Winter is almost here, so it’s time to start planning your next ski getaway. And there’s no better way to spend that in the majestic Alps, which offer some of the world’s best skiing, plus plenty of après-ski amenities—including Michelin-rated restaurants and soothing spas to match. To help you plan your winter holiday, I compiled a list of my 10 favourites from across Europe’s finest ski resorts.
Today (October 24, 216): Top 10 most luxurious ski hotels & lodges in Europe.
There is more information below the slide show. Think I missed one? Share your favorite European ski hotel in the comments section, or take my poll below!
W Hotels’ first (and so far only) alpine escape is located near Place Blanche, the new heart of Verbier. The hotel has 123 rooms, suites and residences, each with signature W beds and balcony and some with panoramic vistas, You can stay in shape with a work out in FIT gym and fitness, take a dip in the stunning indoor/outdoor pool, or wind down at the hotel’s spa, where 800 m² (8611 square ft) of peaceful retreat invite you to completely relax and indulge. Be prepared for the adrenalin of Europe’s most exciting slopes (412 km or 256 miles of top-notch ski runs), startling vistas and glamorous social scene.
- Hotel website: W Verbier
- Other accolades: W Verbier also features in my list of the best new hotels of 2013.
A world filled with life, lightness, and luxury awaits you here. Elegance and taste are imbued in every detail, from the contemporary rooms and suites to the prestigious concierge service. Each room is inspired by a distinctive colour scheme, with walls, carpets and doors all subtly co-ordinating. Here, a fond attention to detail reveals itself with understated elegance to the appreciative seasoned traveller. The hotel’s star attraction is its wellness areas, one of the most impressive in Europe. The architects used white granite, Canadian maple, glass sails and connecting bridges to create a 4 story wellness area that blends in well with its stellar surroundings.
The Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains is ideally located in St. Moritz Bad, with direct access to the cable car station to the ski and mountain region Corviglia. All rooms and suites are elegantly and timelessly appointed and reflect unpretentious luxury and stylish class. The historical – but contemporarily depicted – motifs of the pictures bear witness to the glamorous past of St. Moritz while the technical equipment is state-of-the-art. With three award-winning restaurants (1 Michelin Star), one Asian culinary outlet, an Alpine Kempinski The Spa and many more facilities, the Kempinski in St.Moritz with its sportive and relaxed atmosphere provides the very best the Swiss mountains have to offer: pure alpine recreation.
- Hotel website: Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, $100 CFS hotel credit, early check-in and late check-out).
Set amidst stunning natural beauty, LeCrans hotel & spa is a heaven of peace and refinement. With antique pine paneling, elegant colors and inviting textures, the stylish décor creates an effortlessly warm and enchanting atmosphere. The eight suites and seven rooms are all decorated in a different style, and themed after mountains and regions of the world, such as Kilimanjaro, Everest, and Dolomites. In a splendid rotunda facing the Alps, the hotel restaurant is designed with celebration in mind and serves an exquisite cuisine that combines the tradition with the avant-garde. In addition to a fitness room, sauna and the hammam, the two heated pools (one inside and one outside) and the jacuzzi offer superb views on the Alps.
- Hotel website: LeCrans Hotel & Spa
Surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the Swiss Alps, The Chedi Andermatt nestles elegantly in the idyllic heart of Andermatt, a village of timeless charms in the Urseren Valley, about a two-hour train ride from Zurich. For GHM’s first European property, the Asian brand synonymous with style, service and serenity, chose renowned architect Jean-Michael Gathy to design these 105 spacious guest rooms and suites. Traditional materials such as warm woods and natural stone create intimate yet visually striking accommodations while the extensive facilities include fine restaurants and cosy lounges, a ski-in living room with sports boutique, comprehensive spa and wellness centre with a tranquil retreat of hydrothermal baths and a duo of swimming pools against the stunning outdoor Alpine landscape.
- Hotel website: The Chedi Andermatt
- Other accolades: The Chedi Andermatt features in my lists of the best luxury hotel openings of 2013 and the world’s best indoor pools.
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, $100 USD hotel credit, early check-in and late check-out).
An icon in the exclusive, discrete and cosmopolitan Swiss resort of Gstaad, The Alpina Gstaad five-star superior hotel has single-handedly redefined luxury and Alpine chic. This is no ordinary hotel, it is a unique establishment where authenticity combines with Swiss refinement to create an Alpine experience like no other. Each of the 56 rooms and suites uniquely embody Swiss authenticity and sophistication. The expertise of artisans from the region has created inspiring spaces, where original and contemporary local materials are subtly united with genuine period woodwork. Housed right at the heart of The Alpina Gstaad, the Six Senses Spa is a true sanctuary of peace and well-being
- Hotel website: Alpina Gstaad
- Tip: enjoy free VIP amenities when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast for 2, 100 CHF spa credit, early check-in and late check-out).
Nestled in a beautiful part of the French Alps, Le Chalet Zannier is a delightful mountain retreat offering a truly luxurious experience. The welcome is personal and the accommodation sumptuous – everything you need for an unforgettable time away. Established over a vast area, the site has three alpine-style chalets, the decoration of which expresses the very essence and sophistication of the project when it was created as an “exceptional place” to stay. All different, each one of the 12 bedrooms evokes style, beauty and taste. The wellness centre with its indoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam and two treatment rooms is the perfect place to relax after an enjoyable day on the slopes.
- Hotel website: Le Chalet Zannier
The only alpine property of Aman Resorts, the world’s most exclusive hotel brand, Le Melezin has taken the minimalist Aman-Asian style and added some alpine warmth. Standing four storeys high under a distinctive black slate roof it provides an aprés-ski home set in a mesmeric wonderland of groomed slopes – both nursery and couloirs – framed by snow caressed conifer forests under a piercingly blue midday sky. Ideally situated on the Bellecôte ski slope, the hotel is a lively home of glowing warmth, a stroll from the epicentre of one of Europe’s most fashionable and exclusive resorts, Courchevel 1850, with access to some of the most exceptional skiing in Europe … directly from the front door.
- Hotel website: Aman Le Melezin