Utterly immersed in the wild, this stonking hotel is the place for skiing in the winter and golf in the autumn. This enormous complex has cottages, suites, condos and studios to choose from, and there’s also an ice rink and water park on site, plus 15 restaurants and bars. Yet somehow it manages to retain a boutique feel. Each studio room, for example, comes with those little details you’d find in a guesthouse (think wooden log side lamps or maple taps that double as coat rails), but the beds are uber comfy and the service is five-star quality. Our only gripe – the air con units were a tad noisy. However, by the time guests have finished exploring the forests, biking on the many trails or canyoning, zip lining and rafting, we doubt they’ll have trouble sleeping.
Food and drink: Rooms come with self-catering, but if you can’t be bothered to cook catch the cable car to the Sky Haus Deli, which offers a view from Jay Peak, 4,000 feet up. Meanwhile, back at base, The Foundry’s consistently decent locally-sourced (and French-Canadian cooked) grub will hit the spot.
Price: Self-catering rooms start from £101 per night (off peak).
Address: 830 Jay Peak Road, Jay, Vermont 05859, (+1) 800 451 4449, jaypeakresort.com
Radio Times Travel rating: 9/10 Facilities of a big chain, with a personalised edge.
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