Get ready for some serious decor envy. Taken from the pages of the new Eighty Four Rooms: Alpine Edition, these nine chalets, lodges, and resorts are the perfect way to escape the glumness of winter, without leaving the cold behind. We just can't decide if we want to ski in and ski out or just live at these spots. Which would you choose?
Author: Meredith Careywww.cntraveler.com
Open annually from November to April, this seven-suite chalet features a plush movie theater, hay sauna, Finnish sauna, salt and steam bath, outdoor whirlpool, butler service, wine cellar, and a master suite complete with fireplace and an attached children's suite with four bunk beds. And that's just inside the cozy-but-chic chalet. The Austrian Alps just out the front door are a whole other story.
Located near the German-Austrian border in the Bavarian Alps and about an hour south of Munich, the retreat claims to have the largest hamam west of Istanbul. Made of two hotels, the resort also has a concert hall, terraces for every suite, and six spas (three just for adults and three for families). Expect nearly floor-to-ceiling windows and mod design with Asian-inspired fabrics. It works, we promise.
You might want to leave the lodge to explore one of the best après ski spots in the world, but it'll be hard. The ski-in, ski-out lodge fits around 12 people in its five suites, has a staff of five including a chef, and comes with an all-you-can-drink complimentary bar. The log-cabin-like space embraces winter white, with cream furniture, fur throws, and a little bit of lumberjack plaid thrown in here and there. Just don't spill your red wine.
Built above Lake Lucerne in 1905, the Swiss hotel offers a heated, year-round pool, access to nearby hiking and mountain-biking paths, and a 20-seat movie theater. Make sure to take a few minutes to relax into the leather armchairs next to the lounge's larger-than-life fireplace and try an exclusive selection of cigars after dinner. But the real beauty of the location comes from the hotel's panoramic alpine and lake views from the terrace and from many of the rooms.
The resort includes a 31-room hotel built within the last few years, but try to book a room in the adjacent, historic home-turned-hotel (pictured) instead. The focus here is on health, with vegan detox diets, juice cleanses, a vegan and vegetarian restaurant menu, meditation sessions, and a natural bathing pond (rather than a traditional pool).
This chalet is split into six apartments, each with daily cleaning, breakfast served in the apartment, butler service, and some stunning freestanding bathtubs framed by the snowy Swiss Alps. Plus, when you book any of the Zermatt apartments, which house anywhere from four to 10 people, you also have access to a spa and movie theater.
This design hotel sits in South Tyrol, about four hours northeast of Milan and has just 12 rooms, each decorated and designed by a local artist. The all-white upstairs loft has access to the pictured whirlpool overlooking the town of Merano. Not your style? Pick from the '70s-inspired, red-walled Imperial room or the Artroom Galaxy space that includes a celestial ceiling mural.
With 168 rooms and suites, the resort was inspired by traditional Tyrolean farmhouses of the nearby town of Kitzbühel and much of the wood was actually salvaged from old cabins and lodges. Nearby, avid skiers will find the Streif, one of the most demanding race courses on the World Cup alpine ski circuit.
Just an hour outside Salzburg, Jagdgut Wachtelhof has 29 rooms, almost all of which have their own fireplaces. You can ski straight to the bottom of the lift about 300 yards away from the chalet, and a stay at the resort includes access to an outdoor heated swimming pool, separate fitness-chalet, and movie theater.