In the eternal words of Rachel Green from Friends, “shoop, shoop, shoop”

Winter is coming, which means it's time to plan your ski trip for the 2021/2022 season. From cigar and wine libraries to world-class spas, Michelin starred restaurants and even dedicated ski butlers to attend to your every need, we've hand-picked the best five-star ski hotels in Europe to rest and rejuvenate after a day on the slopes. 

Alpaga Megève, France

This chic Alpine hotel has the charm of a classic chalet with its hardy wooden exterior, which was blessed with a modern interior overhaul featuring light and airy guest rooms and elegant facilities, including the five-star Spa de l’Alpaga.

Alpaga Megève has 22 guest rooms, five apartments that can accommodate up to six, and six ultra-luxurious three-storey chalets that can accommodate up to 12 guests. 

Don't forget to make a reservation at Alpaga Megève's two-Michelin Star restaurant, La Table de l'Alpaga, helmed by chef Anthony Bisquerra. 

Find out more about Alpaga Megeve here.

Aman Le Melezin, Courchevel, France

Located in Courchevel 1850, directly on the Bellecôte piste, Aman le Melezin offers unimpeded access to over 600 kilometres of pristine ski slopes and cross-country tracks. There's even a state-of-the-art ski room with heated boot racks, and a team of experienced Ski Butlers to attend to all needs big or small.

Après-ski, enjoy Japanese dining at Nama, where cuisine is prepared in the washoku style and include sushi, sashimi, and Wagyu beef. The Aman Spa at Aman le Melezin offers a stone hammam, wood sauna, and specially designed yoga sessions for skiers.

Aman le Melezin will open from December 10 2021 until April 10 2022. Find out more here

The Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

The Alpina Gstaad was named one of the Top 100 Hotels in the World by Travel + Leisure, which comes as no surprise as this stunning wellness-focused Alpine hotel sets a new standard for Swiss mountain resorts. The on-site Six Senses Spa offers Asian-inspired treatments, and there's a beautiful 25 metre indoor pool featuring two jacuzzis or a heated outdoor pool—personally speaking, the views are totally worth braving the elements for. 

Complimentary chauffeuring is provided in a fleet of luxury vehicles by Land Rover, Mercedes, and Tesla. All 56 guest rooms, suites, and residences boast incredible Alpine views.  Guests at The Alpina Staad can dine on traditional Swiss dishes, Japanese cuisine, or try a unique tasting menu at the Michelin-starred Restaurant Sommet.  

Find out more about The Alpina Gstaad here

The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland

Surrounded by the natural, year-round beauty of the Swiss Alps and  by the charms of Andermatt village, The Chedi Andermatt is five-star Alpine luxury at its finest. 

Designed by famed architect Jean-Michel Gathy, The Chedi Andermatt boasts 123 guest rooms and suites, with enchanting design throughout the hotel featuring warm woods and sensual lighting. There are five elegant food and beverage options, including fine dining restaurants and a wine library.

Keen skiers can consult The Chedi Andermatt's dedicated Ski Butlers, who can assist with arranging ski passes, lessons and more. 

Find out more about The Chedi Andermatt here

Kulm Hotel, St Moritz, Switzerland

Dating back to 1856, Kulm Hotel was the first hotel in St. Moritz. But don't let its age fool you—Kulm Hotel delivers all the modern necessities and comforts while maintaining its grand, maximalist approach to interior design. Think regal fabrics and textures, soaring windows and chandeliers. 

Among its restaurant and bar options is Michelin starred The K, helmed by Mauro Colagreco of three Michelin starred Mirazur in Menton, France, which is currently ranked number one in the 50 Best Restaurants in the World list. Open only during the winter season, The K by Mauro Colagreco will reopen on 14 December 2021.  

Find out more about The Kulm Hotel here. 

Hotel Le Coucou, Meribel

The luxury ski-in ski-out Hotel le Coucou is located at the foot of the Rond-Point des pistes in Meribel. 

It occupies 10 floors on the mountainside, with a stunning private pool, a Tata Harper Spa, two restaurants and two kids clubs. The design puts a mid-century modern twist on traditional ski hotel style, with vintage-inspired design elements worthy of a role in a Wes Anderson film. 

Find out more about Hotel Le Coucou here

Le Refuge de Solaise, Val-d'Isère, France

Peaceful and secluded, Le Refuge de Solaise is a luxurious mountaintop resort above Val d’Isere, reached only by the ski or by gondola, providing privileged access to the slopes for its guests. 

Wake up early and enjoy having the fresh powder of virgin snow slopes to yourself before the day's visitors arrive. Ease weary post-ski muscles in the spa or the 25-metre pool before curling up by the fireplace with a book and an aperitif. 

Find out more about Le Refuge de Solaise here.

Miramonti Boutique Hotel, Merano, Italy

The simple yet stunning design of Miramonti Boutique Hotel makes the most of its surrounding views, with guest rooms that look out to vistas of Merano and an outdoor pool that tips over the mountainside. 

It’s booked out year round, but comes alive in winter when eager skiers and snowboarders come to enjoy nearby Merano 2000, followed by a stint in the sauna, onsen or spa. Miramonti Boutique Hotel has three restaurants: Klassik for a foraged breakfast, Panorama for a contemporary take on Austrian and Italian cuisine—and stunning panoramic views—and the very cosy Stube, for hearty mountain staples. 

Find out more about Miramonti Boutique Hotel here

Valsana, Arosa, Switzerland

Valsana in Arosa is a CO2 neutral hotel that brings together modern elements with retro chic design. It is the first hotel in Switzerland to have an ice battery (meaning no oil or gas is used) and the mattresses are made from coconut fibres. 

Located in the upper end of the Schanfigg Valley—a preferred ski destination among locals—Valsana takes a refreshing turn from the at times stuffy approach to five-star ski lodging, providing an unpretentious space to rest and play. The nearest cable car is just minutes away, and thanks to the linking of the Arosa Lenzerheide ski areas a few years back, provides 140 miles of slopes. There’s also snowshoeing and ice golf on the lake, and the hotel offers yoga classes, weekly film nights and an intimate spa. 

Find out more about Valsana here