Sleek Slopeside Style in the Alps
Kempinski Hotel Berchtesgaden
The floor-to-ceiling windows at this new hotel, opened in May, look out over the Watzmann Massif, Germany’s third-tallest mountain. During the summer, the peak is a rock-climbing hotspot. Come winter, thrill- seekers can test their mettle with a spin on the Königssee bobsled, skeleton and luge track or a night ski on the nearby slopes. The decor is contemporary, the facade sleek, but if you know where to look, the hotel still has deep ties to its Bavarian surroundings, from the locally mined salts and alpine herbs used in the spa to the traditional farmhouse cheeses and gentian schnapps (flavored with the roots of an area wildflower) served at its three restaurants.
An American Classis Gets a Makeover
Sun Valley Lodge
Sun Valley, Idaho
There’s a healthy dose of nostalgia at America’s oldest ski resort, which opened in 1936 complete with the world’s first chairlift. Surrounded by an Old World–inspired village, the lodge was designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, the architect behind Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Lodge. This rustic appeal was not lost on famous guests like Clint Eastwood and Ernest Hemingway, who finished For Whom the Bell Tolls in room 206 (it’s now room 228). While the lodge’s exterior has remained unchanged, Papa wouldn’t recognize the brand-new interiors, which debuted this June after a down-to-the-studs remodel that saw the addition of a 20,000-square-foot spa, expanded suites and smart design touches like lamps made from gems (a nod to Idaho’s nickname, the Gem State) and tables hewn from recycled maple logs. If you’re feeling sentimental, you can go for a spin on the year-round outdoor ice rink or tune in to channel 66 in your room: The 1941 musical Sun Valley Serenade, filmed on-site, plays on a loop 24 hours a day.
Bentley Takes the Hotel Game for a Spin
The Bentley Lodge
Tucked away in the medieval hamlet of Kitzbühel, the Bentley Lodge is the British luxury automaker’s first branded mountain chalet. The four-bedroom private villa opened this September in a forester’s house built in 1919—coincidentally the same year the Bentley debuted. Inspired by the car’s trademark lush interiors, the house is kitted out with Tyrolean pine wood and natural stone from the Upper Tauern region. Guests have access to the ski runs, stables, spa and cigar lounge at the Kitzbühel Country Club—plus, of course, use of their very own Bentley.