Mountain breaks have long been a firm favourite for winter getaways, whether you’re looking to hit the slopes or take in the spectacular snowy views.
However, if you’re tiring of the same traditional chalet stay, then there’s a new trend that could be just the ticket: ice hotels.
We’re talking restaurants, bars and even beds made entirely of ice – and yet working as a fully-functioning hotel.
The White Witch of Narnia would be proud.
Think grandiose four-poster beds made of ice, igloo suites with snug blankets and sleeping bags to keep you warm – or for those who don’t want to commit to a full icy experience, there are cosy chalets engulfed in snow for a handy compromise.
We take a look at some of the best ice hotels in the world to suit any budget…
1. IceHotel, Sweden
Tucked away in the Swedish village of Jukkasjärvi, this hotel’s ‘Ice Rooms’ make for a once-in-a-lifetime stay. That’s because each room has been sculpted by a different artist, so they all have a unique theme from forests to Grecian-style decor.
For skiiers, there’s plenty of storage for equipment, or you can rent from the hotel too; so it’s perfect if you’re hoping to hit the slopes too!
How much? Prices start from £147 per room per night on Hotels.com. Find out more here .
2. Iglu Dorf Gstaad, Switzerland
Couples after a romantic winter retreat will find plenty on offer at this pretty ice hotel in the Swiss Alps. Not only does it boast spacious ice rooms with plenty of snug sleeping bags and thick blankets to stay warm, but there’s ample opportunity to warm up in the hot tub and sauna!
At the bar you’ll find delicious cocktails in glasses made of ice, tuck into hearty winter dishes such as fondue or thick, creamy soups.
How much? Prices start from £152 per room per night. Find out more on TripAdvisor .
3. Hotel de Glace, Canada
This enchanting hotel looks like something out of a fairytale. Located just outside Quebec City, it’s made entirely of snow and ice, with 44 guestrooms.
Looking to warm up? There are plenty of outdoor hot tubs and even a sauna, for some much deserved R&R. Or there’s always the ice bar where you can indulge with a decadent tipple or two.
How much? Prices start from £397 per room per night on Hotels.com. Find out more here .
4. Iglu Dorg Engelberg, Switzerland
Breathtaking mountain views are a plenty thanks to this igloo hotel’s spectacular location. There are plenty of opportunities to go exploring from snow shoe walking excursions to snowmobile rides.
There are suites for everyone from groups and families to romantic suites for couples.
Inside you’ll find icy rooms with striking sculptures, plenty of blankets for getting warm and food offerings including hearty fondues and warm drinks to help you fight off the cold.
How much? Prices for groups from €129pp (approx £113pp), €189pp for romantic suites (approx £166pp). Prices based per night. Find out more on TripAdvisor .
5. Hotel Niilanpaa, Finland
Sitting in the heart of Lapland, the Fell Centre Igloos and snow chalets make for the ultimate icy adventure.
The rooms have a traditional alpine feel, with comfortable beds and all the amenities you need for a mountain break, and their snowy surroundings are ideal for a dream winter break.
Oh, and did we mention you could catch a glimpse of the spectacular Northern Lights too? In fact, the hotel has its own observatory that’s perfect for admiring the natural phenomenon.
How much? Prices start from £67 per room per night on Hotels.com. Find out more here .
6. Hotel Lac Salin Spa & Mountain Resort, Italy
Nestled in the Italian Alps in Livigno, this hotel offers guests the chance to spend a night in a specially-designed suite encased in snow as part of their stay. (And don’t worry, they give you a thermic sleeping bag so you can spend the night wrapped up all warm and cosy!).
The special snow suite will be opening on 20th December 2018 but bookings are already open if you want to beat the crowds.
How much? Prices start from £230 per room per night on Hotels.com. Find out more here .
7. Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel, Norway
Thinking of eloping for a winter wedding? This ice hotel could be just the place as it comes with its own icy chapel!
Every year the hotel boasts a theme with ice sculptures and carvings etched into the walls to create an immersive experience for guests, while the bedrooms boast large beds with plenty of blankets, pillows and sleeping bags for a cosy night’s sleep!
How much? Prices start from £395 per room, per night on TripAdvisor. Find out more here .
8. Lapland Snow Village, Finland
If you’re planning a trip to Lapland with the kids this Christmas, then the Lapland Snow Village could make your stay that extra bit special.
The village boasts snow rooms, suites and plenty of illuminated ice art and snow-thick walls that make it a picturesque winter wonderland, not to mention there’s an Ice Restaurant, Cocktail Bar and Chapel all worth visiting.
How much? Prices start from £232 per room per night on Hotels.com. Find out more here .
9. Snowhotel Kirkenes, Norway
You might not expect a luxurious stay if you’re sleeping in an igloo, but that’s exactly what you’ll get at this spectacular ice hotel. Think intricate carvings in its ice walls, spacious bedrooms and hearty warm meals to keep out the cold.
It also happens to be in Alta, one of Norway’s best spots for trying to see the Northern Lights. There are loads of activities to enjoy too such as husky sled rides, reindeer feeding and walking trails.
Not sure an ice room is for you? There are cosy log cabins offering up quite the cosy retreat.
How much? Prices start from £521 per room per night on TripAdvisor. Find out more here .
10. Iglu Dorf Zermatt, Switzerland
This ice hotel sleeps up to 32 guests making it ideal for people who want to escape the hustle and bustle of busier mountain resort hotels. Expect eye-catching ice sculptures and snowy wall art, cosy bedrooms and plenty of hearty local dishes to warm you up.
Not sure you want to commit to an entire night’s stay? There are tables available to book at its icy restaurant that makes for quite the experience in itself.
How much? Prices start from approx £53 per room, per night. Find out more on TripAdvisor .