From the slopes of Switzerland to the fresh alpine air of France,
there are plenty of cosy chalets and stylish, ski-in/ski-out hotels to choose from. The fun doesn't end when you step off the snow either; from state-of-the-art spas and heated swimming pools to Michelin-starred dining and imaginative kids' clubs, immerse yourself in your very own winter wonderland.
To offer some inspiration for your luxury ski sojourn, our experts have complied this list of our top 8 luxury ski destinations, read on to discover more...
Owned by the Neyroz family since its opening, the wonderfully warm and welcoming Hotel Hermitage can be found tucked among the trees in a quiet area of Breuil Cervinia. Nestled at the foot of the Cervino-Matterhorn, this luxury hotel offers the perfect base for a thrilling ski escape as the high altitude makes it one of the most snow-sure resorts in Europe. The hotel is happy to organise lift passes and ski hire, while 4x4 vehicles ensure speedy drop-off and pick-up. There's a choice of three ski and snowboard schools - Ride'em, Cervino and Breuil, however if that doesn't take your fancy, snowshoeing, ice-climbing, indoor tennis, night-skiing, parapente, skating, snowmobiling, heli-skiing and hang-gliding are also on offer.
Offering a feast for the senses, this charming high mountain hideaway is a glorious base from which to enjoy the sensational skiing that awaits in the Arlberg region of Austria. Providing unbelievable views, Thurnher's Alpenhof is classic, refined and understated luxury hotel that are happy to go above and beyond to create the luxury ski holiday of your dreams. Situated above 1700 metres, the snow quality is very good with access to 305 kilometres of individual pistes and more than 200 kilometres of off-track terrain, as well as convenient nursery slopes next to the main village. The hotel also has its own (complimentary) private ski instructor available exclusively to guests, while the Hexenboden cable car is just a short walk away.
Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa
Set in the heart of the Swiss Alps, the casually authentic Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa is perfectly positioned to enjoy the year-round pleasures of its surrounding ski region. Ideal for returning to after a day exploring the slopes and magnetic scenery, Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa is just a stone's throw from the stunning Lake Geneva, and the superb ski region directly links four alpine areas - Villars, Gryon, Les Diablerets and Glacier 3000 - via a single ski pass. Along with roaring fireplaces, cosy sitting rooms and an incredible ski offering, this Swiss residence serves up delectable dining at several restaurants including the hotel's gastronomic restaurant, Le Jardin des Alpes, and the traditional and family friendly Le Grizzly.
Hotel Barrière Les Neiges
COURCHEVEL 1850, FRANCE
Located in the heart of Courchevel 1850 at the foot of the renowned Bellecôte slope, Hotel Barrière Les Neiges offers all the warmth of an authentic mountain chalet with all the luxury comforts of a modern five-star hotel. Ideally situated for enjoying Les Trois Vallées area, the largest ski area in the world, this luxury hotel offers access to over 600km of ski slopes and 170 mechanised ski lifts, plus a fantastic range of winter sports, all of which can be arrange by the hotel's concierge service. A great choice for families, there is also a fantastic children's club and cinema room plus a ski school nearby, and the ski service team will ensure all your needs are taken care of, including having your boots warmed and waiting for you every morning.
COURCHEVEL 1850, FRANCE
Nestled in the heart of charming Courchevel 1850, La Sivolière is a chic and intimate retreat, with a discreet yet highly attentive service to match. On the doorstep of some of France's best and most diverse slopes, this elegant hotel is a true paradise for skiers of every skill level. Following world-class skiing on the nearby pistes, guests can enjoy irresistible après ski treats including delicious meals and cocktails in La Table de Madame, while the brand new Le Bar de Madame is a bar creation with 50 seats dedicated to apres-ski with DJs and live bands each night, accessed directly from the eponymous ski slope. Part of the 600km Three Valleys, the largest interconnected ski area in the world, there is a slope to suit all - from beginners to experienced skiers - whilst snow cannons ensure quality snow from December through to April.
Hotel Le K2 Palace
COURCHEVEL 1850, FRANCE
There is no doubt that Courchevel is one of the world's largest and most prestigious ski resorts, located at the heart of the Savoie Region and the inimitable Hotel Le K2 within is no exception. A luxury hotel village, offering a charming chalet-style design and unforgettable experiences, this hotel is truly special. A real playground of adventure, guests can hop on the ski lift and take to the slopes with skiing, sledging, snow-mobiling, hiking and paragliding all available in the area. After a long and exciting day in the snow, enjoy delicious fine dining at Altiplano at K2 Palace, boasting a traditional charcoal grill and serving sophisticated Peruvian-style cuisine, or experience fine-dining with Sarkara at K2 Palace's array of memorable dessert experiences, overlooking the snow-topped scenery as the day fades to dusk.
Six Senses Residences Courchevel
COURCHEVEL 1850, FRANCE
Boasting 30 chic apartments that offer the seclusion and privacy of your own chalet, Six Senses Residences Courchevel guarantees a luxurious base from which to access some of the best ski slopes in the world, as well as Courchevel's gourmet restaurants, the Six Senses Spa and countless other mountain activities. Great for families, there are several ski schools available for little ones to learn, while other mountain activities include dog sledding, snowmobile rides, snowshoeing and tobogganing. What's more, a special Six Senses Ski Concierge service at nearby La Croisette can offer you a helping hand with anything you may need.
Zannier Hotels Le Chalet
Nestled in the heart of the French Alps, near to the pretty alpine village of Megeve, Zannier Hotels Le Chalet is a contemporary, rustic-style boutique hotel boasting just twelve individually designed guest rooms and suites. Tasteful, cosy and comfortable, this truly sumptuous mountain retreat is a skier's dream. A carefully selected, exclusive team of ski instructors and mountain guides work with the hotel and meet guests on the first day of their stay, becoming their 'concierge' on the slopes, whether for half days or full days. From recommending the best slopes on which to ski to the best places to enjoy lunch in the mountains, the onsite ski team will ensure guests get the very best out of their experience during their stay.
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