Try a boutique ski hotel

Whilst many people still enjoy staying in chalets or apartments when they ski, many people are opting for a little extra individuality and luxury, and where better to get that than a boutique hotel? Small enough to maintain the intimacy of a chalet, but with services that let you truly enjoy your break, boutique ski hotels are becoming more popular by the year.

Dedicated ski hotels have to offer slightly difference facilities for skiing clientele. Aside from needing a perfect location, they also have to be able to store skis, boots and other equipment safely and provide the sort of food and drink that would be expected by a seasoned skier. Comfort and quality are important too, as is access to local après-ski scene, and boutique hotel owners in these resorts are making sure that their guests want for nothing. Blessed with fantastic views, great cuisine and with all your needs anticipated by the attentive staff, these are the sorts of hotels that turn your annual ski trip into a holiday to remember.

We think that a boutique ski hotel offers you the best of both worlds – a chic hotel experience with the convenience and service of a top quality hotel. No more finding out your hotel is miles from the slopes, or fighting to get on the bus in the morning, and no more wondering if your chalet’s evening meal is going to be up to scratch. Instead, concentrate on having fun on the slopes in the knowledge that you will come back to an intimate, tastefully furnished, discreetly serviced hotel that will look after your every need.

At Chic Retreats, we have picked a couple of outstanding boutique hotels that are perfect for skiers. In France, Aiguille Grive Chalet Hotel is the perfect blend of design and service, set in the heart of the French Alps in Savoie it offers guests a boutique hotel experience or your very own private chalet. In Bolzano, Italy, the Hermitage Bio Hotel has been welcoming guests for more than a century. The hotel has an indoor pool, restaurant and is within easy reach of no less than 6 ski schools.

Take a look at both of these boutique hotels the next time you’re planning a skiing holiday and make it an unforgettable one.

Andrew is a firm believer that travelling like a local inevitably leads to the best off-the-beaten-path finds which truly make a destination remarkably more memorable. From traditional Indian festivals in humid Hyderabad to fresh seafood pasta by the Sorrentine Peninsula, he appreciates variety when travelling. He hasn't been everywhere, but it’s on the list.