The conventional approach to hotels and chalets in high-altitude destinations is quickly being replaced by a new wave of accommodations that combine design, artisan craftsmanship, and innovative approaches to deliver unforgettable experiences for the discerning traveler. We take a look at some notable examples of properties that are transforming the landscape of mountain getaways.
Le Fitz Roy: Breathing New Life into Val-Thorens’ Chalet-Hotel
Since its renovation, Le Fitz Roy has been reimagined as a contemporary haven with a focus on local materials and artistry. The iconic chalet-hotel boasts cozy spaces such as an inviting bar and chef Jonas Noël’s restaurant. These spaces have been revamped with wood and marble from the Alps, complemented by touches of leather, mohair, velvet, fir green walls, and stone gray. Craftsmanship is a focal point at this 5-star sanctuary, with custom-made furniture, hand-cut glass chandeliers reminiscent of snowy mountains, a monumental felt artwork by Pascal Navarro, and alpine meadow herbariums by Gwenaëlle Grandjean.
Le 1550: A Unique Chalet Experience in Courchevel
Set in the heart of Les Brigues in Courchevel, Le 1550 is a standout addition to the Iconic House collection, which aims to reinvent vacation rentals. Drawing inspiration from renowned architect Charlotte Perriand, this insiders’ chalet blends vintage pieces, custom-made furniture, and one-of-a-kind artwork to showcase vibrant colors and raw materials.
The result is an accommodation that can host up to 15 guests, while highlighting local craftsmanship and providing a strong artistic and decorative dimension. Le 1550 is redefining the chalet experience, offering an intimate connection to its surrounding environment.
Cervo: A Paean to Sustainable Mountain Lodging in Zermatt
In Switzerland’s picturesque alpine village of Zermatt, Cervo Mountain Resort has evolved from a modest 1940s vacation chalet into a sleek and sustainable reinterpretation of an alpine hunting lodge. Founded by local Daniel Lauber, Cervo combines raw materials such as wood facades and dark granite foundations with eco-friendly features like heat pumps and seasonal yogis to deliver a responsible and luxurious stay for guests.
- Japanese onsen baths
- Alpine sauna
- Dedicated wellness rituals room
- Presence of seasonal yogis
Adding to the ethos of this groundbreaking hotel are its restaurants, Madre Nostra, which offers authentic Piedmontese cuisine and Bazaar, a vegetarian hideaway aligned with the spa’s philosophy.
Casa de São Lourenço: Portugal’s First 5-Star Hotel Nestled in the Serra da Estrela Mountains
Located on the eastern slope of Serra da Estrela is Casa de São Lourenço – a converted 1970s pousada (mountain inn) that has been transformed into mainland Portugal’s first 5-star hotel complete with an eco-friendly approach. Guests at this contemporary retreat enjoy breathtaking views of the glacial valley of Zêzere, one of Europe’s largest, due to its expansive windows and terraces.
Seasonal local cuisine that artfully blends modernity and tradition is accompanied by a spa and panoramic indoor pool. The rooms boast subtly nuanced decor, with each piece reflecting the beauty of the surrounding Portuguese mountains.
The Future of Alpine Accommodation: New Horizons in High-Altitude Havens
Share Instagram Copy link Audio reading, these innovative properties are redefining mountain getaways as enchanting destinations that seamlessly blend design, sustainability, and local craftsmanship to create unforgettable experiences for visitors.
From luxurious hotels nestled among snowy peaks to eco-conscious chalets providing the ultimate getaway experience, the future of high-altitude lodging is undoubtedly bright. As more establishments embrace this outlook and incorporate sustainable methods and unique designs, travelers can look forward to enjoying stays in these mesmerizing destinations like never before.