Alpine resorts crest new luxury peaks

Ultra-exclusive high-end hideaways in Zermatt and Lech

Chalet Elbrus, part of Haute Montagne’s 7 Heavens Chalets development
Chalet Elbrus, part of Haute Montagne’s 7 Heavens Chalets development

Austria’s Alps aren’t short on fetching places to stay – and the resort town of Lech is something of a showcase for them these days. The latest entry is the nine-suite Blumen Haus (www.blumenhauslech.com; from £2,000), which promises a marriage of unrivalled luxury (from sourced antique-birch beams to €250,000 worth of Revox sound systems) and unsurpassed sporting options (think running track, oxygen chamber and house ski kit courtesy of super-premium brand Indigo).

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Across the border in Zermatt, meanwhile, are Haute Montagne’s new-to-market 7 Heavens Chalets (www.hautemontagne.com; from about £3,900 for up to 12 people), three of which are online for this season (Chalet Elbrus pictured). The lounge-reception, cigar bar and gym are the only “shared” aspects of these ultra-exclusive serviced chalets, set roughly equidistant from village charms and access to prime slopes via the Sunnegga funicular; each has a wellness spa, indoor tub, a private chef and a killer view of the Matterhorn all its own.

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