Check in, chill out! Stunning igloo hotel opens with private pools, mountain saunas and candle-lit suites ... but no running water
Every winter, this hotel is carved out of the surrounding snow, with igloo rooms, romantic suites and even an outdoor whirlpool for the bravest guests.
Iglu-Dorf hotel is rebuilt every season from 3,000 tons of snow at six locations from the Alps to the Pyrenees.
The Swiss igloos, constructed in the Bernese Oberland and surrounded by 9,000ft mountain peaks, comes with artworks carved into the walls by artists from around the world, candle-lit suites for romantic guests and even saunas among the mountains.
Open from Christmas Day to April, each villages sleeps up to 38 guests, cocooning them in cosy sleeping bags on thick sheepskin rugs, designed to withstand temperatures of minus 40C.
And in the morning, there’s an enormous buffet of croissants, cooked meats, pastries, cereals, cheese and coffee.
The cost for one in a standard Iglu-Dorf igloo is 99euros (£68) from Monday to Thursday and 115 euros from Friday to Sunday.
A tour around the Gstaad site shows the great diversity of works in rooms and common areas of the unique accommodation from traditional Inuit works to artists from Switzerland and much further abroad.
Artists armed with no more than an ice pick, motorised saw and shovel, produce life-like animals such as seals, arctic wolves, polar bears and whales, eye-catching designs and patterns, or even super heroes.
It's an elaborate and classy scene compared to the basic igloo Gunter first constructed with friends on a mountain in a bid to be first on the slopes in the morning.
The company says 99 per cent of their guests stay one night only.
'We don't generally recommend [more than one night] as we neither have running water, nor showers,' the company says.
Each village caters for 38 guests a night, all of who bed down on a thick sheepskin rug in cosy sleeping bags equipped for minus-40 degrees celsius.