Top 10: The world's most luxurious ski resort hotels
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This month, Buro 24/7 Middle East has compiled a list of the most sought-after ski resorts in the world. This esteemed collection of luxury ski resorts boasts the most renowned mountains in the world, the finest ski facilities and the best service.
So from whether you like sitting by a fire with hot coco, hitting the slopes or just exploring the nearby towns in your best fur, look no further as here's a run down of the best of the best:
Cheval Blanc – Courchevel
Set within the natural surroundings of the prestigious Jardin Alpin, Courchevel, Cheval Blanc was designed as a 'maison' in the truest sense of the word – built for people who want a stylish Alpine holiday. The French chalet features understated and elegant interiors – all designed by renowned interior desiger Sybille de Margerie.
The contemporary hotel is bold and eye-catching as wood and bronze tones with a palette of warm red and oranges cover the façade, along with a massive horse sculpture made from asymmetrically-cut mirrored surfaces.
Tschuggen Grand Hotel – Zurich
Known as one of the most exceptional 5-star hotels in Switzerland, delighting its guests with pristine luxury, elegance and a lavish interior design, The Tschuggen Grand Hotel is all set in the mountains of Graubünden.
Apart from skiing, the hotel is also renowned for its wellness centre, with its Tschuggen Bergoase spa facility, designed by Swiss star architect Mario Botta, becoming a distinctive feature of what the hotel has to offer.
Kulm Hotel – St. Moritz
Surrounded by an unforgettable Swiss mountainscape, Kulm Hotel has been carrying out outstanding hospitality for more than 150 years, culminated by breathtaking scenery.
Containing 173 luxurious rooms of various sizes, the hotel has already been recongnised as one of the most welcoming hotels in Switzerland – winning a myriad of awards such as the prestigious Prix Bienvenu. The Kulm Hotel also boasts a wide range of fine culinary options with seven different restaurants, each with its own distinct ambience.
Cervo Mountain Boutique Resort – Zermatt
Nestled on the slopes above Zermatt, Switzerland's most iconic alpine resort, Cervo is a timber-framed sanctuary where guests can ski right up to the entrance. The unique and homey space – a converted 1950s chalet that still has its original wooden floors – is filled with local materials like felt, loden and stone.
Architect and interior designer Daniel F. and Seraina Lauber infuse contemporary lines and traditions with this hip hotel, using stylised antlers of a deer throughout the building, as the word "cervo" is Italian for deer.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler – Canada
Located in Whistler's Upper Village, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort is Whistler's only true 5-star luxury resort. Offering 273 guest rooms, suites and residences – all designed with cozy wood interiors – the hotel captures the spirit of the mountains it's nestled in.
The outdoor, free-form pool resembles that of a glacier spring and the opulent spa provides pampering therapies in 15 treatment rooms. There is also extensive children's amenities offered for families and spectacular dining options.
The Zhero Hotel – Austria
Situated on the outskirts of Kappl, Austria, and only 4km away from the lifestyle and sports capital that is Ischgl, The Zhero Hotel unites luxury, comfort and avant-garde lifestyle, deep inside the hotspot of Paznaun Valley.
Encapsulating contemporary design in living tradition, The Zhero features an in-house boutique, spacious spa area, open barbecue restaurant with an award-winning chef Klaus Brunnmayr, and the most beautifully designed hotel rooms and private chalets brought together with furniture from the likes of Minotti and Bottega Veneta.
InterContinental Davos – Graubünden Alps
Appearing like a golden oval, sat 1,600 metres above sea level set in the spectacular Graubünden Alps, the InterContinental Davos holds 216 room, 25 suites, nine meeting rooms and three restaurants. The space has a warm alpine feel, which is reflected lavishly in the interiors and hight tech facilities – creating a private and luxurious atmosphere.
The hotel is also just minutes away from the natural Davos lake and there is a shuttle service to the city centre or to the various skiing resorts located around the hotel.
Le Hameau Albert 1er – France
Set in the charming surroundings of Chamonix Mont Blanc, the Le Hameau Albert 1e has been led by the Carrier-Maillet family since 1903, and is an institution in the art of hospitality.
Rooms are kept simple, elegant and full of character, with fireplaces and homey furniture, while cozy cottages are also available. In addition, the space features an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a traditional cuisine restaurant – all in the heart of the magnificent French mountains.
Hotel Le K2 – Courchevel
Hotel Le K2 was taken from a concept inspired by a land of legendary peaks where truth is found in wisdom. Located close to the centre of the resort and the Croisette, the modern hotel is composed of 29 rooms and suites and 5 suite-chalets of the finest quality.
Similar to a prestigious French hamlet, this "luxury hotel village" stretches along the Cospillot slope – offering guests a one-of-a-kind panoramic view of the mountains. The ski lift in front of the hotel also provides full access to the world's largest ski area. In addition, the K2 has a special hairdressing salon, which offers the Shu Uemura designer line, reflecting the Japanese symbolism found in tea ceremonies based on precision and aestheticism.
The Omnia – Zermatt
The Omnia Mountain Lodge is beautiful Swiss hotel made up of a unique location, modern architecture and some of the world's best hospitality.
No room is identical to the others, each coming with their own design and size. Aside from the breathtaking scenery and innovative interiors, The Omnia's executive chef Stephan Kriegelstein focuses on quality above all for the hotel's culinary options, giving guests pure, authentic flavors that are reflected in the seasonal dishes.