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10 of the Most Exclusive Ski Resorts in the World

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Below is the first in a three part series of the 30 most exclusive and luxury ski resorts in the world.

Hotels and Chalets frequented by the world’s elite, including film stars, royalty,

sports men and women, politicians and rock stars.

Resorts with heated streets and escalators, entire mountains for hire and chalets that come complete with their own butlers and mini bars stocked with Krug and Dom Perignon.
1. Courchevel 1850 (France)
Located in Les Trois Vallées with a lift system linking the resort to Meribel and Val Thorens, Courchevel 1850, playground of the rich and famous, is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world.
The resort guest list is a who’s who of the world elite including Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Beckhams, Christina Aguilera, Lionel Richie, the Saudi royal family, George Clooney and many more…

Best Hotels Courchevel 1850
L’Apogee – 100 yards from the ski lifts, L’Apogee contains a hair salon, luxury shops, spa, indoor pool and hot tub. L’Apogee also has the largest kids club in Courchevel.
Prices start at around £1,000 per night.

Les Suites de la Pointière – 5 * hotel located in the heart of Courchevel. Les Suites de la Pointière has its own wellness centre, and spa and ski passes can be purchased on site.
A double room will set you back around £1,000 per night.

Hotel Les Airelles – part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Hotel Les Airelles is an Alpine fairy tale come true. Includes the onsite, two Michelin star restaurant Pierre Gagnaire pour Les Airelles.
Rooms start at around £1,000 per night.

Cheval Blanc – with a staff to guest ratio of almost 4-1, it’s not surprising that the service here is exceptional. The mini bar comes with Krug and Dom Perignon and there is a man to warm your ski boots before you hit the slopes. Cheval Blanc has to be one of the best hotels in the world.

Hotel Le K2 Palace – another hotel that’s part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Hotel Le K2 Palace is a combination of the main hotel building with adjacent suite chalets. Has a two Michelin star restaurant to keep the foodies happy.

Best Luxury Chalets Courchevel 1850
Chalet Muztagh – sleeps 10 and comes with swimming pool, steam room, cinema room, private lift and your own butler.
One week costs north of 125k Euro.

Shemshak Lodge – sleeping ten people this luxury property boasts its own pool, jacuzzi, sauna, hammam and gym. Comes with your own private chauffeur and 4×4.
A week costs around £40k.

Le Petit Palais – book this if you want your own nightclub, cinema and personal chef!
Look to pay around 100k Euro for 14 people.

Check out www.ultimateluxurychalets.com for a full list of luxurious chalets.
2. Cortina (Italy)
Just two hours north of Venice and nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, Cortina is Italy’s most exclusive ski resort with a 1,000-year history. Tourists can often have the slopes to themselves during the early morning, lunchtime and late afternoon as the locals indulge their love of good food, coffee and wine.

Best Hotels Cortina
Cristallo – part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Cristallo Hotel Spa & Golf resort comes with an award-winning spa, and the hotel’s elevated view ensures breathtaking views of the Dolomites.
Rooms start at around 300 Euro per night.

Rosapertra – part of the Small Leading Hotels of the World group, Rosapetra includes a luxury spa, and most rooms come with a private terrace.

Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa – this beautiful, family-run Relais & Chateaux hotel is designed in the traditional Alpine style and has its own two Michelin star restaurant on site.
Expect to pay around £2,000 per person for 7 nights.

Grand Hotel Savoia – 5* hotel located in the centre of Cortina with access to the Flora cable car 650 yards away.
Rooms will set you back about £300 per night.

3. Eagle Point Resort Utah (USA)
Bored of waiting in those long European lift queues? Ever just wish you had the mountain yourself?
Then hire Eagle Point Resort in Utah for $10,000 a day. As a headline number that seems pretty steep, but if you can muster up 200 friends, that’s just $50 pp per night!
If you don’t have that many friends (I don’t!), then the resort is open to the public Thursday to Sunday.

4. Lech-Zurs (Austria)
Having hosted Princess Diana, the Jordanian royal family, the Dutch royal family and Monaco’s Princess Caroline, Lech-Zurs certainly has the pedigree to be one of the world’s most exclusive ski resorts.
Pistes are best suited to intermediates as the slopes are a lot more forgiving than neighbouring St Anton.

Best Hotels Lech-Zurs
Hotel Almhof Schneider – this family run hotel, first established in 1929, is a luxurious 5* property including 2 restaurants, a wellness centre and in-house cinema.
Rooms start at around £1,000 per night.

Kristiania – feels more like a private residence than a hotel. The hotel is a short walk from the centre of Lech and features 3 gourmet restaurants.
Prices start at around £450 per night for a double room.

Hotel Aurelio Lech – Austria’s newest luxury hotel contains beautifully appointed rooms and wellness centre. Stunning views are to be had from your own private balcony.
Rooms start at around 1,000 Euro per night.

Severin *S – stylish, traditionally built Alpine retreat with indoor pool and spa.
Rooms start at £1,000 per night.

5. Megeve (France)
One of the prettiest ski resorts in France, Megeve is popular with French holidaymakers and attracts a well-heeled, old money clientele. There are plenty of good off-piste runs here and 445 km of piste skiing to keep all levels of skier happy.

Best Hotels Megeve
Flocons de Sel – 5* boutique Relais & Chateaux residence with a 3 Michelin star restaurant attached.
Rooms will set you back about £400 per night.

Le Fer a Cheval – located in the heart of Megeve, this 5* property includes 2 swimming pools, spa, hammam and hot tub.
Rooms cost £550+

Alpaga – luxury, boutique hotel consists of 22 rooms and 3 chalets. Pool and spa onsite.
Rooms £300 per night.

Le Chalet Blanc – boutique, luxury a 5-minute walk from the village of Megeve.
Rooms £400 per night

Le M De Megeve – located at the foot of Mont Blanc, Le M De Megeve is a 5* boutique hotel decorated tastefully in the Alpine style. Expect open fires and fur throws here.
Rooms cost around £600 per night.

6. Klosters (Switzerland)
Prince Charles favourite ski resort is a traditional alpine village with a small collection of upmarket restaurants and hotels and is perfect for those wanting a more low-key, unpretentious base than the neighbouring town of Davos.

Best Hotels Klosters
Alpina – centrally located and opposite the cable car, this 5* hotel in Klosters offers guests luxury accommodation with wellness centre and pool.
Rooms start at £200 per night.

WalserhofHotel Walserhof offers elegant apartments 450 yards from the village of Klosters.
Rooms £400+ per night

Best Luxury Chalets Klosters
Haus Alpina – stay in Chrissie Rucker’s (the founder of The White Company) chalet for £26,000 per week.

Eugenia Chalet Davos – rented previously by Prince Andrew 2 years running, this luxurious, traditional chalet will set you back £2,000 per person, per week. Cheap considering you get two chauffeured 4×4 cars at your beck and call.

7. Beaver Creek Colorado (USA)
With heated sidewalks and escalators connecting restaurants, bars, shops and hotels to ensure visitors don’t need to stomp around in those heavy ski boots all day, Beaver Creek makes no apologies for catering to the luxury-minded ski enthusiast.
The resort is suitable for skiers of all levels, and although it is famed for its plethora of ‘corduroy’ slopes, there is also some top drawer off-piste action to be had.

Best Hotels Beaver Creek, Colorado
The Osprey – ski in, ski out access to Beaver Creek Resort at this 5* property with a wellness centre.
Rooms cost £500+

Park Hyatt – luxury hotel and spa with spacious rooms and alpine views.
Rooms will set you back close to £1,000 per night but you might be lucky and something close to £800.

Ritz Carlton – everything you need from a top class luxury hotel. 5 dining options, award-winning spa, gym, fitness trainers. Oh, and access to an 18 hole championship golf course in the summer.
Rooms will set you back around £1,000 per night.

8. Baqueira Beret (Spain)
Frequented by the elite of Spanish society (King Juan Carlos has a holiday home here) Baqueira Beret is off the radar for most people outside of Spain. Located in the Pyrenees, just two hours from Toulouse, Baqueira is perfectly suited to the intermediate skier but has enough off-piste challenges to suit those of a higher level.
A huge plus of this resort is the relatively low cost of heli-skiing with a day consisting of 5 drops costing just £625.

Best Hotels Baqueira Beret
La Pleta – this small and charming, luxury hotel in Baqueira Beret offers Catalonian fine dining and also has its own sushi restaurant. You can book Heliskiing directly with the hotel.
Rooms cost around £300 per night.

Hotel Val de Neu G.L. – 5* property with luxurious rooms and a welcoming open fireplace. 5 onsite restaurants and 50 yards from the nearest ski lift.
Rooms £300 per night.

9. Gstaad (Switzerland)
Madonna, Valentino, George Clooney, the list goes on. About 2 hours drive from Geneva or Zurich, Gstaad has long been a mecca for the global jet-set. The village is car free and is surrounded by some of Switzerland’s finest alpine scenery, which gives the place a charming, relaxed feel.

Best Hotels Gstaad
Alpina Gstaad – 5* hotel in Gstaad offering a free spa for guests, 3 gourmet restaurants (one Japanese) and a cinema.
Rooms cost north of £1,000 per night.

Gstaad Palace – part of The Leading Hotels of the World group, this 5* alpine retreat has a family feel with exceptional accommodation and service. For those history lovers out there the hotel was used to store a large portion of the Swiss government’s gold reserves during World War II.
Rooms £1,000 per night.

Le Grand Bellevue – a Small Leading Hotels of the World property, Le Grand Bellevue blends 20th-century grandeur with contemporary chic. Includes spa and Michelin star restaurant.
Rooms from £600 per night.

10. Zermatt (Switzerland)
Zermatt is a great resort for skiers of all levels and snowboarders alike. With stunning views of the iconic Matterhorn mountain, and narrow streets lined with traditional chalets, Zermatt ticks all the boxes for those looking for the Alpine dream.
The skiing is top class, catering to all levels and the après ski is well geared towards the luxury traveller.

Best Hotels Zermatt
Mont Cervin Palace – Leading Hotels of the World property, welcoming guests since 1852. Great central location.
Rooms £500+ per night.

Omnia – spectacular views of the Matterhorn can be had from your own private balcony in this 5* hotel in Zermatt.
Rooms £500 per night.

Riffelalp Resort – another Leading Hotels of the World member, this is the highest luxury hotel in Europe. Built in 1884 the hotel is steeped in history and is one of the few hotels in the world unreachable by car.
Rooms £600 per night.

Cervo – 7 chalets with spacious rooms and suites. Great views of the Matterhorn from the terrace.
£700 per night for a double.

Hotel Monte Rosa – first hotel in Zermatt ensures a great central location.
Rooms £400 per night.

Grand Hotel Zermatterhof – guests are picked up from the station in a white horse-drawn carriage. Stunning views of the Matterhorn and great in-house dining options.
Rooms £400 per night.

I am Rob, the editor of Le Bon Lifestyle. I am married to Gemma and love the finer things in life. My passions are food and travel.

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