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Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O'Sullivan


If you’re about to book a ski holiday and can’t decide between a catered chalet and a resort hotel, how about somewhere that combines the style and intimacy of the former with five-star facilities of the latter? We asked our friends at Ski Solutions to pick five of this season’s best ski boutique hotels, with availability this month or next.

Hotellerie de Mascognaz, Champoluc, Italy

High above the resort of Champoluc, Hotellerie de Mascognaz (above) is made up of several restored farmhouses and offers the ultimate rustic-chic experience.Rooms (above) feature exposed wooden beams and roaring log fires and if you can bear to leave your room, there’s a spa with an indoor pool, sauna and steam room – great for relaxing those tired ski muscles. Price £1,280 per person, sharing a standard double room, for seven nights, including scheduled flights, accommodation, half-board catering and private transfer. Departs January 31 2015.Hotel Valluga, St Anton, Austria

Originally built in 1952, Hotel Valluga (above) has been lovingly restored and given a chic, modern twist. Rooms are spacious, but cosy and there’s a vast lounge area where you can play games, chat or sit back and enjoy a Glühwein or two in front of the fire. Facilities include a restaurant serving healthy and energising cuisine, and a spa, fitness and wellness area. Price £1,440 per person, sharing a standard double room, for seven nights’ b&b, including scheduled flights, private transfer. Departs 28 February 28, 2015.  Summit Boutique Hotel, Whistler, Canada

Summit Boutique Hotel (above) offers self-contained, spacious suites with a kitchenette, fireplace, and balcony, and is beautifully decorated with unique features such as custom designed cherry wood furnishings and original artwork. Facilities include an outdoor heated pool, hot tub and a spa. Price £1,260 per person, based on two sharing a standard double room, for seven nights’ room-only accommodation, based on two including scheduled flights, room only accommodation and shared transfers. Departs March 14 2015.Nira Montana, La Thuile, Italy

Located in La Thuile, in the north-western part of the Aosta Valley, Nira Montana (above) is a beautiful property, blending traditional chalet-chic with clean, contemporary design. Rooms are decorated with ‘forest’ wallpaper, ‘snowflake’ fabrics and a selection of designer furniture and accessories. Facilities include a restaurant featuring the best of Italian cuisine, a signature Nira Spa and indoor pool. Price call 020 7471 7749 for details.The Omnia, Zermatt, Switzerland

The Omnia (above) is a a cool and contemporary mountain lodge. Perched on a rock 45m above Zermatt, the hotel’s beautiful south-facing sun terrace and restaurant offer stellar views of the Matterhorn, as does the wellness centre, with an in/outdoor swimming pool and whirlpool. Rooms are chic and contemporary with balconies for enjoying that clean Zermatt air. Price call 020 7471 7749 for details.

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