With the drop in temperature, winter sport enthusiasts are itching to hit the slopes. From the subarctic wilderness of Sweden to the vast reaches of the Swiss Alps, here are some of Lunch Mag’s favourite winter hideouts.
Nordic Wilderness in Åre
In the premier Swedish ski destination lies Copperhill Mountain Lodge. The 112 earth-toned guestrooms feel luxurious and invitingly private. Åre is Scandinavia’s largest winter sport destination and the hotel offers guests complimentary guided activities such as snowshoeing, ski tours and morning meditation, as well as ski-in/ski-out access to the extensive piste system.
After hitting the slopes, the hotel’s award winning spa is the perfect place to relax, with saunas, hot baths and lounges. The daily tasting menu at the hotel’s restaurant, Vaajese, focuses on the traditional craft of Nordic cooking and will definitely fill you up after a long day on the slopes.
COPPERHILL MOUNTAIN LODGE
Swiss Precision in Adelboden
In the alpine village of Adelboden is The Cambrian, a Swiss mountain getaway with a sleek, modern design. Blazing fireplaces, cow-hide stools and walls crafted from wood chips add a nurturing touch to this luxury hotel, smack bang in the centre of one of Switzerland’s premier ski destinations.
The hotel’s spa is a must – take a dip in the outdoor hot pool for a bit of self-rejuvenation and gaze at the surrounding valleys and snow-capped mountains. Another highlight is the serene winter garden extending out from the lobby, the perfect spot for après-ski drinks and basking in the tender winter sun.
Après-Ski in Verbier
In Verbier, the heart of the Swiss Alps, Hotel Nevaï stands out as an icon for winter chic. Drawing its name from the ancient Patois word for “snow”, the hotel is surrounded by over 400 kilometres of ski trials as well as Verbier’s notorious après-ski social scene. If you want to be seen, the hotel’s Farm Club is the place to be.
From fashion shows to international DJs, this party hub has kept the music playing for over 40 years. But if a quiet night in is what you’re after, the hotel’s Lounge Bar has an extensive cocktail and champagne list.
Route de Verbier Station 55
True Legends in Zermatt
High above the snow-laden roofs of Zermatt lies The Omnia, a modern hideaway that sits serenely in the shadow of the legendary Matterhorn, arguably Switzerland’s most famous mountain. Most of the guestrooms feature superlative views of the Matterhorn from private balconies.
Zermatt has over 320 kilometers of trails open in the winter, and is a year-round ski destination, with 365 days of snow per year. The hotel’s Cavern – a breathtaking conference center by day and lounge bar by night – sits over a sea of water in a man-made cave; the ideal retreat to let the day pass.
Auf dem Fels
Contemporary Luxury in Kappl
Extravagance, fashion, and contemporary luxury combine at the new Zhero – Ischgl/Kappl, opening this December in Austria’s Tyrol. Incorporating Tyrolean tradition and innovative architecture, the hotel’s 78 rooms combine contemporary design (featuring custom-made pieces from Italian designers Minotti and Bottega Veneta) with the comfort of home.
The hotel is ideally situated between the ski destinations Kappl and Ischgl and offers guests a limousine shuttle service between locations.
ZHERO – ISCHGL/KAPPL