Best hotels for Alpine charm
by Richard Visick, Updated: 31st October 2017
Ski hotels come in a variety of styles, from the outlandishly contemporary to true rustic chic, with something to suit all tastes in between.
For lovers of traditional style luxury ski hotels, here are our top 5 hotels for Alpine charm.
1. Les Fermes de Marie *****
The award-winning Les Fermes de Marie is the brainchild of renowned French luxury hotelier/ interior designer Jocelyne Sibuet, and the flagship property of the Sibuet Hotels and Spa group.
The hotel comprises a number of standalone but connected traditional-style chalet buildings and is designed to resemble an authentic Savoyarde village.
The extensive use of local wood and stone, as well as warm fabrics and furnishings throughout, creates a feeling of genuine rustic chic. At the same time the truly lavish interior, first-class service and state-of-the-art facilities combine to make this Megève’s stand-out luxury hotel.
From £1595pp (incl. flights, transfers and 7 nights B&B)
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2. Hotellerie de Mascognaz ****
If there is a more romantic and beautiful setting for a luxury ski hotel, we are yet to find it. Tucked away in splendid isolation high above the village of Champoluc, and only accessible by skidoo along a path through the forest, the Hotellerie de Mascognaz seems straight out of a fairytale.
The Hotellerie is made up of a collection of stunningly restored 14th century farm houses, where traditional beauty and the ultimate in contemporary luxury sit hand in hand. Its beautiful rooms and public areas have exposed beams and roaring log fires, while its modern spa has every conceivable facility and treatment.
It is hard to imagine a more idyllic mountain hideaway.
From £1245pp (incl. flights, transfers and 7 nights half board)
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3. Hotel La Perla ****
The ethos of Hotel La Perla in Corvara is the respect of tradition and local culture, and nowhere is this more in evidence than in the quirky and romantic style of the hotel itself.
This is a classic old school hotel, traditionally rustic with a modern twist and a strong Tyrolean influence. The bedrooms each have their own individual style and there are no less than nine separate cosy dining areas, each with a different design and theme.
With impeccable service, a relaxing spa area, fantastic food and an impressive wine list, this is a must for lovers of traditional luxury hotels.
From £1995 pp (incl. flights, transfers and 7 nights half board)
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4. Chesa Grischuna ***
If you are looking for the archetypal ‘chocolate box’ Alpine hotel, your search will end when you discover the historic Chesa Grischuna in Klosters.
Lovingly cared for by generations of the Guler family, the Chesa Grischuna may lack the state-of-the-art facilities of many of our other hotels, but it more than makes up for it with its sheer olde-worlde charm and exceptional food and service. In every room you are surrounded by antique furnishings, wood carvings and regional craftwork, while mellow wood-panelling, exposed beams and creaky floorboards add to the hotel’s historic character.
With a guest book that reads like a Who’s Who of the rich and famous (Gene Kelly once danced on the piano in the bar), the Chesa Grischuna is a must for true romantics and lovers of Alpine tradition.
From £1495 pp (incl. flights, transfers and 7 nights B&B)
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5. Hotel Le Yéti ****
Enjoying one of the most convenient locations in Méribel, the slope-side Hotel Le Yéti is a rustic boutique property offering luxurious accommodation in a spectacular Alpine setting.
Its rooms are decorated with natural stone, wood-lined walls, exposed beams and custom designed furniture, while the cosy wood-panelled restaurant looks out onto a sunny south-facing terrace with fabulous mountain views.
The traditional style and design are skilfully combined with modern facilities to make Le Yéti one of the most charming hotels in the Alps.
From £1795 pp (incl. flights, transfers and 7 nights half board)
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