You can’t beat the high-octane fun of a ski trip – and for many, that week in the mountains is the highlight of the year. Our hand-picked portfolio of boutique hideaways includes a ravishing collection of ski chalets and hotels that will take your annual winter trip from great to sensational. So, whether it’s on- or off-piste attractions you look for in the perfect skiing holiday, book these beauties now and you’ll have the rest of the summer to look forward to the next magical mountain adventure.
Only someone who has hiked to a bus stop in ski boots and lugged their skis and poles onto crowded resort transport knows what a joy it is to stay in a ski-in/ski-out hotel. Rustic-luxe Hameau les Cleves in the pretty village of Haute-Nendaz is the only true ski-in/ski-out accommodation in Switzerland’s renowned Four Valleys ski area. And once you’ve finished on the pistes, you can soak in the hot tub or drink in majestic views from the terrace.
Courchevel 1650’s predominantly blue and green runs are wider, longer and less crowded than others in France’s famous Trois Vallées, making it the prefect resort for beginners and children. La Portetta is a chic family-friendly hotel run by the owners of Lime Wood and The Pig, with interiors designed to the highest standard – think large open fireplaces and elegant alpine-chic furnishings. It also has the sunniest terrace in the Trois Vallées – the perfect spot to relax around a firepit with a vin chaud.
This Scandi-style design hotel sits in one of Switzerland’s smartest resorts. After a day of skiing, return for some pampering in the spa, a soak in the indoor pool, sophisticated food in the twinkling à la carte restaurant, or burgers and cocktails in the bar. Skiing is the main attraction, with hundreds of kilometres of all-level pistes on the doorstep, but other winter activities such as snow-shoe tours, sledging and off-piste guiding are included in the rates.
Les Gets has a good home run and Chamois d’Or’s location, right in the heart of the resort, makes it the perfect party base. This boutique hotel has a hugely friendly and fun atmosphere: guests mingle and chat from the lounge to the restaurant to the neon-lit bar. Whether you intend to burn the candle at both ends, or you’re after a more chilled-out stay in the mountains, Chamois d’Or has everything you need.
Iglu-Dorf, or ‘Igloo Village’, is a collection of interconnected igloos sitting on the mountainside just off the Riffelhorn piste, in the glitzy Swiss resort of Zermatt. The igloo rooms are basic but fun, with sleeping bags on blocks of ice and carvings on the walls. All are connected by corridors leading to a small indoor bar, a dining area and a dance floor. There’s even a Romantic Suite with a private Jacuzzi – perfect for intrepid honeymooners!
Morzine and connected resort Avoriaz have long been snowboarding favourites thanks to their freeriding areas and all-level parks. This refurbished old farmhouse near Morzine is exactly what a mountain chalet should be: a super-cosy hideaway stuffed with snuggly blankets, twinkling candles and roaring fires. Highlights include the beautiful rustic-chic interiors, the alfresco hot tub and the restaurant-quality food.