Chalet La Fenice, Cervinia, Italy
The Italian resort on the south side of the Matterhorn has always been the poor relation of Zermatt, its illustrious neighbor on the Swiss side. This season, the balance will be slightly rectified thanks to the opening, at the end of next month, of Cervinia’s first super-chalet, La Fenice. Situated on a grassy plateau above the resort, the chalet was built in 1936 for a wealthy family of Italian engineers but had fallen into disrepair.
The new British owners have undertaken a sympathetic reconstruction, keeping the same footprint but adding an additional story below ground level. It now has seven double rooms, a 10m indoor swimming pool, a private cinema and a team of five. Two Land Rovers with driver are at your disposal to show you around the complex.
Best of all, perhaps, it is the two balconies and five terraces that make the most of the breathtaking location – overlooking the rooftops of Cervinia in one direction, up to most of the Matterhorn in one direction. ‘other. One week, for 14 people, half-board and with afternoon tea, fine wines and staff, from € 65,000, via oxfordski.com
Palais Kempinski, Engelberg, Switzerland
The former Grandhotel Winterhaus, a Belle Epoque pile originally opened in 1904, relaunched this summer after five years of work, becoming the most elegant hotel in Engelberg. An extension has been added, and there’s a bright spa on the top floor, but much of the historic style has been retained and the Palace Bar and Cigar Lounge are meant to ‘bring back the Roaring Twenties’. Doubles from around SFr520 (£ 412) per night; kempinski.com
The K2 Chogori, Val d’Isère, France
A clear sign of Val d’Isère’s move upmarket: the old Moris Pub and the rudimentary hotel that overlooks it were demolished to make way for an offshoot of the group of three K2 hotels in Courchevel (including a “palace” statute and a two Michelin star restaurant). The Val d’Isère hotel, inaugurated on December 17, is spread over two chalets in dark wood and stone, with 21 rooms, a spa and a Peruvian restaurant. Doubles from € 540 per night, breakfast included; lek2chogori.com
Hotel Edelweiss, Pralognan, France
Less than eight kilometers from Courchevel as the crow flies, but poles apart in terms of atmosphere and clientele, Pralognan-la-Vanoise is a discreet farming village on the edge of the vast wilderness of the Vanoise National Park. This winter, it receives its first four-star hotel, the 23-room Edelweiss, in the heart of the village and near the cable car. The dozen ski lifts and 30 km of slopes do not connect the 600 km of slopes overlooking the Three Valleys hill but offer calm, superb views and excellent off-piste. Doubles from € 180 per night, half board; hotel-edelweiss-pralognan.com
Hygna Chalets, Reith im Alpbachtal, Austria
If your dream ski trip is to escape the crowds and find peace amidst pristine mountain scenery, this could be the perfect choice. Hygna is an idealized vision of the Alpine hamlet: a collection of 11 chocolate boxed chalets, surrounded by fields and forests in the beautiful Alpbach valley.
While they look traditional, the chalets are actually brand new, so they have lavish bathrooms and kitchens, saunas, and in some cases, outdoor hot tubs. There is a larger swimming pool in an old hay barn, where there are also yoga sessions. Breakfasts are delivered to the chalets, after which the slopes of the Ski Juwel area are a few minutes away by car. Chalets for two from € 432 per night; hygna.at
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