I believe that nothing in the world can provide as much solace as a trip to the mountains.
That all-encompassing sense of freedom as you gaze out over all that space, with the majestic scenery of these natural phenomena all around, is the most wonderful form of therapy. Then the added thrill of the adventure that mountains provide, as you clip into your skis and whoosh down soft and glistening white powdery slopes in the heart of nature, is utterly exhilarating. All this enhanced by the glorious promise of delicious wholesome food, fine wine and a warming fire waiting for you at the end of a satisfying day embracing the elements - I can think of nothing better. In some of the most gorgeous vantage points in the mountains lie beautiful hideaway hotels promising luxury and exclusivity.
Take a look at my skiing adventures for a glimpse of the excitement in store on an Alpine Escape…
Saint Hubertus Resort Luxury Hotel and Spa is one of our favourite hotels in Cervinia, Italy – a fantastic skiing destination on the border with Switzerland.Read more
The most striking thing as you approach the Hermitage is its unique location. You’ll meander higher and higher until you reach the foot of the magnificent Matterhorn, where the chalet sits nestled amidst towering trees enjoying the most disarming view of the legendary Matterhorn peak and Grande Murailles.Read more
One of my favourite alpine retreats lies in the exclusive Jardin Alpin of Courchevel’s 1850; L’Apogee is one of the most luxurious, modern hotels in the Alps, located in a resort that boasts some of the finest and most varied skiing in the world. Superbly positioned high up to offer ski-in/ ski-out access, guests are straight onto the slopes first thing, stealing first-dibs on fresh, unchartered powder (ski-valets make this super smooth and stress-free), and the hotel’s elevated position above the former Olympic ski jump looks out to beautiful views across a valley bejewelled with snow-topped pine trees.
Every time I explore a new destination, whether it’s on an adventure holiday in Peru or a luxury beach escape in the Indian Ocean, I return home full of excitement to share the amazing sights I have seen. Through my own experiences I have developed a love of helping others experience the great wonders of the world; truly getting under the skin of the extraordinary destinations that are at your fingertips. Getting the details right, from which hotel is perfectly located for exploring away from the crowds, to which local guide is most knowledgeable on history or culture or art, is of paramount importance to me. I am constantly seeking out new and exciting experiences and exploring off the beaten track to ensure my clients are receiving the best and most honest first-hand advice.
Take a look at my travel diaries for food for thought on your next trip...