Looking for an Easter getaway? It’s no secret that now is the best time to visit the Alps, with great snow and increasingly warm temperatures. Here’s our pick of new contemporary escapes ready to welcome you this season
The Messner Mountain Museum South Tyrol feels Austrian – architecturally (it’s all frescoed chalets and Salzburg-esque churches), linguistically (the common language is German) and gastronomically (apple strudel is a local speciality!) – but actually lies in Italy. This year, the region comes into its own as an arts and architecture destination, the highlight being the Messner Mountain Museum, a series of six extraordinary spaces with exhibitions curated by Italian mountaineer Reinhold Messner and scattered (at upwards of 1,900 metres above sea level) around the Dolomites. Four of the museum’s outposts are renovated historic buildings and two are purpose-built landmarks. The views from MMM Corones, an astonishing Zaha Hadid-designed edifice that juts out of the side of Mont Kronplatz, are awe-inspiring (messner-mountain-museum.it).
Chetzeron Hotel takes the humble ‘room with a view’ concept to the next level, transforming a former cable-car station into this fantastic modern hotel. The vast mouth of the station, wherein gondolas once entered, is now a Modernist-style restaurant that serves charcuterie platters cured in the on-site smokehouse. Accessible only by ski, snowmobile or foot, this hotel is a true hidden gem (double rooms from £180 per night; designhotels.com).
Rocks Resort One of the first destinations to break out of the Alpine chintz archetype, the Swiss ‘village’ apartments (which are also available to buy) feature wet rooms and kitchen surfaces made from local Valser quartzite stone. Stylish details abound – from Alessi cutlery to Schott glassware – but the views remain the star of the show (from £150 per night; rocksresort.com).
Hotel Greif This 17th-century guesthouse has been transformed into a design hotel with Iranian Gabbeh carpets and furniture made from local maple and burr walnut (double rooms from £106 per night; designhotels.com).
Words: Charlotte Brook