Europe offers a vast array of amazing ski destinations and hotels. We have rounded up our top picks of the best ski hotels in Europe. If you’re thinking about planning a luxury ski holiday in Europe then continue reading this blog post.
Scandinavian chic meets Alpine hospitality in Val Thorens at the five-star Altapura. The Altapura stands out in the Val Thorens landscape with its strikingly bold and Scandinavian architecture. Built and run by the Sibuet family, who have much experience in running ski hotels in the Alps, the Altapura offers modern luxury and efficient, personal service, at the top of the world’s largest ski area. The hotel also has its own ski shop. You can pre-book your skis when you book your room and take advantage of the made to measure service when you arrive.
The interior design is a modern take on the mountain theme, creating an atmosphere of glamour and sophistication. All 106 rooms, suites, and duplexes at the hotel are elegantly appointed and well-equipped. Expect luxurious decor, an iMac computer linked to the TV (Apple TV), fluffy bathrobes, Nespresso coffee machine, Pure Altitude bath products, and panoramic views of the surrounding mountains in every room or suite. There is a room or suite for every occasion, with interconnecting rooms available for families and large groups.
The entry-level Classic Room is a beautiful nest for a well-deserved rest after a day on the slopes. The Classic Room is complete with a double bed and a pull out sofa that can accommodate a small child.
The Cocooning Suite and Family Duplex are the largest options available at 50 square metres. The latter is spread across two levels with grand windows looking out across the mountains. The first level of the Family Duplex has a spacious living room with a sofa bed for up to 2 children and a small adjoining bedroom and bathroom. On the second level, the open mezzanine has a double bed under the eaves with a boudoir-style bathroom and signature bathtub. It’s the perfect environment for some grown-ups time, once the children go to bed.
The two main restaurants at the hotel provide fantastic options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The first is 2.Mille.3. This restaurant is ideally situated on an exceptional terrace that looks toward the Caron summit. This restaurant offers an alternative take on the traditional, including hot dishes from the rotisserie, Asian woks and pasta dishes.
The second main restaurant is Les Enfants Terribles. Here, guests can savour classic French cuisine along with exceptional dishes, like the traditional Enfants Terribles style filet of beef, the exclusive lobster roll or the authentic sole meuni No alpine hotel would be complete without fondue, and Altapura is no exception. Discover exclusive fondue and raclette at La Laiterie Restaurant. Here, the cheesy, gooey delight has been created with care and attention by the hotels Chef in combination with cheesemaker Boujon – one of the most passionate cheesemongers of the region.
Designed by the acclaimed Concrete Architectural Associates, the W Verbier is comprised of six traditional, Swiss-style chalets centred around Place-Blanche; the heart of the hotel. The W hotel chain which is revered the world over for chic contemporary rooms brought this same spirit to Verbier. Despite the chalet-like exterior of the hotel, the interior combines chic contemporary design, with the cosy alpine touches to make you feel at home. Trendy, arty and warm, the W transports guests beyond the alpine summits to a unique space which mirrors the look of a modern art gallery but the feel of an authentically Swiss ski resort.
All of the 123 rooms and suites are immaculately designed and well equipped. Each one is complete with a fireplace, Signature W bed and a private balcony. Decorated to incorporate natural hues and materials soaring, wood-beamed ceilings, velvet curtains, and gleaming stone floors juxtaposed with pops of Swiss red, metallic accents, and a two-sided fireplace. The entry-level Cosy Room is more than just cosy boasting a spacious separate bathroom and deep bathtub. At the upper-end, the WOW suite is nothing short of sensational. Perched on the hotels top floor, this is the largest and most extravagant suite at the hotel. The 35-square-meter private balcony showcases panoramic Alpine valley views. Other features include the 360-degree rotating W bed in the bedroom and a private sauna. For groups and families, we highly recommend the W Hotel Verbier residences for additional space.
Open all-year-round, the hotel offers 6 restaurants & bars including the W Kitchen. The W Kitchen is headed up by Chef Emiliano Vignoni. This popular spot for locals and guests provides diners with swiss seasonal products in a locally inspired but modern menu. For live-action cooking, Eat-Hola is the place to be as diners can watch the chefs in action as they prepare a range of delicious meals. The W Living Room, Carve Sushi Bar, and W Off Piste Bar are perfect for apri ski.
The W’s superb 800 square meter spa is one of, if not the best spa in Verbier. The spa has a sauna, indoor pools and outdoor heated swimming pools, luxury hammams, and nine treatment rooms – two are for couples. Other classic W facilities to be found W Verbier include the SWEAT Fitness Centre.
The five-star Gstaad Palace has been welcoming guests since 1913. With an unrivalled reputation for discreet, refined hospitality it’s no wonder why this hotel has been long regarded as one of the best hotels in Switzerland. It’s romantic architecture, elegant as well as comfortable interior design and modern facilities, offer a charming and relaxed atmosphere. Boasting an ideal location in the Oberbort district, just a five-minute drive away from the ski lift, the Gstaad Palace has a privileged location offering breath-taking views of the beautiful Saanenland.
The 104 tastefully decorated rooms at the Gstaad Palace are luxurious and sophisticated. There are 90 luxurious bedrooms, including 14 Classic Junior Suites, and the spectacular Penthouse Suite. Located on the top floor of the palace the 240 sqm Penthouse Suite is complete with three elegantly appointed bedrooms and surrounded by 150 sqm with a private sauna and jacuzzi. A private elevator provides total privacy and security. This suite also has its own foyer and kitchenette.
At the Gstaad Palace guests have the pleasure of choosing from 5 unique gourmet restaurants. From the indulgent gooey cheese fondue, or Swiss raclette at La Fromagerie to the Restaurant Le Grill with 15 Gault Millau points there is a restaurant to suit all occasions. The international cuisine at Le Grand Restaurant is as delicious as it is picturesque and Gildos Ristorante, named after the hotels Maitre D who worked at the Palace over more than 40 years. For more casual fare, Le Grill Rotisserie is the perfect restaurant for guests serving mixed grilled meat and fish fresh off the grill. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment at 2 bars, and dance the night away at the famous GreenGo nightclub.
The exceptional Palace Spa features eight treatment rooms, a private spa suite, saunas and steam baths, relaxation areas with incredible views, an indoor pool and outdoor pool, jacuzzi, state-of-the-art gym, an activity room and a unique hammam experience with seven rooms. The authentic decor includes a stone wall of Blausee granite, giving the feel of the Bernese Mountains and creating an exclusive and extraordinary wellness centre that will exceed all expectations.
Lâ Apoge Courchevel
Relax in style on Courchevel 1850’s prettiest peak by booking a stay at Lâ Apoge Courchevel. This five-star ski-in/ski-out resort in Jardin Alpin opens onto the worlds finest slopes. Since opening in 2013 this hotel has been one of the most popular in the area and it’s clear to see why.
The 53 rooms and suites at L’Apoge have been designed by Parisian designers India Mahdavi and Joseph Dirand. Each room and suite is extremely modern, contemporary, and has been finished with high levels of attention to detail. Every piece of furniture has been tailor-made to convey the vision of this talented duo. With fur throws on the beds, soft wool plaid underfoot and fine leather furnishings, the warm rooms and suites are a cosy sanctuary to return to after a busy day spent skiing. The 20 rooms fall into one of two categories; Deluxe rooms are up to 30m² and Prestige rooms up to 40m². On the other hand, the 33 suites are styled as mini chalets. Each one is spacious, and could be perfect for a group or small family. The majority of the marble bathrooms across the hotel boast double windows onto the room and a mountain view from the bath. Most rooms and suites have private balconies overlooking the pristine slopes and Alpine forest.
The 2 chalets at Lâ Apoge have also been designed by Mahdavi and Dirand. They are located adjacent to the hotel. Each chalet has a private entrance, private ski-in/ski-out access, a spa and a home cinema. Boasting five-ensuite bedrooms across 547m², these spacious decadent chalets are perfect for a special occasion or celebration. Both of the chalets are fully staffed with a butler, maids and a personal chef.
Dining at Lâ Apoge is a one of a kind experience – unlike any ski resort you may have ever experienced before. As well as Lâ Apoge’s signature restaurant called Le Comptoir de Lâ Apoge, their newest offering is Koori. Koori is a sushi restaurant that offers the very best in French Japanese cuisine. Half board hotel guests are allocated an allowance per day which can be used in the bar (for lunch) or either restaurant (for dinner) for food only. This level of flexibility is one of the many reasons why Lâ Apoge is ideal for families. Guests in the private chalets can choose whether to have a chef cook for them in-house or whether to use the restaurants in the hotel.
When the time comes to be active, your skis will be ready and waiting for you on the piste, boots perfectly warmed – your personal ski butler will already be two steps ahead of you. Upon your return, the beautiful L’Apoge Spa is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The spa features an indoor pool, various saunas, hammam, Bania lounge suite, beauty salon, hairdresser and a fitness centre. There are also 5 treatment rooms offering a selection of luxurious spa and massage treatments, including a duo cabin for couples treatments.
The Chedi Andermatt provides an idyllic mountain setting for a luxurious and memorable ski break or golfing holiday. As a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, expect nothing less than world-class luxury, extraordinary design and fantastic service. This five-star hotel was designed by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy. From the outside, the hotel reflects the environment with a traditional wooden chalet-style exterior. But inside, the divine interiors are a sumptuous blend of Alpine chic and bold modern Asian design. The communal areas feature over 200 fireplaces for a cosy ambience.
All rooms and suites at the Chedi Andermatt are at least 52 square metres in size with large picture windows looking out over the unique mountain landscape. Jean-Michel Gathy has incorporated Peter Paul Rubens style murals into the 123 exclusive rooms and suites, along with dark warm woods, gentle colours and soft leather sofas. In the bathroom, guests fall in love with the large bathtubs, heated natural stone floors and separate rain showers which entice you to enjoy moments of sensuousness and relaxation. Every room and suite is complete with its own fireplace, exclusive box-spring beds from HstensAir and luxury bathroom amenities by Aqua di Parma.
The wellness programme at this hotel is truly one of a kind. Offering a unique approach to wellness, mixing Eastern-inspired therapies with cutting-edge European treatments, the hotel quite literally has something for everyone. From an ice rink and an award-winning spa with Tibetan-themed relaxation lounge to a thirty-five-metre long indoor swimming pool, there are various ways to relax and unwind apres ski. Furthermore, the twelve-metre heated outdoor pool is ideal for cold winter nights spent under the stars. For discerning travellers keen to maintain their fitness regime, at the Health Club at The Chedi Andermatt, you can train at the highest level using the latest Technogym equipment. Personal trainers are available for individual coaching and to help guests, in addition to group yoga and pilates classes.
Dining is a sensory delight at the Chedi Andermatt. The Michelin-starred Japanese Restaurant, with four atelier kitchens, is one of only two restaurants in Switzerland to be awarded this accolade. In The Restaurant Chef de Cuisine, Armin Egli oversees the creation of a variety of dishes from four different, stylish open studio kitchens showcasing both Asian and European fare. During the winter, Rustic Chic at The Chalet is open and is a cosy Alpine-style restaurant decked with wooden beams. Enjoy truffled fondue and other Swiss delights.
On a ski holiday location is key. However, the Chedi Andermatt boasts a perfect location in the centre of the village with direct access to the ski slopes in winter and golf course during the summer. The Chedi Andermatt also has an exclusive Ski and Sports Butler service for sports-orientated guests. Among other services, it can arrange ski passes, golf tee times and sporting activities of all types, as well as equipment. The Glacier Express passes through Andermatts train station on its scenic 7.5-hour route between Zermatt and St Moritz.
Hotel Chalet Del Sogno
Nestled at an altitude of 1550 metres in the valley between the Brenta Dolomites and the glaciers of Adamello and Presanella, the Chalet Del Sogno is the perfect choice for a ski holiday in Italy. Boasting ski-in/ski-out access, Madonna di Campiglio’s Chalet Del Sogno is ideally situated beside the Express Spinale ski lift and is just minutes away from the town centre. The core of the ski area is four small linked sectors around the outlying villages of Folgarida and Marilleva. The neighbouring resort of Pinzolo is just a 16-minute gondola ride away.
Hotel Chalet Del Sogno is quintessentially Italian. As the only five-star hotel in Madonna di Campiglio, all other hotels in the vicinity pale in comparison. This family home turned hotel is eco-friendly, homely, and reminiscent of an authentic mountain house. The warm and welcoming atmosphere will be apparent from arrival, as the staff endeavour to make your stay memorable from start to finish.
The chalet boasts 18 spacious suites which are inspired by the natural environment surrounding the hotel. Every floor of the chalet has a unique theme. Each floor has a colour scheme inspired by Alpine flowers. Wood panelling made of fir wood, larch or Swiss pine, large bathrooms with a hydro-massage tub or shower, and stunning views make each room memorable for all the right reasons. Some have balconies, most have views over the mountain and village where guests can see incredible sunsets. Many can accommodate an extra child, and the Luxury Suite can sleep a family of four.
The buffet breakfast at Chalet del Sogno is a dream. The cheeses and meats are sourced locally from trusted suppliers. The honey is homemade from a small producer nearby. Eggs are cooked freshly each day. Organic juices, champagne and of course, hot coffee are also available to make your breakfast a completely enjoyable experience.
On an evening, guests can enjoy dinner at Restaurant Due Pini. Enfolded in the warmth of this magical atmosphere guests can savour cuisine that is inspired by local tradition but with a contemporary twist. The extensive wine cellar at the hotel provides a rich selection of wines produced in the vineyards of Trentino and beyond. The hotel also has a bar for an aperitif or a nightcap.
A modern and well-equipped Spa offers a range of treatments for non-skiers and skiers who need a bit of relaxation at the end of the day.
Hotel Goldener Berg
The front door of the Goldener Berg is your entrance to the mesmerising Arlberg ski area. This world-renowned ski area is adored by skiers and snowboarders for its 88 ski lifts, 305km of pistes, and over 200km of snow-covered mountain slopes. In addition to downhill skiing, guests staying in Oberlech are also able to enjoy 15km of cross country track, a snowpark, ice bowling, skating, Heli-skiing, paragliding, snowshoe hiking and more. For children, and first-time skiers, the local ski school has passionate instructors to cater to all levels. When making a booking for this hotel, we can arrange private lessons with a ski instructor, to meet you at an arranged time at the hotel. The ski-in/ski-out access makes this extremely easy to do!
This hotel has 39 comfortable rooms, suites, chalets and apartments. Each is complete with a spacious bathroom. Some suites sleep up to 6 people – perfect for families, and for ultimate privacy and luxury choose the Chalet suites or family apartment. Natural materials are used to create an exclusive ambience and some rooms have balconies with unrivalled views of the Austrian Alps.
Home to 4 award-winning gourmet restaurants, the Hotel Goldener Berg has a superb reputation for fine dining and gastronomy. The prestigious Alter Goldener Berg restaurant is one of the most famous. Here, the world-class Gault Millau level cuisine includes a choice of regional and alpine specialities, whilst the wine cellar is full of different wines from around the world to complement each dish. Feast on authentic old-style Austrian cuisine at the Panorama Restaurant, or settle into the wood-panelled Johannesstbli for more innovative cuisine. Wine tastings are popular in the 18,000-bottle wine cellar.
Serenity-seekers can enjoy a visit to the bio sauna or a dip in the glass-walled spa pool. The Goldener Berg Alpine SPA includes a freshwater spring bedded on rocks, a Finnish sauna, a steam bath, herbal steam spring, an open-air panorama pool and a special relaxation and regeneration zone. A wide range of massage, body and beauty treatments are available in addition to a well-equipped gym.
In the summer, the landscape is completely transformed, as the snow melts away. From the beginning of spring, through to the autumn, the entire resort becomes perfect for adventure holidays, and active breaks. In our opinion, golf is simply something that goes hand-in-hand extremely well with the Goldener Berg. The golf resort nearby is perfect for beginners as well as experienced golfers. The idyllic Lech Zug golf course was built taking great care with an appreciation for the breathtaking scenery. Home to 9 new holes on both sides of the River Lech, the course is the perfect place to spend an afternoon (or three!).
The area around the 4 star Superior Hotel Goldener Berg is perfect for long walks, hikes with wonderful views, and great activities to enjoy with your dog. In the hotel itself, dogs enjoy cosy rooms with dog blankets and food bowls and plenty of space.
All of these ski hotels are stunningly luxurious. You can either create your own holiday by booking the hotel and flights separately, or you can choose to book a ski package deal with our partner Alpine Elements. Alpine Elements are the UK’s largest independent operator of exclusive catered ski chalets and hotels.
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