Read on for some inspiring ideas to spend glorious days out in nature, be pampered in brand-new spas and test yourself on challenging runs.
Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti, Dolomites, Italy
Skiing and spa pampering go hand-in-hand, so new hotel Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti is cause for excitement. Nestled in the beautiful UNESCO-protected Dolomites, the hotel has gorgeous snow and mountain vistas. Inside, a new take on Alpine chic uses Italian wood, stone and glass to create a modern yet supremely comfortable space. The vast suites and residences are the epitome of sumptuous luxury and ideal for families.
Head out onto 150km of ski runs or enjoy the four snowboard parks; in summer hike forest trails to shimmering lakes. Return to rejuvenate at the spa which comes with a salt-water lake, indoor and outdoor pool, salt grotto, mineral-rich whirlpool and four saunas. Come out feeling zen-like and utterly uplifted.
Imagine standing at the top of a mountain, surrounded by the jagged peaks of British Columbia, looking down onto a swathe of pristine, untouched powder, ready for your first tracks. There are no people, no lifts, no runs – just you, the snow and an incredible mountain vista. Welcome to the world of heli-skiing in Canada, taking off-piste to a whole new level.
On this trip, a helicopter will fly you to the most perfect spots, drop you, then pick you up to do it all over again. You can even choose to stay overnight in a wilderness lodge, accessible only by helicopter, for the ultimate immersive mountain experience. Utterly out there, completely wild and amazingly thrilling.
Arctic Bath, Sweden
Forget 2020, Arctic Bath could be this decade’s most logic-defying hotel. Made of wood and steel, and resembling a huge bird’s nest, Arctic Bath either floats on Sweden’s River Tule, or sits on ice depending on the season. The whimsically designed central orb is a temple to wellbeing, with a circular natural ice bath at its core, surrounded by a sauna, a hot bath and treatment rooms.
Along the riverbank are a flotilla of ‘drift-alone bedrooms’ with Scandi-chic interiors, huge windows and cosy log burners. Extracting yourself from this scene of serenity could be difficult but you’ll be thankful you did when you’re cross-country skiing, fishing on the ice, moose whispering in the woodland, snowmobiling through pine forests, or photographing the dreamlike wonder of the Aurora Borealis.
La Kaila, France
This is classic Trois Vallées at its very best. Le Kaila, a five-star hotel, located in the heart of Meribel makes a ski holiday so very easy. The hotel is ski-in ski-out, with a green run to ease you into the Le Trois Vallées – the largest skiing domain in the world, or there’s a private elevator directly from the hotel up to the slopes.
A ski shop within the hotel can get you kitted out fuss-free, so you’ll be ready to hit the powder in no time. Afterwards, relax in the Le Kaila’s spa, where its aquatic zone will pummel tired muscles and massages soothe with herby compresses. Evenings are for fine dining at L’Ekrin, the only Michelin-starred restaurant in Meribel, and childcare is on hand if you have the family in tow.
Speak to the team to see where else will suit you and has availability.