Au Coeur du Village, La Clusaz
This Relais & Châteaux hotel was one of the first 5 star hotels to open in the French Alps and remains one of the very best. In a superb location only two minutes from the ski lifts, the wellness facilities of the hotel’s Cristal Spa (named for the healing powers of precious stones) are sublime and include a sauna, hammam, indoor pool and five treatment rooms. There’s also a fine-dining restaurant, stylish lounge and bar whilst the hotel’s rooms and suites have a kind of rustic-chic but all the latest tech on hand.
Learn more about the Au Coeur du Village here.
The Thief, Oslo
The Norwegian capital is a city with a great ski heritage. The Olympics staged here more than half a century ago still hold the record for the biggest attendance and many Norwegians live on skis. The great Tryvann ski area above the city means you can fly in, stay in luxury and pop up to the slopes anytime (it’s even open at night). The 5-star Thief has stylish rooms equipped with the latest technology from flat-screen entertainment systems to Nespresso machines. If you want to really splash out opt for a suite with a marble bathroom and roof terrace giving 360 degree views of the Norwegian Fjords.
Learn more about Hotel The Thief here.
Grand Hotel Courmayeur Mont Blanc
Fancy a private ski run? This new 5-star hotel has just that and is located close to the resort centre. There is also a ski bus opposite that takes you from the hotel to the Dolonne and Mont Blanc cable cars or it’s just a five-minute walk to the Dolonne cable car. Everything else you could want is here, even a smoking room if you’re a smoker. The Grand Hotel’s 500m2 Elysium spa has an indoor swimming pool with circular waterfall and hydro-massage jets, sauna, Turkish bath, chromotherapy showers and multi-sensory showers and that’s before you start perusing the treatment room menu.
Learn more about the Grand Hotel Courmayeur Mont Blanc here.
Das Mooser Hotel, St Anton
Explore the largest ski area in Austria and its best-known ski resort properly by staying in this luxury hotel that’s also home to one of the world’s most famous apres ski bars, the legendary Mooserwirt. The chalet-style hotel has a chic, wooden interior that has been recently created to meet the latest standards. Great design touches include glass-walled bathrooms and separate living spaces in suites and you’ll enjoy the latest technology and a complimentary minibar in the hotel rooms.
Other amenities include a stylish restaurant and a lively bar, as well as an outdoor infinity pool and a spa with saunas. There are also heated ski lockers.
Learn more about Das Mooser Hotel here.
Les Barmes de l'Ours, Val d'Isere
One of the best-located hotels in one of the world’s best resorts, Les Barmes de l'Ours, often visited by the rich and famous, has a prime position at the base of the Bellevarde Express lift. Design themes include American and Scandinavian décor and rooms feature Nespresso machines, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and balconies. There’s a choice of gourmet dining options, a rustic piano bar with warm fireplace, games room, ski shop and a great modern spa with heated pool, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. Learn more about Les Barmes de l'Ours here.
El Lodge, Sierra Nevada
One of the coolest and newest ski hotels in Europe is located way down south in Sierra Nevada. The ski-in/ski-out El Lodge has sumptuous chalet-style rooms and suites named after famous ski resorts around the world; some rooms also have their own sauna and jacuzzi. The building has a private club-like atmosphere with superb facilities including a snug club room, gourmet restaurant, well-stocked bar and a wonderful ski room with top quality equipment available to rent and an overnight boot warming service. Learn more about Hotel El Lodge Ski & Spa here
Hotel Koh-I-Nor, Val Thorens
The 5 star Hotel Koh-I-Nor is a luxurious ski-in/ski-out hotel that has stunning views across Val Thorens. With three restaurants, including a Michelin star, foodies will be well catered for. As well as world class catering, the Koh- I-Nor has all of the facilities you would expect from a hotel of this standard, including a gymnasium, 2 swimming pools, saunas and jacuzzis. For those that know their spas; the spa uses Valmont products. At 2,364 metres, the hotel is the highest 5* hotel in Europe and provides unparalleled luxury. Learn more about Hotel Koh-I Nor here.
For that feeling of a truly special ski break stay in an intimate, away-from-it-all 5-star hotel, a short carriage ride away from one of the world’s classic resorts, Megève, a destination you won’t find in the big tour operator’s brochures as it’s not a mass market option. Built with 3 wooden chalets, there are just a few dozen rooms and suites some with their own wood-burning stoves and views of Mont Blanc. The hotel boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant, indoor pool, outdoor sauna, gym, bistro/bar and kids' club. Learn more about Hotel Alpaga here.
Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Are
The coolest hotel at Scandinavia’s biggest resort, Åre in Sweden, is located in an exclusive ski-in/ski-out location high up on the slopes. It’s a hotel that oozes style and class on a grand scale. The hotel is focused around an incredible 5 storey high open lobby and as soon as you enter you are welcomed with a laid-back atmosphere in the bars, lounge and restaurants. Cosy but hip rooms with wooden ‘rustic chic’ finishes have all the mod cons including free Wi-Fi, flat-screens with gaming consoles and heated floors in the en-suites. Copperhill also boasts a great spa, of course! Learn more about Copperhill Mountain Lodge here.