Looking for the best luxury Alpine chalets? If your ski pad doesn’t have its own indoor climbing wall, don’t even consider it, says Lucy Cleland.
1. Chalet Mont Blanc, Megève, France (sleeps 12 adults, 4 children)
It has its own helipad. What more do you need to know? Quite possibly one of the most decadent chalets around, with a heated outdoor infinity pool (plus an indoor one, with floor-to-ceiling vistas and hammam), private chef, home cinema, hair salon, wine cellar, chauffeur… The dedicated Consensio concierge team will handle anything the heart desires, from restaurant bookings to arranging pizza-making sessions.
From £97,000 per week all-inclusive; 020 3393 0833
2. Chalet Husky, Val d’Isere, France (sleeps 14)
Hate skiing but love the whole ski chalet vibe? This new chalet has so much going on inside that you barely need to leave at all. Firstly, it’s big (611sq/m) and has seven ensuite bedrooms. The design is slightly bonkers in part (think coloured uplighting in some communal areas and Beatles printed sofas), but that doesn’t mean it’s naff, just interesting. The talking points? An indoor climbing wall, archery and rifle shooting on site, as well as the requisite pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, treatment rooms and gym make this a cut above the rest.
From £1,275 per person per week inclusive, including flights; 020 8682 5050
3. Haus Alpina, Klosters, Switzerland (sleeps 12)
At first glance, Haus Alpina looks like an advertisement for the White Company. As chance would have it this sumptuous chalet was launched by the company’s founder, Chrissie Rucker. Situated on the ever-so-snooty Klosters resort, popular with European royals, it’s decorated in 50 shades of white, (grey and black), with swathes of soft-knit wool and towering ceilings. Perks include a private chef, driver and White Company home comforts.
From £19,740 for per week; 020 8735 3815
4. Chalet Eden Rock, St Anton, Austria (sleeps 20)
At the time of writing, the award-winning architect-designed, Tyrolean-style chalet is enjoying its finishing touches, ready to open any day now, so although we couldn’t have a sneak peak, it seems to tick all our boxes. Nicely laid out with three individual apartments, so perfect for families who want to dip in and out of communal fun, and it’s just a short walk to the ski lift.
From £1,499 per person per week; 020 7962 9933
5. Chalet Quezac, Tignes, France (sleeps 12 adults and 4 children)
Make a bold statement by booking free-ride skier/rally driver Guerlain Chicerit’s extraordinarily designed hill-top chalet. Sculpture, graffiti art a disco, it’s as bold and brash as its owner. The terrace is heated (spoilt, or what?) and there’s even a bubble lift in the garden. Big kids and little are indulged alike with bunks beds each with their own TV (!), a glass bath (one of only two in the world) in the master Lagoon bedroom, plus billiards, ping-pong and a football table.
From £1,780 per person, per week; 01179 856 966
There are five apartments in this brand new chalet launching this month – each of which is stronkingly designed. Open fires warm your cold toes everywhere and the views are just epic. As with Powder Byrne ski breaks, there’s a whole team (including a crèche) to cater for your every whim.
Prices start from £1,537 per person per week; 020 8246 5300
7. The Patrice, Meribel, France (sleeps 23)
Need a chalet for an epic celebration or just to host all your friends for a fantastic week? Take over The Patrice and you can sleep up to 23 people and even bring the dog. It’s plush and comfortable with a sun-facing terrace and open fireplace. An easy walk to Meribel’s enviable array of restaurants and bars, if you don’t feel like walking, you can hop on a bus for a short ride to the Doron Piste.
From £599 per person per week (based from 17 January 2015 arrival); 020 8877 8888
8. iGloo, Morzine, France (sleeps 11, including three children in a bunk room)
Forget the iPhone 6, the only ‘i’ we’re after is the iGloo. It’s a real party pad, with jazzy interiors and modern art worth pinching. Part traditional wood-clad building, part modern masterpiece, with expanses of glazing framing the far-reaching mountain views and a swanky cinema. Ski in, ski out, it’s close to local après-ski joints, too.
From £10,950 per week, half board; 020 3582 6409
9. Chalet Scierie, Chamonix, France (sleeps 8)
A good option for those on a budget, this new four bedroom, Savoyard-style chalet in Les Tines just between Chamonix and Argentiere will set you back around €400 a week, if sharing between eight. Sit around the log fire and suck in the view of Mont Blanc from large picture windows.
From €3,250 per week from 11 January 2015; 01483 579242
10. Chalet Sirocco, Verbier, Switzerland (sleeps 8)
A traditional though absolutely impeccably elegant new chalet perches on the side of a mountain over four storeys. Sleeping eight, expect every luxury you need from a wine cave and a cinema room to hot tub and sauna. Each room has its own balcony so you can cosy up outside in a faux fur throw and take in the stunning surrounds.
From £4,100 per person per week; 01179 856 966