotel Hermitage, Breuil-Cervinia, Italy
Best for welcoming, personalised service
Located at the foot of the iconic Matterhorn, Hotel Hermitage is a family run hotel that balances luxury with a genuine warm, Italian welcome. Chill out after great alpine skiing at the award-winning restaurant for impressive and comforting Italian cuisine.
Grand Hotel Rodina, Sochi, Russia
Best for coast and country escapes
Sochi has long been the preferred vacation destination for Russia’s elite. Now this Black sea resort city has been elevated onto the world stage, as the host for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The Grand Hotel Rodina is not a ski lodge, but offers coastal spa luxury with impeccable facilities, whilst being near to the new rapid access routes up to Olympic mountain venues.
FIRST PUBLISHED IN TOUT MAGAZINE DEC 2013 – MANAGING EDITOR ANDREW FORBES