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Whether you go for the ski or the après-ski there’s something magical about a snow covered mountain side and a warm fire. Add a cozy wool throw from HBC and as long as someone can bring you bubbly and nibbles – there is no reason to ever leave. We’ve got 4 ultimate winter destinations for you to add to your travels list.

Jukkasjärvi (Ice Hotel), Sweden

Possibly the most ultimate winter destination simply because of it’s uniqueness and seasonal changes.

With seasonal availability you best book your visit as soon as possible! Experience the magic of a hotel made of ice and the wonder of the northern lights. Beautiful and thoughtful design floods the hotel, each year brings new art and new wonders to explore within the hotel.

The property offers warm rooms as well as cold, but we can sleep in a heated hotel room anywhere, the purpose of this unique visit is the cold rooms! The images tell a story no words could so have a look below.

See the ICEHOTEL being built on Bloomberg.

ICEHOTEL

Zermatt, Switzerland

We’ve talked about Zermatt before on Casual Opulence and here it is again. Located in the fabulous and iconic Swiss mountains at the foot of the well known Matterhorn. This region defines the Swiss mountain scene and embodies the charm and sophistication we expect from the area and the Swiss.

Horse-drawn sleights and taxies move guests and their winter things along cobbled streets as boutique hotels and charming restaurants pass by.

The selection of accommodation here is truly exquisite, from ancient timber chalets to state-of-the art hotels. The Cervo Owners Lodge offers a cozy, off-the-beaten-path place to rest, relax and enjoy some spiced wine.

Zermatt

Courchevel 1850, France

Well groomed slopes, efficient lifts and instructors ready to hold your hand and tell you you’re wonderful even when you’re not are just some of the perks you’ll receive here.

Ultra-luxury chalets, Michelin-starred restaurants and an array of night clubs are at your doorstep. Some chalets go for as much as £50,000 a week and you can dine on, well pretty much anything your heart desires – sip some Cristal at a piano bar or enjoy with friends in your private chalet.

If a day indoors is more your style then a visit to one of the several spas may be more intriguing. Spa Cheval Blanc Courchevel offers a pampered experience in a luxury setting.

The Pow Pow Chalet (featured below) sleeps 12 guests in 6 rooms in 600m². If a hotel with built-in amenities is more your style then check out L’Apogee Courchevel, a luxury ski chalet and hotel.

Courchevel

Whistler Blackcomb, Canada

The premier ski resort in Western Canada, Whistler Blackcomb is located about 1.5 hours outside of Vancouver. With a number of upscale lodging to choose from a several well known hoteliers as well as a plethora of rentals from private owners.

For something more unique and opulent visit Luxury Retreats for a desirable selection. These residences are great in the winter or the summer with enjoyable surroundings and activities to do. Compass Point 7130 sleeps 15 guests in 7 bedrooms just steps from the Whistler Village and has sweeping views of the mountains.

In the Village you’ll find well-known ski brands as well as a store from the iconic Vancouver brand LuLuLemon.

Whistler Blackcomb

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