Whitepod

Not quite a yurt and not quite an igloo, this quirky hotel consists of 15 unique WhitePods that lie at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi, in a private ski area in Switzerland.

Seeming to almost disappear into the snow covered Alpine landscape; the pods sit on their own wooden platform, 1,400m above sea level and this unique hotel affords stunning views across the mountains.

While they may seem like eco-tents from the outside, the pods are nothing like a tent from the inside, being spacious, dry and warm with small fireplaces, luxurious double beds, sheepskin rugs and cosy seating areas. The pods are even en suite, with fully fitted showers, sinks, toilets and hairdryers.

For dining or relaxation, head to the large wooden chalet Les Cerniers, which has free Wi-Fi and serves traditional Swiss and French cuisine with dishes such as white wine soup, fillet of beef with truffle emulsion and vegetable risotto.

The pods were awarded the World Prize for Sustainable Tourism back in 2005 and aim to minimise their impact on the environment by minimising water and electricity consumption and by using renewable energy sources.

For those that love action and adventure there is of course the nearby ski area, while those that are looking for a bit of quiet respite can indulge in the resort’s wellness area.

Best suited to:
Couples who want something eco-friendly as well as luxurious and romantic.

You should know that:
You can also benefit from the wellness area’s traditional Finnish sauna, Japanese bath and massage rooms.

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