Set in snowy storybook landscapes straight out of Narnia, these luxury chalet hotels make for the perfect cold-weather hideaway for winter lovers.
Historically, mountain chalets were used as shelters for sheep and cow herders in the Alpine region of Europe. These properties were purpose-built with sloping roofs and extended eaves to withstand the heavy snowfall and harsh conditions that are typical in this rugged region. Weather-resilient, readily accessible timber was the main building material of choice. As the sport of downhill skiing gained popularity and gave rise to the concept of the fashionable resort town, residences went from being utilitarian to luxurious, and the design evolved to include multiple levels, pretty loggias and balconies, and decorative woodwork. Today, the chalet-style remains a popular architectural choice for luxury hotels both within the Alps and in ski regions around the world.
Caldera House (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
Caldera House is ideally situated in the heart of Teton Village, just a few feet from the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort tram and a short drive to Grand Teton National Park. Summer or winter, this luxury design hotel offers unparalleled access to adventure in a setting to die for. With over $100 million invested into the property, the final woodsy-chic product presents a well-balanced blend of contemporary European elegance and classic American craftsmanship. Larger suites come fully equipped with log-burning fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, steaming hot tubs, and glossy outdoor spaces outfitted with half-globe Solus fire pits, gas grills, and heated snowmelt patios.
Severin*s, The Alpine Retreat (Lech, Austria)
With a hip boutique aesthetic crafted from Tyrolean wood, natural stone, and polished metals, plus up-to-the-minute tech, Severins is the re-interpretation of original Austria by melding traditions with modern ideas and then achieving a great effect with small refinements: wood over 150 years old radiates warmth and comfort, the latest technology and Italian furnishings combine comfort with elegance, and contemporary art presents today’s understanding of culture.
Ultima Gstaad (Gstaad, Switzerland)
The Ultima Gstaad was designed and created as a work of art, in which each object and decorative item has a place and contributes to the overall aesthetic appearance. The resulting luxury interior design combines traditional and modern influences: ancestral craftsmanship is revisited with resolutely contemporary compositions. A unique, perfectly harmonious and finely balanced result. A new luxury concept that provides an extraordinary level of refinement, relaxation, and style. A unique experience to be enjoyed in the peace and conviviality of your private chalet, with all the comfort of a luxury hotel.
Rustic Chalet in Gerignoz
PLUS DESIGN‘s most recent project with Boca Do Lobo is an incredible holiday home with spectacular mountain views, situated in the quiet valley of Gerignoz, near Gstaad. For this interior design project, the intent was to convey a discreet sense of luxury combined with the cosy atmosphere of an Alpine Rustic Chalet. Contemporary touches of design as well as unexpected pieces of artwork and photography, add interest and some twists to the interiors. Furnishings and accessories are a mix of new, contemporary furniture, as well as antique, vintage and traditional pieces or eclectic finds sourced from all over Europe and the US.
Chalet Edelweiss, Courchevel 1850, France
The Chalet Edelweiss was completed in September 2012 and is located in the exclusive Bellecote Hamlet, on the Bellecote piste and a 2 minutes walk to the centre of Courchevel. This last example of chalet hotels brings a new standard of luxury to Courchevel, covers over 3,000 square metres of luxurious living space spread over six floors. The elegant lounge and dining areas provide the charm and atmosphere expected of this property. They are on level 3 with beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and pistes. The dining table can accommodate up to 24 people.