What’s so special
Jackson Hole offers beautiful scenery, fantastic skiing and reliable weather. It’s also home to America’s scariest ski run: Corbet’s Couloir. Amangani is the first Aman resort in America and it is as luxurious as the rest of the brand’s über-resorts. Located high up in the Teton Range – the youngest of the Rockies – it offers guests amazing views and a heated outdoor pool.
How they rate it
“Sooth frazzled nerves – and limbs – in luxury at Amangani,” says The Sunday Times Travel Magazine. The “richly timbered suites crackle with fireplaces. Deep-soak tubs overlook the snowy wilderness.” Public spaces “exude grandeur, while bedrooms are cosier spaces furnished with faux fur and cowhide”, says Ultratravel magazine. “This stylish property… brings a touch of panache to its wild setting.”
The Grill is a “cosy recess of sink-into banquettes for filling dinners of steak and chops”, says The Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Also try the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson, a magical neon-fronted watering-hole.
Doubles start from $870, B&B. For more, visit www.amanresorts.com, or call 00 1 307 734 7333.
Four Seasons, Teton Village
What’s so special
This award-winning resort attracts guests year after year, thanks to its ski-in, ski-out access in winter, fantastic level of luxury and the outdoor whirlpools that allow you to enjoy the spectacular scenery while you relax and indulge after a day on the slopes.
How they rate it
The interiors of the hotel are “quirkily contemporary in their styling”, says Ultratravel magazine. The magazine recommends you visit in summer as well as winter, as “summer provides outdoor options ranging from fly-fishing to ballooning and wolf-watching”.
The Four Seasons made it onto Condé Nast Traveller’s Gold List in 2010, thanks to its “great art collection”, which includes works by Miro and Giacometti. The range of activities offered from the resort includes heliskiing and dog-sledding in winter, and kayaking and paragliding in summer.
The hotel restaurant, a top-notch steakhouse, is worth a visit even if you aren’t staying in the hotel. There is a broad choice of meat (plus some fish), but vegetarians will struggle.
Doubles cost from $573. Find out more at www.fourseasons.com/jacksonhole, or call 00 1 307 732 5000.
Three unusual hotels
“On the northeast coast of the volcanic island of Santorini lie three white-washed windmills, their canvas sails creaking in the wind,” says Lonely Planet Traveller. Each sleeps up to five and is available from May to October. “Much is made of the windmills’ curves – the beds, staircases and bathrooms are built into the walls.” All have a private pool and terrace.
• Prices from £225 per night (Windmill.gr).
Cabanes als Arbres in Spain takes treehouses “up a notch”, with a “veritable village of houses perched up in the branches of the Forest of Guilleries in Girona”. Each of the ten cabins is built around a Douglas fir or beech tree and has its own terrace. “To preserve the natural atmosphere of the woodland, there is no electricity – guests are warmed by a paraffin heater, can read by candlelight and hoist up their breakfast from ground level in a basket on a rope.”
• The treehouses cost from £107 per night (Cabanesalsarbres.com/ca).
“Beached in the garden of a B&B” in Brittany, you’ll find an old thatched fishing boat. La Calogne “is an old seafarer converted into self-catering accommodation with the bed built around the masthead and plenty of nautical details. The kitchen is a fisherman’s cabin away from the sleeping quarters”.
• The boat costs from £85 per night (Canopyandstars.co.uk).