Luxury Ski Holidays
In recent years, the market for luxury ski holidays has exploded on a global scale; our new Alpine Luxury Chalets website has been created in direct response to the increasing demand for luxury ski chalets and hotels in some of the most exclusive (read: expensive) ski resorts.
For many years, ski holidays were all about cramming into budget accommodation and spending every second on the mountain, whatever the weather. In recent times, however, the focus of many visitors to winter resorts has shifted towards enjoying the finer things in life, both on and off the slopes. Guests want more from every aspect of their holiday and expectations inflate with prices, be that for old school luxury, swanky modern properties or over-the-top glitz and glamour.
Operators have in turn responded to this change in priorities, developing luxury ski holidays to the incredible standards seen today. More than 20 operators across the Alps now compete to provide the most spectacular gastronomy and most spacious and
comfortable accommodation, filled to the brim with state-of-the-art facilities, to satisfy even their most demanding clientele. Luxury ski resorts such as Verbier and Courchevel are now concentrated with eye-wateringly expensive chalets and hotels that provide every service under the sun; despite their hefty price tags these attract wealthy guests from across the world and can get fully-booked before the season even begins. With the numbers of luxury ski chalets increasing, the facilities in these exclusive destinations follow fast. Resorts such as Zermatt and Aspen are packed with designer stores, world-class restaurants and exclusive champagne bars helping the rich (and famous) to part with their hard earned spoils; the actual sport seems to be a relatively insignificant part of a skiing holiday these days.
Luxury Ski Holidays (Chalets)
The selection of luxury ski chalets across these resorts is astounding, and the services and facilities they provide are expanding year on year; these luxury operators truly cater to every whim. From little touches such as Hermes toiletries and complimentary snacks for the slopes to private indoor swimming pools with cinema screens (step forward Chalet Lhotse in Val d’Isere), luxury operators now have to offer more and more to stay in the competition and attract the most discerning customers. Many chalets include catering, often provided by a personal chef, for breakfast, afternoon tea and an evening meal. This is no simple affair in a luxury chalet; champagne and canapés precede delicious dinners of up to seven courses, with premium wines flowing freely and coffee and petit fours to round off the evening.
Luxury Ski Holidays (Hotels)
Luxury ski hotels are often able to go a step further with their facilities, with many offering extensive ‘wellness centres’ alongside their luxurious swimming pools, and sometimes a choice of restaurants for their half board guests to dine in. Hotels are a great option for those who want to spend their whole holiday in the smartest local restaurants and bars rather than in their chalet, and is a great choice for couples and small groups who cannot take a whole chalet.
If you are looking for something that gives the feel of an intimate, cosy chalet but the professional service of a hotel why not look at one of the charming luxury alpine hotels that we feature on this site? Stay in one of these wonderful properties and you will feel very 'looked after' and special. Very often they are owner managed and there is always a special atmosphere when this is the case.
Luxury Ski Holidays (Self Catering Accommodation)
If sampling the gastronomic delights of the region in the best restaurants in town is more your thing, luxury self-catering chalets are a good alternative; guests will enjoy the same level of opulence in the chalet but have the flexibility to eat out and cook themselves (or to employ the services of a private chef). The gorgeous Chalet Nyumba in Verbier can be taken as a catered or self-catered property (if money is of little concern), although as this chalet boasts a private cinema, full spa and indoor pool and cosy lounge with large open fire guests may be tempted to stay in to eat rather than sample the delights of Verbier’s top restaurants.