Powder hounds may want to set their sights to Switzerland for their annual ski holiday this year as the W Verbier was named the World's Best Ski Hotel by the World Ski Awards 2016.
Gathering at the 5-star A-ROSA Kitzbuhel in Austria, the who's who of the global ski industry gathered for the fourth annual ceremony. These prestigious awards are the ski tourism's highest honours, recognising excellence across a number of categories. This includes luxury ski accommodations.
The W Verbier nudged out 23 other prestigious properties around the globe to take out the top spot. This includes properties in Norway, Germany, Japan and New Zealand. This luxury 5-star property is the very first alpine resort for W Hotels. At first glance, the hotel epitomises everything one would expect from an apline resort, with its timber facade and close proximity to the Verbier ski resort. It is also only one of five hotels in Veriber to offer ski in/ski out access.
Upon closer inspection, the hotel certainly lives up to its first impressions. There are 123 rooms & suites to choose from along with four luxury W Residences. There are room configurations to sleep two, three or six, each offering signature W beds and a balcony with panoramic vistas of the surrounding mountains. Sleek and modern while maintaining a cosy ambience, the interiors offer a perfect place to relax after a day of hitting the slopes.
Beyond the rooms, the W Verbier assures every guest stays in the lap of luxury with an abundance of premium facilities. This includes the only AWAY Spa in Switzerland, a FIT Center and six different dining and drinking venues that range from casual cocktails to formal dining showcasing Swiss cuisine heritage.
The W Verbier was one in a list of big winners to receive kudos at the awards on Saturday, 19 November. These include famed French ski destination Val Thorens, which took the title of World's Best Ski Resort. LAAX in Switzerland was named the World's Best Freestyle Resort and Perisher was named Australia's Best Ski Resort. Hokkaido Backcountry Club took the title for World's Best Heli-Ski Operator, a first for the award ceremony.
World Ski Awards Managing Director Sion Rapson said, "The 2016 World Ski Awards has been our most successful to date, firmly cementing our position as the top global benchmark for ski hospitality."