Winter is just around the corner. That means it’s time to dust off your skis once again and make plans to visit a ski resort. Ideally, a luxury ski resort.
Few things are as satisfying as coming down off the mountain with weary legs to the comfort of a luxury hotel. Warm yourself up with a drink in front of the fireplace or recover in the steam room and sauna of a sensuous spa.
With many of us here at BusinessClass hailing from Scandinavia, we like our snow sports. We also like luxury, especially 5-star hotels.
Here we take at look at the 10 best 5-star ski hotels. Enjoy!
Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, St. Moritz, Switzerland
Twice host of the Winter Olympics, the luxury alpine resort of St. Moritz is found Switzerland’s Engadin valley. Chic and elegant, it’s a favourite of high society due to its frozen lake and extensive cross-country ski trails.
With three gourmet restaurants, a fantastic spa and 184 elegant rooms and suites, The Kempinski Grand Hôtel des Bains is unrivalled when it comes to traditional alpine luxury. Additionally, hundreds of miles of pristine slopes on its doorstep makes The Kempinski a fairytale hotel for your winter break.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Canada
The intimate pedestrian village of Whistler in British Columbia, Canada is one home to North America’s biggest ski resort. Away from its famed slopes, the resort offers plenty of attractions including championship golf courses, hundreds of high-end boutiques, museums and galleries, as well as endless cultural events and celebrations.
A snowball’s throw from Whistler Blackcomb, Four Seasons Resort Whistler is one of the region’s finest hotels. It offers a ski concierge and valet service, whilst spacious rooms and suites boast glorious mountain views, minibars and designer bath products. A great spa and heated outdoor pool with hot tubs are perfect for unwinding after an active day.
Hotel Manali, Courchevel Moriond 1650, France
Situated in Les Trois Vallées ski resort, the 5-star Hotel Manali sits at the foot of the slopes of Courchevel Moriond 1650. With a traditional wooden chalet-style, it houses 36 rustic-chic rooms with elegant en suite bathrooms, a heated indoor pool, extensive spa, gym and salon.
The family-friendly hotel also has a stylish restaurant that serves lunch and dinner with a scenic terrace, along with two relaxed bars and a golf course. An in-house ski rental shop and direct access to the slopes make it a perfect base for your ski holiday.
The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland
The luxurious yet discreet 56-room Alpina Gstaad opened in the Oberbort area of Gstaad, Switzerland in 2012, becoming the first luxury hotel to be built in Gstaad for a century.
Magnificent mountain-views can be enjoyed from all three fine-dining restaurants, the cigar lounge and bar, as well as spacious balconies in each room. Rooms are designed with a contemporary Swiss interior, whilst carved wooden ceilings and large windows provide a cosy chalet feel to the hotel. Experience traditional Swiss dishes in The Stübli or indulge in holistic treatments at the Eastern-inspired Six Senses Spa.
The Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado
Ideally situated at the base of the Aspen Mountain, The Little Nell is the only ski-in/ski-out resort in Aspen. This extremely stylish 5-star hotel has it all.
Elegant rooms come with huge beds, fireplaces, marble bathrooms, the latest in-room technology and balconies with city or mountain views. Upgrade to a suite and enjoy the added luxury of a Jacuzzi and steam shower. Other amenities at the hotel include a ski concierge, spa, free bike rental, and an outdoor pool and hot tub. There’s also an American restaurant, a tavern and three bars. This hotel provides 5-star luxury at its best.
Grand Tirolia Kitzbuhel, Austria
One of the most well-known ski destinations in the world, Kitzbühel is home to the stunning Grand Tirolia Kitzbühel. Nestled amongst the 18-hole Golf Course Eichenheim, one of the most beautiful Golf Courses in Europe, this high-end hotel is modern and comfortable.
82 upscale rooms are stylish, but maintain a traditional feel. A highlight of the hotel is its culinary offerings – traditional Tyrolean dishes are available at the adjoining golf restaurant, while the impressive hotel restaurant Eichenheim serves delicious national and international specialities, as well as a free champagne breakfast. The sleek Herbarium Cocktail-Bar is the place to relax in the evening.
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof, Zermatt, Switzerland
The 5-star Grand Hotel Zermatterhof dates from 1879 and bills itself as ‘The Small Grand Hotel’. Just a ten minute stroll from the famous Zermatt-Matterhorn Ski Resort, this historic hotel boasts outdoor tennis courts, a tranquil in-house spa with saunas and a Jacuzzi, and a wellness centre with pool.
Each of the hotel’s stylish rooms offer mountain views, homely slippers and a mini bar. Suites also have fireplaces and designer furnishings. Venture out of your room and down to The Rueden Bare for a drink or enjoy a meal at Prato Borni.
W Verbier, Switzerland
One of the premiere “off-piste” resorts in the world, Verbier is fun and fashionable. And the 123-room W Verbier is one of the ‘coolest’ hotels around, (see what we did there).
Occupying four chalet-style buildings, W’s first alpine resort in Switzerland has an urban chic design whilst maintaining an earthy alpine atmosphere. Spacious and modern rooms feature luxurious beds, huge bathrooms and large wooden balconies. There’s also a two-Michelin Starred restaurant, a bar, cafe, spa with nine treatment rooms, and an indoor and outdoor pool.
Val de Neu, Baqueira Beret, Naut Aran, Spain
Located in the heart of the Pyrenees, Baqueira-Beret is a favourite for Spanish skiers including the Spanish royal family. Equally as royalty-worthy, the 5-star Val de Neu is the place to stay in Baqueira-Beret.
Just 50 metres from the lift, this luxury and cosy hotel has a spa, four restaurants (including one specifically for kids), a Swiss-style chill-out area around a grand fireplace, and a smoking room. Rooms are attractive and modern, with plenty of exposed wood for that soothing alpine feel.
Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy
With over 1,000 years of history, the pretty resort of Cortina in the heart of the Dolomites attracts an aristocratic European crowd each winter due to its excellent slopes and buzzing Après-ski scene.
High Italian hospitality is what Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf in Cortina is all about. The only 5-star hotel in the Dolomites, this luxury mountain hotel boasts polished, detailed rooms with hand-painted walls, parquet flooring and marble bathrooms with whirlpool tubs.