During the summery months, the Alpine peaks transcend into sweeping carpets of lushness that is so green and bright you need shades. Fill your thoughts with lush sweet meadows, wild flora, cooling glacial springs, fragrant herbs and the rich scent of fertile lands & rural life. Once our friend, winter, returns explore these mountain hotels for ski, snowboarding and sporty adventure.
The Aficionados crew have lined up some 30+ designer boutique hotels and luxury alpine retreats from Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland – each individually hand-picked and curated into this edit of the Alps.
Character, local-ness and, of course style, define these crafted boltholes of heritage, luxury and modern sensibility.
Altitudinous air aplenty, this is the perfect kick for you adrenalin junkies out there, but is also suited for those of you seeking egoistic ME time with holistic & dare we say life-changing spas. Frankly, it is the perfect place to just take it all in.
TIP - the train networks are super efficient and offer some of the best scenery and the easiest access to the Alps – try a little hopping around the mountains – it’s real easy & great fun.
So get clued up on our natural ALPINE HOTEL EDIT - cool boutique dens of mountain living with heart. This is the Alps with luxury.
Hike with the cows in this Alpine adventure of outdoor Austrian idylls, a famed foodie hotspot, the ladies have it good up here in Vorarlberg's Bregenzewald.read more
Birch and smoked oak hug the thick walls and capture the house’s DNA from the days as a farmhouse barn. Once a resplendent Renaissance home to the Bishop and favoured lodgings for the merchant traders heading along the Romanesque Via Claudia Augusta.read more
The vigilius mountain resort, created by architect, Matteo Thun, reclines in effortless eco style set to a fragrant Alpine landscape of larch trees, mountain pine, foxgloves and alpine roses.read more
Summertime Alping is all about chillaxing in herbal spas, hiking lush verdant hillsides & seeking art sky-high - this is the Alps, for you cool cats.read more
A legendary crash pad of royalty, celebs and lovers of Arlberg, this is the chic chalet hotel and spa of consummate five star style. Interiors are dedicated to Alpine heritage and modern luxe running through the hotel’s family history.read more
It was that familiar allure of the Swiss Alps that inspired the brand of MALOJA – an authentic, fantastically imaginative take on the traditional dress sense of the Alps. Think here of re-crafted, cultivated attire made for the modern day Alpinistas.read more
The designer cool cat of the Alps, this appealingly smart modern lodge opts for a stylish clubhouse vibe alongside re-worked rustic elements. This is all about the luxury of the Alps – traditions and respect, bubbling with fun. A fashionable hideaway with trendsetting, popular eateries, all tucked away close to the Matterhorn.read more
A lovely Alpine lodge for families that has had a chic, eclectic refit. Quirky design elements, stacks of well-positioned collectables and lively, modern takes on heritage prints and textiles decorate this boutique interior. An urban family retreat that is alive with positive energy, as inspired by the Aveda Spa, yoga and setting.read more
Mesmerhaus, once the sexton’s home, is today a wonderful style chameleon of ornate exteriors and simplistic elegant interiors. The effect is of refined originality, a heritage house reduced to its essence through a calming language of decorative stillness.read more
The chilled design hotel Miramonti sits perched atop Merano, nestled in forestry with spectacular, Bond-like views. Modernity subtly reigns whilst snuggling up to Alpine traditions – the vibe is relaxed, chilled and most definitely easy-going.read more
Wonderfully humble, this authentic exclusive-hire farmstead hideaway dating back to 1885 comes with the mandatory choc-box appeal of a rural Alpine chalet besieged by the hush rhythms of lush green pastures, ancient forests and hum of the mountain waters.read more
Zaha Hadid's architectural masterpiece atop Kronplatz in South Tyrol, the Messner Mountain Museum, is a concrete designer ode to the history of mountaineering.read more
With mountain eye-candy stretching out in every direction, this nest egg of casual style is the perfect bolthole for urbanites who love the rural idyll framed by modernity and crowned by its fabulous rooftop infinity pool of sheer wow.read more
Unapologetically vivid, this preferred pad of intellect and creativity is awash in Art Nouveau flamboyance tamed with clever 1950’s-inspired design interventions. A stylishly cool home of the arts, brushed with boldness.read more
An eye-catching designer hillside bastion of cool contemporary interiors framed by lush alpine forests and snow-capped mountains, where simple luxe shakes hands with age-old tradition, this is Hotel Bühelwirt Ahrntal in Italy’s stunning Valle Aurina.read more
Caramel timbers, robust chunky stone and larch shingled rooftops amplifies Alpine charisma buttered across the three ‘Malghe’houses of the Borgo Eibn which are draped in the grassiest of natural pastures, soaring spruce trees which your eyes follow and views of the insta-beaut Sauris plateau and the Dolomites.read more
A peak-side, sophisticated bolthole oozing fifties Vogue glamour. A firm favourite of the design fraternity, it is a trove of timeless, postmodern pieces that feel perfectly at home in this Alpine masterpiece of creative chillax.read more
Built into the original Medieval town walls of Hall, this former guilders’ house of traditional Tirol style has stood here for well over half a century with records dating back to 1450. Today, behind the rose petal façade, lies the small Kontor Boutiquehotel.read more
Dating back to the 1700s, Gasthof Hotel Hirschen Schwarzenberg in Bregenzerwald is a boutique art hotel boasting an eclectic combo of choc-box appeal, culture and rich history woven throughout, with an enviable personal collection of artworks that span the centuries and styles. An informal gallery sets the tone of this cute, boutique heritage hotel, cradled by the Bregenzerwald mountains.read more
A fabulously humble basecamp of good design for kindreds of style, Brücke 49 is a collection of rooms, suites, studios and apartments in the high-in-the-mountains creative enclave, Vals. Nordic elegance, designer furnishings and a creative narrative marry the concept of a loveable Swiss refuge with urbane cool.read more
This year you find yourself dreaming of something slightly less usual, it’s time to take your holiday down-time underground. Into Bad Gastein’s healing caves.read more
Bregenz Festival, an operatic culture den on Austria's Lake Constance is one of Austria's biggest art events, home to the world's largest floating opera stage.read more
For the ultimate in local fare that’s “still” organic — as in “it was never anything but” — Chez Vrony in Zermatt, Switzerland serves up time-honored recipes that have been handed down generation to generation, like the restaurant itself.read more
Niedermairhof is no ordinary bed & breakfast; it is a wonderfully restored nest egg vision, with a combo of traditional heritage and classic designer pieces – complete with all the creature comforts of a dinky luxury hotel.read more
Originally conceived as the village schoolhouse back in the 1930s, the traditional house, with alpine curb appeal of larch shingles, gabled rooftop and green shutters frame the lattice windows, is now a fabulous small design hotel surrounded by the Bavarian alps and pastures.read more
A groovy icon from the seventies, Seehotel Ambach presides over the shores of Lake Caldaro in Italy’s South Tyrol with its perfectly formed, curvaceous marshmallowy walls of laid-back glamour and a canvas of tangerine, vert and oxide reds which drape mid-century furniture pieces.read more
Birds, botanicals and fauna headline the canvas of this Austrian designer den found in Tirol wrapped in a fusion of honeyed Alpine traditions and chic urban style.read more
Well-turned books, art-decked walls, plump cushions and deep sofas set the rhythm of this lakeside foodie haunt where late night chats are accompanied by a bottle of the local brew. A crafted, fun-spirited, taste of bonhomie and a place where the good life feels like the natural choice.read more
A lair of nature wrapped by the mountains and forests with perhaps one of the best nature-inspired spas in Austria, all overlooking the Leogang Rockies. This design hotel hugs smooth modern interiors that brush up to loveliness of the Alps, complete with its own lake.read more
Affectionately known simply as ‘Magda’, personality flows from this mountainous bolthole of style framed on all sides by glorious greens, thanks to its location in choc-box Bolzano within the South Tyrolean Dolomites. Magda will soon become your New Best Friend.read more
Small, delicate, exquisite; this creative residence is fully-stocked with vintage family pieces and curatorial heritage, and includes a fabulous orangerie thriving between the greenest of Mediterranean gardens and whitest snow-capped peaks.read more
An epic mountain setting that could easily inspire a novel or two, this is a sleek Bavarian bolthole where the past cuddles up to organic modernity. Hand-finished in every detail, this is Alpine living with a fashionable edge, all authentically wrapped in natural woods, stitched linens and fluffy sheepskin throws.read more
Close to the Tirol mountains of the Tux and Zillertal Alps, this new boutique hub of chilled design and nostalgic tradition, stepping away from the chocolate-box picture-post-card image with creative art installations and a casual approach to life in the alps.read more
Whether you’re a seasoned visitor or planning on your first trip, the charming town of Brig in Switzerland is sure to surprise. Located close to the Swiss-Italian border, in the sunny Upper Valais, Brig is an accessible gateway to the Alps, ski resorts and mountains, even more, Brig is a magnet for thrill-seekers and those with a passion for culture and history.read more
The Schgaguler Hotel is a modern pearled white luxury resort in the UNESCO heritage-protected mountain village of Castelrotto. The interior design is eminently simple: floor-to-ceiling windows, bespoke carpentry, and a clean Alpine aesthetic that borrows from Italian design, the Danish principals of Hygge and a touch of sweet sophistication in the Japonesque detailing.read more
Drenched in Tirol originality and crafted by a setting of mountainous vistas. This luxury ski & spa hotel is all about boutique personality, passion, delicious food and a perfect location that hugs the snow-capped plateau, with windows that frame endless Austrian mountain eye-candy.read more
Ceramics, pencil-lead greys, putty linens and aged furnishings headline at this restored design guesthouse of original simplicity in the cute market of Lana, South Tyrol.read more
Once the grand resting spot for the weary English mountaineer brigade heading high up the Alps, this wonderful historic spot has been brought smack up to date and is the creative hub of the town. This is a fabulous example of Swiss culture melting into English eccentricity – a place where the urbane greets the mountains, all in fresh modern tones.read more
One thing is for sure: when it comes to the Arts, Valais is not to be found wanting. Take the Valais Art Museum in Sion. Here you can feel the history leap out at you in seminal paintings that depict life in the area and sweeping landscapes and Alpine mountain paintings that excite and inspire.read more
A chilled habitat of modern alpine vibe, this ski bolthole is dapper, plush and Martini cool. A suave lair of modern alpine style that flirts with the traditions of the Alps and is the perfect habitat for the ski fraternity and summer activity junkies.read more
For anyone who enjoys a challenge, spending their days in the snow and having the world at their feet, the famous Haute Route across the Alps is a dream come true; let us introduce you. The Haute Route is a true Alpine adventure in which you traverse the Alps on foot, from Chamonix in France to Zermatt in Switzerland, in just 10-12 days.read more
Modernity, fresh elegance and a natural hand are cornerstones within the restored traditional walls of boutique hotel, Das Wanda; a modern, natural retreat with a strong South Tyrolean heart.read more
High in the mountains – Winter sports aficionados know only too well that Lech-Zürs am Arlberg is perhaps one of Austria’s premier ski resorts and now is about to set a new challenge with a stunning 9-hole golf course being the highest altitude club in Austria surrounded by the Arlberg mountain range.read more
Discover Austria and her burgeoning collection of art museums, theatres, festivals, cathedrals and seductive cities, none more so than Salzburg, not only the home of Mozart, but a hotbed of old meets new and where youthful creativity is redefining Salzburg’s cultural heritage.read more
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