The Jura and Three Lakes Region, Switzerland
Nobody loves secrets more than the Swiss. But nobody loves St. Moritz and Gstaad more than moneyed Russians, Americans and Brits, eager to take part in boozy mile-high après-ski parties. Family-friendly Lenzerheide has lured Swiss celebs like Roger Federer, but the spectacular Jura Mountains in the northwest remain a rugged, undeveloped region that is an anomaly in the resort-speckled country. Located on the edge of the region is Neuchâtel and the Hôtel Palafitte (from $350; Route des Gouttes-d’Or 2; 41-32/723-0202; palafitte.ch), a contemporary favorite of the Swiss, who happily give up their fondue stübli for this modern gem.