The Hottest New Hotels Are a Welcome Respite From the Cold
(Bloomberg Businessweek) -- Whether you’re willing to venture halfway around the globe or looking to stay closer to home, the latest lodgings in ski country have you covered. Here the ones we’re looking forward to the most.
Vail and Aspen in Colorado don’t typically see a lot of turnover among their hotels, but this year is an exception. Aspen’s Westin is being reborn as the Viewline Resort Snowmass, part of Marriott’s elite Autograph Collection, with 254 woodsy ski-in, ski-out rooms, plus an Ayurvedic spa and kids’ club. A castlelike hotel in Vail’s Lionshead Village, the Hythe is just steps from the Eagle Bahn gondola. The Luxury Collection property is actually the old Marriott Mountain Resort christened with a new name and $40 million of enhancements, including dramatic leather headboards in its 366 rooms and a floating brass fireplace in the lobby.
Pack your warmest clothes: While Le Massif de Charlevoix lays claim to the largest vertical drops in eastern Canada, average winter lows hover at -3F to -6F. The upshot, though, is lots of fresh powder—typically 119 inches each season, which can now be explored from the new Club Med Québec. The all-inclusive resort offers direct access to runs that overlook the St. Lawrence River, and it has a range of options for child care. Club Med Québec will also organize dog sledding, ice skating, and day trips to sugar shacks around the broader Charlevoix region.
Eleven Experience has made its name on extravagant chalets, such as Deplar Farm in Iceland, that serve as hubs for epic heli-skiing trips. Now the luxury travel outfitter is expanding to the Rhône-Alpes in France, where its new four-bedroom Chalet Pelerin has an outdoor hot tub, an indoor pool, and incredible wood detailing throughout its interiors, plus access to seven Savoyarde ski resorts including Tignes and Val d’Isere.
In the last eight months, Cervo Mountain Resort, the only ski-in, ski-out hotel in Zermatt, has received a top-to-bottom makeover. Its minimalist alpine interiors have been designed with an eye toward sustainability, and geothermal energy now provides 95% of the heat in all 54 rooms. The three on-site restaurants include a globally inspired, plant-based spot called Bazaar, as well as an Italian kitchen that sources heavily from local farms.
Niseko is already the holy grail for deep, feather-light powder. And now it’s opened its most luxurious hotel to date with the arrival of the Higashiyama Niseko Village, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve. One of just five Reserves in the world, it features a hot spring onsen, an omakase sushi restaurant, and oversize Japanese soaking tubs in its 50 slopeside rooms.
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