We move away from the world of private chalets and into luxury hotels, and we start with one of the most exciting new openings of the season. Le Coucou opened its doors for the first time this season, bringing a new level of luxury to the already star-studded Méribel.
The elegant five-star hotel offers 55 spacious suites and rooms and two stunning private chalets. It boasts a fantastic ski-in/ski-out location perched on the heights of Belvedere, close to Le Rond-Point des Pistes, offering panoramic views across the slopes of Méribel. The private chalets are both independent four-bedroom residences. They have their own ski room, pool and spa, offering guests the utmost privacy but still experiencing the five-star service Le Coucou offers.
There is also a strong emphasis on wellness and recovery. The on-site Tata Harper Spa offers a range of rejuvenating treatments while two swimming pools and a fitness center allow guests to stay active off of the pistes as well. Le Coucou also brings two new restaurant concepts in The Beefbar and Bianca Neve. The former offers some of the world’s most prized meats such as Australian Wagyu and Japanese Kobe while the latter brings fresh elevated Italian cuisine to the slopes.
From $480 (approx.) on a bed and breakfast basis, lecoucoumeribel.com
You have to do something special to stand out in Verbier, Switzerland, the town that all other ski resorts look up to when it comes to luxury. Chalet Chouqui is one of the town’s most recent arrivals and brought a fresh sense of modern opulence with it.
The nine-bedroom suite offers 2,952 sq ft of premium interior space, which has been designed and furnished by the prominent London designer Gytha Nuttal. There are odes to her British heritage through the use of herringbone tweeds and custom-made English furniture.
A sprawling terrace offers beautiful views out across the imposing Mont Blanc Massif and there is enough space for an al-fresco dinner when the weather allows. The views can also be enjoyed from the bedrooms, each of which has a private terrace or balcony.
The private spa area has a 49-ft pool, outdoor cedar hot tub, and hammam, making it the perfect place for respite after a long day on the slopes. The chalet also has a games room with table tennis and table football, home cinema and a bar with an impressive adjoining wine cellar.
From $82,000 to $118,000 (approx.) per week. To book, contact Leo Trippi on +44 1285 366 030 or visit leotrippi.com/chalet-chouqui
W Aspen & The Sky Residences
W Aspen opened last August to become the first new luxury hotel in the town for 25 years. Although Aspen was not wanting for high-end accommodation, it is certainly a breath of fresh air for the town’s devotees. It is the second ski resort from the luxury brand following W Verbier and this latest property has been modeled on that. There are 99 accommodations of which 11 are residences.
The hotel is in keeping with the vibrant and colorful traditions of Aspen. Modern art is plentiful throughout the common areas while all of the guestrooms and suites have been designed in a style reminiscent of the pop culture icon Bob Ross. Offering year-round luxury, the WET® Deck will be the place to see and be seen, offering excellent après-ski in winter and cooling cocktails in the summer. It is Aspen’s only year-round, all-weather, public rooftop and offers jaw-dropping, panoramic mountain views, which can be enjoyed from a heated pool and hot tub.
The residences are located slope-side on Aspen Mountain and give owners access to a private, owners-only roof deck with a spa, lounge seating, BBQ grills, outdoor kitchen, and fire pit.
Mega Residence at Sky Residences from $2,629 per night, marriott.co.uk/sky-residences-at-w-aspen