The most beautiful mountain-based luxury hotels for families
13 September 2019
It’s winter, and the snow has covered the European mountains with its thin white coat: from the Alps to the Pyrenees, the air is pure and the scenery dazzling! Enjoy the pleasures of snowing with your family in prestigious mountain resorts. Check out our selection of kids-friendly luxury hotels at the heart of the most beautiful ski areas in Switzerland, France, Italy and Andorra.
Thrills of gliding, gastronomic experiences, revitalizing spa under the sun at the peaks, skiing, toboggan, sled, as well as other winter games for children, which are devised by experts are on offer at these six dream hotels; for a magical and extremely fun-filled holidays!
Gstaad: Chic et Mythical
For a stay at Gstaad Palace, Switzerland
Accessible from the airports of Geneva and Basel (within 2h), children love the Gstaad Palace hotel for its Snow Queen Castle tunes! For parents, this is the ultimate reference of transalpine luxury: appreciated by the international jet set for its style and its unique location on the sumptuous ski area of the Oberland glaciers, it offers the guarantee of always having snow in good quantity, for ski runs and exceptional cross-country ski tours. The hospitality of the Scherz family, who own the Palace, is characterized by the special attention paid to families and the unparalleled creativity in the activities on offer: horse-drawn carriage rides on snow, hot-air balloon rides, dog sleighing or even the ultimate Kids Mini Disco Party at the hotel’s disco!
Parents love: the hotel’s ski shop, the private ski lessons organized for families, the Palace Spa for its treatments and massages, the 200 hiking trails, the access to the Golf.
Children love: the splendid and free kids club (for kids between 3-12years), the two free children’s movies a day, the restaurant’s special kids’ menu, the high-quality babysitting service and the lovely kids shop.
Nature and getaway in Arosa
For a stay at Tschuggen Grand Hôtel, Switzerland
Located in one of Europe’s most beautiful natural areas near Zurich, at the foot of snow-capped peaks, surrounded by centuries-old trees and splendid high-altitude lakes, the Tschuggen Grand Hotel is an extraordinary gem of glass and steel, which was designed by the architects, Mario Botta and Carlo Rampazzi. It has been designed in a nature-friendly manner, in order to offer a complete mountain immersion to families under utmost comfort. The Tschuggen Suite with its area of 140 sqm including a very large living space, two double bedrooms and two bathrooms, offers breathtaking panoramic views over the Graubünden mountain range (Grisons massif), eco-friendly and anti-allergenic bedding and access to the famous private cable car. In this idyllic setting, parents can descend the snow-covered slopes, while the children can join the Junior Club for wonderful ski or sled rides, pirouettes on skates, or snowshoeing.
Parents love: the highest golf course in Europe, the incredible contemporary spa with Dermalogica or Clarins cosmetics, state-of-the-art sports facilities, and the Michelin-starred La Vetta restaurant.
Children love: the free kids-club for children below 3years and the kid menu, which offers chic “fast food” cuisine, the winter sports, and the high-quality babysitting service.
The art of living in a chalet, in Megève
For a stay at Les Fermes de Marie, France
“More than just a hotel, a setting”: this is what this elegant alpine hamlet composed of 9 chalets that can easily be reached from Lyon or Geneva. Lodge here like in another era in this authentic fairytale setting, built from fragments of old barns in the purest architectural tradition of the Haute-Savoie. Perfect for hosting end-of-year celebrations with large families, Les Fermes de Marie offer two very cozy private residences designed for the comfort of skiers, both young and old (consisting of 5 bedrooms, large living areas and a private spa). The kids’ conciergerie realizes children’s every desire and oversees the awesome Children’s Table: a buffet dedicated to the little ones, with its fabulous farandole of homemade desserts. The conviviality and fine taste extend even to the delicious winter flavors on the menu, especially with the black truffle which is sprinkled and perfumes some of the culinary creations, such as the Sauget ham shells, a Les Fermes de Marie’s signature dish.
Parents love: the connecting room options available in most rooms, the cookery workshop with a renowned chef, The Pure Altitude Spa and the family-only indoor pool.
Children love: the incredible kids-club (free) for children between 0 to 5 years old, the toboggan run, the welcome gift for children (a plush with the effigy of Félicien, the mascot of Les Fermes de Marie), the acceptance of their four-legged companions (for a small extra fee).
The Summum of skiing in Cortina
For a stay at the Cristallo Resort and Spa, Italy
Having fun, meeting new friends and skiing while admiring the most beautiful panorama in the world: this is what the Cristallo Resort and Spa, nestled at the heart of the Dolomites (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) has to offer. The hotel located in the family ski resort of Cortina, close to Venice or Treviso (2 hours trip) initiated the brilliant VIK concept: “Very Important Kids”, with its private ski lessons on slopes that have been specially reserved to the little ones, the Sciattolo Kids Club and the Kids Eat Free program (for an adult at the table, a child eats for free). Not to mention the excursion proposals, the eco-friendly ice rink and the unexpected visit of the Cortina’s Planetarium: children are the kings of Cristalo Resort and Spa!
Parents love: The Family Suites, all of which have connecting rooms, being pampered in the only five-star hotel in the region, and the recognition of this hotel facility as the “Best Ski Hotel in Italy” (World Ski Awards).
Children love: The eco-friendly ice rink on the large panoramic terrace, the delicious menus concocted for kids between 0 to 5 years old, and the baby equipment made available.
Basking the sun in the mountains, Soldeu
For a stay at Sport Hotel Hermitage & SPA, Principality of Andorra
Perched at an altitude of 1,850 meters and crowned by 62 peaks, the Sport Hotel Hermitage is bathed in a mountain climate with a Mediterranean influence for wonderful days of skiing under the sun. In a relaxed “home-like” atmosphere, children are greeted by their first names and receive, upon arrival, a stuffed animal and other little concerns. Here the meals are a party, with 8 restaurants, and as many culinary apotheoses orchestrated by two starred chefs: Hideki Matsuhisa and Nandu Jubany. It equally worth mentioning the amazing “Coca”: a foie gras in a flaky pastry accompanied by caramelized apples and dry rice with sea cucumber. The Hermitage Mountains Residences suites are beautiful spaces with warm design that will welcome the entire family, who are delighted to have direct access to the resort’s cable car (gondola). The pinnacle of luxury!
Parents love: the 5,000 sqm spa, the golf course at an altitude of 2,250 m, and the haute cuisine.
Children love: the kids club’s playgrounds, the ice karting lessons, and the spa’s “kids and teens” treatments.
WINTER FUN AND STRONG SENSATIONS à Courchevel
For a stay at K2 Altitude, France
Inspired by the Himalayan base camps, the K2 Altitude hotel, whose atmosphere ensues from the serenity of Tibetan temples, is also concretely inspired by the prowess of the Sherpas and organizes an impressive range of activities for parents and teens. The kids / Teens club (free) present themselves as mini Himalayan base camps, and dependent of the mountains’ weather conditions they organize: baptism of aerobatics, hang gliding, helicopter, hot-air balloon, paragliding, parachuting, microlight, snowmobile, fatscoot or fatbike, cliff climbing or ice climbing, ski races… when it comes to the cuisine and its related services, what’s on offer is equally high-end: vintage wines à la carte from the starred restaurants such as the Montgomerie, luxury boutique and spa “Goji by Valmont” for a stay in the stratosphere of exclusivity!
Parents love: The superb spa, the 2 Michelin-star restaurant, and the fitness room.
Children love: the cinema, the kids-club activities and the babysitting service on request with the baby cosmetics, as well as the tens of winter sports.
Elisa, 44, mother of Lee (5 years), passionate about traveling and yoga, from Sarlat in France