So much more than just an opportunity to ski, a 5-star ski chalet holiday entails untold luxuries and indulgent experiences. Nestled in snow-capped mountains, near some of the world’s best skiing resorts, lavish ski chalet rentals offer spectacular accommodation in stunning surrounds. The most exclusive ski resorts – such as Zermatt, Meribel and Courchevel 1850 – and certain luxury chalet rental companies also offer concierge services to complete your 5-star experience, from in-chalet staff to the finest food and most extravagant entertainment. We’ve hand-selected the most indulgent experiences to enjoy on a luxury ski trip.
Traveling in Style
There are various helicopter transfer companies that offer direct access to ski resorts from the skies. Waste no time in hitting the slopes after transferring to the peaks by helicopter. Whether arriving from The Cote d’Azur, London, Paris, or another European country, there is no means of transport as stylish and convenient as helicopter.
Alternatively, luxury car hire means that you can arrive at your chalet in a top-of-the-range 4×4. Range Rover, Mercedes and Porsche have each produced a mountain-going machine that is a worthy amenity for your 5-star skiing holiday. Hire a chauffeur to pass over driving responsibilities entirely.
Once on the slopes, it goes without saying that the most enjoyable way to get from A to B is to clip on your boots and ski from door to piste. This is why the best luxury ski chalet rentals will be ski-in, ski-out, meaning you can glide effortlessly over the snow from the minute you leave your lodgings. Marmotte Lodge in Courchevel 1650 is essentially on the piste, so you waste no time with ski lifts first thing in the morning.
The perfect chalet break should be an indulgent treat for all of your senses; what better way to achieve a multisensory feast than to have all of your meals freshly prepared by a personal artisan chef? A typical day in Chalet Maurice will begin with your favourite hot beverage in bed – a tea or coffee brought to you, followed by a mouth-watering breakfast, exquisite afternoon treats and a superb evening meal – all cooked by the chalet’s world-class chef. Indulgent desserts and handpicked fine wines can be conjured up and delicately served to you whenever you desire.
At times when you’d prefer to dine out, a Michelin-starred restaurant is often much closer than you think. Celebrated ski resort Val d’Isere is home to the restaurant L’Atelier d’Edmond, which is run by two-Michelin-starred chef Benoit Vidal and is a truly exquisite culinary destination.
Plush Pampering and Relaxation
What could possibly be better than coming into a warm, indulgent ski lodge after a bitter day on the slopes? Possibly being able to melt in your own private hot tub, with a glass of champagne in hand?
Blanchot Lodge, close to the resort of Courchevel 1650, has its very own hot tub, as well as other alluring qualities. The tub is nestled outside amongst the snowdrifts, from where you can admire the brilliantly white slopes as you let the water jets and bubbles relax every aching muscle. Follow up with a sweltering relaxation session in the chalet’s private sauna (which looks and feels like a professional spa) and you’re experiencing world-class chalet vacationing at its best.
The best chalets available will also have massage therapists on hand, to be arranged at your request. Chalet Les Brames in Meribel offers two dedicated massage rooms. Start each day with a therapeutic, full-body massage in the ultimate comfort of your own lodgings, and you’ll return from your break completely revived in mind and body.
A memorable group skiing getaway would be nothing without the most dazzling spaces for entertaining, and being entertained.
Art Chalet in Courchevel 1850 is hard to beat for in-chalet entertainment. From its waterfall swimming pool to its cinema room, fully equipped casino room and private nightclub – which is rigged with a state-of-the-art soundsytem and DJ decks – it has everything you could wish for in your own private playground.
When it comes to socialising in an elegant setting, Chalet Lhotse at Val d’Isere is the height of sophistication, with an expansive open-plan living area complete with grand piano for the musically gifted to try exhibit their skills.