France’s oldest cable-car station has become the country’s highest hotel: Le Refuge de Solaise, above Val d’Isère, is a boutique getaway with a twist: in winter it’s only accessible by gondola or on skis. Its first apartment is set to open.
Alpe d’Huez aims to be up there with Val by investing €350 million in its infrastructure; its first luxe spot, Hôtel Daria-I Nor, has two pools, an ice fountain and two restaurants. In Chamonix, the bar-to-hotel trend gathers momentum, with ski-in ski-out Folie Douce Hotel featuring daily après at the After Mountain Party Bar and yoga as an antidote.
Hot on its heels is Verbier’s Experimental Chalet, sister to Ibiza’s Experimental Beach, with 39 guest rooms, a cocktail bar, restaurant, spa and the famed Farm Club. To the east, in Switzerland, The Hard Rock Hotel is housed in a former sanatorium in Davos. Visit the Rock Spa and try a Rock Om yoga session.
There is no partying at the health-conscious CampZero in Champoluc, an eco-friendly base with Tesla charging stations, indoor and outdoor climbing walls and a spa featuring the healing properties of gems.
Small and chic is the Alpine-cool 22Summits in Zermatt, with the same number of rooms as its name, a two-storey spa and cool bar. Whisking you back in time is Bergdorf Prechtlgut in Wagrain, with eight chalets decked out in loden, linen, recycled wood and natural clay plaster; a rustic barn houses a restaurant and bar.
Also in Austria is Ellmau’s Tirol Lodge featuring cutting-edge design with oodles of wood and muted colours.