Europe’s ski resorts are not only legendary, the luxurious hotels with excellent spas make it worth flying across the Atlantic for your next ski vacation. Here are some new and renovated properties that have caught my eye recently.
Hotel Mont Blanc, France
Designer, Sybille de Margerie’s two-year renovation of this 100-year-old Chamonix hotel has added contemporary style without sacrificing historical character. Interiors have Savoyard-inspired woodwork, black and white checkered marble floors, and luxurious fabrics in warm hues. The 40 bedrooms have spectacular views of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, and a 50-foot outdoor swimming pool that’s heated year round. The hotel’s Clarins spa is perfect for relaxing after a day skiing the Vallée Blanche glacier run.
Chedi Adermatt, Switzerland
Chedi Adermatt is a 105-room property in the Swiss Alps created by the Belgian architect Jean-Michel Gathy. The stunning, modernist interiors include a lobby with soaring ceiling, an abundance of natural materials, and floor-to-ceiling windows. As well as the skiing (Urseren Valley is at the center of four steep mountain passes that benefit from above average snow fall), the hotel’s spacious spa with organic treatments (Ila, Ren, Alpienne) tops this property’s list of highlights. Rooms include open fireplaces, heated stone floors, and thick cashmere rugs.
Cheval Blanc, France
This 34-room luxurious property has balconies with views to Courchevel and access to the excellent skiing in the Three Valleys. Eating options include Chef Yannick Alléno’s 1947, a two-Michelin star restaurant serving traditional French dishes. Sybille de Margerie was also involved in this property’s stylish interiors, with an impressive collection of original art, and a blend of cashmere, fur, and leather against steel, bronze and brushed brass. Other highlights include a Givenchy spa and Le Carrousel, a beautifully designed play space for children.
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