Top 5 Most Luxurious Ski Resorts In The World For Couples
Private settings, perfect hideouts and luxurious refuges above the clouds.
Ski resorts today are attracting a much wider demographic with considerate development in equipment and hospitality, appealing to adrenaline seekers, nature enthusiasts and luxury lovers alike. But despite the monumental expansion over the last century one thing has always stayed the same. The intimate and romantic appeal of the mountains is universally undeniable, and hasn’t changed since the 1800s. We scoured the world’s top resorts, all with different atmospheres, accommodation types and mountain experiences, to find the Top 5 most luxurious ski resorts in the world suitable for couples. Here’s our final cut of love and luxury at altitude.
When you think of romance, connotations with France always come to mind.
The classic vision of European elegance; narrow cobbled streets, quaint villages and beautiful patisseries lace the minds of the romantically in tune. When you add snow and mountains into the mix, Chalet Baby Bear in Chamonix is what you get. Chamonix is world-heritage listed and lies at the foot of Europe’s highest summit, Mont-Blanc. The town is filled with cobbled streets and beautiful boutique shops, selling local crafts sourced from the mountain. Quintessential French brasseries provide delicious French cuisine such as the Maison Moustache et Filles, serving romantic fondue dinners for two or the contemporary French restaurant La Cabane des Praz. Les Vieilles Luges is open sometimes at night and is worth the romantic snowshoe and torch walk to get there.
On the snow not many countries do mountain-side cafés quite like France, nor are there settings that lend themselves so fittingly to crepes and classic vin chauds at altitude. Views of Mont Blanc and the Chamonix valley make skiing the long forested runs a memory you won’t forget quickly, especially when sharing it with a loved one (that’s if you haven’t had too many mulled wines.) Chamonix’s beautiful slopes also bring popularity, so we recommend you visit outside the national holidays for a more tranquil ski. When skis are off, it doesn’t matter, because the private setting of Chalet Baby Bear makes this picture perfect French chalet an ideal size for a romantic hideout. A favourite amongst honeymoon couples, champagne welcomes you on arrival, fresh bread and pastries are delivered every morning and freshly baked cakes every afternoon. The chalet also houses a private outdoor hot tub and in-resort Land Rover Defenders to escort you as you please. In-chalet spa treatments, helicopter transfers and trips to Mont Blanc are also available. This little chalet is the epitome of quintessential French mountain-life.
Season: Mid December – Start of May
A place of multiple dimensions: perfect for couples looking for an all-round ski resort.
If there’s one place even the most seasoned of winter travellers would be stunned by, it’s Aspen. High in the Rockies in Colorado it’s one of the world’s most famous ski resorts. Home to world-cup competitions and the infamous Winter X Games, the resort’s status has been propelled to world-wide acclaim. A glamorous culture comes into its own in winter, hosting an array of unique mountain activities, gourmet restaurants and boutique shopping.
Part of Aspen’s brilliance is down to the extensive access it has to 4 different mountain areas; Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, Aspen Mountain (ideal for experts) and Snowmass, the best all-rounder with the legendary Elk Camp Restaurant at the summit. Aspen Highlands is famous for its panoramic views of Maroon Bells; one of the most photographed landscapes in North America. Private mountain activities like an exclusive snowcat adventure gives you access to some of the best untouched territory Aspen has to offer, enjoy open powder bowls, unparalleled views, snowshoeing and a lunch with a view. A private ski day with two time world-champion and Everest skier Chris Davenport, takes you on a tailor-made private guide revealing some of the most secret and secluded spots around.
For high-end luxury, opt for St Regis, a red brick hotel with glamour and grandeur of its Victorian architecture and multi-million dollar art displayed in the lobby. The loft suites have rich interior tones, a spacious living room, stunning views and close proximity to all 4 skiing areas. The open fire restaurant specialises in roast marshmallows (locally known as s’mores), champagne and home-made hot cider. The world has 133 master sommeliers, 3 of these hosting wine tasting at Element 47, a renowned experience across North America for being perfect for couples and wine lovers alike.
St Moritz, Switzerland
The pioneers of ski resorts; whatever the request St Moritz has tailor-made alpine luxury down to a tee. An alpine spectacle earning its world-class status.
One of the world’s most glamorous ski resorts, St Moritz is rich in more ways than one; a century-old cultural gem steeped in old European elegance, sporting tradition, world-class hotels and Michelin star restaurants. Winter sport and tourism was founded here, pioneering the benchmark for alpine luxury 150 years ago after the first deluxe hotel ‘Kulm’ was built. Situated in the Upper Engadin Valley in the breath-taking Swiss Alps, the resort enjoys over 300 days of sun per year, surrounded by pristine mountain forests, dynamic mountain peaks and the St Moritz Lake.
There are 350 km of slopes with private helicopter tours such as Air Grischa providing tremendous views of Biancograt Ridge, St Moritz Lake and the Bernina Glacier, as well as heli-skiing and private charters. Off-piste, the legendary annual event White Turf Horse Races attracts world-wide attention where jockeys aren’t on horseback but in tow, on skis. A spectacle to watch you can see why this place defines classic alpine life. The famous Cartier St Moritz Polo World Cup also takes place on the frozen St Moritz Lake from 30th November to 2nd February. Electric atmosphere, competition and edge-of-your seat excitement as hearts are won and lost, this is all in the name of good old fashioned sport.
The Kulm Hotel is the classic Swiss alpine retreat, with 150 years of excellence in hospitality and thus has alpine living down to a tee. Badrutt’s Palace however is hard to beat for romance. Here you are welcomed with a bouquet of roses, sit down private candle-lit dinner with mountain views, luxury suite with private cinema and golf course on request. On top of this Rolls Royce transfers can be arranged and a private midnight candlelit pool visit, in their magnificent pool overlooking the Alps.
Season: Mid December – Mid March
Authentic Italian Luxury in San Lorenzo Lodge, a location so remote Longitude Latitude co-ordinates would be more suited than an address Frazione Elle, 23, 39030 San Lorenzo di Sebato, South Tyrol, Italy…
If you want ultimate secluded privacy, you’ve got it here in San Lorenzo Lodge. Tucked away high in the Dolomites this transformed 16th century hunting house combines Austrian and Italian charm, meeting all the needs of a perfect romantic getaway; secluded wilderness, unparalleled facilities and stunning views overlooking Pusteria Valley. With its very own heli-pad the lodge is accessible by helicopter and available to escort you to the Kronplatz Plan de Corones ski resort, a 7 minute flight away. A superb base to explore from the lodge is family run by owners Giorgia and Stefano, providing authentic personal touches and meticulous attention to detail quintessential of an Italian Lodge; original wood panelling, antiques, high vaulted carved ceilings and home-made Italian cuisine.
Often used as a romantic retreat for couples to enjoy 42 acres of woods, meadows and housing, this is a beautifully spacious hideaway with panoramic views enjoyed from the outdoor heated pool. The interior is lined with fox fur throws and has a wood-burning fire together with a library, lounge, bar, 4 bedrooms and a spectacularly large wine cellar (take a tour and choose amongst 1500 wines.) Enjoy a private Finnish sauna, Turkish bath, whirlpool and spa treatments with your own masseuse and 24 hour concierge service. Such extensive facilities make the need for a resort town much less prominent, San Lorenzo Lodge is a resort in itself. Sledding, snowshoes and ski expeditions, Stefano hosts it all. A 3 hour snowshoe walk to Ehrenberger Peak gives views so magnificent you can see all the way to the Austrian Alps.
Should you choose to pry yourself away, Kronplatz ski resort is well-known for its sunny climate and 100km of slopes stretching down into the valley; often coined ‘Alpine meets Mediterranean’. Ski in the morning, browse the nearby shops at lunch and fly back via helicopter when you want to escape. Should you want to stick around, there’s night-time skiing, paragliding and fine-dining restaurants in San Cassiano and Rosa Alpina.
Season: End November – Mid April, www.sanlorenzomountainlodge.com
Refined romantic luxury at its best
A favourite place of Prince Charles, Klosters is also home to a client list reading like a who’s who of 1950s Hollywood gold. Located in the Davos region this resort is rich in historical beauty and there’s a reason why movie stars, writers and celebrities keep coming back, from Gene Kelly, Greta Garbo to Anthony Perkins. Klosters has a luxurious brilliance of its own. A perfectly formed resort and never crowded, Gene Kelly’s wife Patricia, once referred to it as a private romantic resort that really gets inside of you, bypassing the glitz of some other resorts. With this said, the hub of the romanticism associated with Klosters resides in the hotel Chesa Grischuna, a member of the Historical Hotels of Europe and a former preferred GI in the second world-war. The building has retained nearly 100% of its local handicraft with meticulous attention to detail when designing the woodwork, fittings and fabrics. Winner of the 2013 World Ski Award for ‘Switzerland’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel’, it proves the charm of the 1950s hasn’t gone anywhere, with traditional Swiss handicraft, contemporary art and grand piano entertainment at night, rendering it a beautifully classic retreat.
It’s not just the hotel which makes Klosters number one. The excellent off-piste mountain terrain, wide slopes of Parsenn Mountain and the 12km Weissfluhgipfel slope, running all the way back to Klosters, gives skiers flexibility no matter what your preference. Off the mountain tobogganing, sleigh rides, husky sledding and ice skating are just a few of the romantic activities propelling Klosters resort above and beyond its royal status. Klosters Platz, the centre of the village, houses movie theatres, art galleries and a library giving it a unique class no other resort can parallel. Klosters therefore, is a place of many dimensions; a balance of culture, heritage, low-key class and old school charm, making this ski resort the epitome of love and luxury at altitude.
Season: End November – Mid April, http://www.chesagrischuna.ch/