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Resort: Alpina Gstaad, Switzerland

With the arrival of the Alpina, the first luxury hotel to be built in Gstaad in a century, Switzerland’s elite wintertime playground finally has a contemporary clubhouse to call its own. Better known for its deep pockets than for its cool cachet, Gstaad has long lacked what the Alpina delivers: an of-the-moment cosmopolitan vibe and youthful sensibility, complete with an outpost of the Japanese restaurant Megu, a cutting-edge art collection, and a lounge destined to become the meeting spot for après-ski scenesters. The Six Senses Spa, with its curving cream walls, may feel a bit out of keeping with the rest of the property’s warm embossed leathers, herringbone wools, and antique fir wood, but the soothing deep-tissue and hot-stone massages more than make up for any aesthetic misstep. thealpinagstaad.ch. $$$$$

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