Five-Star, Black-Diamond: Colorado, Vermont and the Alps
Ski season and luxury travel go together like peanut butter and jelly. As temperatures cool and the white stuff hits the ground, there’s no better way to indulge than carving through world-class slopes by day and recharging your battery at world-class resorts by night!
Luxury Link is your lift ticket to incredible savings on five-star resorts near black-diamond runs, with a bounty of après-ski extras such as a welcome bottle of wine, gourmet meals and soothing spa treatments included in your vacation experience.
Below, we’re taking a tour of exquisite resorts in three of our favorite mountain regions across the globe. Head for the hills and book your next winter escape today by clicking here!
Towering peaks run the length of Colorado from north to south, and dotting the Rocky Mountains are legendary ski resorts that are a virtual Nirvana snow aficionados. These upmarket ski towns not only have incredible slopes to conquer, but fine dining, fabulous shopping and of course top-notch accommodations.
In Aspen, a newcomer to the luxury hotel scene is also a familiar one: Hotel Jerome is reopened in December 2012 on the heels of a multi-million dollar renovation. While the hotel’s signature service remains, guests will relish in guest room enhancements such as luxury linens, flat screen televisions, and deluxe bathrooms with soaking tubs as well as updated spa facilities, fitness studio, outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzis.
Nearby, Sky Hotel provides a modern-boutique twist on alpine accommodations. For dedicated snow buffs, the hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access to Aspen’s legendary slopes, as well as an on-site rental shop. For those with a serious après-ski appetite, the Sky boasts a sizzling dining and drinking scene at 39 Degrees Lounge plus its uber-popular “Attitude Adjustment” nightly wine reception, where guests are treated to amazing chair massages. Also recently renovated, the Sky Hotel features luxe guestroom touches including down comforters, Aveda bath amenities, and iPod docks.
One-hundred miles to the northeast, another winter playground beckons luxury travelers. The Vail Valley boasts two world-class mountains in namesake Vail as well as BeaverCreek. Nestled among them are exceptional accommodations that Luxury Link is proud to offer travelers, including The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. Perched on a mountaintop overlooking the valley and Sawatch Range, this AAA Four-Diamond Award winner places guests in heart of Colorado’s year-round bounty of outdoor activities. However in winter it’s all about conquering the mountain, with complimentary shuttle service to Cordillera Club at Vail and Beaver Creek, including ski-in/ski-out access at the latter. Meanwhile, Lodge and Spa at Cordillera guestrooms exquisitely compliment their natural surroundings, with warm woods and in-room fireplaces, plus private terraces with mountain views.
Tucked in Colorado’s southwest corner, Dunton Hot Springs is a luxe, all-inclusive option in the colorful town of Dolores, only a hideaway of Butch Cassidy. Dunton pampers guests with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily - including alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages – much of it from an on-site farm and vineyard! Venturing from your secluded riverside Dolores Cabin, nearby are the towering slopes of Telluride as well as options for hiking, snowshoeing, heli-skiing.
The awe-inspiring resort towns Colorado are well-served by flights from across the U.S., but best appreciated as an extended weekend or week-long getaway. For ski enthusiasts along the East Coast, Vermont is the ideal winter playground in their own backdoor with 17 alpine ski resorts, 30 cross-country touring centers. “Quaint” is often a word to describe New England, and The Green Mountain State lives up to that billing with its refined slope-side properties.
The resort town of Stowe is ground zero for Vermont’s alpine pursuits, and perched among all the action is Topnotch Resort and Spa, occupying 120 acres with its classic country motif. This is a full-service resort destination, with on-site restaurants, swimming and fitness facilities and the award-wining Spa at Topnoch, with a whopping 30 treatment rooms. Guestrooms feature European touches, with full American breakfast served daily before guests strap on their skis, snowboards or snowshoes, or hop aboard a romantic sleigh ride.
Closer to the Massachusetts border sits a Luxury Link property bestowed with a place among the Historic Hotels of America, and spot on Travel + Leisure’s list of World’s Best 500 Hotels. Castle Hill Resort & Spa in Ludlow occupies a gracious estate built at the turnoff the 20th century, recalling a bygone era. Guestrooms are perfect for a winter romantic getaway, with decorative fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. Couples will also love the massage treatments and four-course dinner on one evening of your choice included in a Luxury Link vacation experience. The region offers plenty of options to step into the snow, or take a leisurely drive through New England’s famous covered bridges.
Every traveler has a case of wanderlust at one time or another, and ski buffs are no exception. When black-diamond slopes on home soil just don’t cut it, head for the vaunted peaks of the European Alps. Combine awe-inspiring mountain scenery with quaint towns ropping with history, refined restaurants and exquisite shopping, and you have the stuff that winter vacation dreams are made of.
St. Moritz in Switzerland is the epitome of this Alpine bliss, and Nira Alpina is a five-star resort that takes slope-side luxury to the next level. Huge junior suites boast picture indows to soak in views of the towering Endagin Mountains, or enjoy it from a gigantic private terrace. When you’re ready to strap on those boots, Nira Alpina couldn’t be more convenient, with the Corvatsch cable car literally connected to the hotel and beckoning you to take a ride up the hill. Like their American counterparts, the Swiss are deeply committed to après-ski fun. Have a soak in the thermal baths of the Nira Spa, or indulge at one of the hotel’s two exquisite on-site restaurants, Stars or Stalla Veglia.
Across the border in Austria, the full-service concept popularized at luxury beachfront resorts worldwide is transported to the mountains at Kristiania Lech. Billing itself as a “contemporary lifestyle of the highest caliber”, this resort in the world-famous Arlberg ski region pampers guests with individualized guest rooms bathed in with warm color palates, homemade chocolate and complimentary mini-bar as well as the services of an on-site ski concierge. Daily breakfast and dinn
er are included in your seven-night Luxury Link vacation experience, with one night reserved for a fun an intimate raclette and fondue party. With 200 works of art throughout the property and even a reading butler to deliver the perfect book to your door, Kristiania Lech is European alpine hospitality at its finest!