With the summer sun making way for a chill in the air, here’s the very best available to those planning a decadent winter break.
Switzerland’s five-star Tschuggen Grand Hotel offers everything you could possibly wish for, whether you’re planning on skiing or not. The town of Arosa, in the Alps, ensures fantastic skiing opportunities, but the hotel’s spa and wellness centre, incredible views, five restaurants and stunning architecture ensure utter bliss. There is even a private mountain railway – the Tschuggen Express – for the most romantic of journeys.
Dine in the Dolomites
The pretty town of Alta Badia, tucked away in the Italian mountains, is known for having a high number of Michelin starred restaurants. At the Rosa Alpina Hotel, the two-star St. Hubertus and its head chef Norbert Niederkofler offer gastronomic excellence, with a focus on sustainability and locally sourced produce.
World Heritage skiing
Hidden among the Dolomites is also Hotel Sassongher, a traditional South Tyrolean hotel. Its location in the beautiful village of Corvara in northern Italy puts it right in the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Sella Ronda nearby means that you’re treated to 1,200km of exquisite pistes and some of the best skiing Europe has to offer.
Coolest horse race going
Every year since 1907, the White Turf International horse race has been run in in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The three day racing festival features regular horse racing, as well as skijoring and riders being pulled in sleds all across a frozen lake. Staying in St. Moritz means access to some of the best skiing around, but White Turf is an example of a number of different events that are worth watching while you’re there. Cricket on Ice anyone?
Live like James Bond
A short drive from Innsbruck Airport is the Das Central Hotel. Situated in Soelden in Austria, this magnificent location featured in James Bond’s most recent outing, Spectre (2015). The five star Alpine masterpiece also features Europe’s highest gourmet experience; the ice Q. Surrounded by 250 mountains, the restaurant combines innovative architecture and outstanding cuisine. Tuxedos and shaken-not-stirred martinis are not compulsory but are encouraged, by us at least.