Le Grand Joux, Morzine, France – Favourite for spa & seclusion
This new 440sqm mountain lodge near Graydon, in a tiny hamlet outside Morzine in Portes du Soleil- none of the few luxury lodges in this area have the remoteness of Le Grand Joux. Accessible by snowmobile and helicopter in the winter months, a helicopter can land right outside the lodge for those transferring from Geneva or looking to heli-ski in Switzerland or Italy. Le Grand Joux has a full spa including an Alpha Lounger, dry flotation bath and indoor swimming pool that opens onto a spacious yoga deck. There’s also a steam room and an outdoor wood burning hot tub and barrel sauna with glass wall overlooking the valley. Sleeping up to 10 guests in five bedrooms, the lodge comes with a full time chef, ski planner, lodge manager, driver and two spa therapists. An all-terrain vehicle and snowmobiles can transport guests directly to the quieter access points on the Grand Terche ski slopes, avoiding the busy ski lifts in central Morzine.
Altapura, Val Thorens, France – favourite for all round excellence
Val Thorens’ first five star hotel, Altapura was recently voted ‘The World’s Best Ski Resort 2013’, (at the World Travel Awards) firmly establishing itself as the place to stay for the best early and late season snow in the illustrious Les Trois Vallees. Situated just off the piste, Altapura benefits from stress-free, ski-in ski-out access, making it a popular choice for keen skiers wishing to catch the first lifts and carve into the day’s fresh powder.
Inspired by Nordic design, Altapura has breathtaking views – it’s the highest resort in Europe at 2,300m, a Goitschel Skishop with state-of-the-art ski equipment, and a spectacular 1,000m2 award winning Pure Altitude Spa (complete with igloo relaxation area), while the the hotel’s three restaurants also offer some of the finest cuisine on the mountain.
For those seeking an extra thrill at high altitude, Altapura can also arrange Adrenaline Journeys including ice driving across the highest track in the French Alps, tobogganing on the longest run in Europe, glacier hiking and airboarding.
Gstaad Palace, Switzerland – Favourite for adventure seekers
For action seekers who are looking for alpine thrills away from the 250ms of ski slopes, there is plenty on offer to entertain and excite at Gstaad Palace Switzerland, from igloo building, tobogganing trails, curling, air boarding and paragliding to iceskating, dog sledding, snow gold and ballooning. More experienced snow-lovers will be in their element at the acrobatic snow park and for those seeking an extra adventure, heli-skiing, off-piste snow shoeing and ice-climbing, are all a possibility on the epic 250 km of pristine white slopes. For the ultimate icy adventure Gstaad Palaces’s Igloo Experience includes a three night stay in a Double Classic Room with wonderful views over the Swiss Alps followed by romantic fourth night in a secluded igloo, with a private jacuzzi at over 6,000 feet in the Igloo Village in Saanerlochgrat. Back at the hotel, renowned for being a favourite of the international elite, Gstaad Palace’s GreenGo nightclub is the place to be and be seen in Gstaad Jet-setters. Celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton partied here back in the ‘70s and the dance floor still heats up cold winter nights.
Rosa Alpina, Dolomites, Italy – Favourite for foodies & families
In the heart of a small traditional Ladin Village of the Italian Dolomites Rosa Alpina is a charming 5-star family-run hotel with a great gourmet secret. Boasting 4 Michelin Stars (2 of which belong to St Hubertus Restaurant at Rosa Alpina) Rosa Alpina offers not only an excellent skiing holiday, but also a wonderful culinary experience. Relaxed yet luxurious, the owners have two young children and have thought of everything a young family might need, and more. Both babies and young children are welcomes into the hotel with a host of treats, from mini dressing gowns and slippers to bibs, teddies and activity packs. The hotel offers three incredible restaurants, the 2 Michelin starred St Hubertus, the Wine Bar and Grill and the Fondue Stube. The Wine Bar & Grill is a relaxed atmosphere, serving an Italian fare, including huge pizzas. Any of the adult dishes can be shrunken down for smaller diners’ dinners and the kitchens are happy to make food for babies too, such as pureed fresh fruit and vegetables. The hotel is focused on providing great quality and locally sourced produce, ensuring only the best for their guests.
The hotel’s concierge can organise passes, ski rental and instructors for guests, as well as various activities that are alternatives to skiing, including snow shoeing and cross country skiing. After a day amongst the breathtaking scenery and unforgettable views of this UNESCO world heritage site, guests can relax and enjoy the hotel’s award-winning Daniela Steiner spa, where there are a host of treatments available, including sports massages for tired ski legs.
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