Even though it may seem implausible right now, winter is on its way. To make sure you are well prepared, here are five new high-end hotspots in the Alps that are simply must-sees this winter.
The alpine hideaway Chalet N stands at almost 1,700 metres above sea level in Oberlech, Vorarlberg, and was opened in December 2012. Those who climb so high are rewarded with 3,800 square metres all to themselves. There is space for up to 20 guests in the exclusive interior of its seven suites, which are furnished in a modern country style. Precious, regional wood and stone were used to achieve this comfortable elegance. The shower curtains are even adorned with Svarovski crystals. This exquisite refuge has its own private butler and chauffeur service as well as a home cinema and fully equipped office. A starred chef tends to guests’ needs in the kitchen. The spectacular, 1,000-square-metre spa area tops off the means of relaxation for those seeking calm and discretion: from here there is a view of the breathtaking mountain panorama, where some 350 kilometres of ski slopes are waiting.
Six Senses Courchevel
Six Senses will open its first residential project in Europe this December: the Six Senses Residences Courchevel. The premises are embedded in the landscape of the French Alps, in one of the best and most in vogue ski and winter sport regions in the world. The residences range from one- to three-bedroom apartments. The five-bedroomed duplex penthouses are absolutely spectacular. There are ten of them in total. Each is spread out over 100 square metres and opens on to a priceless view of the Alps.
As we said, Courchevel is probably the most luxurious skiing resort in the French Alps. The Cheval Blanc is the most luxurious hotel in Courchevel. And the LVMH group that runs the hotel is the most luxurious concern in the world. Just to give you some background information. A skiing holiday there is like this: you check in to one of the eight suites, which were individually designed by Sybille de Margerie using materials from the mountains – wood, cashmere, fur, leather, bronze. In addition you can enjoy warmed ski boots, a personal ski trainer, an on-piste barbecue, punch in the hotel’s own yurt and Guerlain cocktails. Brand new for this winter season is the hotel’s completely revised spa programme: detoxing and slimming with the aid of the new cold chamber now take centre stage. Every treatment is tailored to your needs by – and of course carried out by – a beauty coach.
The Villa Antoinette is where the world is still rosy, the birds twitter and the flowers bloom. This art nouveau building on the Semmering Mountain – with a view of the Alps – spent the last three years being reonovated and has now reopened as a luxurious refuge. Alongside a suite and five rooms, the building also has an English solid wooden kitchen, a library, a salon with an open marble fireplace, a home cinema, a gym and a spa – complete with a sauna, steam bath, outdoor Whirlpool and heated outdoor swimming pool. Those who want to exercise can book a private yoga class, use the nearby hiking trails or go skiing. The Semmering golf course is also only half a kilometre away. On request, guests can be served meals around the clock; a private chef is available in the morning and evening.
The Ötzihütte on the Gschwandtkopf Mountain in Seefeld, Tyrol, will be transformed into luxury suites from December. The new name is certainly fitting: Sir Henry. You arrive at the luxury suites on custom-built “Schneekatzen” (“snow cats”): snowmobiles with chain wheels. Because there is no official access road to the new Sir Henry, the glass panorama shuttle will chauffeur hotel guests up the Gschwandtkopf – at 1,500 metres above sea level – all year round. In ten minutes and with a 360° view. Your car will be kept in the locked garage during your stay and will even be washed for you. The idea for the chic mountain refuge came from Mitchy Bron and Julien Loijson from the Netherlands. They have run the fashionable meeting place Woods Kitchen & Bar in the town since November 2013. And they had been considering expanding their Woods family for quite some time. Which is why they planned the Sir Henry together with their partner Henk de Wit. Four five-star-superior suites ranging from 194 to 301 square metres, each with two bedrooms and bathrooms, a dining area and a separate wellness and massage area. The owners wanted a heated infinity pool, too – and a brasserie. The latter is open all year and combines Tyrolean specialties with French cuisine.