ST AN­TON, AUSTRIA

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St An­ton is a re­sort of su­perla­tives. One of the snowiest des­ti­na­tions in the Alps, it of­fers the best ski­ing for ex­perts. Ex­ud­ing a cho­co­late-box charm, it is the cap­i­tal of après-ski with de­light­ful chalets to rent. The pe­cu­liarly named An­thony’s Life & Style adds to the re­sort’s grow­ing list of as­pi­ra­tional ho­tels, and also boasts a good steak house, pizze­ria, bar with a DJ, and spa. Leather, stone, wood and glass – along with Ty­rolean felt and lo­den – are used for the cool de­sign, with a colour scheme of cream, dove grey, and hot pink. At the other end of the spec­trum is Ho­tel Mon­tjola, which has re­ceived a com­plete facelift, and its cosy in­te­ri­ors have a fresh, con­tem­po­rary look. Only a few min­utes’ stroll from the lifts and the cen­tre of town, its po­si­tion, in full sun­shine and with panoramic views, also en­sures peace and quiet.

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On a clear day you can see across to North Africa from the top of the ski area at the An­dalu­sian re­sort of Sierra Ne­vada, main­land Europe’s south­ern­most ski re­gion. The re­sorts of Mar­bella and Málaga are un­der two hours away, mak­ing it fea­si­ble to get your fill of ski and sea in the same day. When weather con­di­tions are right, this is a great-value des­ti­na­tion for be­gin­ners as well as in­ter­me­di­ates. Ho­tel El Lodge is the place to stay. At 2,100 me­tres above sea level, this is an at­mo­spheric re­treat with 20 wood-pan­elled rooms and a branch of the Suite Lounge, Mar­bella’s fash­ion­able nightclub.

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