Why not ring in the new year by hitting the slopes and enjoying a week of nothing but skiing, hot chocolates, fine wine and cosy fires? Whether you're looking for some place swanky to enjoy aprés ski entertainment or a boutique spot to meet like-minded vacationers and rest your head after a long day on the slopes, we’ve rounded up our favourite designer ski hotels that won’t disappoint.
An authentic alpine experience with a big dose of luxury, Huus Hotel is a ski haven burrowed in the Bernese Alps. Although not quite walking distance to the slopes, the hotel offers complimentary Range Rovers which are at your disposal wherever you need to go – a small price to pay for the idyllic hillside location offering guests unmatched views of the region. The friendly and welcoming team of staff are always on hand to help with any requests or recommendations for activities during your stay. Marrying alpine interiors with contemporary luxury touches, expect design combinations like traditional wood panelling accented with sumptuous velvet upholstery and quirky bookshelves adjacent to vintage ski equipment displays. Unlike some of the chalets around the area, Huus Hotel prides itself on being family friendly with child-friendly activities from ski instruction to a kid’s spa and mini sauna. The hotel also has it’s own furry friend, Charly, the Huus dog who children will fall in love with instantly.
The best ski hotel for those travellers that are both health and environmentally conscious. Nestled in the Schanfigg Valley, Valsana Hotel & Appartements sits 5,900ft above sea level and is the first hotel in Switzerland to be heated through geothermal nodes thereby ensuring that the carbon footprint of the hotel is kept to a minimum. Beyond the close proximity to the ski slopes (the nearest cable car is less than 5 minute walk away taking you up to the top of the Weisshorn), the hotel offers guests a huge selection of activities to keep them fit and active throughout their stay. From biking and free fitness classes to specialised personal training programmes on offer, guests have everything at their disposal to stay fit throughout their stay. The hotel’s interiors are charmingly Alpine inspired with a balance of natural materials and industrial touches resulting in a trendy yet cosy atmosphere throughout the property. With an emphasis on keeping guests active throughout the day, the hotel takes care to ensure that all guests enjoy restful nights of sleep with generously large and incredibly comfortable beds and a menu of pillows to choose from depending on your sleeping preferences.
A family-owned chalet hotel and spa, Le Cerf Amoureux was built in the 1990s and epitomises the elegance and style that one expects from a luxury ski chalet in France. From the minute you step inside, the comforting smell of pine will come over you as you look to the log fires and stags heads adorning the hotel’s wall. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet homely and the hotel is located in a prime location facing the famously beautiful Mont Blanc. Perfectly situated to discover some of the best spots in Sallanches from the Cascade de L’Arpenaz and the Paroisse St.Francis Assise, guests will find that there is plenty to do beyond spending their days on the slopes. The hotel boasts a fantastic spa where the guests' well-being is number one priority. Start your days with a yoga class led by onsite instructor, Christine, and wind down with a customised massage or sauna and jacuzzi session.