It’s hard to believe, but December has arrived, which means winter in the northern hemisphere is well and truly here. Last month we shared some of our top destinations and accommodation for warm weather getaways at this time of year; but if you prefer to spend your winter holidays skiing the slopes or rambling through the crisp countryside, we have a great selection of winter hideaways for you to consider. Find seven of the cosiest castles, chalets, Schloss and chateaux to get snuggled up in after a winter day’s activity in the great outdoors. From the Scottish Borders to Salzburg via the Swiss Alps, here’s where – and how – to keep warm and cosy this winter.



Chalet Nyumba – Verbier

Chalet Nyumba couldn’t be more inviting, and it’s no wonder it’s one of our ski chalet experts’ flagship properties. Due to its prime positioning in the Swiss Alps, it comes complete with stunning views over the alpine village of Verbier, visible from its many terraces and balconies. We can’t think of anywhere better to wake up in the morning; with an open fire warming our tootsies while we watch the sunrise over the Alps, all from the comfort of this gorgeous master bedroom.

Nyumba’s interior has been impeccably designed for groups holidaying together, with an extensive open plan living and dining area to spread out over, and double height windows from which to enjoy breath-taking views that surround. But this spaciousness doesn’t take away from Nyumba’s cosy and cuddly nature: worn leather sofas are perfect for sinking into after a hard day skiing, an open fire warms the cockles, and snuggly throws and soft furnishings are in abundance.

For extra special treatment, the chalet boasts one of Verbier`s most luxurious private spa facilities, with Italian marble finishes, and more incredible views over the valley and mountains beyond. Next to this lavish spa (where you will find a pool with adjustable floor depth and swimming current, hammam, sauna and bar) is a massage room, where one of Nyuma’s in-house therapists will ease your aches and pains after a day on the slopes.

The plush cinema room is great for entertaining children while the grown-ups rest and relax in the spa or by the fire. Or cosy up and enjoy a film all together – with a bottle of wine or Champagne from the downstairs wine cave!

Contact Ultimate Luxury Chalets to discover more ultimate winter hideaways.



Borthwick Castle – Scottish Borders

Visiting Scotland during the winter months is truly magical – trust us on this one! The days may be short, but twinkly lights cast an ethereal glow over the Scottish Borders’ beautiful cities, vibrant Christmas markets exude festive excitement, and roaring pub fires lure in ramblers. And Borthwick Castle, just thirty minutes’ from Edinburgh, is a haven in which to shelter after a day braving – we mean, embracing! – the elements.

This magnificent, majestic 15th-century Scottish castle has recently undergone a grand renovation. So whilst the property sure is vast, steeped in history and oozing medieval grandeur, it now offers all the modern comforts of an ultra-luxurious home-from-home, swathed in warmth and cosiness, with an air of peace and serenity. This makes Borthwick Castle the perfect place from which to base yourselves when exploring all the Scottish Borders have to offer.

Twelve beautifully unique bedrooms, all with their own lavish bathrooms, accommodate up to 24 guests with plenty of space. But the living and dining areas provide intimate areas for everyone to gather together, around a gorgeous roaring fire.

Let Loyd & Townsend Rose tell you more about the magic of Scotland Borders and beautiful Borthwick Caste.



Schloss Kogl – Salzkammergut, Austria

As the snow starts to settle on Austria’s mystical mountaintops, retreat to the gorgeously elegant but super cosy Schloss Kogl. This beautiful baroque castle is nestled within the country’s largest private forest in the Salzkammergut Lake District. The enchanting region east of Salzburg, dotted with pristine lakes, pre-alpine mountains, evergreen forests, and charming villages, was once the countryside playground of Austria’s aristocracy, a favourite holiday spot of the Emperor and the country’s intellectual and artistic elite.

Built from the mid-18th century, the castle has been in the family of the Barons of Mayr-Melnhof since 1872. In the early 2000s, the family began to carefully restore the castle to its previous glory. Guests will find a refined and comfortable series of rooms decorated in a fin-du-siècle style with elegant furnishings, antiques, paintings and intricate woodwork. Among these is the lovely living room, which houses a grand piano and a gorgeous fireplace from the époque.

You can revel in the many pleasures of the region right on the castle’s doorstep, by strolling through its spectacular grounds, gardens and private forest. And nearby are breathtaking national parks, picture-perfect villages and magical Salzburg. You can also do your Christmas shopping at the area’s fabulous holiday markets.

Relax in ultimate Austrian refinement at Shloss Kogl



Chalet Mon Izba – Verbier, Switzerland

At Chalet Mon Izba, the combination of expansive accommodation and panoramic views over the alpine village below, curate the perfect environment for skiers to spread out in comfort. And to add to the ambiance, the lovely living room exudes warmth; big enough to seat all 12 guests, but cosy enough for holidaymakers to gather together around the gorgeous open fire.

This chic chalet is located in the Sonalon area of Verbier, enveloped by majestic mountains and immersed in the natural landscape, whilst remaining close to the exceptional restaurants, bars, and shopping in the vibrant city centre.

After an energetic day of skiing and exploration, relax in the living room next to the toasty fireplace and continue to savour the chalet’s exceptional views. After dark, settle into the plush cinema to watch the latest films while your kids occupy themselves with games in the entertainment room. And once the children are sleeping soundly, disappear into the wine cellar to peruse the impressive wine collection. The cave provides an intimate environment in which to enjoy grown-up time and a glass of wine.

For further rest and relaxation, indulge in Mon Izba’s private spa, one of the best in the Alps. With panoramic views of the mountains, the indoor pool and outdoor hot tub bring the stunning landscape to you. And the floor to ceiling glass sinks below the terrace, allowing guests the choice to either breathe in the crisp mountain air or keep cosy indoors. The adjoining massage room is separated from the pool by one-way glass allowing for privacy, while the sauna and hammam provide the perfect way to unwind after an active day on the slopes. Moreover, the state-of-the-art gym looks out over the outdoor hot tub across to the impressive mountains in the distance. Maximum motivation!.

And when the day is done, retreat to your super snuggly bedroom, complete with extra-cuddly eiderdown and your very own roaring fire.

Reach Ultimate Luxury Chalets here and start planning your perfect ski trip to Verbier.



Chateau Mireille – Provence, France

If you prefer to spend your winter holidays somewhere a little warmer, Provence could be the perfect place for you. Enjoy milder December days in this picture-perfect French region, followed by cosy nights in Chateau Mireille, a seven-bedroom 18th-century manor, or bastide, found near the charming St-Rémy-de-Provence.

Chateau de Mireille exudes classic French style with its elegant antiques, original artwork, and classic architectural features such as terracotta tiles, and high, wood beam ceilings. With two polished living rooms, a fully equipped kitchen with state-of-the-art appliances, and a formal dining room ideal for entertaining, a  study, master bedroom, and three additional bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, Chateau de Mireille makes for a luxurious stay with family or friends.

The phenomenal grounds feature a manicured garden with picture-perfect topiary, a wonderful pool with a terrace overlooking the gardens, a tennis court, and a variety of outdoor seating and dining areas. From alluring lavender fields to rolling vineyards, and from vibrant villages to the breathtaking Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles, some of the region’s best features are at your fingertips.

During your stay, your housekeeper will prepare you a delicious French breakfast, as well as taking care of any housework. So you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your peaceful time in Provence.

Discover more about this exceptional villa from Haven In



Villa F – Venice, Italy

Seriously exclusive and ultra-luxurious, the 16th-century Villa F offers eleven opulent suites in what has served as a residence to a number of historical noble Venetian families. Following attentive restoration, this incredible villa has come to embody a new concept in Venetian hospitality, catering to discerning travellers who wish to experience Venice with sophisticated but contemporary flair.

Villa F is located on Giudecca Island, known as “the Soho of the Lagoon”. (And remains a well-kept secret – for now!) A welcome escape from the swarms of tourists in the city centre, Villa F offers guests a serene sanctuary, whilst being just a stone’s throw from the abundance of exceptional shops, restaurants, and museums. Thanks to Villa F’s private shuttle boat service, available daily and around the clock for guests departing from its dock to all sister Bauer Hotels at San Marco, transportation to and from Giudecca has never been more accessible. The Villa’s Conciergerie can also organise tours to other islands in the lagoon, as well as custom water transfers to and from the airport.

Villa F’s charm lies in its history. The historic property itself was extremely popular in the early 20th century when it was an upscale pensione. During the era, Villa F catered to an eclectic clientele of painters, writers, and actors such as Gabriele D’Annunzio, Eleonora Duse, and Mabel Holland. After many years of meticulous restoration, the Villa F reopened to fortunate guests who can now revel in its original wall frescoes, and Italian and Venetian ‘Terrazzo’ floors, without sacrificing in modern luxuries.

Each of Villa F’s 11 residences is unique in size and aesthetic. Many have many have beautiful working fireplaces, which create gorgeously cosy environments to relax in after a day treading Venice’s cobbled streets. The Residenza Opale, pictured above, is a spacious one-bedroom studio with an open fire and wet bar cabinet. Residenza Turchese is a smaller yet perfectly formed one bedroom residence, with an en-suite bathroom and a living room, dry bar cabinet and garden views. If you feel like spreading out a little more, the Residenza F includes two master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, large closets, a powder room, and a living room with eight north-facing windows, opening out to sensational views of San Marco.

All guests can enjoy Villa F’s extensive three-acre gardens and beautiful meditation pool, as well as full access to the facilities of the nearby Palladio Hotel & Spa and the De Pisis Restaurant at the Bauer Palazzo Hotel. With stunning views of San Marco’s renowned square and the Santa Maria della Salute church, Villa F makes for a memorable stay in the floating city.



Glenapp Castle – Scotland

Wrap yourself up in the warmth of each of Glenapp Castle’s beautiful rooms and lit fireplaces. This sprawling 19th century castle hotel can be found in the Ayrshire Countryside, not far from Scotland’s stunning southwest coastline. Built for the Earl of Inchcape, the regal residence has been open to guests since 2000. The impressive construct has a formidable stone exterior, and, once inside, you are greeted with sublime Victorian splendour which continues throughout the interior.

The spectacular castle is set within 36 acres of private grounds that are completely secluded, and for guests’ exclusive use. Incorporated is an Italian Garden, designed by the renowned 19th-century garden architect Gertrude Jekyll. Spend atmospheric winter days meandering through the laneways, taking in the changing colours and breathing the fresh Scottish air. Once you have a taste for the landscape, discover more great hiking and exploration trails further afield, in this arresting part of Scotland.

The castle’s 17 guest rooms have been individually and luxuriously styled with a unique blend of fabrics, furnishings, antiques, artwork and open fires. Several of the suites feature magnificent views over the surrounding woodland and the sea. Each evening, indulge in delicious dinners at Glenapp’s award-winning restaurant.

Speak to Loyd & Townsend Rose to find out more about their gorgeous Scottish winter hideaways.


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While most people associate the Alps with winter holidays, there is actually just as much, or maybe even more, to do in summer. Hiking through valleys, biking along pristine lakes, soaring through the skies paragliding, skiing on glaciers – the adventures are endless. To make the most of this excellent summer vacation destination, our experts at Ultimate Luxury Chalets have launched a new site, Alps In Luxury, focused entirely on summer trips in the region. They’ve recommended the following excellent resorts, activities and chalets for an exciting and luxurious summer Alpine getaway.


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Zermatt, Switzerland

With the backdrop of the majestic Matterhorn and surrounded by vibrant green meadows, Zermatt is a summer paradise, especially for trekking and mountain biking. Hop aboard the Gornergrat train to reach this 3,135 meter Swiss resort and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views of the whole Alps in addition to all of the charms of this traditional mountain town.

In summer it beckons eager skiers who come for its Matterhorn glacier. At 3,883 metres, it’s open year round and is the highest European summer skiing area. Since Zermatt faces south and borders Italy, that means it receives plenty of sunshine and boasts warm temperatures. The perfect climate for hiking along its great trails into the mountains and around gorgeous glacial lakes, which you can linger to admire on a lunchtime picnic or stop for a cool swim. Mountain biking is also popular and you can even do water-skiing in nearby Tasch. Zermatt offers a stunning location for a chic, outdoorsy summer holiday in Switzerland.

Where to Stay in Zermatt: Chalet Grace

The gorgeous Chalet Grace is one of the most luxurious holiday rentals in Zermatt. Found on a south-facing hillside in the exclusive Petit Village area and three minutes from the village centre, it’s an ideal base for a spectacular summer vacation in the Swiss Alps.

The stylish 500m² chalet sleeps up to 12. Expansive views of the phenomenal scenery can be savored throughout thanks to floor to ceiling windows. The spacious open-plan lounge includes a stone fireplace and a raised dining area that opens onto large outdoor living spaces with comfortable loungers, chairs and tables. Next to the lounge is a well-equipped games room and home cinema room. Several of the en-suite bedrooms feature panoramas of the Matterhorn and surrounding mountains. There is also a glass fronted wellness area with a sauna, shower room, massage room, a large pilates/yoga space with ambient lighting and music, as well as an outdoor hot tub.

In summertime sunbathe by a mountain lake with a Matterhorn in the backdrop as your chef prepares a gourmet barbecue while adventurers can do some mountain climbing or take a helicopter tour to view the Alpine peaks. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, relax and the excellent staff at the Chalet Grace will take care of the rest. Contact Ultimate Luxury Chalets/Alps In Luxury here for more information.


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Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier might be best known for its well connected network of snow fields, however, with over 500 kilometres of hiking trails it is an excellent choice for summertime mountain vacations. It also attracts a great deal of mountain bikers thanks to its 826 kilometres of biking trails and thrilling bike park. Those craving more thrills can test out the area’s canyoning, hydro-speeding and paragliding or others seeking more leisurely pursuits can take their clubs out at Verbier’s two golf courses. Rock climbers can scale Mont-Fort to admire some of the most jaw-dropping views of the Swiss and French Alps including the peaks of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. At the end of an active day, treat yourself to a seasonal specialities at one many excellent local restaurants in the resort.

Where to Stay in Verbier: Chalet Nyumba

With accommodation for up to 16, a fabulous private spa and breathtaking views, the Nyumba is an ideal summer retreat in Verbier to gather together friends and family. Perched high above the village, it offers privacy whilst only being a five minute drive from the town centre.

Meaning “home” in Swahili, The expansive 500m² Nyumba spreads over four floors and features a refined mix of alpine character and African artwork. The main living room has a double height ceiling and is furnished in worn leather sofas and comfortable wooden furniture. There is a cinema room with a projector screen and extensive DVD library as well as a large playroom for the kids with an abundance of toys and games.

The luxurious spa includes an L shaped pool with adjustable floor depth and swimming current (the floor can also be lowered or raised for children or converted into a dance floor), a hammam/steam room, an indoor and exterior spa, sauna and bar. Adjacent to the spa is a massage room where a variety of treatments can be arranged.

Guests can make the most of the long summer days lounging on the sunny terraces and enjoying outdoors meals prepared on the barbecue, soaking in the hot tub and taking in the amazing views of the mountains. Your days can be filled with the wide array of activities and events taking place in Verbier during summer. Guides, equipment and lift passes to access its vast biking trails can all be arranged and tips on hiking trails, other summer activities and the best places to eat can be happily provided.

For larger groups, there is also a self-contained chocolate box chalet, the Mazot, which sleeps up to 6, located next to the Nyumba (with a separate kitchenette and dining area). Find out more about renting one or both chalets through Ultimate Luxury Chalets here.

Chamonix Valley

For an authentic French Alpine experience come to this sublime valley. The town exudes quintessential charm with its traditional buildings and friendly locals. Mountaineers needn’t look any further for their summer holiday destination as it was in this valley that the sport was born. The sixteen by two kilometer valley has a fabulous array of mountains to climb including the world famous Mont Blanc peak.

The areas of Brevent and Flegere, on the sunny, south side of the valley, are populated with hiking and mountain biking trails, mountain lakes and feature exceptional views across the valley towards Mont Blanc. Experienced bikers and trekkers can take on the challenging 200km trail circling Mont Blanc. Other active pursuits include parapenting, cliff jumping, canyoning down glacial lakes and coves, whitewater rafting and tree top assault courses – exciting summer fun for the whole family.

Where to Stay in the Chamonix Valley: Chalet Amazon Creek

Nestled in the forest next to the charming village of Les Bossons, this vast chalet offers sweeping views of the Aiguille du Midi, excellent luxury amenities and accommodation for up to ten guests.

The comfortable living area is furnished with soft chocolate leather sofas and chic zebra patterned armchairs. Paintings of mountain scenes and an open log fireplace add to its cozy ambiance. The bedrooms are decorated in neutral tons, have plasma screens, DVDs and Bose iPod stations and en-suite bathrooms, most with tubs and showers. There is a cinema room, a luxury spa equipped with hamman/steam room, sauna, sunken indoor Jacuzzi and treatment room, however in summer guests spend more time outdoors in the split-level swimming pool and hot tub.

The chalet comes with a chalet manager who ensures everything goes smoothly and oversees all aspects of your stay as well as daily housekeeping. A private chef can be made available at an additional fee for some or all of your dining.

Enjoy the best of the Chamonix Valley in summer by contacting Ultimate Luxury Chalets at this link.


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Morzine, France

Part of the Portes Du Soleil mountain region, meaning “the door of the sun,” Morzine is an extremely popular (and sunny) summer holiday spot. Your days can be filled with hiking in around fresh mountain lakes, biking in the mountains or a range of different bike parks, hitting the waters via canoe, pedalo, kayak or stand-up paddle board at Lac Montriond or even doing some caving/pot-holing. There’s really something for everyone from fishing to horseback riding and from golf to geocaching. Alternatively, have a quiet moment at the cinema or meandering the wonderful selections of shops in town.

Where to Stay in Morzine: Chalet M

Sleeping up to 14, Chalet M’s prominent position on the sunny side of Morzine grants it stupendous views across the resort and the slopes of Pleney and Nyon.

Decorated in a bright, contemporary style, it also has classic touches like the custom-designed walnut dining table made by local craftsmen and a gorgeous fireplace, a favorite gathering place in the evenings for socialising and playing games. Other entertainment can be enjoyed in the cinema/games room, however, most summertime guests prefer spending time on its expansive terrace or in its outdoor jacuzzi both overlooking Morzine and the stunning mountains. Relax indoors in the chalet’s sauna, drench shower or massage room where in-house treatments change to arranged at an additional charge. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, some have balconies and there is one bunk room that sleeps up to six, perfect for the kids.

Guests adore the special events held in summer in Morzine and Les Gets as well as other summer activities like swimming, tennis, hiking, mountain biking and golfing. Start planning your perfect family escape at the Chalet M in Morzine here.

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Megeve, France

Steeped in history, Megeve was built around a medieval church dating back to 1202, as such the town has a lovely traditional Haute-Savoie style. It is found in the Mont Blanc region of France which guarantees you stunning scenery, crystal lakes and lush green forests. Situated just over an hour from the Geneva airport, it is one of the most convenient summer vacation places in the Alps. With over 150 kilometres of marked hiking trails and 300 kilometres of sign-posted biking trails, making it a fantastic destination for active families. The town also stays alive with summer from international polo to the Tour de France which often passes through in July.

Where to Stay in Megeve: Chalet Mouka

Located near the Princesse lift station and a short drive to the centre of the prestigious resort of Megeve is this lovely contemporary chalet. Sleeping up to 14 and with spacious open plan living areas, it is ideal for a summer family holiday in the Alps.

The ground floor the chalet features a large living room with several lounges and large bay windows showcasing spectacular views of the nearby Aigulles de Warens. The master bedroom is located on the upper level and has an en-suite bathroom and toasty fireplace. The bottom floor is home to five of the six bedrooms, one of which is the children’s bedroom with two bunk beds.

Guest can savor the beauty of this picturesque resort, the natural splendor of the area and the luxurious comforts of this 5-star chalet. Let the Ultimate Luxury Chalets team assist you with planning the perfect holiday in Megeve at this link.

Eager to slide into their ski boots, many holidayers can’t wait for the first snows. With amazing slopes in both the northern and southern hemisphere, world-class skiing can actually be enjoyed almost year round. We go in search of thrilling heli-skiing, virgin off-piste snow, family fun and glamorous retreats across the globe thanks to these great tips from our award-winning local experts.


Klosters, Switzerland

Swiss charm, fabulous skiing and jewelbox chalets, there are many reasons to love this traditional village resort, a favorite of our expert James Palmer-Tomkinson. His love for the exceptional resort has been passed down through the generations and sparked the creation of his luxury skiing holiday company PT Ski.

“In the past it was the resort of choice for Hollywood movie stars and although they have since moved on, the cache of Klosters remains,” explains James. “Visitors now prefer it for its discreet and low key ambiance, a complete contrast to the more flamboyant resorts like St Moritz and Gstaad. There are no designer shops, but its glamourous visitors love it instead for its understated chic.”

In addition to its authenticity, it also has amazing skiing. Combined with Davos, it’s one of the largest ski areas in the whole country. Avid skiers can enjoy perfectly groomed slopes and beginners can gain courage via its excellent ski schools. At the end of an invigorating day on the slopes, settle in for a cozy evening fireside at one of the town’s quaint but luxurious chalets.

Where to Stay in Klosters.

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Val d’Isère, France

The French Alps have dozens of resorts, but our Alps expert Andy Castle of Ultimate Luxury Chalets adores the Val d’Isère. This former traditional farming village nestled in the Tarentaise Valley close to the Italian border, has become one of the world’s premier ski resorts.

Home to the the Espace Killy ski resort, it also incorporates the neighbouring high altitude station of Tignes, bring together over 300km of pistes, elevating to heights of over 3500m. In addition, the area’s off-piste terrain is both thrilling and easily accessible by some of its 94 ski lifts. New to these this season will be the state-of-the-art Solaise gondola, which will replace the old Solaise Express chairlift.

If your bones aren’t too weary from your physical exertion, discover some of the resort’s superb après ski bars and restaurants. On the whole, these tend to be a much better value for luxury than some of the other high end resorts of the Alps.

Where to Stay in Val d’Isère.

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Wanaka, New Zealand

Situated almost in the centre of New Zealand’s South Island, Wanaka offers some of the country’s best skiing and snowboarding. It’s no wonder our experts at MajorDomo like to strap on their boots on at this incredibly stunning location. The lakeside town, abuzz with life, restaurants, bars and boutiques, acts as the gateway to the Southern Alps and gorgeous Mt Aspiring National Park.

“Wanaka is fabulous place to base your family and friends for the ultimate New Zealand extreme ski experience,’ says Lisa Hayden, co-owner of MajorDomo. “In fact it’s the largest heli-skiing area outside North America.”

In addition to being a heliski destination, it has uncrowded slopes, amazing off-piste terrain, the country’s only cross-country ski area and plenty of other activities like snowshoeing, sledding and dog sled tours. The official ski fields are made up of five resorts, two of which, Cardrona and Treble Cone, have teamed up for a joint three or five day flexi lift pass.

Alternatively, let MajorDomo help arrange arrange your heliski experiences, picking you up straight from one of their Wanaka villas with a helipad.

Where to Stay in Wanaka.

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Verbier, Switzerland

Verbier is another wonderfully charming and luxurious resort in the Alps and where Marina Gratsos of Carpe Diem Luxury Travel hits the slopes. Cradled in the southwestern Swiss canton of Valais, it’s considered one of the world’s top “off-piste” resorts.

Verbier sits at 1,500m in a sunny, south-facing valley with spectacular panoramas of the surrounding summits. It’s also the largest and most popular resort of the Four Vallées ski region, connecting with other resorts including Nendaz, Veysonnaz, Thyon and La Tzoumaz. The town is filled with impressive luxury chalets. While it’s a better destination for intermediate and advanced grade skiers, it does have some beginner slopes.

Try to book your trip during one of Verbier’s many annual events like the Freeride World Tour, Xtreme Verbier, held at the end of March. The town is filled with impressive luxury chalets and an abundance of evening entertainment and dining. Gastronomes must book in at the restaurant of the Chalet d’Adrien, the town center’s only Michelin Star which offers delicious locally inspired dishes and fabulous views.

Where to Stay in Verbier.

Telluride Ski Resort Photo Credit: Murray Foubister / Flickr

Telluride Ski Resort Photo Credit: Murray Foubister / Flickr

Telluride, Colorado, U.S.A.

North America’s Rocky Mountains offer some exceptional skiing surrounded by jaw-dropping views of the snowy mountain tops. Our global expert Sylvia Delvaille Jones of Villas and Apartments Abroad takes us to Colorado’s pretty and refined resort of Telluride. Set in a tree-lined box canyon, this former Victorian mining town has retained this heritage through many buildings and other landmarks of this boom era.

Voted the best skiing in North America by Condé Nast Traveler, avid skiers won’t be disappointed with its challenging moguls, while beginners and intermediate skiers can journey up to the highest peaks for some level appropriate runs, something normally reserved for advanced skiers only. There is a free gondola connecting Telluride to the Mountain Town, the only public transportation system of its kind on the continent.

There are also a range of unique activities off the slopes such as art walks, theater performances and even professional certificate courses. There is a wide variety of dining options from stylish chalets with stunning mountain views to old fashioned saloons. The resort features some excellent luxury accommodation, including the exclusive Ski Mansion available through Villas and Apartments Abroad.

Where to Stay in Telluride.


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Photo Credit: Camilla Rutherford

Queenstown, New Zealand

On the other side of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, Queenstown is another skier’s paradise. A short 20-minute drive from this picturesque town on Lake Wakatipu, the Queenstown ski fields are spread over four resorts. There’s terrain for all abilities and styles from well-groomed runs to daring off-piste zones. For the more adventurous, heli trips can transform the Southern Alps into an endless, thrilling playground.

“Offering an abundance of sunshine, shimmering lakes, snow-capped alpine beauties, and a fantastic selection of activities and attractions, Queenstown is one of New Zealand’s most popular winter destination,” outlines Jacqui Spice, founder and owner of Touch of Spice. She and her team can take care of both luxury accommodation and everything you need for the perfect skiing experiences around Queenstown.

Founded during the mid-19th century gold rush days, Queenstown has evolved into chic resort. Visitors staying in the towns sophisticated villas with outstanding views can explore the towns stylish shops and fabulous restaurants and bars.

Where to Stay in Queenstown.


Zermatt, Switzerland

Back in the European Alps, we venture to spectacular Zermatt, a personal favorite of Andy Castle of Ultimate Luxury Chalets. This picturesque and lavish resort is tucked in the upper end of the Mattertal and is encircled by some of the most awe-inspiring peaks in Europe, including the world famous Matterhorn.

“Zermatt has established itself as one of the most popular resorts in the Alps,” describes Andy. “With spectacular scenery, an outstanding snow record, phenomenal skiing, amazing luxury chalets and nightlife to match… it’s a resort that has pretty much everything you could ask for!”

As Zermatt is entirely pedestrianized, with only electric buses and taxis that connect all the main lift stations on the valley floor, it makes for a pleasant, family-friendly resort. Your days on the slopes are complemented by hearty mountain meals, horse-drawn sleigh rides, heavenly spa treatments and cozy nights in front of the fireplace at your luxury chalet overlooking the twinkling lights of town and the Matterhorn.

Where to Stay in Zermatt.


Big Sky Resort – Montana, U.S.A.

For a more offbeat skiing experience in the U.S., find your way to remote Big Sky Resort, the Basecamp to Yellowstone Park in beautiful Montana. As its name suggests, the incredible blue sky goes on forever, as do the amazing vistas of the Rocky Mountains, something which has attracted our local expert Suzy Hall of Mountain Home to the area.

The resort features cutting edge lifts, impeccably groomed slopes and nowhere near the crowds found on the more popular slopes of the U.S. – all in the shadow of its iconic, Matterhorn-like peak. Plus, there is a vast array of non-skiing activities to please the whole family from zipline tours to dog sledding and from wall climbing to sleigh rides.

On the development front, there are big plans to expand the resort in the coming decade to make it the “American Alp.” Therefore, it’s an up-and-coming resort to add to your list now!

Where to Stay near Big Sky Country.

Photo Credit: Matthias Forster / Flickr

Photo Credit: Matthias Forster / Flickr

St. Moritz, Switzerland

A roundup of favorite ski resorts wouldn’t be complete without glitzy St. Moritz, the go-to European resort of Sylvia Delvaille Jones of Villas and Apartments Abroad. A popular ski holiday destination since 1864, this picturesque Alpine village is set in one of the most breathtaking locations of Switzerland, the gorgeous Upper Engadin lakes district.

The resort has played host to the Olympics on twice and numerous international skiing competitions are held here each winter. It’s also home to some of the top luxury hotels and chalets of the Alps, attracting a jetset crowd attracting the likes of John Travolta, Robert de Niro, Robbie Williams and Liz Hurley.

Off the slopes its designer boutiques lure in prospective clients with furs and exquisite Swiss watches whereas the nights are long at its super glamorous nightclubs. It also hosts world class winter sports events such as the White Turf races held every February.

Where to Stay in St Moritz.

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