What: A wonderfully modern winter getaway, open from mid-December through mid-April.

Where: Set in the heart of the three valleys - the largest ski area in the world - Kaya is surrounded by 600km of skiing, 200 ski lifts and 25 linked peaks.

Why: Step out in your skis and straight onto the slopes from the comfort of Kaya's comfortable, chic chalets. Reinventing the traditional stone and timber chalet with a contemporary twist, the interior-designed dcor is a welcome respite from the rustic look that has become synonymous with alpine hospitality. Even the roaring fire in the lounge paints a picture of metropolitan style rather than the ubiquitous cozy country scene.

Chef David Archinard conjures up modern dishes infused with the traditional flavors of Savoie, which can be worked off in the gym or with a spot of ping-pong, should you crave the comfort of a day indoors.