Ski season is just around the corner. We can’t think of a better way to spend the day than hitting the slopes followed by an evening by the fire and a luxurious pampering session unlike any other. If the prospect of a winter wonderland is too good to pass up, here are the world’s best luxury ski resorts. From picture perfect chalets to secluded sanctuaries, these are the retreats that will have you reaching for your credit card in no time at all…
This article was originally published on October 11, 2018, by Amanda Sheppard and was last updated on November 8, 2022.
1. Hôtel Le Pashmina, France
This five-star facility is in the iconic Val Thorens region. It features rooms, suites, apartments, and igloo pods that sleep up to eight people. Though located in the world’s largest ski area, it prides itself on exclusivity. Hôtel Le Pashmina boasts a high-altitude spa unlike any other. The spa—which is operated by L’Occitane—adopts a low-tech approach, trading in technology and machinery for age-old practices and healing traditions. Treatments are tailored to high-altitude needs. So this makes it the perfect stop for tired skin and aching muscles after a day on the slopes.
2. Le Strato, France
For a truly immersive winter wonderland experience, look no further than Le Strato. It’s located in Courchevel 1850, a quaint town situated between Tignes and Valloire in France. Guests can choose between accommodation in the luxury hotel’s rooms and suites, a private chalet or the self-contained apartments. No matter your preference, you’ll have access to the So Spa, an 800-square-metre facility that boasts a luxurious, heated indoor pool. So it’s no wonder it’s one of the region’s top luxury ski resorts.
3. Suvretta House, Switzerland
This five-star ski resort in Switzerland’s Engadin Valley dates back more than 100 years. Having stood the test of time, it has played host to intrepid explorers, athletes and the like. After a day in one of nature’s finest outdoor playgrounds, guests have the option of retreating back to their luxurious accommodation, indulging in one of many spa treatments on offer, or continuing their fitness journey at the hotel’s wellness facilities, which offer strength and conditioning classes, water workouts and more.
4. Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Sweden
Located in Are, a short connecting flight away from Stockholm, The Copperhill Mountain Lodge boasts 112 rooms and suites, as well as an award-winning spa. Featuring outdoor baths, indoor saunas, and wall-to-ceiling natures to take in the surrounding natural beauty, the hotel also offers private spas, available for those in search of a more intimate moment. After a day on the slopes (which can be reached from the hotel’s own helipad), the spa uses a range of Elemis skincare to soothe tired, sun-worn skin.
Price on request | copperhill.se
5. Le Grand Bellevue, Switzerland
In Gstaad, Switzerland, each room at Le Grand Bellevue is designed to feel like its own private chalet. Boasting unparalleled views of the picturesque, alpine region, the hotel has an on-site ski shop to help active guests travel with ease. The 3,000 square-metre spa is split into 17 different wellness zones and is inclusive of an outdoor pool, herbal sauna, ice fountain, salt inhalation grotto and Turkish steam baths. There are also chauffeur-driven tours of the area and floral jamming sessions that guests can arrange to take part in during their downtime, after a day on the slopes.
6. Puma Lodge, Chile
This boutique, exclusive property in the Chilean Andes features just 24 guest rooms, each boasting views of the Cachapoal River and lush greenery. While it’s not strictly snow season in Chile, this five-star facility helps guests arrange all manner of excursions, from trekking to horseback riding and rock climbing, to heli-skiing adventures in the winter months. What’s more, the Los Cipreses Spa features three outdoor hot tubs and offers everything from aromatherapy to hot stone and exfoliating treatments.
7. Llao Llao, Argentina
In the Patagonian town of Bariloche, this exclusive resort rests among an 18-hole golf course. The 15-hectare property also boasts five restaurants. For those looking for an all-inclusive retreat, spa and wellness programmes are available for between two and six days in length. And in the winter months, the resort’s location—just 20-minutes drive from the iconic Catedral Alta ski resort—comes in particularly useful, with over 1,400 hectares or ski and snowboarding terrain at your doorstep.
8. The Green Leaf, Japan
In the Asian skiing capital of Niseko, Japan, The Green Leaf is a hotel and onsen designed by a team of award-winning New York architects. The 200-room hotel boasts as much aesthetic appeal on the inside as its exteriors, with artwork by the acclaimed artist Emi Shiratori lining the walls. The on-site spa offers a range of holistic wellness therapies and massages to help reboot after a long day outdoors, while the onsen and natural rock pools are cooled to a temperable 40 degrees.
Price on request | thegreenleafhotel.com
9. Matakauri Lodge, New Zealand
An outdoor adventurer’s paradise, Queenstown is home to some of the southern hemisphere’s finest slopes. In the winter season, skiing and heli-skiing are popular pastimes, while private cruises and helicopter tours are available year-round. At the Matakauri Lodge, cottages and suites boast panoramic views, while the spa boasts views of nearby Cecil Peak and Lake Wakatipu. Moreover, signature treatments include a hot stone massage and aroma-soul body scrub.
10. Hotel Jerome, Colarado
In the heart of the quaint resort town of Aspen, Colorado, the historic Hotel Jerome provides access to more than 120 miles of hiking and cycling trails, as well as seemingly endless ski trails. The rooms are equipped with custom furniture, Nespresso coffee machines, and all the luxury perks you could want for. They’re also serviced twice-daily by housekeeping, keeping your home away from home in the best possible condition. The hotel spa uses exclusive True Nature Botanicals, treating you and your skin to a pampering treatment unlike any other.
Price on request| hoteljerome.aubergeresorts.com
11. Four Seasons Whistler, Canada
The Four Seasons boasts the only five-star resort in Whistler. Moreover, it boasts the only star-rated spa on the mountain. At the foothills of the mountains, the resort has a dedicated ski concierge on site, catering to every whim of expectant skiers. With guest rooms, suites and private accommodation designed to serve as your home away from home, they can even play host to spa treatments, for those looking for a little-added intimacy.
12. Stein Eriksen Lodge, Utah
Located in Deer Valley, Utah, the Stein Eriksen Lodge boasts spacious rooms of 700 square feet, that sleep between two and four people. Utah’s only five-star spa among the best luxury ski resorts offers guests a range of treatments and includes couples rooms, plunge baths and a sauna. There is a wellness schedule available to all guests looking to indulge in their healthy habits during their stay. During the winter months, outdoor ice skating, skiing at Deer Valley, snowmobile rides and horsedrawn sleigh rides are all popular pastimes.
13. W Verbier, Switzerland
Over 1,500 metres above sea level, the W Verbier retreat boasts over 400km of hiking and skiing territory on its doorstep. The luxury hotel and resort has 123 intimate rooms and suites, six bars and restaurants on-site. Meanwhile, after a long day on the slopes, the luxurious AWAY Spa makes for the perfect place to unwind, with its own hammam, jacuzzi and multiple steam rooms on offer to guests.
Prices start from $700 per night | marriott.com
14. Aya Niseko, Japan
Aya Niseko, one of the design-led luxury ski resorts, sits perched at the bottom of one of the region’s most popular ski runs. Accommodation ranges from studio apartments to sprawling penthouses. So it’s suitable for everyone from solo travellers to large parties with an occasion to celebrate. With an onsen within easy reach and a luxurious spa on-site, Aya Niseko draws upon age-old healing traditions. Moreover, it’s within a contemporary environment to leave guests feeling refreshed, recharged and ready to face the year ahead.
15. Amangani, Wyoming
The wild, wild west takes on a whole new dimension come winter, and Wyoming’s Jackson Hole is no exception. Days start and end surrounded by the region’s stunning wildlife. Meanwhile more than 1000 hectares of skiing terrain await in the distance. Amangani boasts views of Yellowstone and the Grand Teton National Parks in the distance, while the Jackson Hole Ski Resort is just a 20-minute drive. Once guests have retreated back to the luxury resort for the end of the day, they have their choice of treatment from an extensive spa menu. It’s one of the best luxury ski resorts on the globe.
Price available on request | aman.com