Choosing the right ski holiday can be quite a daunting task for many; destination, facilities, travelling companions, where to stay and how to get there can all prove quite a headache. And getting it right is even more important when you’re considering a weekend break, which is why many turn to the specialist Ski Team at luxury tour operator, Elegant Resorts. Headed up by Senior Travel Consultant and Ski Specialist Lorraine Earl, Elegant Resorts provides a wealth of knowledge and experience ensuring for example the right resort is chosen for beginners, intermediates or black run aficionados.
Kilimandjaro Hotel Vue Pistes
Lorraine has first-hand experience of most of their featured resorts across the globe. She says: ‘Everyone is looking for something exceptional when it comes to a luxury ski holiday, the slopes have to be right of course but it‘s also about the surroundings and the ‘base’ you return to after a busy day on the piste. Some are looking for a tranquil, quiet location while others want somewhere with plenty of atmosphere and après ski options, whether that be bars, nightclubs or restaurants, and while one might be right for one person, it may not be the case for another so getting the balance right is crucial. When you’re looking for a long weekend break, it’s particularly important to choose somewhere with short flying times and transfers, that way you get the most out of your trip and more time on the slopes, sometimes even getting on the mountain the afternoon of your arrival.’
Kilimandjaro Hotel Spa Piscine
To help make those choices, here are some of Lorraine’s favourites:
A good place to start when you’re planning your weekend break is the style of resort you’re looking for. Take W Verbier for example; this uber-modern Swiss property, conveniently situated next to the main gondola at Place Blanche is jam-packed with on-trend gadgets and gizmos – perfect for the image-conscious skier. Rest assured though it certainly isn’t style over substance as it also boasts all those classic ‘W’ treats such as a fantastic spa, pool area, restaurant and bar/club where celebrity DJ’s can often be found on the decks.
Flying time from London Heathrow to Geneva: 1 hour35 mins
Airport Transfer time: 2 hours
W Verbier – Wet Pool Lounge
In complete contrast style-wise, head over the border to Italy and discover the charming Hotel Hermitage, Cervinia – a delightfully traditional chalet-style resort adorned with plush antique rugs and lovingly polished 17th century parquet floors. Relais & Chateaux certainly know how to do refined elegance and this certainly sums up a stay at the Hermitage. Highlights here include the firming caviar treatments in the sumptuous Spa, a magnificent restaurant accompanied by an exceptional wine list, not to mention Cervinia’s high altitude at over 2000m, meaning it’s pretty much ‘snow sure’ for those early or late ski breaks.
Flying time from London Gatwick to Turin: 1 hour 40 mins
Airport Transfer time: 1 hour
Hotel Hermitage wine cellar
Cuisine for many is also a major part of any ski holiday and so foodies may well want to consider a setting where a gourmet, fine dining experience is guaranteed. While all of our featured hotels and resorts boast sumptuous restaurants, some also boast those all-important and much-coveted Michelin-stars. One such example is the stunning L’Alpaga in Megève, France.
La Table de l’Alpaga gained its first Star in 2014 and praise has been lavished on this exceptional venue ever since. Its stylish, contemporary interior is complemented by an exquisite gastronomic experience where traditional Mountain dishes are given an intricate and simply mouthwatering twist by Head Chef Christophe Schuffenecker. Add to this its romantic views from the terrace of the awe-inspiring Mont Blanc and you’re in for a real treat.
Flying time from London Heathrow to Geneva: 1 hour 35 mins
Airport Transfer time: 1 hour
Alpaga – Chambre Classique
It’s also important to book your holiday well in advance of travel, in fact, now is a great time to book a weekend break for the 2014/15 ski season. Also bear in mind that Christmas, New Year and January to March are the busiest times so look outside these dates and you might well benefit from a great special offer or two.
Elegant Resorts Specialist Ski Consultants are on hand to help you plan and book your luxury ski holiday so call them now on 01244 897 333 or Elegant Resorts Website www.elegantresorts.co.uk for further details.