Icons of hospitality at altitude, these are the most beautiful hotels closes to the snow in the Alps chosen by Myluxuryexperiences. From traditional to more modern, they all offer incomparable landscapes, wellness and spa. Each with its own style and character, the best for a holiday in the Alps. Perfect both for snow addicts who can ski, snowshoe and walk along the most evocative paths, and for those who prefer to watch the snow in the warmth, immersed in a Jacuzzi or wrapped in the regenerating and detoxifying warmth of a panoramic sauna.
by Clelia Torelli
Astoria Resort. Winner of the categories Best Luxury Mountain Resort Spa – Global, Best Unique Experience Spa – Austria and Best Luxury Resort Spa – Austria at the World Luxury Spa Awards 2019. One of the most beautiful hotels in the Alps, embraced by the Karwendel park on the Seefeld plateau, it is located about 2 km from the ski lifts.
Why choose it: the Astoria Resort is ideal for you, if you are a sportswoman. The offer is very wide: from downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, curling, tobogganing to ice skating. After physical activity you can regenerate yourself at the wellness centre of over 4700 square metres and treat yourself to one of the beauty treatments on offer, made with the QMS Medicosmetic, Ligne St. Barth and Balance Alpine 1000+ lines, an exclusive collection of natural products made from precious Alpine herbs that grow at an altitude of 1000 metres in the Styrian pastures. To explore the local cuisine there is the Der Max restaurant which revisits the best Tyrolean recipes.
Where: Seefeld , Tirol, Austria
Vigilius Mountain Resort. Hotel eco-chic in the Alps, accessible only by cable car, 18 km from Trauttmansdorff Castle and its gardens. And for this reason it is considered one of the most beautiful hotels in the Alps.
Why choose it: the Vigilius Mountain Resort is the right place if you are looking for a lost time, where you can turn your attention to your desires. You can close your eyes and listen to the silence. After 15 years, it still holds the title of mountain design hotel whose times are stress-free with reduced wi-fi only at certain hours and where ecology, reduced consumption, zero waste are the pillars of this luxury resort. Designed by Matteo Thun, a pioneering architect of sustainable architecture, on the foundations of a historic mountain hotel in Merano on the Vigilio mountain. In the spa you choose a treatment that stimulates body, mind and spirit, a classic rebalancing and relaxing or strengthening and revitalizing massage.
Where: Lana (BZ)
Auberge de la Maison. Historic Aosta Valley house of charm in stone and wood, in the heart of Entreves, the most characteristic of the hamlets of Courmayeur, overlooking Mont Blanc.
Why choose it: the warmth and attention to the customer, the intimate atmosphere and the attention to every detail make the Auberge de la Maison a dream place, not surprisingly one of the most beautiful hotels in the Alps. The hotel boasts the Spa Maison d’Eau with wow views of Mont Blanc, equipped with a swimming pool with mountain waterfall, whirlpool, chromotherapy, Finnish sauna and personalized treatments. The L’Aubergine restaurant also enjoys exceptional views of Europe’s highest massif. With a large central fireplace that keeps guests company as they enjoy the tradition and history of the Vallée by candlelight, also through the search for local products.
Where: Entreves, Courmayeur (AO)
Bellevue Hotel&Spa. Historic Hotel, of the Relais & Châteaux group, pearl set in Cogne, at the foot of the Gran Paradiso glacier. One of the most beautiful snow hotels in the Alps.
Why choose it: the Bellevue Hotel&Spa retains the charm of an ancient mountain residence, built in 1925 by the Cuneaz family. Four restaurants including the gourmet Le Petit Bellevue led by Fabio Iacovone, one Michelin star. All of them use local products and aromas from the garden. The 1,200 square metre wellness area welcomes you among caves, waterfalls and ancient chalets, offering you the privilege of relaxing in an environment that combines the beauty of the mountains and Alpine culture with the pleasure of plunging into the warm spring waters.
Where: Cogne (AO)
My Arbor. The hotel “embraced” by the forest, is built on 25 meters high piles, among the foliage of fir trees. 104 design rooms, with warm earth tones, with antique wood furniture in larch and spruce, natural fabrics and large glass walls that let in all the light. In the 2500 square metre spa there is an infinity pool inside/outside.
Why choose it: My Arbor is ideal if you want to relax and be in contact with nature alone, with friends or partner because this hotel is for adults only. It is one of the most beautiful hotels in the Alps, especially because in your room you have the feeling of floating among the treetops, being welcomed in a nest and really sleeping among the branches.
Where: S. Andrea (BZ)
Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti rises in the ski area of Madonna di Campiglio, in Pinzolo, Val Rendena. Eighty-eight suites, including the Royal Pool & SPA suite which boasts an area of 430 sqm, plus twenty-two private residences directly connected to the resort services. The Lefay SPA Dolomiti is on 4 levels: an entire floor dedicated to treatments, the indoor/outdoor pool heated all year round, an entire floor dedicated to fitness.
Why choose it: Lefay Resort & SPA Dolomiti likes green tourists because its design follows the principles of bio-architecture, signed by architect Hugo Demetz. It is characterized by a wide use of natural materials of the territory, such as fir and larch woods, oak, chestnut and the tonalite of Adamello, a stone with a granitic appearance. All this, in the sign of sustainability, because conceived following the criterion of energy containment and using renewable sources. In short, for all these reasons it is one of the most beautiful snow hotels in the Alps.
Where: Pinzolo (TN)
La Perla. Among the meadows, in front of the Sassongher in Alta Badia, you can ski out of this old mountain house affiliated to The Leading Hotels of The World.
Why choose it: La Perla, over the years and renovations, has maintained stubs, woods, fabrics, furnishings that recall its history, in the common areas as well as in the rooms. This is why it is considered one of the most beautiful hotels in the Alps. The cuisine is a journey into taste, to try in its tavern, bistro or La Stüa de Michil which is a small room of wonders, made of wood with two stuben of 1600. In the kitchen chef Nicola Laera, a Michelin star.
Where: Corvara (BZ)
San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodge. Located in a valley in the mountains of Merano, nestled in a larch forest, like a fairytale village, this lodge was built entirely of reclaimed wood. 42 chalets, each one different from the other, arranged around a lake, climbing trees or near the large hall.
Why choose it: the San Luis Retreat Hotel & Lodge is the hotel for those seeking true luxury, in communion with nature, to relax and regenerate themselves, in the utmost privacy. The comfort is given by the always lit fireplaces, the soft colours and the light that floods the spaces. In the spa you can lie on the chaise longue chairs next to a large crackling fireplace where fragrant wood is burnt. Next to it there is a large pool of hot water that comes out onto the frozen lake. And how can it not be considered one of the most beautiful snow hotels in the Alps?
Where: Avelengo (BZ)
Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa. 5 star luxury in the center of San Cassiano, affiliated with The Leading Hotels of The World. In addition to the rooms, junior suites and lofts there is the Zeno chalet, which in 310 square meters combines tradition, design, sophistication. Three luxurious double rooms, connected to each other, large living room with exposed beams, in the private garden Jacuzzi and Finnish outdoor sauna. Since 2017 there is also a penthouse of 180 square meters that includes three suites and a large living room with views of the Dolomites peaks of Putia, Lavarella and Conturines, a kitchen, bar and fireplace. The suites have private access by lift with a dedicated stop and can be connected to each other.
Why choose it: the Rosa Alpina Hotel & Spa, glamorous chic and essential this hotel is ideal for a break dedicated to wellness in the heart of the Dolomites. And that’s not all: it is also a gourmet reference point for its St. Hubertus restaurant, with its three-Michelin-starred chef Norbert Niederkofler.
Where: San Cassiano (BZ)
Hotel Le Massif. It is new five stars by IHC (Italian Hospitality Collection), born in the heart of Courmayeur, affiliated with The Leading Hotels of The World. A few steps from the shopping street and the Mont Blanc ski lifts. The rooms and suites have spaces with attention to detail that combine Italian design with traditional wood and stone.
Why choose it: the Hotel Le Massif in the most modern alpine chic style, built with natural materials and large windows to enjoy the spectacle of the Mont Blanc massif, is the perfect address to experience all the magic of the mountains in winter because, in addition to the hotel in the village, there is the chalet La Loge du Massif, in the heart of the Plan Checrouit ski slopes. Where to stop for breakfast, for a tasty snack, or an après ski aperitif at the gourmet restaurant. The hotel’s spa is based on the Equilibrium wellness philosophy, borrowed from thousands of years of Italian spa culture, which considers the well-being of body and spirit together.
Where: Courmayeur (AO)
Adler Lodge Alpe. Spacious suites in a main building and private two-storey chalets in alpine style, made entirely of larch and spruce wood, with panoramic views of the Dolomites. Magnificent indoor-outdoor panoramic swimming pool, heated all year round. The Wellness & Fitness area is in the large attic with large windows overlooking the mountains.
Why choose it: the Adler Lodge Alpe is perfect for winter sports enthusiasts because this lodge, at 1800 meters above sea level, in the wonderful setting of the Alpe di Siusi, is located right next to the 175 km of slopes of the Dolomiti Superski. A wonder that makes it one of the most beautiful hotels on the snow
Where: Castelrotto (BZ)
Bad Moos Dolomites Spa Resort, another of the most beautiful hotels on the snow, is located at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. In alpine chalet style it offers three types of accommodation: 32 rooms and 30 suites in the main building, the Residence and the Dependance. In the spa Termesana, with its sports medicine centre, flows a water rich in sulphur, fluorine, magnesium, calcium and other rare mineral salts, which becomes the heart of exclusive treatments. There is an indoor and an outdoor pool fed by the same thermal water.
Why choose it: from the Bad Moos Dolomites Spa Resort you can already go out with skis on your feet. The Croda Rossa ski lifts are located just outside the hotel and allow you to enjoy the slopes of the Tre Cime Dolomiti area.
Where: Sesto Moso (BZ)
Hotel Tratterhof. It is called Mountain Sky Hotel because, at an altitude of 1,500 metres, it is one of the most beautiful hotels on the snow, the highest in the Gitschberg Jochtal/Rio Pusteria holiday area. From its terrace or panoramic sauna you can enjoy a panoramic view of the Puster Valley to the east and the Isarco Valley to the south.
Why choose it: the Hotel Tratterhof is ideal if you love saunas because there are eight of them with different steam throws per day, staged by real experts, a large experiential sauna a unique cold water pool with a waterfall in which to dive after the sauna. Perfect if you are sporty because on the fourth floor there is a fitness room with state-of-the-art Technogym equipment and a dedicated fitness trainer.
Where: Graganza ( BZ)