Hello everyone. As I said, less activity on the blog in the next few weeks but a holiday challenge submitted by Karine picked my curiosity. Ski places have not been featured so far as we rarely go skiing but I’m aware that you, my dear readers, may also want to find some stylish places there.
So today’s challenge should be a good start. It comes from Karine who is herself very much into nice places as she is an interior designer. It’s worth checking her site to see the beautiful projects she has completed.
- A chalet, flat or nice B&B / hotel for the New Year week
- Roomy as they will be with their 5 years old daughter
- Close to a ski station, ideally near the start of the slopes
- Alpes only, France, Swiss or Italy
- A pretty place without too much pine wood everywhere !
- 2000 Euros budget for a week
Karin emailed me the day after she submitted her challenge to say that she was now looking at hotels as finding a rental was difficult. I had realised the same thing so I’m happy she switched gear as there are more choices when you go the hotel/B&B route.
Here are my 10 ski boutique hotel finds (and one flat).
Ski boutique hotels in France
La Féline blanche, Saint Gervais
- From 115 Euros in Peak season, family room is 155 Euros
This should tick Karine’s interior designer sweet spots as this B&B is all about style and home design. Lovely use of grey and whites with the warmth of pine wood just added as gently as possible. You can ski in that station or take a bus to go to Evasion Mont Blanc or even drive to Chamonix.
Milk Hotel, les Carroz
- From 250 euros on a half-board basis
- There is a suite and the superior room seems big too
Litterally near the station, this hotel makes it easy for anything ski relatd : your equipment can be rented and brought to the hotel via their partner, you can stay in half board, etc..
La Ferme des Vonezins, near la Clusaz
- 2 rooms and one chalet for 4 people
- Need to contact them to have prices
This one is a bit of a mystery as there are not many photos on the site. But I like their website which indicates good taste and reviews on Tripadvisor are also very good. The food seems to be quite special. And for children, there are animals galore : dogs, goats, pigs…
Ski boutique hotels in Italy
Mira Monti, Italy
- A suite for 3 is from 220 Euros
This one is in the Dolomites and near the station of Meran 2000. The hotel has a clear modern decor and there are several suites to consider for families. The website seems to target the young and fashionable ! Oh and there’s a spa and indoor pool.
- 24 apartments
- From £260
This is the best of both world: apartments which you can rent but you can also benefit from hotel services and from a great spa on site. The rate also includes daily breakfast. Claraia, Daonella and the Ammonite suite have two bedrooms so make it perfect for families.
Ski boutique hotels in Switzerland
Villa Flor near St Moritz
- 7 bedrooms
- From 206 Euros. Room 1; 6 and 7 which are the biggest (between 30 and 45 square meters) are at 320-330 euros
A very lovely house which has a couple of classic bedrooms and a few more modern rooms with very interesting bathrooms. It’s near St Moritz where you can of course go skiing. There is also another station called Zuoz , 5 minutes away.
Chesa Salis in St Moritz
- From 200 Euros
The hotel is in the village of Beder which is on the outskirt of St Moritz. It’s only 10 minutes to St Moritz and 8 minutes to the nearest ski lift. The house is quite traditional but some clear decoration and modern elements have been introduced which makes it very pleasant. The suite above is big and could accommodate space for their daughter.
- 55 bedrooms
- From £160 B&B
Despite its number of rooms (55) which is more than what I would normally go for, I chose this hotel because it has a Design look which could appeal to Karine but also because it opens in December 2014 only. Therefore, this could be your chance to get availability. It’s also located in La Thuile, an Italian resort close to the French border and Courmayeur.
- 4 rooms, one a suite (ie two rooms)
- from 190 Euros
Warning: this hotel doesn’t accept children under 10. It therefore won’t suit Karin but for those of you with older children this is really a gem. Lovely lovely scandinavian type design. It’s located in Vals. Their breakfast look delicious. They also let guests use their kitchen for cooking their own meal.
White Pod hotel, Valais
- 9 pods
- From 500 Euros
This is quite a fascinating place which is why I left it here despite it being out of budget. The rooms are actually pods, a kind of luxury tent with a solid structure and of course a heater insde. Breakfast is served in the main house. There are pods for families where the children can sleep in a mezzanine.