From the Swiss Alps to the Caucasus Mountains to the rugged terrain of Park City, Utah, these five stylish high-altitude hideaways look out onto some of the world’s most spectacular winter landscapes. Design marvels offering world-class skiing, gorgeous spa and sauna facilities, and inviting interiors perfect for curling up in front of an open fire, here are some sites of inspiration for your next winter escape.
LE VAL THORENS, FRANCE
One of the first hotels to be built on the Savoie resort of Val Thorens, this legendary establishment has welcomed many winter enthusiasts thanks to its ideal French Alps location and warm hospitality. In keeping with its pioneering spirit, Le Val Thorens was recently transformed into a present-day version of a high-altitude chalet, offering fondue and inventive French cuisine, a humming après-ski bar, and a golden spa with ancient Asian therapies, a sauna, Turkish bath, and the resort’s largest indoor swimming pool.
WASHINGTON SCHOOL HOUSE, UNITED STATES
Built in 1888, the Washington School House was one of the three original schools in Park City, Utah. In its current life as a hotel, it remains just as exclusive. The 12-room property is curated with a collection of Swedish and French antiques, vintage modern art, exquisite fabrics, and striking chandeliers. A heated pool and hot tub chiseled into the mountainside ensure that guests can relax outdoors even in winter, when the hotel is a favorite haunt of visitors to the celebrity-infused Sundance Film Festival and skiers taking advantage of the world-class slopes at the doorstep (the hotel living room, with its massive gold gilt mirror, is a popular après ski spot).
ROOMS HOTEL KAZBEGI, GEORGIA
With peaks reaching a formidable 5,000 meters, the dramatic Caucasus Mountain Range delivers a spectacular backdrop for Rooms Hotel Kazbegi in northern Georgia. Comprising 155 guestrooms with breathtaking vistas, the warm structure of wood, glass, and steel was designed by young Tbilisi-based duo Nata Janberidze and Keti Toloraia. A restaurant serving traditional Georgian fare accompanies a cozy bar with its own fireplace and cigar menu. Other facilities include a spacious lobby lounge, library, casino, and indoor swimming pool, also with spectacular views of the mountains.
THE OMNIA, SWITZERLAND
In the Swiss Alps, high above the snow-laden roofs of Zermatt, the sharp lines of a modern alpine hideaway bisect a conifer-studded mountainside. Sitting serenely in the shadow of the Matterhorn, the Omnia is a structural and stylistic study of the intersection of Continental influence and American modernism. Here, primal elements come together as a harmonious whole. Fires crackle in black, egg-shaped stoves, while shades of dark granite and white oak accent custom-made furnishings by local carpenters and private balconies offer spectacular views of the saw-toothed peaks that surround the car-free town of Zermatt.
HOTEL ZHERO ISCHGL KAPPL, AUSTRIA
Incorporating Tyrolean tradition and upscale, innovative architecture, Hotel Zhero Ischgl Kappl combines smart contemporary design with the comfort of home. Employing local materials such as stone, fur, and wood, the interiors of the hotel’s rooms and suites are inspired by the stunning alpine surroundings, while the nearby Ischgl resort beckons with 38 kilometers of pristine powder and its infamous après-ski parties.