Tick off your travel bucket list by hitting the slopes at the best ski resorts on Booking.com
The holiday season is almost upon us and it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions now, whether that’s you celebrating Christmas in style by skiing – or choosing to do some adventurous skiing in the New Year!
Nearly half of all travellers (45%) have a travel bucket list in mind for 2018 and the majority of those (82%) will aim to tick one or more destinations off their list in the coming year. What’s more, 27% of people want to learn a new skill – so why not start early by hitting the slopes somewhere new? Make the most wonderful time of the year a truly special occasion by enjoying a white wonderland either après-skiing, or simply relaxing by roaring log fires surrounded by idyllic mountain views.
Booking.com, the global leader in connecting travellers with the widest choice of incredible places to stay, has delved into its more than 1.5 million properties in over 123,000 destinations across the globe to present some of the best ski resorts.
Mountain Resort M&M, Mayrhofen, Austria, 9.8/10 Guest Review
Don’t let this charming Austrian ski resort fool you - it has a thriving après-ski scene. After a long day on the slopes, head to one of the traditional Alpine bars beside the slopes to enjoy a local beer or two. If needed, you can even find your home-away-from-home at Scotland Yard, a bar that serves a selection of British beers. If you’d rather have a more relaxing evening, Mountain Resort M&M’s top floor boasts a spa and wellness centre, or travel to the Fügen Thermal Bath for an authentic and relaxing Alpine spa experience.
Appartements Schmalzerhof, Sölden, Austria, 9.5/10 Guest Review
James Bond – he’s cool, suave and has travelled the world, so why not be like the super-spy and hit the slopes in Sölden? Any Bond buff will recognise the resort from the famous Bond film, Spectre, so this Christmas/New Year see if your skills can match that of 007! A stay at the Apparetements Schmalzerhof will have you feeling as glamorous as Bond, relaxing in the luxury of an entire apartment, surrounded by glorious mountain views, taking to the sauna to unwind after a hard day’s skiing.
Saint George Palace, Bansko, Bulgaria, 8.7/10 Guest Review
For beginner and intermediate skiers, try Bankso in Bulgaria. With six easy runs and seven intermediate, there are plenty of slopes to practice on before tackling the harder runs! The Saint George Palace Aparthotel is the perfect place to set up camp with a free shuttle service to the slopes and a spa where you can enjoy a well-earned massage after all that skiing.
Le Dahu Hotels-Chalets de Tradition, Morzine, France, 9.1/10 Guest Review
Morzine is a fantastic resort, no matter your skiing ability. Located in Les Portes du Soleil, which connects 15 ski resorts across France and Switzerland, you will be spoiled for choice. After a long day on the mountain, relax in this traditional chalet-styled accommodation with a hot or cold drink in front of its cosy fire.
B&B Arche de Noé, Verbier, Switzerland, 9.1/10 Guest Review
With more than 400 kilometres of ski runs, it comes as no surprise that Verbier in Switzerland is known the world over for its fantastic skiing. So why not see off 2017 in style? Stay at this traditional B&B chalet only 50 metres from the main lift, and ski direct to its front door on your return.
Chalet Hôtel Le Prieuré, Chamonix Mont-Blanc, France, 8.5/10 Guest Review
Chamonix Mont Blanc is a famed ski resort and it’s obvious why – with plenty of ski runs covering all levels of ability, many Alpine restaurants, and a quaint village to buy souvenirs for those left at home, you will be begging not to leave! Chalet Hôtel Le Prieuré is the perfect place to stay. Only a three-minute walk from the lift, it has a sauna, bar and fireplace, so you’ll have everything you need to make this your best skiing holiday yet.
Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge, Val Thorens, France, 9.3/10 Guest Review
Hotel Pashmina Le Refuge is a luxury hotel located in Val Thorens, offering ski-to-door access to Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world. Val Thorens has a reputation as one of the highest party resorts in the Alps. Its 360-degree bar offers fabulous cocktails with world-class DJs playing throughout the ski season. If a more relaxing environment is your vibe, head to the hotel’s spa and wellness centre to enjoy a long, well-deserved massage.