Craig Burton shares with MadDogSki his top five unique boutique hotels that are anything but traditional…

Les Suites Du Nevada

Set in the wonderful resort of Tignes, Les Suites Du Nevada is a luxurious five-star retreat and perfect for a high-altitude getaway. Within this magnificent property you will find beautiful contemporary décor and lavish boutique rooms. For a unique gourmet dining experience try the URSUS, the Michelin-starred hotel restaurant run by inventive chef Clément Bouvier. The restaurant serves creative novelle cuisine and is set in a charming indoor forest. After, head down to the fashionable Whitney Bar to wind down by the fireplace with an evening tipple. 


Four Seasons Resort and Residences 

This beautiful five-star hotel is nestled at the foot of Blackcomb mountain, looking out over the magical resort of Whistler, and has been awarded the AAA Four Diamond award for its top-quality service and environment. The hotel has some of the best wellness services in the world, from relaxing après-ski massages and steam sessions to whirlpools and body treatments. The hotel also has beautifully decorated rooms which are a perfect infusion of traditional colours and contemporary design. The Four Seasons also offers a unique culinary experience in the Blue Room, a 12,000-year-old glacial cavern, wherein you will dine on a gourmet five-course meal and sip champagne.

Terminal Neige Le Totem

If you’re looking for an artistic and eccentric hotel with urban flair then look no further than the Terminal Neige Le Totem in Flaine. This hotel breaks all the trends, blending the grey hardness of the concrete walls with the vibrant colours and patterns of the furniture; creating a wonderful contrast of tones that gives the hotel a real sense of personality. There is a relaxed restaurant here that serves buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner either in the stylish dining area or on the sunny terrace. There is also a modern bar perfect for après drinks that keep going well into the evening. The Pure Altitude spa offers outdoor jacuzzis with spectacular panoramic views of Le Grand Massif.

Daria-I Nor

The Daria-I Nor hotel is named after the famed Daria-I Noor diamond and the hotel perfectly reflects the majesty of the royal diamond in every way. New for winter 18/19, this luxurious five-star property is set in the sunshine resort of Alpe d’Huez. It has beautifully decorated and naturally light rooms, teeming with sleek and stylish furniture. The Daria-I Nor is also home to a spectacular spa with great facilities topped off with a stunning solarium offering panoramic views of Alpe d’Huez. For those looking for gourmet cuisine, the elegant hotel restaurant is manned by top-level chef Stéphane Tarabla.

Hotel Anthonys

Set in a prime location in St. Anton, Hotel Anthonys is a perfect Austrian retreat for those looking for a hotel that brings luxurious accommodation, a fantastic restaurant and a superb ski area all into one package. All the rooms of this modern hotel are a wonderful infusion of contemporary design with flourishes of traditional Austrian style. For dining experiences, Hotel Anthonys is fitted with an American steakhouse and a pizzeria that easily serves the best authentic pizzas in St. Anton. At the top of the hotel is the Sky Spa; filled with brilliant facilities and an outdoor terrace. Hotel Anthonys even has its own stylish underground bar and nightclub.