Ultima Courchevel Belvédère
Nestled in the picturesque Sunny Valley at an altitude of 1750 metres, Ultima Courchevel Belvédère couldn’t be any closer to the stunning slopes of the renowned valleys in France’s Savoie province. This prestigious ski-in, ski-out resort comprises 13 private chalets, ideal for travellers looking to balance days of skiing with mind-soothing wellness treatments and world-class dining experiences. One of the most iconic ski resorts in the world, Courchevel’s 2023 ski season is set to impress – and Ultima’s ski guides and instructors are at the ready to lead excursions to the hidden gems of The Three Valleys and beyond.
Back at the hotel, guests are invited to enjoy sublime fare from the resort’s exquisitely situated mountain-facing restaurant and cocktail bar, which boasts uninterrupted vistas of the snow-dusted mountains. Offering the signature Ultima wellness experience, the resort also features two state-of-the-art spas, an indoor and outdoor pool, a sauna, Hammam and a Jacuzzi, perfect for warming up and unwinding after a day spent on the slopes.
Situated at the heart of Europe’s largest ski region, over 600 kilometres of maintained pistes lie on the doorstep of the Ultima Courchevel Belvédère residences. Just a short 7-minute transfer to the city’s bars and restaurants, the property is perfectly located for when the hours turn dark. Non-skiers can also head to the town of Courchevel to explore the refined boutiques, dining, and entertainment on offer, with the team on call to curate unique and authentic experiences featuring the region’s finest offerings at any time.
Positioned high up in the Plateau de Plan-Mayans in the Swiss Alps, Ultima Crans-Montana leaves its guests completely awestruck. Featuring two ultra-luxurious private chalets that can accommodate a large group of up to 38 guests, this property is the ideal secluded haven for multi-generational families and groups of friends looking for a private sanctuary to create lifelong memories together.
This ski season, travellers can embrace their inner explorer with a host of activities available at the property. From taking in the magnitude of Crans-Montana’s mountains on a helicopter ride to feeling a sense of peace while overlooking the dramatic mountain range from a hot air balloon, guests are sure to discover the untouched beauty of the mountains throughout their stay. For guests looking to relax, an unimaginably luxurious spa covering 1,000m² is available to guests to enjoy throughout their stay. Rejuvenate in the sauna, Hammam, fitness gym and heated outdoor pool whilst admiring the Baccarat crystal chandeliers layering the ceilings with Kelsey Grey and Bahia Blanca marbles.
There’s something for every member of the family to enjoy at Ultima Crans-Montana. Fantastic for children who are not skiing, electric snowcats, snow tubing, and husky-led dog sledging across the white wilderness will certainly fill the need for speed. Alternatively, families can indulge in Swiss classics, Savoyard fondue and raclette at a slopeside picnic in the Mayan Alps or circle the Matterhorn before landing in Zermatt to explore the picturesque town at the foot of the world’s most famous mountain.
Situated in the prestigious city of Gstaad in the Swiss Alps, Ultima Gstaad is known as one of the finest hotels in the country, that’s somehow as equally out-of-this-world as it is down-to-earth. With its blend of traditional Swiss architecture, plush interiors and curated artwork, the property combines its ultra-luxury amenities, rustic warmth, and state-of-the-art technology to provide a secluded and refined escape.
Timeless Swiss quality blends with the mountains at Ultima Gstaad, which boasts three wooden chalets of 11 suites, six private residences, a restaurant and two inviting bars. There’s also a leading Swiss clinic and spa for those looking to recharge. Each space is exquisitely crafted for snug evenings after a day of skiing in the mountains – featuring steam fireplaces littered across the property, with lavish bathrooms and dark, swirling marble from floor to ceiling, this hotel offers the epitome of elegance and comfort.
Throughout the ski season, Gstaad’s pristine landscape transforms into a playground for adventure. Guests can roam the frozen trails of the Promenade on horseback or in a horse-drawn carriage to experience the joy of a tradition that has been at the heart of Switzerland for centuries. A favourite for locals, Gstaad’s ice rink has many stories to tell. Located in the centre of the village, ice skating is a must-try activity for guests this ski season. Alternatively, travellers can experience freedom like no other as they take to the skies and paraglide in the Swiss snow. Here, guests can lap up the unforgettable view of Gstaad’s cloud-like hills below while gliding through the sky, accompanied by a professional pilot.
4. One&Only The Palm
Taking cues from Moorish palaces and Arabian architecture, the elegant One&Only The Palm is the perfect destination for couples and those craving an escape from the buzz of downtown Dubai. This chic beachfront hotel is also home to a stellar dining venue from famed chef Yannick Alléno.
5. Palazzo Versace Dubai
As one of only two Palazzo Versace addresses worldwide, the Dubai outpost embodies all the class and sophistication one would expect from the iconic Italian fashion idol. Inspired by a 16th-century Italian palace, the Palazzo Versace Dubai fuses Neoclassicism and Arabian architecture to deliver an exclusive venue that stands out from the crowd.
6. Mandarin Oriental Jumeira
The Mandarin Oriental hotel group is known for delivering the epitome of excellence with its properties, and its Mandarin Oriental Jumeira property is no different. With six gourmet restaurants, five outdoor swimming pools, a modern fitness centre, direct beach access and spellbinding views, this hotel delivers everything guests could hope for and more.
7. Jumeirah Al Naseem
Set within Dubai’s Madinat Jumeirah complex, this suave beachside retreat offers travellers a laid-back refuge in an easily accessible location. To usher in this cool, calm and collected ambience, the Jumeirah Al Naseem boasts beautifully landscaped gardens and is just a few footsteps away from the beach.
8. Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Holding a prime position in Dubai’s most exclusive beachside neighbourhood, the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach offers the best of both worlds: endless relaxation awaits, yet a host of activities are available at guests’ fingertips. Here, one can expect spectacular views of Dubai’s skyline and the Arabian gulf combined with exceptional hospitality.
9. Address Beach Resort
The newest property from Emirati hotel group Address, this beachside sanctuary blends contemporary design with graceful hospitality. Located in the Dubai Marina, Address Beach Resort delivers some of the city’s most incredible views, plus is home to an abundance of entertainment.
10. ME Dubai by Meliá
A jewel in Spanish hotel group Meliá’s crown, the ME Dubai is an architectural marvel that is the quintessence of style and substance. Located in close proximity to Dubai’s top attractions, including the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall, and Dubai Creek, this sleek hotel is the perfect base from which to explore all that the city has to offer.
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