Are you craving one last winter hurrah? Well, throw on your jackets and snow boots and head to these world class destinations for a proper winter weather holiday!
This week, Smith & Family have handpicked the world’s best cold weather escapes, each offering a different winter wonderland for the whole family to explore. Take this opportunity before the weather warms up and enjoy one last winter adventure with your kiddos!
Tree Hotel, Norrbotten County, Sweden
Anyone who says they are too old to play in a tree house hasn’t stayed in the world’s coolest tree-top dens. Set in the forest of the Lule River valley, these ultra-modern tree cabins are breathtaking. There are several adventurous wintertime activities to get the family out in the frosty wild. You can snowshoe-walk through the countryside or strap on a pair of cross country skis, (the very brave can go skijoring, where a horse pulls you along), take husky-drawn sled rides or go ice fishing. To top it off, there’s babysitting for the young ones, and a possible peek at the Northern Lights if you’re lucky.
Smith extra: Free two-hour sauna session with snacks.
QT Falls Creek, High Country, Australia
The nearest ski lift is just 25m from the hotel, which makes for an easy hop to the top of the mountain especially for any parent used to lugging kid’s ski gear around, this is a godsend. The airy one to three bedroom apartments have Jacuzzi-equipped balconies, and some have views of the ski runs. So it doesn’t matter if your idea of an alpine adventure involves daredevil thrills or hot tubs, hot dogs or hot chocolate: QT Falls Creek will have you covered.
Smith extra: Free breakfast daily for the whole family, plus an AU$50 voucher to put towards food and drink at the hotel.
Portetta, Courchevel, France
A classy family-friendly ski hotel (all alpine-chic and open fireplaces) with a glorious sun lit terrace, Portetta has nailed the prime piste-side position and is a short leap from the Kid’s Ski School. Kids will love the games room and ski-in-ski-out location. With its luxurious surroundings, excellent leisure facilities (hammam/sauna/gym) and superb cuisine, this is about as family friendly as ski trips get…
Smith extra: A bottle of Savoie wine.