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A Guide to Luxury Ski Hotels

Resorts mentioned in this article include Méribel, Val d’Isère, Zermatt and Courchevel.

Although many skiers appreciate the relaxed, hands-free nature of catered ski chalet holidays, there remain many who prefer the flexibility of hotels instead. Certainly for those keen to enjoy a ski holiday across tricky dates, or those looking to avoid the set timetables catered chalets usually involve, staying in hotels is a wonderful way to experience time in the mountains on a ski holiday.

Across the Alps there are certain resorts which stand out from the crowd for luxury ski holidays, and our focus in this article will be on the resorts of Méribel, Zermatt, Val d’Isère and Courchevel. These are resorts whose reputation for luxury accommodation precedes them, and therein you can find some of the most beautifully opulent ski hotels in Europe.


Hotel Kaila is a 5* luxury hotel located right in the heart of Méribel centre. For those looking for hassle-free access to the resort’s many amenities, Kaila is faultless. Ski access is also wonderfully easy – you have only to stroll down to the escalator near the Tourist Office, head up to the snow level then ski down to the lifts in La Chaudanne.

Hotel Kaila offers a superb selection of rooms and suites to meet all accommodation requirements. From family suites for four to six people, separate apartments, the Signature rooms for one to two people and the slightly larger Privilege rooms, the hotel’s room selection is most impressive. Elsewhere in the hotel guests can enjoy the stunning restaurant L’Ecrin and enjoy food freshly prepared by master chef Laurent Azoulay, relax in the elegant hotel bar, or while away hours enjoying the hotel’s outstanding spa facilities.

Val d’Isère

Our luxury hotel choice in the beautiful French ski resort of Val d’Isère is the Barmes de l’Ours, one of the resort’s finest and most impressive hotels. Located at the foot of the Bellevarde home run, close to the centre of the resort and the myriad of amenities on offer, the Barmes de l’Ours was constructed in 2003 and impresses throughout.

The hotel boasts 76 bedrooms and suites over four floors, each designed and built in a different style. The first floor is Scandinavian Spirit, with gentle pastel shades and a Nordic feel. The second is reminiscent of the American hunting lodges of yore, with huge timber beams and leather seating. On the third floor the decor is Alpine-themed, with Savoyarde decorations and a real mountain atmosphere, and the fourth floor is thoroughly modern with clean lines and sleek, contemporary styling.

Also worthy of note is the hotel’s restaurants. At the top of the list is La Table de l’Ours, a Michelin-ranked establishment with spectacular menu and wine cellar for guests’ delight and delectation. Le Coin Savoyarde is the hotel’s more traditional restaurant, where guests can enjoy mountain classics such as creamy fondues and traditional meats. The in-house bar is beautifully designed and the perfect place to relax after a hard day on the slopes.


Zermatt’s luxurious Mont Cervin Palace is, as the name suggests, palatial. For visitors at the top end of the accommodation scale the Mont Cervin is the last word in Alpine luxury in this most iconic Swiss ski resort.

The Mont Cervin boasts an outstanding central location, sizeable family suites, comfortable and elegant double rooms and in-house restaurants famed for the quality of their food. Dining room Le Restaurant specialises in gala dinners and international cuisine, Grill le Cervin focuses on meat and fish dishes cooked to perfection over charcoal grills, and Ristoranti Capri offers gourmet dining with spectacular panoramic views up to the mighty Matterhorn peak.


Hotel Saint Joseph is our luxury hotel offering of choice in Courchevel. The property sits in the centre in Courchevel 1850, within very easy walking distance of the slopes and resort centre. The Saint Joseph is a heady blend of the old and the new, with ancient timber construction and elegant, plush fixtures and fittings.

The Saint Joseph offers ten guest bedrooms and four suites, each boasting beautiful furnishings and tasteful decor. Beamed ceilings and traditional timber construction lend the hotel a wonderfully aged feel, making the Saint Joseph a most wonderful hotel choice for anybody looking for truly impressive hotel accommodation in Courchevel.

The hotel’s bar and lounge areas are popular amongst the après-ski crowd, offering the ideal place to enjoy a drink off the slopes. Saint Joseph offers two restaurants; Le Grand Cafe and the San Marco. Le Grand Cafe specialises in Asian fusion food and head chef, Monsieur Koy, is a master of Indochinese cuisine. The San Marco is an Italian restaurant run by head chef Cecilia Veccia. Specialities include risotto served in a cognac-flamed Parmesan wheel and garganelli with cep mushrooms.