The world’s most exclusive luxury 5 star ski hotels
If David Niven, yardstick of old-world charm and savoir faire, were still skiing today, he'd be staying in an exclusive ski hotel (though perhaps at the invitation of some glamorous European minor royal).
Want a grand alpine lodging worthy of 007, but can't call Stephanie van Monaco to borrow her hotel? Peruse the finest selection of stylish luxury hotels in the world's most exclusive mountains.
With the criteria for star-ratings varying from nation to nation, don’t just take a 5* ranking at its word ― rely instead on globally-recognised awards, Michelin merits and glowing reviews, which our luxury hotels have in spades.
Featuring the fathers of winter tourism and some of the most impressive architecture in the mountains, you’ll know a luxury ski hotel when you see one – and find further clues within: beaming staff at every corner, a restaurant that’s fully-booked night after night, and a substantial number of guests who’ve come just for the wellness facilities. Coming top of their class, the best luxury hotels in the mountains do all this and more.
High quality fare is something of a given in 5-star hotels, with many in our collection housing the best restaurants for miles. Don’t just take our word for it― most have been awarded Gault&Millau toques or Michelin stars, medals of their sterling standards of cuisine. Read up on the very best gourmet hotels here.
For a little bonus luxury, it’s not uncommon for our leading hotels to have their own sommelier who’ll hunt down the best bottle for every dish. Should you fancy a break from a formal dress code and unbelievably fine dining, room service comes as standard with most 5 star properties. More about luxury ski hotel dining and libations.
While a luxury hotel booking covers the main component of your stay, ensure a smooth and comfortable transition by asking us about adding helicopter transfers, private road transfers or a private jet charter to your booking for a luxury experience from door to door.
From the moment you’re greeted at the entrance, you can expect an exceedingly high level of service in our luxury hotels. Besides complimentary toiletries, daily cleaning and a nightly turndown service, think: 24-hour receptions, multilingual staff, a concierge and members of staff who‘ll go well beyond the call of 5* service.
Many hotels will even employ a ski valet to see you from hotel to piste, while others roll out childcare services, like kids clubs, ski lessons and evening child-minding. If your hotel has a spa (and most do), you’ll find in-house therapists to ease your aches and spa managers to oversee all pampering.
Often attracting visitors in their own right, the wellness amenities found in luxury ski hotels are among the finest known to man. In these realms of relaxation, swimming pools, Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and on site therapists are just a few ways of reaching new levels of rest.
If you ever manage to change out of your robe, you’ll often also find the likes of glitzy cocktail and piano bars, humidified cigar lounges, or for the younger (at heart) a cinema or games room. As these are among the best of the best, don’t be surprised if your hotel also has its own climbing wall, gallery or museum…
|Grand Hotel Zermatterhof||Zermatt||Switzerland||77||Historic alpine hotel, indoor pool & spa|
|Hotel Kulm||St Moritz||Switzerland||172||Historic alpine hotel, gourmet restaurants, spa|
|W Verbier||Verbier||Switzerland||123||Spa, indoor/outdoor pool, gourmet dining, apres ski|
|Le Kaila||Meribel||France||42||Direct slope access, indoor pool & spa|
|Hotel Adler||Ortisei||Italy||110||Amazing spa, piano bar|
|Hotel Koh I Nor||Val Thorens||France||63||Gourmet dining, spa, 2 swimming pools|
|Fairmont Banff Springs||Banff||Canada||768||Iconic hotel, ‘castle in the Rockies’, indoor & outdoor pools|
|Gstaad Palace||Gstaad||Switzerland||90||Iconic Swiss hotel, 4 restaurants, huge spa|
|Hotel Avenue Lodge||Val d’Isere||France||54||Central location, spa, indoor pool|
|Four Seasons Resort Whistler||Whistler||Canada||273||Heated outdoor pool, spa, hotel shuttle|
|The Little Nell||Aspen||USA||92||Ski in/out, low-key lux, après ski bar|
|Hotel Le K2 Palace||Courchevel||France||26 + 4 suites||Michelin-starred dining, excellent kids facilities, spa & salon|
|Four Seasons Hotel Megeve||Megeve||France||52-55||Michelin-starred dining, spa, excellent kids facilities|
|Trofana Royal||Ischgl||Austria||111||Huge spa, award winning cuisine, cigar lounge|
|Hotel Christiania||Val d’Isere||France||69||Near town & lifts, spa with indoor pool|
|Das Central||Sölden||Austria||125||3-storey venetian themed spa, huge wine cellar, gourmet dining|
|The Alpina Gstaad||Gstaad||Switzerland||56||Michelin-star dining, spa, scenic hillside location|
|Le M de Megeve||Megeve||France||42||Pool & spa, gourmet dining, village centre|
|Hotel Arlberg||Lech||Austria||52||Gourmet dining, wine cellar, spa & indoor pool|
|Camp Zero||Champoluc||Italy||30 rooms||Eco hotel, spa, indoor & outdoor climbing walls, heli-skiing|
We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.