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HOTTEST SKI DESTINATIONS
If you are a fan of winter and winter sports and activities, we have some solid suggestions for your winter vacations.
If you would like to travel and enjoy winter in its most elegant attire, you should visit one of these seven places, which are considered winter hot spots. These places are surrounded by luxury and elegance, creating a very comfortable ambiance for all their visitors, making them enjoy every second they spend there. If you’d like to be pampered and spoiled, if you’d like to relax and enjoy, and do nothing else, these are the places for you…
Treble Cone, New Zealand
This is one of the newest and hottest ski resorts of the world, since it first opened in 1976. If you visit this destination, you will find Oakridge Pool & Spa resort, and we strongly advise you to check it out. This resort is amazing place to relax. If you visit this place, you will be pampered and spoiled from head to toe. It is uniquely designed with some 70’ retro dazzle, it contains 189 deluxe rooms and a restaurant&bar on site.
Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
One of the most cosmopolitan and challenging ski resorts in Canada, the sprawling ski town of Whistler is just 90 minutes from Vancouver, but offers a winter escape like no other. You should stay in the amazing Adara Whistler Hotel – the first boutique hotel in this town – which comprises of 41 amazingly designed rooms, outdoor heated pools and Jacuzzi. As you soak up the stylish ambiance in your room, have food brought up from the divine Bearfoot Bistro next door or go down and sample the delights of the Araxi Restaurant. To mingle with fellow guests, slurp on expertly made cocktails at The Mix by Ric’s.
Bad Gastein, Austria
This prestigious Austrian ski destination is amazing. It is located 3.281 feet above sea level, in the middle of a National Park, so you can already imagine the natural landscape surrounding it. This was the place of the Alpine Ski World Championship in 1958, and since then, it is one of the most loved ski destinations in the world. If you’re looking for a place to relax and rest after skiing, we suggest you to visit Hotel Dorf Gruner Baum. In there, you will find amazing ambiance and the famous Austrian hospitality. Many fantastic amenities await you there, all you need to do is pack your bags and go.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
What is it about Switzerland and luxury that just goes so well in combination? Located on the shore of and ice cold lake in Engradine Valley, St. Moritz is the next luxury ski paradise you should visit. This place has it all – from amazing ski slopes, designer shops, amazingly delicious food. Only problem is, if we may call it that, you need to book your stay months in advance. This place is very popular and many people want to indulge in its luxury offerings. We suggest you to book your stay at the Badrutt Palace Hotel, with facilities including restaurants, a private ski school, cinema, disco, Daniela Steiner Spa, and a driving range, to name but a few, you’ll never need to step foot outside the door -- unless, of course, you actually came there to ski.
When you think about Colorado and winter, you immediately think of Aspen. But, this may surprise you, Aspen is not the only exclusive place to ski in this area. You can also enjoy yourself in Vail. With the location in the Rocky Mountains, this is the biggest ski area in the US. You should visit Vail Cascade Resort and Spa, since this place had its 20 million dollar refurbishment. Amazing facilities now describe this place, and, we need to warn you. There is a chance, when you visit this amazing luxury place, you may never want to go back home again.
Now, let’s talk Aspen. This is the prime location for the rich and famous. It oozes glamour and grandeur, it’s magnificent and luxurious all the way. St. Regis hotel is located here, at the foot of the Aspen mountain, with its hallways and lobby decorated with pricy art master pieces. It comprises of 179 luxury rooms and suites, so we’re sure you will enjoy this place. If you’re in for some high priced luxury, stay in one of their two loft suites, with their own open fireplaces, amazing linens, hi-tech amenities and amazing services. When you can tear yourself away from your room, you’ll find that the St. Regis is like a home away from home. Featuring a heated outdoor swimming pool that is just perfect for a naughty after-hours skinny dip, a Remede Spa where you can relax and rejuvenate with a number of specialized treatments, an in-house restaurant run by acclaimed chef Todd English, and 20,000 square feet of functional space should you decide to throw your own little apres-ski soiree, the hotel caters to your every whim.
Located in the Trois Vallees near the Italian border, Courchevel is Europe’s top ski resort -- and if it was good enough for the late Princess Diana, then it’s certainly good enough for you. While it’s packed with gorgeous places to hunker down, the best hotel of the bunch has to be the famed Le Chabichou: a picturesque chalet hotel that looks like something straight out of The Sound of Music. As well as offering 42 cozy rooms with spectacular views -- highly recommended is Chalet 56 for its roaring open fireplace -- you’ll be able to enjoy an aperitif at the classy piano bar before dining at the hotel’s two Michelin-starred restaurants to taste the culinary delights of chef Michel Rochedy. When you need to unwind after a day of tobogganing, nothing beats relaxing in the hotel’s sauna, hammam or jacuzzi. Old World European elegance at its very finest, Le Chabichou is located just minutes away from the village of Courcheval 1850 and the hustle and bustle of French mountain life.
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