| Sufiyeh Hadian

Off-Piste Luxury: Premier Ski Resorts

‘Tis the season to ski, and what better way to celebrate than to take indulgence on some of the world’s finest ski hotels and chalets. The Sybarite has you covered with our picks of Europe’s premier resorts.


Saint Moritz Suvretta House
Obviously. History states we can’t pass up Saint Moritz; from the hedonistic tales of celebrities past to the fabulous and fur-clad of starlets present, Saint Moritz is the original winter fun destination. Suvretta House (pictured above) is a St Moritz institution, a five-star hotel neither set majestically in its own grounds at the foot of the Corviglia ski area. Boasting its own private lift and ski school, as well as three mountain restaurants dotted about the ski area, while it’s ideal altitude of 1,800 to 3,303 metres means perfection in snow coverage. From £2,050, half-board, not including travel.

Chamonix Hameau Albert Premier
Chamonix-Mont-Blanc (usually shortened to Chamonix for those in the know) is the seasoned skier’s hardcore resort. Nestled in the mountains is the grand Hameau Albert Premier, choose from a list of accommodation options such as a century-old hotel, two chalets and an apartment. Its elegant surroundings, sublime gastronomy and top-notch spa all make it a very attractive prospect, save for the fact it has been renovated by the Cartier family. From £150.


Gstaad Palace
It was Aga Khan who first made Gstaad into a rich kid’s playground back in the ’50s, today its soaring mountains and prestigious international boarding schools have long made it a holiday destination for royalty and celebrities. One must stay at the infamous Gstaad Palace hotel and party in the GreenGo, it’s legendary basement club where a methuselah of Cristal will set you back £34,000.


Verbier Chalet Chouqui
Located in south-western Switzerland in the canton of Valais, stay in the new chalets such as Haute Montagne’s Alpine Estate, which sleeps 20, or Ski Verbier Exclusive’s 9,700- square-foot Chalet Chouqui, made over by the British interior designer Gytha Nuttall.


Val D’Isere Hôtel Village La Mourra
For the family-friendly, look no further than Val D’Isere, a firm favourite amongst the British snow sports aficionados and hosts of the alpine ski World Cup. New in is the Scandi-chic hotel, Le Yule with south-facing rooms and a Nuxe spa and a pool, along with the new Hôtel Village La Mourra, an idylic mountain escape.

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