[ADV] The Best of the Best Ski Resorts
Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012
Dreaming of white powder, sunny days, cool temps and that wicked adrenalin rush? Us too!
We asked our friends at Lightfoot Travel to give us the best of the best ski resorts with family friendly facilities. There’s nothing like a little luxe arm chair travel, now is there.
Be warned – you might just be on the phone to these guys booking your most memorable holiday within seconds after viewing this travel eye candy.
Click through for some great views and luxe hotels – we dare you not to!
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Annabel, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Imagine: 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, and 2 extra toilets. Now that’s a holiday. This self-catering chalet is great for older kids who will be endlessly entertained with the media/games rooms (foosball table and pool table included). There’s also a children’s play room for the younger ones and the usual portable sleeping cot & safety gate available for rent.
House comes with free use of rental 4WD van – offer valid from December 15, 2012 – March 31, 2013
Chalet Kilimanjaro, Val d’Isère, France
Chalet Kilimanjaro offers extraordinary views down the valley and over Val d’Isère. It’s also incredibly close to the slopes and has an outdoor hot tub, open fireplace, sledges for the littlies, and – you guessed it – L’Occitane© bath & beauty products.
Zekkei, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Go all out with this luxurious chalet in the main village of Niseko, Hokkaido. Great for super ski trips with friends (or a very large family) – this place has 5 en-suite bedrooms and 1 en-suite kids’ room with double bunk bed. Plus there’s an exceptionally stunning view of Mt. Yotei.
Also very child-friendly – there’s a portable sleeping cot for children up to 2 years, portable futon for child up to 7 years, safety gate on main floor stairs, high chair, and children’s play area with a variety of board games and PS3. Chalet is self-catering.
Hidden Dragon, Les 4 Vallées, Switzerland
If perfection were a ski trip this would be it. Hidden Dragon ticks everything off our list: “Ski In, Ski Out” access, outdoor Hot Tub, sauna, steam room / Hammam, yoga deck, meditation room. More importantly, it has possibly all the f&b you could hope to consume in a week – champagne reception, daily breakfast and afternoon tea, pre-dinner cocktails and canapés, an open spirits bar and a range of soft drinks, as well as an extensive wine cellar. Kids also have their own menu, books, games, toys, sledges, Wii consoles, Playstation 3, a private cinema… Yep, this definitely is perfection.
The Ridge, Hakuba, Japan
Hakuba was the main event venue for 1998 Winter Olympics, and just a train ride away from Tokyo. With over 200 ski runs, and a plethora of surrounding restaurants, bars and onsens, this hotel is a stellar choice for its unparalleled Western-style Hakuba accommodation, luxury amenities, and service. A mix of modern apartments (for long stays) and hotels (for first-timers looking just for the thrill of the cold).
The Vale, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
With a prime ski-in/ski-out location and choice of hotel rooms and apartments (all with floor-to-ceiling glass windows affording great views of the mountain or village), The Vale is a no-brainer option for the perfect fuss-free, indulgent getaway. Some of the larger apartments even have their own Jacuzzi or onsen!
The Rees, Queenstown, New Zealand
Looking for relief in the midst of a sweltering summer? Get here now! The Rees offers incredible views over Lake Wakatipu and the Remarkables. These self-catering apartments and hotel rooms are just a short drive from the main bars & restaurants of Queenstown.
Chalet Romantica, Verbier, Switzerland
Perfect for a small family wanting a winter retreat, this chalet only has 2 bedrooms. It’s also part of the Romantica building, which is amongst the most exclusive apartment buildings in Verbier (total celeb status). You’ll be guaranteed privacy but not obscurity since you’re only under a hundred metres from Place Centrale. Keep the kids happy with their own dinner menu, while you indulge in champagne and canapés on arrival and champagne breakfast once a week!
The Green Leaf, Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan
Boutique hotel where rooms are charged B&B style, so you’ll never have to go hungry in the morning! Head straight for the slopes, or for those less ski-inclined, there’s the outdoor onsen, snow mobiles, and tons of dining options to keep you a happy camper. Bonus: ski slopes here are quieter as they’re not shared by the main Hirafu village.
The Dairy, Queenstown, New Zealand
Quaint, private, and still highly luxurious – The Dairy is only a minute away from Queenstown for those who love being in the centre of attention. This boutique hotel has 13 ensuite bedrooms, serves delicious home-cooked breakfasts and homemade afternoon teas, has an outdoor courtyard with an open fireplace, an outdoor spa, mountain bikes, and a private library.