Virtuoso Life - November/December 2016 - 56
Welcome to Hannes' House
Debuting this winter in the snug Austrian ski village of Stuben:
a private chalet with some deep downhill bona fides. Haus
Hannes Schneider, the childhood home of the so-called "father
of modern skiing," has been reimagined by Gertrud Schneider
of the opulently cozy Kristiania Lech, just to the north of
Stuben. (Gertrud - no relation to Hannes - has plenty of ski cred
herself: Her father, Kristiania Lech's founder, skied to Olympic
gold.) Rent the four-story, six-bedroom townhouse (catered by
Kristiania staff, or BYO food) with 15 of your favorite ski bums
and cap days conquering Stuben's off-piste powder - or the
slopes of any of the other Arlberg villages - with evenings in the
downstairs sauna and hot tub, meals surrounded by Tyroleanmod furnishings, and, yes, a few tastefully placed photos of
Hannes Schneider. Seven nights of exclusive use from $42,000 or
four nights from $29,500, including a private chef, driver, and hosting team, all meals and beverages, and a ski resort concierge and
in-resort chauffeur service.
Alpine style: Haus
Hannes Schneider's lounge.
DEEP-BLUE CRUISE: Guests at the 97-room Six Senses Laamu can now charter the Sense of Freedom,
a 37-foot, six-passenger yacht, for private day trips through the Maldives. Plan for a picnic on a desert island or an afternoon snorkel in a nearby lagoon. Doubles from $900, including breakfast daily, a
$100 dining credit, and a $100 spa credit. Private yacht charter, $2,800 for two.
Three pop-up skating rinks salute the season (and, in some cases, defy the climate).
The Winter Lodge at the 102-room La
Réserve Genève celebrates Switzerland's
snowy season in style, with a skating rink
(exclusively for hotel guests) and a restaurant serving warm cocktails and plenty
of fondue. Doubles from $668, including
breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.
Winter Lodge open November 8 through
Every winter, the 2,995-room Cosmopolitan
of Las Vegas installs an ice rink over its
outdoor pool, the centerpiece of a winter
playground that features simulated snow
showers, fire pits, and cocktails to thaw the
artificial nip. Doubles from $195, including breakfast daily and a $100 spa credit.
Skating rink open November 25 through
Arizona's 750-room Fairmont Scottsdale
Princess laughs at its desert surroundings
annually during a holiday festival that
features ice skating, a petting zoo, seven
fire pits for s'more roasting, and breakfasts with Santa. Doubles from $199,
including breakfast daily and a $50 resort
credit. Holiday festival, November 22
through January 1.
V I RT U O S O L I F E