Part Two: Legendary Ski Resorts That Will Have You Booking First Class Flights This Winter
Easy to get to via first class airfare and rich in Alpine pistes and gorgeous ski resorts, Switzerland is a popular winter playground for the well-to-do. In part two of our three-part series detailing the world’s most exclusive ski areas, we take a look at some of the country’s most incredible winter wonderlands.
A famous ski spot for British royals and other international celebrities and VIPs, Klosters is intimate and posh. It is home to the legendary bar at Hotel Chesa Grischuna and the Casa Antica nightclub, known for its famed patrons and events. Prince Charles notably stays at Hotel Walserhof, where the suites are spacious, comfortable and very well-appointed. In nearby Davos, there are several chic hotels, including:
-Rixos Flüela Davos gleams with glitzy furnishings and ample amenities such as a fitness center, spa and indoor swimming pool.
- Hotel Seehof Davos delights foodies with its Michelin-starred restaurant and many spa, recreation and fitness amenities. The hotel is home-away-from-home for many world leaders attending the annual World Economic Forum.
It’s not often that you get to ski in the shadow of the Matterhorn, but a trip to Zermatt can help you realize that dream. Skiing is actually possible here yearround, but winter is magical in Zermatt with its ice caves, ice sculptures and winter activities. There are some truly beautiful hotels in the area:
-Hotel Mont Cervin Palace is classically elegant, transporting guests from the train station to the hotel via a cozy red horse-drawn carriage.
Guest rooms are beautifully appointed, and hotel services include a peaceful wellness and beauty spa.
-Grand Hotel Zermatterhof is just as gracious as the Mont Cervin, providing guests incredible views of the surrounding mountains, magnificent furnishings and lush restaurants and spa services.
Cars are not allowed in Zermatt, so book our discounted first class airfare to Geneva, drive to Tasch and hop on the Matterhorn Gotthard Bahn.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
Glamorous and glitzy, St. Moritz is the ultimate ski destination for the well-heeled upper class. Skiing is just one of St. Moritz’s famous pastimes, though, since visitors also enjoy shopping in the city’s many elegant boutiques, attending swanky polo tournaments and zipping down the thrilling Cresta Toboggan Run. There are several gorgeous five-star hotels in St. Moritz:
-Badrutt’s Palace is a unique and historic hotel that caters to royalty, professional athletes, celebrities and other movers and shakers. A private ice rink, sleigh rides, tennis courts and countless other amenities keep guests entertained when they’re not on the pistes.
-Hotel Kulm is another favorite for its classic beauty, rich accommodations and activities that include tennis, horseback riding, fine dining and spa treatments.
-Kempinski Grand Hotel is an award-winning property treasured for its castle-like design, exquisite restaurants, casino gaming and ski in/ski out provisions.
Whichever Swiss ski resort you choose, don’t forget to check out our first class ticket deals to Geneva and Zurich.