The snow’s still good, but the days are warmer – it’s the perfect time to hit our four top ski retreats
Discover the new Louvre outpost in Abu Dhabi, a design fair with a difference in Monaco and a quartet of new boutique hotels in Paris. Plus, we show you how to get a taste of Lisbon in London and explore 2018’s hottest ski breaks
1HOTEL ANVIL Cool Brooklyn design practice Studio Tack has converted this former 1950s ski motel in Wyoming, US, into a hotel that resembles a movie set from a western, but with all mod cons. Every room has a brass rain shower and sheepskin slippers – ideal after a long day’s skiing on the Teton Mountains or snowmobiling to hot springs, both of which hotel staff can help you organise (from £150 per night; anvilhotel.com). Find some resorts closer to home on the next page…
2HUUS This stylish but informal new hotel in the exclusive Swiss ski village of Gstaad is the vision of Swedish architect Erik Nissen Johansen of studio Stylt Trampoli, who literally dug deep into the local landscape to source materials: stone to create the front desk was excavated from the bottom of the nearby river Saane. Bonuses for guests include complimentary sledges, backpacks and binoculars, as well as use of the vast spa’s Finnish sauna and herbal 3 steam bath (from £227 per night; huusgstaad.com). OVERLOOK LODGE A cross between a chalet and a hotel, Overlook Lodge is a contemporary take on the traditional winter retreat in Cervo, a quaint village just above car-free Zermatt in southern Switzerland. Set up by a group of young Swiss entrepreneurs, it is, as they say, ‘no stuffy, old-school hunting lodge’. Indeed, inside the hotel built from local pine, you’ll find furniture by Hay and lighting by French brand Lampe Gras. It is the magnificent views of the Matterhorn peak, however, that steal the show (from 4 £212 per night; designhotels.com). SEVERIN’S In Arlberg, Austria, Severin’s has a chocolate-box chalet exterior that belies the technology (ipad-controlled lighting, Amazon Prime television) and modern interiors within. The walls of the nine suites are covered in reclaimed Tyrolean wood, the ceilings are copper, and all are furnished by Italian superbrand Minotti and hung with artworks curated by Vienna’s Contemporary Art Advisors. Plus, after a day on the Lech and St Anton slopes, there’s a state-of-the-art spa to unwind in (from £611 per night with full board; severins-lech.at).