We asked travel experts Mr & Mrs Smith to select five luxury lodgings that make the best boutique boltholes for the perfect snow-dusted escape, whether you prefer it on black diamond slopes or at the apres-ski.
#1: Amangani, Jackson Hole, United States
At the foot of Wyoming’s Teton Range, this all-suite hotel blends minimalist design with rustic stone and redwood. The skiing here at Jackson Hole is top-notch and, back at the hotel, your suite affords extraordinary sunset-over-mountain views, as does the heated pool and hot tub.
The restaurant (above) has floor-to-ceiling windows where you can admire the wildlife. Amangani shuttles guests to and from its private ski lodge in Teton Village – just 20 minutes away – where lessons can be arranged or you can simply get out there and ski.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: Breakfast for two on each day of your stay.
#2: Portetta, Courchevel, France
Portetta is a classic-looking yet contemporary chalet in a ski-in, ski-out setting with powder-coated slopes right outside. The rooms and loft suites are wood-lined and outfitted in autumnal colours with woollen hints of tartan, bringing you warm, homey comfort in the winter cold.
Enjoy coffee by the open fireplace on sofas in the lounge (above). After a long day on the slopes, pamper yourself at the Portetta Spa with expert ache-soothing massages. The hotel will be delighted to arrange other winter activities, too: ski the Alps further afield; paraglide; snow-scoot; snow-shoe; skydive; or take a tour in a mini plane or a helicopter.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: A bottle of Savoie wine.
#3: Lagacio Hotel Mountain Residence, South Tyrol, Italy
This glacial paradise in San Cassiano allows you to lounge in luxe but still set your own rules, with 24 elegant, fully-stocked apartments combining privacy with the potential for adventure. Begin the day with coffee in the slate-floored, terracotta-walled Lagacio Bar, and in winter be treated to hearty organic South Tyrolean bar snacks.
Rent or buy equipment from the hotel’s on-site ski shop before hopping on the shuttle ride to the world’s largest ski area. Alta Badia’s ski slopes stretch for 400km, with winter sports activities available for beginners and pros. After your return, unwind in the world-class La Palsa spa with a facial, honey or chocolate massage, Ayurvedic therapy or body peel.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: Welcome drinks; 10 per cent off spa treatments; and a 10 per cent discount on equipment and rentals from the hotel’s Alta Badia ski shop.
#4: The Cambrian, Adelboden, Switzerland
The Cambrian is effortlessly sleek, situated at the snowy heart of the Swiss Alps with awe-inducing mountain views in every direction. Families are welcome in the family suites with two bedrooms – one on a mezzanine level – which are separate enough for you to enjoy both privacy and peace of mind.
Its glorious alpine setting attracts skiers, snowboarders and hikers alike, although some prefer to admire the frost-tipped mountains from the lodge’s many lookout terraces, or the edge of the toasty hot tub. The spa has pools both indoors and out, where the hydrotherapy pool with massage jets and Jacuzzi is wonderfully warm, allowing you to bask blissfully al fresco, even when the snow is whirling around you.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: A bottle of wine in your room.
#5: Zaborin, Niseko, Japan
Set on Japan’s heavenly north island, Hokkaido, and surrounded by meadows and forests, this discreetly elegant hotel certainly evokes the meaning of its name. Zabo is to sit and to forget; and rin, a forest or wood.
Housing 15 villas, each with an indoor and outdoor onsen bath filled with the purest, mineral-rich volcanic spring water, it is perfectly intimate and secluded to soak in during the winter weather. For a traditional Japanese experience, book a washitsu room, which comes with typical futons, as opposed to Western-style beds. Snow-coated Hokkaido is one of Asia’s premier ski regions, but only slip into your salopettes if you can bear to leave the hotel.
If you book through Mr & Mrs Smith: A half bottle of local sake from Niseko brewery.
This story first appeared on www.silverkris.com.
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