Our Favourite Luxury Ski Hotels In Europe

When it comes to luxury ski holidays, 'luxury' means very different things to different people. Some love the convenience provided by the big name hotels, others prefer smaller boutique accommodation or it could be all about having award-winning food, mountain-top yoga classes, live music or a relaxing spa. Peoples preferences are as varied as a big box of quality street, in this article we plan to find the perfect fit for you.

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What's your idea of a luxury ski holiday?

Below we're looking at different styles of ski holiday and what would make yours luxurious to you. For each persona, we've suggested particular hotels or chalets that you may like but our ski specialist will be able to suggest plenty more. Give them a call on 0208 939 0862.

Luxury ski views


A quiet escape

Looking to sit back and relax on your trip to the mountains. Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • A nice spa to relax in after a day on the mountains, maybe get a massage or two
  • Accommodation in a quiet spot so you won't be disturbed by party animals
  • Some seriously comfy beds to flop into at the end of the day
A luxury escape in Mayrhofen

4* Hotel Elisabeth - Mayrhofen, Austria

  • Adult only hotel
  • 1,400m2 Elisense spa complete with underwater music
  • Sunken lounge with crackling fire

4*S Faloria Mountain Spa Resort - Cortina, Italy

  • Out of town location with complimentary shuttle
  • Indoor pool with massage jets, sauna, Turkish baths and massage rooms
  • Nespresso machine and complimentary mini bars in every room

Time to party

For those looking to let loose for a few days on the piste. Dancing in the mountains and on the tables.

  • Lively après ski on the mountain or in town straight after skiing
  • Close to the lifts, so you don't have to drag your hungover self too far each morning
  • Ski terrain for all abilities, as you'll no doubt be going with mates
party in luxury in Ischgl

4* Anthony's Hotel - St Anton, Austria

  • Next to the ski lifts in the centre of town
  • Rooftop Sky-spa with outdoor hot tub
  • Happy Valley Steak & Shake with live DJs and free-flowing cocktails

Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes - Meribel, France

  • Certainly not luxury accommodation but it's opposite the Chaudanne lift area, so great location
  • Jacks Bar is in the hotel, one of the most buzzing apres bars in the resort with live music coming out its ears

Serious natural beauty

Skiing through spectacular scenery is at the top of your priorities. You won't be short of stunning holiday snaps.

  • Strikingly beautiful scenery with great sunsets
  • A charming village full of cobbled streets and quaint squares, maybe even a church or two
  • Good variety of bars and restaurants to frequent both on and off the mountain - food and drink snaps are popular too
luxurious natural beauty, la chaudanne

5* Grand Hotel Savoia - Cortina, Italy

  • Winter garden with views of the Dolomites
  • Concierge service to get the most from the area
  • Close to the ski lifts and the town centre

4* Hotel Kitzhof - Kitzbuhel, Austria

  • Vinothek for fantastic evening food and wines
  • Indoor pool overlooking the hotel gardens
  • Seriously stylish nature and central location

To not worry about money

If your idea of a luxury holiday is to not worry about all the money you're spending, then perhaps the best option is to go for a decent but affordable ski break.

  • Affordable accommodation in a resort where a beer and wine is plentiful and pocket-friendly
  • Close to the slopes as you're primarily here to ski
  • Extensive ski area to explore so you can rack up the miles each day
bolt hole luxury in st johann

3* Hotel Dolonne - Courmayeur, Italy

  • A charming old fortified house full of quirks and roaring fires
  • Quiet village location with easy lift access
  • Each room is different, it certainly wasn't built to be uniform

3* Explorer Hotel - St Johann, Austria

  • Right next to the ski slopes
  • Plenty of storage space and each room has a balcony
  • huge open plan communal space, with a bar, seating, ski work benches, lockers and a massive terrace

Food heaven

If you can't wait for your fix of hearty mountain lunches and refined dinner dishes then you'll want certain assurances in your luxury holiday choice.

  • Award-winning food from top chefs, if it's in your hotel then even better
  • Great facilities to relax in after consuming far too much grub
  • Good choice of bars and restaurants in resort so you can hunt out the gems
Luxury food at hotel Yscla, Ischgl

4* Hotel Yscla - Ischgl, Austria

  • Award winning head chef in Benjamin Parth
  • 1950's style American diner popular for apres ski
  • Opposite the gondola smack bang in the middle of town

5* Hotel Taj-I-Mah - Les Arcs, France

  • Ski in, ski out location
  • Michelin starred chef's food included in the half board in a choice of two restaurants
  • Floor to ceiling glass highlighting the spectacular views from the suites

A traditional feel

You want to capture that perfect image of what a ski holiday should be. We're talking hot chocolates by the roaring fire whilst wrapped in blankets as snow flutters down outside.

  • Charming chalet style, exposed beams and an open fire are a must
  • Hot tub for a relaxing soak with a glass of bubbly after a day on the slopes
  • Relaxed skiing on the hill and decent food to come back to each evening
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4* Hotel Tirolerhof - Zell am See, Austria

  • Centrally located and just a short walk to the lake
  • Family-run hotel with a very grand reception room as soon as you walk in
  • The food is hearty and superb
  • Rooftop panoramic spa as well as an indoor pool, sauna and steam room

5* Hotel Cristallo - Cortina, Italy

  • Fantastic views from the hotels elevated position
  • Complimentary on-call shuttle service to more or less anywhere you want to go
  • Private chef's table if you fancy something extra special

Family friendly

You're taking the kids out to the mountains to get a family snow fix without all the usual aggravation travel entails.

  • Kids club or kids facilities at the hotel, ski school would also be good
  • A family suite or at least inter-connecting rooms so you can keep an eye on each other
  • Convenience, easy transfers and easy access to the slopes
Raddisson Blu luxury ski hotel, families

4* Alpenhotel Kaiserfels - St Johann, Austria

  • Child-friendly hotel with a kids club offering a great programme for children aged 4 to 12 years.
  • Ski in, ski out location and ski school meeting point on site
  • Kid's disco six evenings a week

4* Radisson Blu Resort - Trysil, Norway

  • Ski in, ski out access to the kids' slopes
  • Adventure pool including a rock climbing wall above deep water
  • Plenty of in-house dining options on the half board, including the Chill Bowl & Dine next to the bowling alley

Ultimate convenience

You certainly don't want to be walking anywhere in your ski boot if you can ski straight into your accommodation then even better.

  • Ski in, ski out accommodation. The holy grail of skiing, pop on your skis each morning and cruise down the slopes from the boot room
  • A good chill out space to relax in after a day on the pistes. A sauna or hot tub would be a bonus
  • An easy holiday, if there's underfloor heating to make the mornings more pleasant than even better
Ski in ski out luxury at chalet des cascades, Les Arcs

Chalet des Cascades - Les Arcs, France

  • Ski in, ski out in the middle of the piste
  • Open fireplace in the middle of the open plan lounge/dining/kitchen area
  • Local Mont Blanc beer on tap (as well as wine)

4* Fahrenheit Seven - Val Thorens, France

  • Ski in, ski out location in the centre of town
  • Retro/vintage chic interiors as well as a huge south facing terrace
  • Three bars to choose from, one has a roaring open fire

Chic boutique

You're looking to ditch the huge corporate hotels and be treated like an individual again. A small number of rooms means a much more personal service.

  • Small, perhaps family-run, hotel close to the town centre
  • A decent sized town so there's plenty of shops, bars and restaurants to explore, almost a city break within a ski break
  • Still not too far from the ski slopes but a short walk is good to get the legs working each morning
boutique luxury hotel Post, St Johann

Boutique Hotel Steinerwirt 1493 - Zell am See, Austria

  • Artistic flair throughout - from the gallery to the library and reading nooks
  • Central location with the lake just down the road
  • Roof terrace with outdoor hot tub

4* Hotel & Wirtshaus Post - St Johann, Austria

  • In the heart of the town surrounded by the main square
  • Dates back to 1927 so plenty of history to complement the sleek design of the hotel
  • Nice touches - cut glass tumblers in the bar and post-ski deli platters

Maximising time

Only got a few days off work? Making your ski break a long weekend could be the answer, that means minimising travel time to get the most skiing possible.

  • Short transfers, you want to be able to get at least a half day on the slopes on your arrival and departure days
  • A decent town with lively nightlife to let off some steam over the weekend
  • A good hotel, spa facilities would be advantageous for a little pampering
Short transfers to Chamonix

4* Hotel Heliopic - Chamonix, France

  • Spa with indoor pool side fire pit and hanging egg chairs - spectacular
  • Base of te Aiguille du Midi and it's spectacular views
  • Reosrt shuttle stops right outside, you can easily walk to the town centre
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