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With this winter season coming up the team at Destination Luxury has put together some of our favorite winter getaways. From breathtaking views to lavish spas, these hotels have something for everyone. If you’re looking for the ultimate in relaxation and luxury keep reading to see the ten ski resorts you have to visit before you die.

 

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10. OAKRIDGE GRAND RESORT MERCURE – LAKE WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND.

The leading Lake Wanaka accommodation with a difference.

Grand Mercure Oakridge Resort Lake Wanaka is a 4 star hotel set in a stunning mountain landscape offering spectacular views of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. The resort has a range of hotel accommodation options ranging from Standard Hotel Rooms to Two Bedroom Apartments – Oakridge Resort has something for everyone.

There are also a wide range of facilities available.  Take some time out at the Sanctuary Day Spa or sit back and relax in The Poolhouse Bar or Jacob’s Grill restaurant and enjoy the views.

If you’re looking for relaxation, beautiful snowy mountains in winter, glorious sun during summer and world-class outdoor pursuits, all surrounded by spectacular scenery, then set your sights on Oakridge Resort in beautiful Wanaka.

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9. ADARA WHISTLER HOTEL – WHISTLER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA.

This hotel is nestled in the pedestrian heart of Whistler Village just a 5 minute walk away from lift access to North America’s largest all-season alpine playground, world class shopping, and some of the finest dining and nightlife in the Pacific Northwest. The Adara Hotel offers a prime location to begin your alpine adventure. Our boutique hotel is perfect for couples, business retreats, thrill seekers, and anyone looking to live it up where every day feels like Saturday. 

Be sure to say hello to our friendly resident dog Kate, who will snuggle in your lap while you relax in the two-story designer lobby. Speak to our experienced front desk team for help with anything you desire from dinner reservations and VIP treatment at Whistler’s hottest nightclubs, to lift tickets, ski lessons, adventure tours and more.

Think only of yourself, feel at home, and let yourself be pampered. It’s the small details that will make your time here unforgettable.

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8. HOTELDORF GRUNER BAUM – BAD GASTEIN, AUSTRIA.

True connoisseurs have known about the Grüner Baum for almost a century. There is a long tradition of hospitality in the Kötschach Valley. The Hoteldorf has really “grown” in the last few years and has a very special charm.

Formerly a renowned country inn, the current Main Building was constructed by our great-grandmother in 1925 and today has cozy guest rooms with all the comforts, a lift, reception, library, Kids Lounge & Miniclub, a cozy bar K & K Hofapotheke with an open fireplace and a variety of small lounges and restaurants.

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7. BADRUTT’S PALACE HOTEL – ST. MORITZ, SWITZERLAND.

Welcome to the legendary and unique Badrutt’s Palace Hotel, the famous symbol of St. Moritz. Set in the breathtaking natural surroundings of the Swiss Alps and embedded in more than a century of history, the “Grande Dame” of Swiss hotels is home to royalty, stars and sport lovers who value quality. Lake St. Moritz, surrounded by picturesque alpine peaks and the shimmering Engadin light, is the ideal background for a destination that abounds with traditional hospitality and discrete service.

Badrutt’s Palace Hotel is renowned for its exquisite luxury, first class service and limitless indulgence – a gem amongst world-class hotels which is constantly changing but still preserves its historical inheritance. It has been an icon of hospitality since its opening in 1896 and the guests’ high expectations are the yardstick for innovation and change.

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6. VAIL CASCADE RESORT & SPA – VAIL, COLORADO.

From the moment you arrive at Vail Cascade in the mountains of Vail, Colorado, you feel the inviting warmth of a true mountain retreat. Roaring fireplaces, stimulating meeting spaces and personalized service come together to create unmatched comfort and a sense of home year-round. Vail Cascade is a true reflection of its guests – refined yet relaxed, sophisticated yet understated, upscale yet accessible.

Picture-perfect for creating memorable experiences and located overlooking Gore Creek, Vail Cascade is a destination where families bond, where mind, body and spirit are balanced, and where a majestic mountain backdrop is the setting for meaningful connections among families, couples, groups and adventure-seekers alike.

Vail Cascade’s ideal location and breathtaking mountain surroundings create the perfect natural playground for all-season adventure. With pleasantly warm summers and cool falls, you can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, strolling through the Villages and soaking up sun poolside. Frosty winter and spring-time temperatures transform the hotel into a snowy wonderland with true ski-in/ski-out access.

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5. GSTAAD PALACE – GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND.

Built in 1913, the Gstaad Palace has earned an unrivaled reputation for discreet, refined hospitality over the years, and has always welcomed the most discerning international clientele.

Set on a hill overlooking the beautiful town of Gstaad, the resort is privileged to offer a breathtaking view of the majestic Swiss Alps. The 104 tastefully decorated rooms include 19 Junior Suites and the luxurious and sophisticated three-bedroom Penthouse Suite.

The Gstaad Palace offers gourmet dining in five different restaurants, live entertainment in two bars and dancing at the famous GreenGo nightclub.

It also features a spa with an indoor and an outdoor pool, a squash court and four outdoor tennis courts. A wide variety of activities such as golf, heli-skiing, hot-air ballooning and many more are offered in close distance to the hotel.

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4. HOTEL & SPA ROSA ALPINA – ALDA BADIA, ITALY.

Discover the essence of quiet glamour, poised service and elegant interiors. This hotel’s approach is both timeless and imbued with contemporary accents featuring informal and family dining as well as Michelin-starred cuisine.

For pure relaxation and energising workouts, visit the Spa facilities featuring a gorgeous indoor swimming pool, saunas and gym. The spa is light and welcoming, with striking views to our private garden accomplished by an impeccable, discreet, friendly service.

Hotel & Spa Rosa Alpina’s luxury accommodation celebrates local hospitality with an elegant refined Alpine atmosphere, a blend of original local antiques and fine materials.

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 3. L’IMPERIAL PALACE – ANNECY, FRANCE.

This charming hotel in Annecy, France, features 99 rooms (including suites), all with air conditioning and for most of them, a breathtaking view on the lake. With luxurious services such as the spa, L’Imperial Palace will sweep you off your feet this Winter.

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 2. LE CHABICHOU – COURCHEVEL, SAVOIE, FRANCE.

Entering the unique Courchevel Relais & Châteaux is to enjoy the discrete luxury, the warmth of wood, family spirit, supreme comfort and well-being on the mountain peak.

In winter, step across the threshold, ski up, and you’re off for discovery thrills in the most prestigious winter-sport resorts and the world’s largest ski area, Les 3 Vallées. In summer, have pleasure served your way, between holiday fun and dolce vita.

Any time of day is the right time for pleasure: gourmet or bistro restaurant, 1,100-m² new concept spa, terraces, bars, and lounges including Le Jaipur for our smoking guests, live-music evenings, ski shop, DVD library, WiFi, game room, fitness room, bellhop service and valet parking, not to mention the best… a personalized family welcome from Michel and Maryse Rochedy and their son Nicolas.

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 1. ST. REGIS ASPEN – ASPEN, COLORADO.

A contemporary version of a Gilded Age mountainside manor which provides an uncompromising base for arbiters of fine food and wine, connoisseurs of culture and adventure seekers. Located just steps from Aspen’s signature slopes and featuring premier amenities and St. Regis service, welcome to our signature Aspen resort.

The antiqued oak flooring features a warm, dark stain overlaid with a delicate white wash; an accent rug adds additional warmth.  Rooms are outfitted with custom furnishings including a leather bed and desk designed by Ralph Lauren. Exquisite marble bathrooms offer double vanities, bathrobes and Remède bath amenities. All guest rooms are a generous 400 square feet and available with one king or two double beds.

Which one would you want to visit? Let us know below in the comments.

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