A little ‘mountain high’ can make everything better. From exhilarating adventure and winter sports to peaceful respite and summer vitality, these four Design Hotels™ surrounded by preserved and beautiful nature are well worth the trip all year round.
A journey up the Swiss mountains to rocksresort in Laax presents the height of Swiss precision in terms of bold and environmentally in-tune design. The Cambrian in Adelboden stands out from the crowd as a unique location of natural beauty waiting to take your breath away. Head to Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort in Kitzbühel where sporting adventure takes on a new meaning among the glamour of the town’s rich and famous. Or why not take advantage of the vast array of activities in the Swedish countryside and stay at Copperhill Mountain Lodge in Åre. With crisp air and dreamy bright nights, lush forests and statement mountains, the Nordic wilderness is perfect for a healthy getaway.
Primitive yet progressive in its design, rocksresort draws its name from the property’s façade of rough stone, a material that reflects the surrounding landscape and rock formations. This charming complex, in its simple cube design, acts as a multi-functional space by housing 122 guestrooms and apartments, alongside shops, restaurants and bars. The minimalist design makes use of regional natural materials, reflecting the owner’s vision of a sustainable resort meeting current Swiss minimum energy standards. With four snow parks and Europe’s largest halfpipe, Laax is becoming a hotspot as a winter sport destination. If summer activities are more your thing, then rocksresort is also the ideal starting point for breathtaking walks in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site, unforgettable bike tours and swimming in the wild.
The Cambrian, Adelboden
With a superb location in the Swiss village of Adelboden, The Cambrian looks out onto one of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. The 71 room resort combines sleek, modern architecture with natural materials, resulting in an effortless and characteristically Swiss design. Popular with hotel guests and local visitors alike, the spa including an indoor pool, mosaic Finnish Sauna and outdoor thermal pool instills a sense of calm through its proximity to the mountains. In addition to its reputation as a premier ski destination, Adelboden is also popular in summer for the area’s majestic mountain lakes, waterfalls, gorges and impressive suspension bridges. This is great for long walks and of course makes the perfect backdrop for enjoying New Alpine cuisine or a Schnapps in the hotel’s rustic style Scott’s bar.
Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort, Kitzbühel
Experience the true essence of Austrian alpine living at Hotel Kitzhof Mountain Design Resort. With sensational views of powder-covered slopes in winter and inspirational peaks with an almost architectural quality in summer, the transformation of this landscape makes for a versatile destination. This converted farmhouse’s 163 rooms and suites seamlessly blend contemporary lines with textured, locally sourced materials such as leather, loden and pine. From the hotel’s Kitz Alm, an intimate Tyrolean-style restaurant featuring an open fire and its own wine vault to the blossom-scented Kitz Spa and Wellness sanctuary, this resort encompasses it all. Kitzbühel is a dream come true for bike aficionados with 1200 kilometers of diverse bike trails and adrenaline junkies will be fully satisfied as the ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Kitzbühel this July.
Copperhill Mountain Lodge, Åre
Located on top of the picture perfect Mount Förberget, Copperhill Mountain Lodge offers 360-degree views of the stunning Swedish arctic landscape. Designed by master architect Peter Bohlin, known for his iconic work for the Apple stores, this family-run resort with 112 guestrooms offers the ultimate mountain getaway. Åre, the largest Scandinavian alpine resort, is moments away and proves itself as a hot spot for the adventurous by offering services including mountain guides, heli-skiing, paragliding and rock climbing. For those in the search of romance, the hotel offers a special elopement package, created for couples wishing to go on a summer holiday and come home newly-wed. Gondola rides high in the arctic mountains make this a truly special experience.