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5 unique hotels to guarantee your best white Christmas ever

By Sangeeta Kocharekar November 15, 2016
HOTEL SELID

If you're looking to head to a cooler climate this holiday season, we've got a few suggestions on where to stay

While a seafood lunch and beach day Christmas is quintessential Aussie, there's something to be said about a white Christmas. The chill you feel at the tip of your nose, the layer upon layer you are bundle in when you step outside, and the certain nighttime stillness on a snow-blanketed area.

We asked the expert travellers at Booking.com for the best accommodations to enjoy the aforementioned. Here are their five frosty recommendations guaranteed to keep you toasty and warm while you enjoy the powdery snow outside this holiday season. 

1. Mobile cabins in Lake Inari, Finland

LAKE INARI MOBILE CABIN

Every corner of the Lapland region in Northern Finland is filled with Christmas. Home of Santa Claus, this winter wonderland is a great destination for the whole family, thanks to its stunning scenery and variety of activities including reindeer rides through the magical forests. Snow in this region begins falling in November and lasts until at least May.

The Lake Inari Mobile Cabins offer glass bedrooms allowing guests impressive views of the arctic surroundings and if lucky enough, the Northern Lights. Weather permitting, the cabins can be moved to be on the ice of Lake Inari.

2. Rooms overlooking icebergs in Greenland

HOTEL ARCTIC

Magnificent icy scenery, moonlight reflecting on the shimmering snow and the unbelievable colours of the Northern Lights are all just waiting to be experienced in Greenland during the frigid polar nights. If you love adventure, then take the time to enjoy all the outdoor activities this winter wonderland has to offer, including dog sledding, snowmobiling and ski touring. It’s not unusual to see large amounts of snow in many towns in Greenland from December to March.

Located on the UNESCO-listed Ilulissat Icefjord in western Greenland, the Hotel Arctic offers modern rooms overlooking the sea and the icebergs, as well as local Greenlandic dishes at the gourmet Restaurant Ulo.

3. Snow views from your bed in Iceland

HOTEL SELID

Snow on the ground from November to April is pretty much guaranteed in Iceland. Ice caving, glacier hiking, guided driving tours and taking a dip in the geothermal waters at one of the many natural pools are just some of the activities that travellers can enjoy during their wintertime stay in Iceland. The unique landscapes and a chance at glimpsing the Northern Lights will make this a memorable, snow-filled adventure!

Situated 10 km from Iceland’s Ring Road, Hótel Selid is set in the middle of amazing scenery. Packed lunches are also available in case you would like to explore the surrounding area or the Thórsmörk National Park, located 66 km away.

4. Hotel in the heart of a mountain

HOTEL ALYESKA

When talking about snow and winter landscapes, Alaska is often the first destination to come to mind. Winter here usually starts in October and lasts until April with travellers able to enjoy a great variety of activities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, including snowmobile tours, glacier hiking, Northern Lights excursions and skiing.

Nestled among the beautiful Chugach Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking scenery and wildlife, Hotel Alyeska offers quick access to a tramway leading to the top of the mountains, as well as relaxing spa treatments. Although the largest of the 50 states, you can expect to see snow in most parts of Alaska between the months of September and April, so plan accordingly.

5. Chamonix Valley, France

LES GRANGES

Situated at an altitude of between 758 and 4,810 metres, the Chamonix Valley is one of the most famous European destinations for skiing, family holidays or just a romantic winter break. Pack your ski or snowboard equipment and get ready to discover the place where the World's first Winter Olympics took place in 1924. There’s usually snow on the ground from December to April, but the snow-capped mountain can be admired year round.

Featuring an indoor pool and a relaxing wellness centre, the Les Granges d'en Haut offers cosy chalets only 400 metres away from Les Chavants Ski Lift. If you’re not a huge fan of winter sports, then you can just relax by the fireplace enjoying a cup of hot chocolate or reading your favourite book.

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