The snow-capped peaks of the Alps offer some of the world’s best skiing. Nestled in its scenic valleys are dozens of resorts featuring well-groomed slopes, high octane off-piste terrains and plenty of après-ski entertainment from fine dining to luxury shopping. Our local experts James Palmer-Tomkinson of PT Ski and Andy Castle of Ultimate Luxury Chalets reveal where to go for the ultimate luxury ski experience.
In the heart of the Alps, elegant Switzerland is home to many of the most luxurious ski resorts on the continent. One of the best is Zermatt, which could also be considered one of the most beautiful ski destinations in the whole world. Situated at the upper end of the Mattertal, it is surrounded by some of the most spectacular peaks in Europe, with the majestic Matterhorn offering an astounding backdrop to your ski holiday.
“The town oozes charm and opulence and has arguably the best restaurants in any European ski resort – a taste sensation!” says Andy Castle of Ultimate Luxury Chalets. “As well as pure Swiss charm and beauty, Zermatt is also home to the awesome Zermatt Unplugged festival which sees amazing European bands and musicians descend on the resort every April.”
In addition to the exquisite restaurants (there are over 100 in town), there is a great variety of luxury boutiques (perhaps the perfect place to pick out a Swiss watch?), classy bars and nightlife venues that could turn your après-ski into a night of dancing till dawn.
Where to Stay in Zermatt
To truly appreciate Zermatt at its best, Ultimate Luxury Chalets recommends their gorgeous Chalet Grace which still has some availability for New Year. The refined chalet with rustic charm features floor to ceiling windows on all three levels and a dramatic vaulted interior. South facing balconies showcase breathtaking views of the Matterhorn and surrounding mountains. We can’t imagine a better base in Zermatt.
The five en-suite double or twin bedrooms are spacious and decorated in beautiful textiles, plush rugs and carpets. Savor amazing meals in the raised dining room that seats 14. The stylish and comfortable open-plan lounge includes a French stone open fireplace and adjoining bar area, opening up to a large outside living space with loungers, tables and chairs. The sweeping views of Zermatt town below and the Matterhorn at the end of the valley are spectacular from the picture windows.
If that weren’t enough, the chalet is home to a luxuriously-seated cinema, a games room with a pool table, a spacious glass fronted wellness centre including a sauna, shower room, massage room, a large pilates/yoga space with ambient lighting and music and an outdoor hot tub.
Enjoy the ultimate skiing holiday in Zermatt with Ultimate Luxury Chalets here.
Tucked away in the heart of the beautiful Prattigau Valley, Klosters is a hidden gem which has maintained its authentic charm, it’s no wonder that it won the heart of the family of James Palmer-Tomkinson who founded his luxury skiing holiday company PT Ski in this Swiss resort. James shares why this is one of the best destinations in the Swiss Alps:
“It is the genuine article; an Alpine mountain village, with chalets built in the traditional style blending happily with local farmhouses creating all the atmosphere and beauty that this suggests,” describes James. “In days gone by it was the resort of choice for Hollywood movie stars and although the film set have moved on the cache of Klosters persists.
“Patrons now prefer it for its discreet and low key feel, a complete contrast to the more ostentatious resorts such as St Moritz and Gstaad. There are no designer shops or fur coats and its glamourous visitors love it for its understated chic.
“The other reason why they love it is for its world class skiing! Indeed, the skiing in Klosters is stunning and combined with Davos is one of the largest ski areas in Switzerland. The pistes are kept in immaculate condition and there are plenty of lovely wooden restaurants for coffee stops or sunny lunches on terraces. The 12 km run from the Weissfluh Gipfel down to Kublis is one of the longest runs in the world and a classic milestone for any skier.”
Where to Stay in Klosters
PT Ski has a range of luxury accommodation in Klosters including the fabulous Casa Chimera. Built in 2005 as a luxury family home, it is within easy reach of the lifts and centre of Klosters village. The Chalet has a wonderful spacious feel and exudes Alpine charm.
The chalet can sleep up to 10 guests in five bedrooms, each with its own bathroom or shower room. The main entrance to the chalet is on the first floor which opens into a large lobby. This then leads into a generous open-plan living room divided into three sections. At one end is the dining area with a table that sits 14. The central part is double heighted with comfortable sofas, a welcoming place to relax after a day’s skiing, or for a drink before dinner. Adjacent to this and separated by a large double sided fireplace is a cosy games area, ideal for a round of backgammon or a rubber of bridge. Just off the hallway is a fully equipped TV/audio room with widescreen TV. The kitchen is also on the first floor and is a separate room near the dining area.
On the second floor are the chalet’s two master bedrooms, each with its own fireplace and en-suite bathroom. There is also a further double bedroom with an en-suite shower room. The last two bedrooms are on the ground floor, both twins with en-suite bathrooms. There is also a sauna on the ground floor and separate power shower. As would be expected of a chalet of this calibre, the ski boot racks in the ski room are heated.
The chalet has a dedicated staff of two who live in and take care of guests impeccably. They prepare breakfast and have tea waiting for you for when you get back from skiing at the end of the day. In the evening they serve a four courses, preceded by canapés.
The beautiful Casa Chimera is ideal for both groups of friends or families. PT Ski’s expert staff will also help you take care of every detail you need for an exceptional ski holiday in Klosters. Contact them at this link to start planning today.
Over on the French side of the Alps, Andy Castle of Ultimate Luxury Chalets tempts us to glamorous Courchevel, a destination attracting those seeking phenomenal skiing, fine-dining or simply to be seen.
“Courchevel is arguably the most exclusive and most desirable ski resort in the world and part of the record-breaking Les Trois Vallées,” reveals Andy. “With Michelin-starred restaurants, high end shopping boutiques, perfectly groomed pistes, and an extensive and varied ski area Courchevel is the seen as the jewel in the crown of European skiing and après ski.”
The skiing is virtually unparalleled with 650km of piste and over 170 lifts across the Three Valleys, plus no resort can match the number and opulence of Courchevel’s luxury ski in/ski out chalets, offering discretion and ease to your ski holiday. When not feasting on your private chef’s fantastic creations at your luxury chalet, enjoy a succulent two Michelin-starred meal at Pierre Gagnaire in Hotel Les Airelles or at Le 1947 in the Hotel Cheval Blanc (be sure to reserve well in advance). Keep your night going at the glitzy, star-studded Les Caves de Courchevel night club.
Where to Stay in Courchevel
Ultimate Luxury Chalets has a wide selection of chalets in the Courchevel resorts, however, one of their favorites is picturesque Le Petit Palais. Since it can sleep 15, it’s perfect for gatherings of family or friends and it’s still available for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
Extending over an impressive six floors, the “Little Palace” has been designed by a world class designer who has succeeded at creating the ultimate palatial chalet with decadent detailing and luxury finishes. The second floor of the chalet provides a comfortable and stylish space to entertain your guests, and includes the main dining and lounge areas.
Le Petit Palais master suite is selectively located on its very own dedicated floor, the six other bedrooms can accommodate up to 12 adults and two children in exquisite luxury. This exclusive retreat features a luxurious private spa and wellness centre which includes a swimming pool and indulgent spa experiences. It has a professionally-equipped kitchen managed by your own private chef. In addition, it has own nightclub and cinema room, providing fabulous entertainment options without even having to leave the chalet.
Learn more about this opulent Alpine getaway through Ultimate Luxury Chalets at this link.
Val d’Isere, France
Another luxurious French resort recommended by Andy Castle of Ultimate Luxury Chalets is the Val d’Isère. Once a traditional farming village, over the 20th century it was gradually transformed into one of the world’s biggest and best ski resorts. With fantastic skiing for all levels, The Espace Killy ski resort also incorporates the neighbouring high altitude station of Tignes. These have 300km of piste with heights of over 3500m. The area’s off-piste terrain is some of the most challenging and easily lift-accessed of any in Europe.
“It’s one of the world’s most recognisable resorts with an impeccable snow record and incredible glacial ski area,” adds on Andy. “Plus, the resort boasts awesome après ski bars and a good variety of restaurants which offer much better value for luxury than some other high end resorts.”
One of these is La Table de l’Ours, the one-michelin starred restaurant of the Hotel Les Barmes de l’Ours. It features an excellent gourmet menu and charming dining room with wooden beams, toasty fireplace and mountain decor.
The Valley also boosts a variety of shopping opportunities, ranging from high quality ski wear from brands like Moncler and Bognor to traditional Savoyard home decorations.
Where to Stay in Val d’Isère
To enjoy the social side of Val d’Isère to the fullest, Ultimate Luxury Chalets suggests their Domaine Toit Du Monde which has indoor and outdoor pools as well as ski in and out facilities. The chalet can also be split into two independent chalets – Himalaya and Toit Du Monde.
Sleeping 16, both chalets are protected by fortress-like stone walls, offering you perfect seclusion and exclusivity. The chalets are located on the piste in the area above La Daille which allows easy access to the Domaine de Espace Killy.
The chalets have been designed to feature the best of the alps and include massive fireplaces, breath-taking window stone seats, modern decor and state of the art facilities such as movie screens which appear at the touch of a button. Guests will marvel at the swimming pools cleverly set between the dining areas and the outdoor terraces, complete with jet stream and corner jacuzzi jets. Each chalet includes relaxing massage rooms, wine cellars and ski room with boot warmers, among other comfortable amenities.
The combination of both chalets gives you eight bedroom suites, all of which have separate sleeping and relaxation areas. The vast, beautiful bathrooms are surrounded by marble walls adorned with delicately engraved snowflakes, while the floor is subtly heated. Each has a rain shower which converts into a steam room which easily seating up to four or more people.
Book one or both of these gorgeous chalets and design your dream ski holiday with Ultimate Luxury Chalets here.