Are you looking for a great way to spend your winter vacation? Planning to get out there and hit the slopes or just relax by a warm fire surrounding by all the amenities you could ever have dreamed of? Whichever way you prefer to spend a ski vacation, we’ve got a list of the top 9 destinations here just waiting for you to discover them. And who knows? You may find the perfect new getaway that will quickly become your favorite place to spend every winter from now on. Take a look at our list and see for yourself what makes these the top 9 skiing destinations in the world.
1. Cortina – Italy
No list of the best skiing destinations in the world would be complete without mentioning Cortina, so we’re just going to go ahead and remind you right now: this is the place to be when you’re looking for a luxurious ski getaway. Enjoy the stunning scenery that surrounds this region from your room or private chalet, or travel down into the town proper to sample local champagne and enjoy amazing regional meals from some of the best restaurants in the country.
2. Courchevel 1850 – France
This is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world. Stay in this incredible lodge and you’re sure to be surrounded by celebrities and the type of high life you want to be seen with. The lodge features several individual chalets for an exclusive, private experience on the slopes, and it can also provide you with some of the highest-class instructors in the world. Be sure to stop by one of the Michelin-star restaurants on site while you’re staying in this incredible getaway.
3. Yellowstone Club – Montana
This was once one of the most exclusive private ski resorts in the world. Today, it remains still very exclusive and very hard to get into, but it’s a little bit more well-known than it once was. Some of the wealthiest and most private people in the world have stayed at this lodge, including Bill Gates and many United States presidents throughout the years. You have to either be a member of this lodge or know someone who can get you in, but if you’re making the right connections, there’s always a chance you can take a trip to this luxury resort.
4. Klosters – Switzerland
Some of the world’s most glamorous and most beautiful can be seen vacationing at this amazing ski lodge. Klosters has also been a favorite destination of the British Royal Family throughout the years, and although they haven’t been spotted there for a few years now, it remains a popular place for models, stars and the wealthy to hob-nob together over wine or vodka. Make sure you stop by the on-site Casa Antica night club for an experience you’ll never forget, and while you’re in the area, stay a night or two in the Walserhof hotel where the Royal Family has been known to show up from time to time.
5. Eagle Point – Utah
The skiing in Utah is among some of the best in the world, and this is why the Winter Olympics were once held among the mountains of Utah. If you want to have an experience like that all to yourself—or to yourself and up to 200 of your closest friends and family—you can rent the entire Eagle Point Resort, which includes a whole mountain that you can, at least temporarily, call your own. The $10,000 per day rental fee includes the cabins, bar, night club, hot tubs, and all the on-site slopes for your private use. It doesn’t get a lot more exclusive than this.
6. Telluride – Colorado
When you want to ski among the rich and famous while looking like you absolutely belong with them, Telluride is the place to be. Celebrity spotting is easy to do in Aspen, Colorado, but in Telluride you’re a lot more likely to run into a few famous people just enjoying some time away from the spotlights for a while. Just remember to match the local attitude—people in Telluride don’t make a big deal out of the celebrities wandering around the slopes and shops, and everyone involved wants to keep it that way.
7. Baqueira Beret – Spain
Baqueira Beret is a lesser-known ski destination that nevertheless caters to some of the wealthiest people in Spain, including members of Spanish royalty. The scenery is breathtaking in this region, and the skiing is phenomenal here too. This one may be off your radar, but if you’re willing to take a trip to Spain, the on-site Hotel Val de Neu is the best place to spend your time at Baqueira Beret. Be sure to spend some time at the on-site spa and enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants that make up this beautiful and charming resort.
8. Sun Valley – Idaho
This is an oldie but a goodie. Sun Valley was the first luxury ski resort built in America with the sole purpose of catering to the winter wishes of the wealthy. Some of these high-class individuals even own land in the region, so you’re always likely to run into someone famous while you’re staying in Sun Valley. Stay in the resort’s Dollar Cottage for the ultimate in luxury getaways at this location. It runs almost $2,000 per night, but includes a deck hot tub, six bedrooms and bathrooms, its own fireplace and tons more incredible amenities.
9. Deer Valley – Utah
Winter with the stars at the ever-popular Deer Valley resort in Utah. This isn’t as pricey as most of the other options on our list, but if you’re located in the United States you also won’t have to go out of the country to get there, which can make it a great quick weekend getaway. This ski resort hosts the annual Celebrity SkiFest and the Sundance Film Festival, so if you’re hoping to meet someone famous, these are both great times to stop by.
Looking for the best holiday destinations when the holidays roll around? Want to make sure you’re living in the lap of luxury no matter where you go? Ready to get out of town and spend your next vacation in style? When you’re planning a luxury vacation, you want to make sure your destination is one of the best. And if you’re not sure where your travels should take you next, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we’ll walk you through 9 of the best holiday destinations in the world and give you some great ideas for your next vacation planning session, too.
#9 – Paris
Okay, you’ve probably been to Paris, and if you haven’t made it there yourself yet it’s probably been on your travel radar for a little while already. But why rule out one of the best and most extravagant trips you can take just because it’s a little old-fashioned? While you’re there, you can stay in some of the finest lodgings in the world and dine on some of the most exquisite food with unique and incredible ingredients, too. Go during truffle season and take the opportunity to sample rare white truffles at some of the most upscale restaurants around the globe.
#8 – Fiji
When you want to get away to the sun and sand during the holidays, Fiji is the way to go. This is an exclusive tropical getaway that can be as private or as “touristy” as you like, depending on your preferences. There are 332 islands that make up Fiji, and some of these are privately owned by individuals who will rent out whole small islands for an incredible getaway you’ll have to experience to believe. If you’re the outdoorsy type, a vacation on a private island with plenty of hiking, snorkeling and diving opportunities can be a perfect way to spend your holidays.
#7 – Switzerland
Stay in Badrutt’s Palace in St. Moritz, Switzerland for a winter weather getaway you’ll never forget. The lodging itself runs thousands of dollars a night for an exclusive luxury suite that comes with all the on-site amenities Badrutt’s has to offer. Visit the fitness center and spa as much as you like or relax with dinner and a cocktail at the on-location French restaurant. You can experience incredible skiing opportunities by moonlight when you stay at this beautiful winter wonderland.
#6 – Tuscany
Just like Paris, you may have been to Italy before, but if you’ve never been to Tuscany make sure you visit if you have the chance. Stay in a villa that dates back to the ancient Roman era for a luxurious experience in the heart of history or rent a building on one of the oldest vineyards in the country for a more rural stay. Don’t forget to sample some of the incredible wine the region is so well-known for, and if you’re still looking for a chance to try some truffles, you can find black truffle dishes all over this part of Italy.
#5 – Dubai
Chances are good you’ve heard about Dubai as an up-and-coming vacation destination in recent years. This is considered one of the priciest and most money-driven places in the world that you can visit, and if you’re looking for the epitome of the Dubai experience, one hotel has it all. Stay in the Burj Al Arab if you want to be able to say you’ve spent a few nights in the world’s most expensive hotel. With a marble and gold entryway, two levels featuring two separate master bedrooms with their own Jacuzzi spas, and a view from the 25th floor of the hotel, this is truly a suite suitable for royalty.
#4 – Oslo
Dubai may be home to arguably the most expensive hotel in the world, but Oslo, Norway is the most expensive city in the world—so why not visit and see what all the hype is about? There’s a lot of history to be found in and around this city, especially if you have an interest in Viking history. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful surrounding mountains and fjords that make this a unique and breathtaking vacation destination.
#3 – South Africa
Have you ever wanted to go on a safari or maybe just travel to a place you’ve truly never experienced before? Stay at the Royal Malewane at the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa to have the trip of a lifetime. You can be paired with a private tracker to help you hunt big game in the region, visit the on-site spa, and have a private chef tend to all your food cravings and whims while you’re on your getaway. Rent the whole resort for over fifty thousand dollars a night and bring along all of your closest family and friends.
#2 – British Virgin Islands
While any of the British Virgin Islands can offer an incredible tropical vacation—and you can always charter a private cruise to get there and have an even better experience—Necker Island may be the one you want to check out. Visit this private island for eighty thousand dollars per night and enjoy any opportunity you’d like to go exploring. Try scuba diving, waterskiing, hiking, sailing, or just relaxing on the beach to your heart’s content.
#1 – Antarctica
Too cold for you? If you’ve ever wanted to have the kind of vacation that will earn you bragging rights for the rest of your life, don’t forget about Antarctica. Very few people can actually say they’ve ever been here, but with the White Desert Antarctica trip, you can take a private jet to this frozen continent and enjoy an 8-hour outing with a tour guide. After your day exploring the ice, enjoy a champagne dinner and fly back to Cape Town, South Africa, where you can choose to continue your vacation by catching another plane and hitting up #3 on our list. This round-trip Antarctica experience will run almost two hundred thousand dollars and give you the vacation of a lifetime.