Tis the season to be jolly? Well then you should know nothing says “ho ho ho” better than snow, skiing and sometimes even ice-skating! Check out these winter wonderland hotels for that luxury family-friendly winter holiday the kids that is bound to put the merry back into the christmas!
If you’re fortunate enough to be visiting this gorgeous hotel that sits smack bang on lake Geneva in the winter months (November to mid-March), take a spin on Geneva’s largest (and perhaps most stunning) private ice skating rink! Yes, the hotel’s Winter Lodge built on its covered outdoor pool every winter is all about ice, furs, chandeliers, festive food and drinks. If that isn’t enough, use of ice skates is complimentary and ice skating lessons can be booked too. The icing (quite literally) is the many famous Alpine ski towns like Megeve and Chamonix that are a short drive away, in case you want to slice through the powder on the slopes too! Psssst: don’t tell the kids just yet but this kid-friendly hotel has a kids’ club and an outdoor playground too.
If Megeve is one of France’s prettiest ski-towns, then Alpaga is one of its finest family-friendly hotels. Think chalets, fur, wood, fireplaces, cashmere and the French Alps! And of course, the hauntingly beautiful Mont Blanc that the hotel looks straight into. Families can hit the ski slopes that Megeve is world famous for, with many activities for kids and non-skiers too. There is a complimentary shuttle for hotel guests to local ski slopes from 8 am-11 pm. Did I mention an outdoor Scandinavian wooden hot tub staring right at Mont Blanc? And oh, a kids’ club for the tinies too!
World-famous Zermatt is the gorgeous car-free Swiss village sitting at the foot of the Matterhorn. Sitting on a hill and overlooking the village, Coeur des Alpes is one of its finest family-friendly hotels. Don’t let the cave-like entrance of the hotel scare you, for once the glass elevator takes you up to the main hotel, it is breathtaking – I’m talking ‘see the pool through the lobby glass floor’ beautiful! And the gorgeous Matterhorn is always looking straight at you, no matter where you are! Ski buffs will revel in the fact that the hotel is a 3-minute walk to the nearest ski lift. Kids and non-skiers needn’t worry, for there’s a lot for them too, right from paragliding to snowshoeing and more. And it gets better, for there’s a killer wellness centre and spa at the hotel to dump your body at after a long day on the slopes!