Grand Hotel Courmayeur, Mont Blanc, Italy
Nestled within Italy’s oldest ski resort in the shadow of Mont Blanc, the Grand Hotel Courmayeur certainly knows how to make the most of its surroundings. Floor to ceiling windows in the first floor restaurant give way to a spectacular view which can also be seen in the guestrooms. The décor exudes a kind of laidback rustic luxury with bleached wood walls and Scandi style furnishings. The feeling of calm continues down in the 500 square metre spa, where the steam bath and list of relaxing treatments will have you racing to return after a long day out on the slopes.
Grand Forest Metsovo, Pindus Mountains, Greece
With panoramic views, open log fires and separate sitting rooms, the guest suites at this five star hotel are totally geared up to helping you relax after a long day of skiing. The jewel in its crown is undoubtedly the rooftop pools – there’s a glass-roofed indoor one as well as an outdoor – perfect for a post-ski pamper. Though Greece isn’t the most obvious choice for a winter break, Pindus gives you access to 48 different lifts and almost 80 kilometres of slopes and is certainly a more budget friendly option than many of the more popular European resorts, allowing you to save your money for the all-important apres ski.
Hotel Rosa Alpina, the Dolomites, Italy
It’s all about the food at Rosa Alpina; an elegant and contemporary alpine lodge nestled up in the Dolomites. Executive chef Norbert Niederkolfer oversees the four restaurants, each of which exudes a cosy, rustic atmosphere. There’s a cuisine to suit every taste from family friendly fondue and pizza to fine dining tasting menus. The homely feeling continues throughout the hotel’s rooms and communal spaces, cleverly blending a classic plaid-and-leather old school charm with modern lighting and state-of-the-art slate fireplaces.
RockyPop Hotel, Les Houches France
Thanks to its height and proximity to Switzerland and Italy, Chamonix is renowned as one of the best ski resorts for snow and run quality, making it one of the most popular resorts amongst experienced skiers.You pay for the quality of skiing here, so opting to stay a little further out of town allows you the best of both worlds - just five minutes from the centre, you’ll find Les Houches and in it the uber cool and quirky RockyPop hotel. As you’d expect of a hotel with such a name, RockyPop hosts both DJs and gigs in its retro bar making it an exciting apr`s ski venue. Upstairs, you’ll find double or duplex rooms decked out in a colourful and modern style.
Hotel Kristiania Lech, Austria
There’s a dramatic flair to the décor at Hotel Kristiania in Lech – one of Austria’s best ski resorts. The paint and fabrics are rich and dark, giving the guestrooms a cosy, den-like feel. After a day on the piste, head to the terrace for a spot of apres whilst watching the sun go down.If you’re feeling particularly daring book yourself an alfresco dining experience, which the staff are happy to provide. Simple, local produce is celebrated in the form of fine dishes in the restaurant and the living room, with its roaring fires and tartan armchairs, is the cosiest spot to sit and catch up on some reading.
Hotel Franz Ferdinand, Nassfeld, Austria
With its modern, minimalist furnishings and cool colour scheme, Hotel Franz Ferdinand offers a welcome respite from the typical pine and tartan décor that pervades in almost every ski hotel. Right at the base of the mountain, it’s just a short walk to the Millenium Express gondola, giving you the much sought-after ski in ski out experience. Amenities such as the heated boot store, steam room and sauna allow for a comfortable stay with the bonus of an indoor play area for those holidaying with little ones.
LeCrans Hotel & Spa, Crans Montana, Switzerland
With just eight suites and seven bedrooms, LeCrans benefits from a cosy, family like atmosphere; a breath of fresh air for those tired of the corporate feel found in many bigger hotels. Each guestroom is uniquely decorated with traditional wood panelling and views of the resort in all. There’s plenty to keep you well sated and entertained here too, from the cigar lounge and spa to dinners held in the chef’s kitchen. A great choice for those on a romantic break.
Le Chalet Zannier, Megeve, France
Nature is brought inside at Le Chalet Zannier, where the calming wood structure blends seamlessly with the soothing neutral furnishings and brightly lit spaces. There are so many cosy corners at this hotel, it’ll be something of a wrench to leave every day. But leave you must, as it’s situated in one of France’s best winter sports resorts. At the end of the day you'll still have long evenings spent lingering over cocktails in front of the fire or relaxing in the womb-like hammam spa to look forward to.
Valsana Hotel & Apartments, Arosa, Switzerland
Industrial functionality meets opulent glamour at Valsana, and there isn’t a piece of wood panelling or gingham curtain in sight. Thanks to its sleek interior, it’s a huge draw for the well-heeled looking for a romantic retreat. The rooms are dominated by rustic kingsized beds piled high with cushions and wool blankets, each with its own balcony perfect for people watching. Dip into the Finnish sauna at the end of the day and be sure to book into the restaurant for a locally-sourced four course dinner.
Bankso Hotel Premiere, Bankso, Bulgaria
Bulgaria has been making waves in the winter sports world of late thanks to its reliable weather and super cheap accommodation. One such establishment is the Bankso Hotel Premiere which offers five-star luxury for a fraction of what you’d pay in France or Italy. The bedrooms are spacious and lavishly decorated with full, sweeping curtains and elegant chandeliers, giving way to marble fireplaces and cavernous king sized beds. Situated at the foot of Mount Pirin, it’s perfectly placed for the ski lift which will take you up to the main resort.
Milk Hotel, Les Carroz, France
At the foot of Les Carroz, this slope-side boutique hotel has hit the jackpot with a fantastic location (it’s ski in, ski out), beautiful design and budget friendly prices. The rooms are simple, modern and spacious and each comes with a balcony looking out over the mountains. Opt for a suite and you’ll find an in-room wood-burner and sofa area for relaxing. Serving hearty French cuisine, the restaurant and café are relaxed, child-friendly affairs whilst a DJ in the bar draws out a younger crowd in the evenings. The focus here is on approachable, sustainable hospitality that’s welcoming to all, which is why it’s already become such a hit with groups of friends and families alike.
Huus Hotel, Gstaad, Switzerland
There’s a kind of earthy, gentleman’s club feel to Huus, that’s equally luxurious and homely, traditional and contemporary. Set in the heart of Gstaad – one of the most upscale ski resorts in the world – it’s a beacon of warmth and comfort that you’ll love returning to each day. If you’ve pictured a quintessential pine lodge ski holiday, this luxurious hotel will offer that with a cherry on top. In each of the rooms you’ll find cosy tartan blankets, alongside modern angle poise lamps and velvet clad armchairs. The lounge and dining room are equally comfortable, encouraging you to linger over a long meal or spend your evenings fireside with a hot drink in hand.