These days, many jet setters are taking ski vacationing to a whole new level of pampering. In addition to great snow conditions, luxury ski travelers nowadays look for vacationing filled with style, class and true comfort. Many luxury ski hotels are responding, serving up deluxe accommodations in all shapes and sizes. To bring a new twist to your next ski vacation, Ski eGuide has put together a list of some of the different themes and genres of luxury ski hotels at ski resorts across the world.
The Royal Treatment - For vacationers who are wanting to be in Prince William and Princess Kate's shoes, the Badrutts Palace Hotel in St. Moritz, Switzerland offers guests the royal treatment. Neatly tucked away in the Swiss Alps and overlooking the picturesque St. Moritz Lake, this castle turned hotel was erected in 1896. To this day, guests are treated to old-world etiquette and time honored traditions upon arrival and departure, perhaps in a horse drawn carriage. At the Badrutts, no two rooms are alike, but all made for only the most refined tastes.
Sheer Entertainment - Situated at the base of Aspen, the St. Regis Resort is a lavish 5-star hotel that is a standout for the sheer amount of entertainment that it effortlessly offers guests. Aspen's lifts are right at its front door and three other world-class mountains - Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk or Snowmass - are just a shuttle down the road. The Fountain Courtyard is the hotel's very own plaza that is transformed into a music venue that draws in top notch band all ski-season long. Even in its walls, it has soaking tubs with streaming waterfalls, outdoor heated pools, private ice rinks and personal spas that leave guests with endless activities to do. Even children can take advantage of the action by participating in, "Children Fun Day," a day solely dedicated to childcare packed with activities just for kids.
Exclusive - Positioned at the base of Squaw, the Resort at Squaw Creek is all about exclusivity, since being a guest here grants access to some premier amenities only for the lucky few. For example, the Resort of Squaw Creek beckons guests to its own shopping promenade. In addition, there is a full service spa, complete fitness area, and many private indoor and outdoor swimming pools fully equipped with their own water slides. If this isn't enough, there is a private ice rink, 18 miles of cross country trails and even its very own chairlift. There is no waiting in lines in this VIP resort.
Architectural Delight - Perched atop a butte that peers out over the majestic Teton Mountain Range, the Amangani Resort is a sleek and stylish oasis amidst a natural paradise. World class skiing awaits travelers just a few miles down the road at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, but many will not want to leave this stunning deluxe hotel. Every line, angle and accessory in the Amangani is carefully crafted to fuse the remarkable views of the outside natural world with indoor extravagances. Whether its from a personal deck or basking in one of Amangani's many infinity pools, this luxury ski hotel is all about soaking up incredible views indoors and out.
Nothing But the Best - The Hotel de Charme Les Airelles is all about superlatives. It sits in the middle of the celebrated Alps nestled against the biggest ski area in the world, Les 3 Vallees, which looks out over what is perhaps the most famed mountain in the world, the Matterhorn. Foodies will be delighted to know that each of its three restaurants are home to globally esteemed chefs who perform culinary wizardry with nothing but the finest French meats, cheeses and local produce; all in a sophisticated, yet cozy environment. For those looking to indulge their senses in nothing but the finest, Hotel de Charme Les Airelles is beckoning.
Historic New World Charm - Located in historic Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, the Omni Mountain Washington Hotel offers guests a cozy retreat with refined tastes that mimick those of the famous presidents, poets and celebrities that have graced her lounges. From music and dining to renaissance decor, the Omni is a masterpiece of historic new world tastes and craftsmanship, reminding guests that some luxuries never go out of style. Beyond the appealing ambience, guests enjoy the slopes of New Hampshire's largest ski resort, also called Bretton Woods.
Modernity Meets Rustic - For those unimpressed by the rustic qualities of most ski accommodations, the modern and chic Hotel Avenue Lodge takes rustic to a new level. From fur bedding and cavernous, end-to-end dark wood to black stone tiling and polished decor, the Hotel Avenue is a cosmopolitan treat on Val d'Isere's tiny main street. Guests imbibe on top shelf cocktails seated on noveau cowhide stools that pop red in contrast to the dark, cavernous colors. Sophisticated apres fun awaits at the slopeside Folie Douce followed by a smart meal at La Table de l'Ours. modernity meets tradition, lounge bar, sitting area with fireplace.