USA – Four Seasons Resort Vail, Colorado

USA - Four Seasons Resort Vail, Colorado

This glamorous ski hotel, which opened in December 2010, has 121 generous rooms and suites. The interiors are cosy yet stylish, using lots of warm wood and limestone, and the standard of service is as exceptional as the skiing opportunities above Vail Village. Guests are allocated a ski concierge on arrival and are served hot chocolate and muffins at the bottom of the slopes; hotel facilities include a fitness centre, a 75ft outdoor pool with views of Vail Mountain, and a spa. Flame, the hotel’s formal restaurant, specialises in hearty dishes designed to power guests through long days of swishing and slaloming.

X-factor ‘Swimming at night in a blizzard, a warmed robe waiting: the Four Seasons at Vail is heavenly,’ says Gold List contributor Stephen Wood.