This smart three-storey chalet sleeps up to ten guests and is packed with rustic chic, and set in the hamlet of Choseaux just a few minutes outside of Megeve. The master bedroom occupies the whole first floor and offers magnificent views of the Massif du Jaillet, while the other floors hold a main lounge that opens onto an expansive private terrace, four more bedrooms and a spa.
The chalet’s exposed wood beams and woolen fabric finish will make it difficult to leave, but guests can benefit from full use of the amenities/restaurants at Les Fermes de Marie as well as sister properties in Megeve: Hotel Mont Blanc, Le Lodge Park and Au Coin de Feu.
The ski-in ski-out maison behind the glistening chrome horse in Courcheval 1850 is never backward in coming forward, and when it opens its doors for the new season this December, guests will have the chance to stay in one of these eight luxurious new suites.
Designed by Sybille de Margerie, every one is different and makes use of Alpine materials such as wood, cashmere, fur, leather, bronze and brushed brass, alongside one-off sculptural and painted works of art.
Cheval Blanc has also updated its White Restaurant and White Bar, while outside a Mongolian Yurt decorated with comfortable club chairs, fur rugs and oversized wooden coffee tables, has been transformed into a Cigar Lounge.
Chalet Franciscains – Mont Tremblant
Just ten minutes’ drive from Québec’s Mont Tremblant ski resort, this new modernist five-bedroom chalet offers sleek design and huge windows with panoramic views over Lake Desmarais.
Features include a floor-to-ceiling slate fireplace, and despite floor-to-ceiling windows throughout, you don’t have to worry too much about privacy, set as it is on 90,000 square feet of private land with a private road to access it.
In winter and spring the chalet offers easy access to the the nearby slopes by car, and in summer there is golf at Le Diable or Le Geant local courses. Leaf-peepers may be interested in its autumn potential, with its infinity views across the forests and lake. Owned by a renowned fashion designer, the property offers zen-like tranquility all year round.
One thing that L’Apogée Courchevel is unlikely to be short of when it opens in December 2013 is views, situated as it is at the very top of the resort’s former ski jump, which was positioned at the same location for the 1992 Winter Olympics.
The new luxury ski 55-room hotel also has an exclusive four-bedroom penthouse that dominates the top floor and has its own butler and rooftop hot-tub, and there is a five-bedroom chalet adjacent to the hotel which is set across no less than five floors, complete with its own dedicated chef and butler.
The entire property is ski-in, ski-out, and looks set to be an instant hit at the upscale resort. Chef Yannick Franques heads north from his two-Michelin-starred restaurant Le Saint-Martin on the Côte d’Azur to run the hotel’s main restaurant, complete with Fromagerie and its own ham-aging cellar.
Each of the hotel’s 33 suites is designed as a mini-chalet with an entrance, a place to sit, hang up a jacket and take off shoes. A late-night bar, champagne lounge, Sisley spa and kid’s club completes the line-up.
With its own private helipad, a jaunty helicopter ride through the French Alps is the way to arrive at this authentic (and historic) French chalet that has been on this site since 1736.
Impeccably updated to 21st century standards, it’s a chalet that makes you feel pretty much in the middle of nowhere, set in its own pasture with views of Mont-d’Arbois, Rochebrune and Mont-Blanc.
Its six bedrooms can sleep up to 13 guests, and supplementary services include private chef, private butler, wine from its own private wine cellar, ski instructor, massage, beautician, yoga instruction, and of course the hire of that helicopter to fly you in and out.
The nearest airports are Chamonix (a 35-minute drive or 10 minutes by helicopter) and Geneva International Airport (a one-hour drive or just 20 minutes by helicopter).
Redesigned for 2013, Chalet Lhotse opens in December with a whole new spa floor dedicated to wellness. The updated look includes state of the art technology . Rustic but stylish, the chalet has an an outdoor hot tub, bedroom terraces, and a huge open plan living and dining space with its own bar – and champagne is always on ice.
The indoor pool has its own huge projector screen, so you can enjoy a dip and a movie at the same time. You’ll also find six en-suite bedrooms, a massage room, sauna, Hammam, indoor jacuzzi, and a ski room with heated boot warmers. Four staff make sure that you get the most out of this giant 500-square-metre pad that sleeps 12 adults and four children in total comfort.
La Marquise, Sainte Foy
This new chalet-cum-boutique hotel at an undiscovered resort with excellent, near-empty slopes is bookable by the room – so perfect for couples or small groups who want the big chalet experience without the big chalet price tag.
The flexibility also means you can book it for short breaks rather than a whole week – and Sainte Foy is accessible directly by Eurostar’s ski train from St Pancras (no changing in Paris).
If you were looking to book the whole place, it sleeps up to 16 people and the seven bedrooms are spread across four floors that include a private spa and massage room, outside hot tub, large balconies and two living areas. If you have young children, a crèche is available virtually next door.
This daddy of all luxury chalets is still going strong, ten years after it arrived on the ski scene. The list of added extras for the 12+1 guests now includes a 55-inch 3D Smart TV, Apple TV, Blu Ray HD DVD, Xbox 360, iPad and iPod dock.
All bedrooms (except bedroom seven) have flat screen televisions with UK Freesat HD, DVD players. Music can be played throughout the chalet via an integrated music system, and these are just the high-tech extras at what is still a stand-out chalet atop a rock with incredible views over Val d’Isère on a private estate.
The considerable facilities include its own wellness centre and pool, en-suite bedrooms, outdoor hot tub, private chef, and the famous La Face piste is just at the end of the road. Champagne is always on ice, cocktails are mixed, skis and lift passes arrive without you noticing and your driver is waiting for you as you finish your last run.