Searching for something a bit opulent on the ski chalet front? Or just to see how the other half lives? Take a look at our list of the ten most luxurious ski chalets in our stomping ground, Méribel.
What to do with that spare £22,500 you have lying around is such a drag, we find. How about spending seven powder days in Meribel, taking a dip in your infinity indoor pool with jet stream before stepping into your very own natural rain shower – otherwise known as ‘going outside’ if you live in the UK. There’s a garage for two cars, but no need to worry about driving when you’re living the champagne lifestyle; you’ll be chauffeured around the resort in a 4x4 Caravelle.
This ticks all the ‘job titles that begin with ch’ boxes, with your very own chalet manager, chalet host, chef, chauffeur and a… child-nanny. The incredibly luxurious Chalet Chopine sleeps ten in five rooms, each with their own bathroom, and has an indoor Jacuzzi with a floating remote control for your musical entertainment. May we suggest ‘I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles’? Or perhaps you’re more of an ‘I’m Forever Blowing £9430 on a Week’s holiday’ kind of person? If you are, this is the very skiing break for you. (Ch)eers!
Priced from £21,750 a week, Chalet Brames has 6 bedrooms, an outdoor hot tub, cold plunge pool, gym, massage and Pilates room, a billiards room and an extensive wine cellar. And if you’re feeling a bit too tired to hang up your ski poles, there are five members of staff on hand, including your very own chef.
With ski breaks from £15,000 per week, you can watch a film in the media room, play pool in the games room or take a seat at your very own bar for a drop of the hard stuff. For those who find a week of skiing and or snowboarding isn’t workout enough, there’s a fully equipped gym. But for those who just need to chill out after a day on the glorious French slopes, you can try the hammam – that’s a steam room to you and me – followed by the included pre-dinner canapés and a glass of bubbly in the outdoor hot tub.
We know what you need when looking for the perfect ski accommodation – a gigantic hall. Lodge Shl has one, as well as a library, swimming pool a home cinema room and two heated garages in case your car gets cold. Situated just thirty meters from the slopes, this is the stuff of ski holiday dreams – the expensive ones, where you go to work naked because you can no longer afford clothes. Sleeping fifteen people, a week at Lodge Shi starts at £3251 per person.
From £5,816 a week, Ferme Mon Grand Pere has a huge living room with vaulted ceilings and welcomes you with stylish leather and fabric sofas to sink into as you toast your freezing tootsies in front of a huge, roaring fire. There’s a high spec hot tub, barrel shower, sauna and a gym. But don’t get too carried away on that treadmill; there’s a cellar full of wine and champagne under foot.
Positively teeming with taste, which is just as well at (from) £11,608 a week, Chalet ‘Red Stone’ boasts wall-to-wall bookshelves that could take more than your seven days to browse round. And as if all the book geek fun and sumptuous furnishings weren’t enough, the property is festooned with exquisite art and antiques to make it a real home from home – if you happen to be Charles Saatchi.
Boasting extensive views and an outdoor hot tub made from authentic, old stone, you’re guaranteed to never feel the same in a hot tub made of first-hand stone again.
Remember when chalets were all wood and steam rooms were called ‘steam rooms’? This comfy wooden chalet has four floors full of luxurious delights, where you can indulge yourself in the wellness area with massage table, Jacuzzi and that all-important Hamman. With six nightly gourmet dinners and a butler, you’ll be jumping up and down with aren’t-I-lucky glee. Don’t jump too loudly though, your chalet manager lives in the basement. Prices start from a cool £47,342 a week.
If someone asked you to describe Father Christmas’s actual house, this would be close. A picture perfect alpine extravaganza equipped with a gym, cinema room, sauna spa and indoor swimming pool, this is the place for Saint Nick to kick off his boots, pull up one of the massage chairs and read this year’s naughty list in the smoking room. There’s even a Turkish bath. Prices start from £26,148 per week.
For a less mind boggling £12,675 a week (who are we kidding, our minds are STILL boggled), you can spend seven days skiing the exhilarating slopes of Meribel and seven nights unwinding in this luxury catered chalet, with a personal PA to follow you round making miscellaneous notes. When it comes to dining options, there are six gourmet meals included plus a night out, giving your dedicated housekeeping team an evening to miss you. But they might just find you’ve skipped dinner and defected to the extensive wine cellar to celebrate. And why wouldn’t you? It’s snowing outside!
Need something more affordable?
Our catered ski chalets in Meirbel are pretty damn nice – with prices starting from only £399 for a week’s stay in our flagship chalet, Chalet Evergreen!