Feel the Rhythm! Feel the Rhyme! Get on up, it’s bobsled time! And, with that being said, this year’s Winter Olympics are in full swing and we’re feeling inspired by the skiers, ice hockey players, figure skaters and even the curlers. So, if like us, the sight of men and women sliding down the slopes in polyester speeds suits has got you craving an icy escape then check out our Winter Olympic-inspired ski holidays.
If you’re at home watching the Winter Olympics on TV and literally thinking “I want to be there”, then there would be Pyeongchang County in South Korea. The area is known for its Buddhist temple-dotted landscape, traditional Korean bathing houses, towering pagodas and winding trails in Odaesan National Park.
Where to stay: Intercontinental Alpensia Pyeongchang Resort
Situated amidst the unspoiled beauty of the Taebaek Mountains, this five-star property offers the ideal setting for nature lovers to unwind no matter what time of year it is.
Known as the powder capital of the world, Niseko averages around 15-16 metres of snow each ski season. Avid skiers will never be bored with beginner to advanced trails dotted all over the mountainside. There’s also hidden hot spring resorts scattered across the mountains, golf courses set against snow-capped peaks and wild white-water rapids.
Where to stay: Skye Niseko
Opening in Autumn this year, Skye Niseko has been the talk of the town since building began. Commanding an elevated position in Hokkaido National Park, nestled above the village of Hirafu,the first true five-star hotel in Niseko-Hirafu offers guests direct ski-in, ski-out access to all major lift systems in scenic Grand Hirafu, paired with full-service options including three Japanese onsens, fantastic dining, onsite ski rental, ski valet and a day spa.
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Ski enthusiasts regard Colorado’s world-renowned ski slopes as ‘ski heaven’ and it’s little wonder why. Nestled within some of the most beautiful snow-capped mountains in the world, adrenaline junkies will delight in the easy access to multiple ski resorts in the Vail Valley including Beaver Creek Mountain, Breckenridge, Keystone and more.
Where to stay: The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa
Located in ski heaven, this award-winning hotel immerses guests in Colorado’s beautiful snow-capped slopes with Beaver Creek averaging 8-metres of snow each season. A gondola service is connected to the resort for easy and direct access to the slopes of Beaver Creek Mountain and the resort is the only property in Beaver Creek with a complimentary shuttle to Vail.
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Favoured by the world’s rich and famous, St. Moritz is a glamorous ski town where the sun shines for over 300 days of the year and horse-drawn sleighs gallop past Chanel, Hermès, Prada, Bulgari and chic après ski bars serving endless bottles of the finest champagne.
Where to Stay: Carlton Hotel St. Moritz
The all-suite Carlton Hotel St. Moritz offers alpine luxury at its finest with 24-hour butler service and a 24-hour private limousine service to whisk guests between the slopes and après ski bars. This ultra-luxe property features a Michelin-starred restaurant serving haute Italian cuisine and an elegant bar where guests can enjoy a cocktail by an open fire or wrapped in a blanket on the terrace. There’s also a 1,200sqm three-storey spa complete with steam baths, hydro-massage showers and an ice fountain.
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Whistler is a nature lover’s wonderland. Think gushing waterfalls, lush forests and snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see. Nestled at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, the chalet-style village of Whistler is home to cosy restaurants, trendy big-name ski wear boutiques and happening après-ski bars.
Where to stay: Nita Lake Lodge
Perched on the edge of a glacier-fed lake at the foot of Whistler Mountain, Nita Lake Lodge is currently ranked the #1 Hotel in Whistler on TripAdvisor and provides guests with an authentic lodge experience in a spectacular setting close to some of the world’s most famous ski slopes.
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