Next time you book your ski holiday what will you look for? The toughest ski slopes? The best family resorts? Why not the most luxurious ski resort? That sounds good to us. Skiing has always been a sport that went hand in hand with a certain lifestyle and you can see it in the ski resorts that have emerged as the most popular ski destinations.
Slowly but surely certain resorts have become not only places with amazing slopes but also the destination for anyone looking for a luxurious stay, where you will be pampered in the 5-star hotels and eat the most delicious meals in countless Michelin star restaurants after a day of riding down perfectly manicured slopes.
If your perfect ski holiday isn’t just about the skiing, this is for you. We have put together a list of the Top 5 Most Luxurious Ski Resorts in Europe for anyone wanting to spoil themselves a little after a year of no skiing and lockdown...and yes, we too think you deserve it.
At the top of any list talking about luxurious ski resorts, you will most likely find Zermatt. Accessible only by train, unless you are in possession of a residence permit, Zermatt is host to countless 5-star hotels and accommodations. Some of the most iconic and sought-after hotels at the moment are places like The Omnia Hotel, 5-star accommodation with majestic views of the Matterhorn, and amenities that will make it really hard to leave the hotel. In addition to modern, cozy rooms and suites, you will find a library, a restaurant, lounge bar, sun terrace, board room, cinema, and wellness center, what’s the need of joining the outside world?
The Omnia is only one of the many incredible hotels you will find in Zermatt, but what makes it one of the most luxurious destinations is not only the hotels, it’s the village, the restaurants, the après ski, and of course the people who vacation there.
At 2130 metres in Findeln above Zermatt, you will find a restaurant that will take your breath away, Chez Vrony is over 100 years old and offers fine dining with an incredible view. Sit outside as you take in the Matterhorn which is right in front of you and enjoy breakfast, lunch, or aperitif in this old-style chalet. Needless to say, make sure you book in advance.
There are hundreds of restaurants that have been around for years and are famous for their exquisite cuisine but if I list them all, this would only be a blog about Zermatt, and we still have other amazing resorts to look at. In Zermatt, you will also find a number of nightclubs and après-ski parties or trendy jazz-clubs and piano bars if you want something more laid back. All in all, the experience of vacationing in Zermatt is one of luxury and exclusivity, you don’t just go there for the 250km of ski pistes you will be able to ride, you go to for the experience from beginning to end.
Foodies listen up. If you are a person who chooses travel destinations based on great food, then we are sure Courchevel is on your list. In this ski resort, you will find a total of 8 Michelin starred restaurants, one 3 Michelin star restaurant, four with 2 Michelin stars, and the last one with 1 Michelin star, so look no further for your nights of incredible fine dining.
You can find one of these restaurants inside one of the most exclusive hotels in Courchevel, Les Airelles, which looks like a castle from a fairytale and offers anything you might need for a wonderful vacation on the slopes. In this resort, you can dine in the famous Piero TT restaurant or in any of the other three restaurants, one of which you will find out on the slopes for a mid-day ski break. This hotel also offers entertainment for the whole family, kids can have fun at the Children’s Kingdom while mum and dad relax at La Mer Spa, or book plenty of activities through the hotel such as dogsledding, heliskiing, and even a 5-star picnic on the snow.
Of course, this is not the only 5-star hotel in Courchevel, there are plenty for you to choose from, in fact, Courchevel has the highest concentration of 5-star hotels in all of France so we are pretty sure you won’t run out of options. In Courchevel 1850 you will also find all the luxury shopping your heart desires, the town is filled with brand names from Hermes to Rolex, whether you’re just window shopping or walking in, you’ll get to see the latest exclusive trends.
Finally, Courchevel is also part of the biggest ski area in the world, with over 600km of pistes you can find your way to. We are sure you’ll find plenty of top restaurants out on the mountains and enjoy your evenings in one of the many luxurious restaurants and nightclubs. If you are looking for an extravagant place with luxury around every corner, then start booking your vacation here.
154 years ago, the hotelier Johannes Badrutt saw something in St. Moritz and from that moment what was known as a chic summer destination became one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world. The hotel that Bardutt founded is known today as Klum Hotel St. Moritz, the oldest resort in that area and a very on-demand destination for anyone visiting St. Moritz. This exclusive hotel is home to a 1 Michelin star restaurant K by Mauro Colagreco, along with a wellness spa, a kids area, a golf course, gym, and countless services and amenities for its guests.
St. Moritz is known as classic luxury; it has always been considered an exclusive destination and it has continued to grow with that aim in mind. To really live the full St. Moritz experience, make sure you book in Dorf, on the lakeshore of St. Moritz, this village is where you will find most of the glamour. Dorf is known as the place to shop, party, and dine at the chicest restaurants, but villages around the area like Suvretta or Bad are also great choices if you want something more low profile but still exclusive.
For the days when you’re not out skiing on the 88 pistes that you have access to in St. Moritz, there are plenty of activities always going on, and let’s not forget about the high-end shopping available too. Its frozen lake is not only for ice skating, but actual polo matches are played on it along with golf, show jumping, and even cricket. The shopping streets offer only the most famous brands for all your winter gear and the gourmet cuisine found both on the slopes and in town are what make St. Moritz one of the most exclusive destinations for your winter holidays.
Immersed in the Dolomites in Italy you’ll find Cortina “The Queen of the Dolomites”, one of the oldest ski resorts in Europe. Cortina has been a top location for all wealthy skiers and weekenders coming especially from Milan and Venice which are close enough for a 3-day trip. Unlike other luxurious ski resorts, in Cortina, you won’t find big loud lavishing parties, but instead a quieter yet refined ambiance. The streets in the car-free city center are packed with designer stores and high-end art galleries for you to enjoy during an evening passeggiata.
The culinary scenery is also enviable in Cortina, both the slopes and the town are filled with award-winning restaurants and even a 1 Michelin star restaurant Tivoli. Whether you are out on the slopes or in town there are plenty of restaurants, mountain lodges, agritourism & farms where you can get a delicious meal.
When it comes to accommodations, of course, there are numerous 5-star hotels that have hosted VIPs from all around the world, a timeless classic when going to Cortina is the Gran Hotel Savoia. Built in 1912 the hotel has now been remodeled as part of the Radisson Hotel Collection to an even higher standard, even though it has always been the host of guests such as Sophia Loren, Winston Churchill, Tolstoy, and many others, and it’s still today a place where you are sure to run into modern-day celebrities. As part of the hotel, you will find a spa, a gym, indoor pool and sauna, a herbal tea room, and a cigar room, so if you’re planning on staying in one day you’ll have plenty to keep busy.
First thing to know, the “G” is silent. This last exclusive resort is one that has managed to keep its alpine roots very much intact despite its growing exclusivity and popularity. It has remained a town of chalets and locally operated cheese shops and bakeries, which now go hand in hand with the 5-star luxury hotels, Michelin star restaurants, and exclusive nightclubs. Anyone looking for a glamorous stay will have Gstaad on their list.
With 6 restaurants on the Gstaad Michelin Guide, you will have plenty of options to choose from whether you are looking for French, Italian, or International cuisine, Gstaad has it covered. We recommend a night at Sommet restaurant located inside the 5-star hotel The Alpina, the decor is worth the trip, but the food will be an unforgettable experience. For the day, on the other hand, there are plenty of lodges and restaurants for you to take a break and admire the breathtaking view, for example, La Videmanette offering a terrace overlooking the Bernese and Vaud Alps, perfect for a break mid-ski-day.
When looking for a place to stay, you’ll have a wide array of luxurious accommodation options, along with the previously mentioned The Alpina Hotel, we know you’ll also love the Gstaad Palace Hotel, and yes it looks exactly like a palace. Its doors opened more than 100 years ago, and it is now is part of the Leading Hotels of The World and through the years it has been a common vacation spot for royals, celebrities, and politicians alike.
It has guest rooms and suites, restaurants, a basement nightclub (GreenGo), a spa, a traditional alpine hut (Walig Hut), indoor and outdoor pools, and numerous other amenities. This is the perfect place when you want to take a break from skiing down the 200km of ski pistes you find in Gstaad, some of which we would like to add, have even heated ski lifts chairs…now that is a real luxury.
If you are looking for a luxurious place for your next winter vacation definitely look into the ones we have mentioned above. In all of these resorts, you will find the comfort and services offered only by the best and we are sure you’ll be well taken care of.
Many of the independent instructors on Maison Sport also operate in these areas and have been given excellent reviews by the people who have vacationed there, showing they keep just as high a standard as the exclusive resort in which they are working in.
All of these locations require bookings in advance so as you are making your winter plans, also make sure to book your independent instructor and get ready for one of the most luxurious vacations.
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