Today’s luxury ski resorts and hotels offer more than sport as they compete to woo winter holiday travelers with ski concierges, 24-hour room service, hot-spring-style whirlpools and après-ski massages at a lavish spa.
We compiled a global list of elite ski-in/ski-out hotels for Holiday travelers who want to have fun on and off the slopes.
The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
Andermatt is a year-round luxury resort destination by Egyptian-born billionaire Samih Sawiris. Designed by Jean-Michel Gathy, head of Kuala Lumpur architecture firm Denniston, the resort mixes traditional chalet vernacular with modern symmetrical ethos, using plenty of wood and stone. Tokyo-based design firm Spin Studio brings an upscale aesthetic to the hotel’s fine dining and sushi restaurants. The biggest indulgence is the 2,400 sq m spa, with its 35-metre pool and no fewer than eight fireplaces to warm guests after a day on the slopes. Winter sport enthusiasts get their own ‘ski butlers’ in stand-by, and this summer the resort launched a golf course for guests to meander through the meadow.
Gotthardstrasse 4, Andermatt, Switzerland; Tel: 41. 41 887 0659; www.thechedi-andermatt.com
Hotel Mont-Blanc, Chamonix, France
Europe’s highest mountain, Mont-Blanc, hosts Chamonix, one of the world’s most fabled ski resorts. Designed by doyenne Sybille de Margerie the resort is known for its calming interior of wispy whites and majestic materials across the generous proportions of the Hotel Mont-Blanc. The building – acquired in 2010 and reopened in 2013 by the Taittinger champagne family – features ornate stucco moldings, marble fireplaces and elegant iron balustrades, which have been thoughtfully counterpoised by classic contemporary furnishings upholstered in warming tones of ochre and crimson. The renovation results in 40 rooms, including two suites, along with a spa that offers Tibetan-inspired treatments. The restaurant and bar, helmed by chef Guy Martin of the Grand Véfour in Paris, offers a menu of specialities from Martin’s hometown of Savoie.
62 allée du Majestic, 74404 Chamonix, France; Tel: 33.4 5053 0564; www.hotelmontblancchamonix.com
Whistler Residence, British Columbia, Canada
David Battersby and Heather Howat of Vancouver-based firm Battersby Howat is a spectacular family home in a growing neighborhood above the resort community of Whistler. The house’s voluminous size is belied by the surrounding bedrock, which was strategically blasted to envelop the home – making it seem as if a substantial portion is below grade. The lower level contains private and communal spaces, while the upper levels sport panoramic views to the forest and mountains and multiple sources of natural light, all without compromising privacy. The property is privately owned but available for hire.
230-49 Dunlevy Avenue, Vancouver, Canada; Tel: 1.604 669 9647; www.battersbyhowat.com
L’Apogée Courchevel, Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, France
Overlooking the Courchevel valley, L’Apogée, is the latest ski hotel in France housed within a chalet-shaped facade that uses plenty of wood paneling. Designed by monochrome master Joseph Dirand, the interiors achieve a sense of homeliness with bespoke furnishings upholstered in deep greens and reds. In the public spaces, Dirand has allowed a modicum of color, greys and beiges merge with burnished brass and variegated marble. A restaurant with striking mountain views is overseen by two-Michelin-starred chef Yannick Franques. And the spa, which follows Dirand’s usual black and white palette, has six treatment rooms, a salt cave and a steam room.
1 Jardin Alpin, Saint-Bon-Tarentaise, Savoie 73120 France; Tel: 33.4 9293 3240; www.lapogeecourchevel.com
QT Falls Creek, Falls Creek, Australia
The Victorian market is home to the densest concentration of ski resorts in the country. The QT Hotel group, which opened the re-badged QT Falls Creek this past June, revitalised an aging resort in the area which now offers 63 apartments filled with light, contemporary furnishings, open-plan layouts and private terraces with hot tubs and sweeping views of the Kiewa Valley. The interiors by Sydney-based Nic Graham (W Hong Kong, QT Sydney), includes a five treatment room spa, a sauna, steam room and indoor plunge pool, plus an outdoor spa. A 1950s-inspired cocktail lounge and casual dining room round out the property’s relaxed, youthful appeal.
7 Bogong High Plains Road, Falls Creek, Australia; Tel: 61.3 5732 8000; www.qtfallscreek.com.au
W Verbier, Verbier, Switzerland
The latest W Verbier ski resort, opened in 2014, offers an off-the-beaten-track hospitality experience. Amsterdam-based Concrete Architectural Associates designed the four wood-clad chalet-style buildings containing 123 guest rooms, each with its own fireplace and a contemporary palette of wood and red tinted glass. The resort features an urbane style black leather Carve bar, with a mirrored ceiling. And guests will appreciate the spa, the largest in Verbier, with an indoor-outdoor pool. Michelin-starred chef Sergi Arola headlines the Restaurant Arola, which offers his famous ‘pica pica’ sharing plates with a Swiss slant at a long tapas bar.
Rue de Médran 70, Verbier, Switzerland; Tel: 41. 27 472 8888; www.wverbier.com