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Explore Switzerland // By June White // Dec. 8, 2016

Keep your cool this winter with a hot weekend getaway. And as the temperatures plunge we’re thinking Bar & Spa...

Terminal Neige © L. Di Orio, C. Arnal & DR Hot List Hotels

Terminal Neige - Totem in Flaine is a statement béton brut hotel, rocking a unique retro-vibe, a buzzing après ski scene and a great ski-in, ski-out location. Linger at the trendy zinc bar with incredible mountain vistas. Check out luxury three-bed Architect’s Loft, with private terrace. Star-gazing from the outdoor Jacuzzi? It’s all yours at exclusive Pure Altitude Spa.

City break calling? Lyon’s latest must-stay combines ancient stone cloisters with vintage-lux interiors. Fourvière Hotel is a brand new concept, within the vaults of a historic convent. Check in under a painted ceiling then head for the bustling bar and restaurant. Rooms and suites showcase 70s furniture while the cool Spa boosts a 25m corridor pool, hamman and ice fountain!

Get your skates on for a classy stay at the iconic Dolder Grand Hotel and Spa in ZurichBuilt in the 1890s this hillside landmark has the air of an aging billionaire’s retreat! But make no mistake – service and rooms are bang up to date. And sister hotel The Dolder Sports is only a stroll away. Twirl around its famous ice rink before ducking into the Igloo Bar for a tasty gluhwein.

  • © Widder Hotel

See and be seen at The Widder Hotel, No.1 for architectural style and a central location in Zurich. With polished steel staircases, space-age lifts and suspended glass corridors, the 5* Widder links nine medieval cottages to create stunning designer rooms and the No. 1 bar in town! There’s even a mini lobby art gallery, with an Andy Warhol original.

Driven by Design – that’s the mantra at The Hotel in Lucerne. And with French starchitect Jean Nouvel on the case, this deluxe boutique option is watertight on style. Elegant studios and suites feature original design pieces from Nouvel, plus clever kitchenettes, while a choice of four bars (and five restaurants) puts an end to early nights!

Lean in at the bar with an ice-cold Schnapps as you zoom through 91 tunnels and across 300 snow-covered bridges. Ok, so it’s not a hotel but The Glacier Express has a wonderful bar – and prime views as it flashes through epic countryside from Zermatt to St Moritz (or Davos). Seasoned travellers book ahead for three-course dining.

  • © L. Di Orio, MPM, T. Shu & DR

Rustic-chic Lodge Park in the heart of Mègeve is all about understated luxury - with a contemporary chalet-style that’s a million miles from Heidi twee. Deep sofas around a blazing fire? Tick. Leather recliners and cow-skin rugs? Tick. Super-smart Spa? Tick. VIP access to Beef Lodge dining and Lodge Bar plus family spaces for weekend ski treats.

Swim out as the snow flakes tumble - finding the perfect mountain retreat just got easier thanks to Spa des Bisses at the Hôtel Nendaz 4 Vallées. Float on your back and relax as steam from the super-warm outdoor pool mingles with the cool night air, creating a magical mist of sparkling village lights and silhouetted peaks.

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