Agenda - snow
Jennifer Cardenas and Christine Lau
Slice of Ice
Ice hotels may be nothing new but Hotel Kakslauttanen in Lapland brings a stunning twist to frosty living with its unique glass and snow igloos that make up the Igloo Village. Located 250km north of the Arctic Circle, where the midnight sun shines for two months of the year, the igloo village houses 20 snow igloos, an ice gallery, ice bar, ice chapel popular for weddings and the world's largest snow restaurant for 150 diners. The snow and glass igloos provide guests with the opportunity to sleep under the Northern Lights - an unforgettable experience during a snowstorm - and wake up to a quick session in the smoke sauna nearby. Visit www.kakslauttanen.fi for more information.
Australia may not be the most obvious destination for snow but Falls Creek in the Victorian highlands is hoping to change that. The architectural marvel, built on a corner site, was inspired by snowflake geometry and designed to maximise the scenic views of the Kiewa valley and Mt Spion Kopje. Comprising 14 apartments, a day spa and a produce store, the luxury apartment hotel is perfect for families looking to self-cater. With the slopes right outside the door, guests are encouraged to ski out at dawn and return at dusk leaving skis at the door for waxing. A number of packages are available, for families to honeymooners. Visit www.huski.com.au for more information.
Val d'Isere has been a long-time favourite for skiers and those seeking a cosy chalet experience should look no further than luxury ski chalet providers Descent. Its Chalet Valpierre in the heart of the French Alps is one of the oldest converted farmhouses in Val d'Isere, built in the 1700s but refurbished four years ago. Sleeping up to eight guests in four bedrooms, the chalet provides easy access to shops, bars, restaurants and most importantly lifts. Guests can also enjoy the privileges of a chauffeured 4x4, steam shower and sauna. For more information visit www.descent.co.uk
Reach for the ski
For those looking for an exclusive winter sports experience, the Niseko Company's portfolio of luxury rental properties offers breathtaking views of Japan's Mount Yotei. Standing at the pinnacle of the luxury ski market the Niseko Company's collection of private chalets provides exceptional attention to detail throughout. Every piece of furniture is tailored and adapted specifically for each house. The chalets are flooded with light from windows in every direction, with views across a snow-covered backdrop. All chalets have a dramatic vaulted ceiling and a chic bar with an open-style kitchen, living and dining room. The scale of the chalets makes them naturally suited for entertaining in style and chefs are on hand to cook for private dinner parties. Before and apres ski the Niseko experience is opulent, warm and comfortable. And when there's no snow, guests can play golf and ride horses. For rates and booking information visit www.thenisekocompany.com