With some of the finest restaurants in the mountains, it’s little wonder foodies are such frequent guests in luxury ski hotels. Make one your base for the week and you won’t have to step outside for haute-cuisine, naturally served with plenty of specially paired wines.
There are full-board or B&B and sometimes a choice between dining packages, but it's best to book half-board, to experience sumptuous breakfast buffets and a 5 - 7 course gourmet dinner - leaving you to venture further afield for lunch.
A mark of the standard of food on offer, our most notable hotels feature in nationally and internationally recognised restaurant guides - you’ll find the very finest here.
Michelin have the world’s best known restaurant guide and work upon a simple rating system:
3 Michelin Stars (very rare) - exceptional restaurant, worth a special journey
We don’t have any hotels with three Michelin stars at the moment. But if you’re staying in the Three Valleys, book a table in La Bouitte, which gained its third star in 2015, or Le 1947 in Courchevel where Yannick Alléno has been highly praised for his contemporary cuisine. There’s also Flocons de Sel in Megeve, where Emmanuel Renaut has had three stars since 2012.
2 Michelin Stars - excellent restaurant, worth a detour
Four Seasons Hotel Megeve - Le 1920
Hotel Le K2 Palace - Le Kintessence
Hotel Le L2 Altitude - Le Montgomerie
1 Michelin Star - very good restaurant
Hotel Le Kaila - L’Ekrin by Laurent Azoulay
Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge - Les Explorateurs
Hotel Mont Cervin Palace - Restaurant Capri
Hotel Trofana Royal - Paznauner Stube
Hotel Chalet Mounier - Le P'tit Polyte
Hotel Tennerhof - Kupferstube
Hotel Schwarzer Adler – Neuwirt
W Hotel Verbier - Sergi Arola (his eponymous restaurant in Madrid has 2 stars)
Sporthotel Soldeu – Nandu Jubany (Restaurant Can Jubany), Hideki Matsuhisa (Restaurant Koy Shunka) and Carles Gaig (Restaurant Gaig) are head chefs from 3 of Barcelona’s Michelin starred restaurants:
Hotel Koh I Nor – Eric Samson (earned a Michelin star in both of his previous restaurants)
Hotel Kulm – Tim Raue (his eponymous restaurant in Berlin has 2 stars)
The best gourmet hotels are famed for their haute-cuisine and glamourous dining halls – so check the dress code to avoid arriving underdressed. Make sure to speak to your concierge about reserving a sitting in plenty of time too - these are the establishments that foodies travel miles for a seat at.
Using any excuse to hold a lavish gala dinner, from festive feasts to jazz events, these alpine greats truly come into their own on special occasions. Of course, luxury’s as much about comfort as it is glitz and glamour, so when dressing appropriately feels like too much of a hassle, you’ll usually find more relaxed dining options or in the very least, good old room-service.
Ever flexible, hotel master chefs can usually adapt to vegetarian, vegan, paleo, you-name-it diets, occasionally even whizzing up anti-oxidant crammed juices and "detox menus" for the health conscious.
Whipping up fresh baby purees, designing children’s menus and providing room-service for TV suppers in their PJ’s ― luxury hotel kitchens cater exceptionally for tots, and if requested prior to arrival, chefs will work meals around their specific dietary needs.
There’s no need to ask children to behave their way through sit-down gourmet spreads every night: many leading hotels have included a family-friendly dining option, with ready stores of highchairs, for fuss-free fare that’s still impossibly delicious.
Pronounced Go-Me-Yo, this guide’s hot on the heels of Michelin and especially popular in Switzerland and Austria. The grading is based on points of 1-20 and the equivalent number of ‘toques’.
19-20 points | 4 toques - the highest award there is; the world's best restaurants (20 has never actually been awarded).
Hotel Rosengarten (Restaurant Rosengarten, 19 points)
18-17 points | 3 toques - the highest creativity and quality; the best possible preparation.
Hotel Tennerhof (Kupferstube, 17)
Hotel Mont Cervin Palace (Restaurant Capri, 17 points)
Hotel Trofana Royal (Paznaunerstube, 17)
15-16 points | 2 toques - a high degree of culinary art, creativity and quality.
Hotel Kulm (The K, 16 points)
Hotel Salzburgerhof (Restaurant Salzburgerhof, 16)
Waldhotel National, Arosa (Kachelofa-parlor, 16)
Hotel Schwarzer Adler (Neuwirt, 16)
Hotel Schönegg (Gourmetstübli, 15)
Hotel Mirabeau (Courbeau d'Or, 15)
Hotel Montana Lech (Restaurant zur Kanne, 15)
13-14 points | 1 toque - a very good restaurant, better than everyday eateries.
Schweizerhof Gourmet & Spa (Restaurant Hofsaal, 14 points)
Astoria Relax & Spa Hotel (Astoria Kitchen, 14)
Hotel Mont Cervin Palace (Myoko 13 and Grill Le Cervin, 14)
Hotel Kulm (NITO, 13)
Grand Hotel Zermatterhof (Prato Borni, 13)
Hotel Alte Post (Alte Post’s à la carte gourmet restaurant, 13)
Edelweiss & Gurgl (Edelweiss & Gurgl restaurant, 13)
Hotel Zum Hirschen (Restaurant Zum Hirschen, 13)
Restaurants with 10-12 points are said to have a notably good standard of conventional, traditional cuisine. Anything with under 10 points is very rarely listed, but if it’s in the guide, it’s still worth considering.
Whether it’s sampling a cocktail in the bar, sipping something strong in a cigar lounge or making good use of your minibar, the best hotels have a number of sources for your favourite tipple.
Don’t stop there - with most using the services of a master sommelier, you’ll find an extensive list of house wines, meticulously matched to the meals served in each restaurant.
There are some seriously impressive hotel bars among our collection –
Verbier’s legendary club scene’s been given a reboot by W Hotel’s Carve– a subterranean nightclub mixing contemporary tracks and knock-out cocktails.
With 3 wine cellars and a 25,000 strong collection of vintages, the Trofana Royal’s the destination for a budding sommelier. If wine’s not your thing, the house mixologist’s said to be one of the finest in the country.
Sip something on the rocks and star-gaze from the Hotel Alpine Palace’s Skybar, a relaxing break from neck-and-neck poker matches in the Casino-bar.
Mellow evenings are spent in the Zermatterhof, where aperitifs in the Ruden bar are followed by cocktails and piano music in the velvet booths of the Stars Bar.
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