The Hot List:
This Season's Best Ski Resorts
For those wanting to venture beyond the classic Gstaad Palace and Les Airelles Courchevel, discover the season’s chicest new openings at the best ski resorts in Europe. From wellness retreats to eclectic boutique hotels and the best ski in, ski out experiences.
Grace La Margna
St Moritz, Switzerland
For those not quite ready to detach from the contemporary comforts of urban life, Grace La Margna offers a chic alternative to the classic ski resort aesthetic in its mission to be ‘St. Moritz’ first luxury and lifestyle boutique hotel.’
Dating back to 1906, the refurbishment of this iconic Swiss hotel seamlessly balances timeless elegance with contemporary modernity. Appreciate its historic past in the restored La Margna Wing or immerse yourself in the brand new Grace extension.
Nestled in the dreamy Engadin valley and enveloped in panoramic lake views, its carefully curated interior rivals its showstopping backdrop. From bars and lounges to indulgent spa treatments and contemporary culinary concepts, Grace La Margna leaves no stone unturned, highlighting every comfort and indulgence.
Ultima Courchevel Belvédère
Nestled at 1750 in the breathtaking Sunny Valley, the Ultima Courchevel Belvédère borders the dreamy La Rosière Forest and the ever-popular 1850. This exquisite destination is a peaceful alternative to the mainstream slopes but just within reach for passionate après-goers.
For the ones that truly did come for the skiing, Ultima’s ski-in, ski-out access gives ultimate freedom to explore their 600km of lift-linked pistes. The striking scenery can be appreciated from the ultra-luxe residences that effortlessly unite contemporary interiors with classic French architecture.
Combining the exclusivity of private rental with all the added luxuries of hotel life, round off a day on the slopes with dreamy outdoor pools, bespoke spa treatments and a show-worthy private culinary experience (served by a dedicated butler, might we add).
Hôtel Le Coucou
Nestled at the foot of Meribel’s Rond-Point, Hôtel Le Coucou’s prime location guarantees enviable views of Les Trois Vallées’ snow-kissed peaks. It’s coveted direct ski-in, ski-out experience (the only one in Meribel) will have avid skiers marveling at the piste possibilities on offer.
On its third season, the eclectic hotel is the work of Maisons Pariente – with prêt-à-porter origins, their carefully curated aesthetic of this Alps destination was a given. Classic alpine style is exquisitely interpreted by architect, Pierre Yovanovitch, featuring designer interiors, hand-sourced décor and unique furniture.
From taking in the en-Vogue surrounds or fresh off the slopes, decompress in the Tata Harper well-being area before enjoying a refined culinary experience at one of Le Coucou’s curated restaurant concepts, from contemporary eateries to traditional French gastronomy.
Lefay Resort & Spa Dolomiti
For the wellness-obsessed and self-proclaimed athletes alike, the famed Dolomites is a year-round hub for state-of-the-art R&R. Scenically situated amidst the peaceful World Heritage Site, Lefay Dolomiti debuted in 2019 and, consequentially, raised the standard of luxe leisure.
The centerpiece of this scenic sanctuary is their uber chic spa – one of the largest in the Alps, featuring a unique blend of Eastern and Western treatments and a dreamy indoor-outdoor infinity pool. And, for those that actually came to hit the slopes, the iconic Madonna di Campiglio resort is right on its doorstep with 150km of top-tier pistes to explore.
From stunning slopes to a state-of-the-art spa, this holistic sanctuary leaves no stone unturned. And the Lefay’s indulgent altitude-inspired tasting menu truly leaves no reason to venture beyond its comforts.
Words by Talitha Ward