Head for the Slopes or the Sands!

Cozy Winter Afternoons

Cold, snowy days offer the perfect excuse to curl up by the fire with a good book, some board games and hot chocolate. But for those suffering from cabin fever, these Leading Hotels of the World can help organize a myriad of winter activities, such as dog-sledding and ice-skating.
SHOUT...
"mush" (meaning "go!") to the huskies pulling your dog sled around Telluride, home to this modern, slope-side property.
MARVEL...
at the silence of snow-covered forests while cross-country skiing with a private guide, arranged by the concierges at this Bavarian-style property.
ORDER...
a Magnum and strawberries at this cozy Kensington and Knightsbridge-adjacent hotel, famous for serving more Champagne to its guests than any other London establishment.
BUNDLE UP...
and stroll through the town of Bern, a UNESCO World Heritage site and home to this Art Nouveau grande dame.
BROWSE...
through extravagant offerings in Moscow's pedestrian-friendly Barvikha Luxury Village, and pick up a new Prada capelet or Cavalli stole near this suburban oasis.
TASTE...
the best of Italian red wines at the Restaurant La Terrazza at this Rome hotel near the Spanish Steps, and discover why the property was a favorite of director Federico Fellini.
GAZE...
out your bathroom's wall-sized glass window overlooking the surrounding mountains, Lake Toya and to the Pacific while floating in a wooden Japanese soaking tub.
ICE-SKATE...
in the Karlsplatz rink in front of this centrally located Munich gem, and retire to a guest room with views of the beautifully lit Frauenkirche cathedral.
SOAK...
in one of the spa's signature bath treatments, with such additions as lavender and whey at this Tyrolian wellness resort.
CURL UP...
under a tartan blanket by the roaring fire and test your knowledge on single malt whiskeys at this historical Edinburgh hotel.
Switzerland is home to some of the world's best slopes and après-ski offerings (fondue, anyone?). These Leading Hotels of the World offer skiers experiences in the lap of luxury, from horse drawn carriage rides to slope-side Champagne.

Leading Spa Gstaad Palace

Gstaad, Switzerland

Gstaad Palace is one of the only family-owned and -operated hotels in Switzerland, and guests are treated like extended members of the family (big-names who have checked in here have included Louis Armstrong, Liz Taylor and Marc Chagall). During World War II, the hotel housed other treasures: owing to its isolated location on the upper mountainside, the Swiss government hid a large portion of the country’s gold reserves in a two-storey bunker at the hotel. Today, this historic space serves as La Fromagerie, with a Champagne truffle fondue, and the terrace of the famous Lobby Bar. Here, guests can listen to live music, enjoy afternoon tea or sip Champagne late into the night. For something more formal, dine at Le Restaurant, Le Grill Rôtisserie, or at authentic Italian Gildo’s Ristorante.

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Leading Spa Mont Cervin Palace

Zermatt, Switzerland

Located in the shadow of the mighty Matterhorn, the chic resort of Zermatt is an unspoiled sanctuary for skiers, and the Mont Cervin Palace is an elegant home away from home. Cars are not allowed in the town, so guests travel from the train station by covered horse-drawn carriage, a foretaste of the hotel’s signature quaint charm and warm hospitality. The rooms are decorated in different styles, from rustic Alpine to luxurious contemporary, but all have stunning views of the Mischabel mountain chain, the Edelweiss or, of course, the Matterhorn. After enjoying the 400 kilometers of hiking trails and 350 kilometers of ski slopes, guests will welcome a retreat to the 1,700-square-meter Wellness & Spa with outdoor pool and magnificent mountain views. Three in-house fine dining restaurants.

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Riffelalp Resort 2222m

Zermatt, Switzerland

On a small plateau above Zermatt, the Riffelalp Resort 2222m has the distinction of being Europe’s highest luxury hotel. Built in 1884 as a summer-only enclave, the property enjoys such a lofty location that it's one of the few hotels in the world that is unreachable by car. Throughout the 19th century, Europe’s high society would check into the Riffelalp for six weeks at a time to relax and rejuvenate. Today, ski and nature lovers take advantage of the mild microclimate and unique location in the heart of the Gornergrat skiing and hiking area. The region has a nine-hole golf course. Dining options includes The Alexandre, Walliserkeller, Ristorante al Bosco, Mark Twain Lounge and Dine Around.

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Offering overnight stays under the stars, wild four-wheel safaris and gourmet dining options, these Middle Eastern cities make for a refreshing and exciting mid-winter escape. Let these Leading Hotels of the World provide the base for romantic and fun Arabian nights.

The H Hotel, Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

In four short decades, Dubai has utterly reinvented it itself; once a humble pearl-fishing village and trading settlement, it is now a skyscraper-laden economic superpower and global crossroads. The most liberal of the seven emirates, it has also become synonymous for over-the-top luxury travel, where business and leisure visitors come to indulge. The H Hotel, 33 floors tall, prominently positioned at the head of Sheikh Zayed Road, draws this high-end clientele thanks to its ideal location in the financial district and sleek design. Composed of gleaming blue glass and jura marble, the hotel offers discreet, top-notch service and spacious guest rooms with every technology available and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the city.

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The Torch - Doha

Doha, Qatar

At 300 meters high and with 360° panoramic views across Doha, The Torch is haven for discerning travelers, from sports enthusiasts and business leaders, to health and wellness seekers. Currently Qatar’s tallest landmark, the hotel is the centerpiece of Doha’s majestic Sports City – Aspire Zone – and provides guests with a truly unique experience. All rooms as suites are equipped with iPad Solution offering guests complete in-room autonomy.

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