They say you can’t improve a classic. Well, if they re-made the music video for WHAM’s ‘Last Christmas’ now, they’d be staying in one of these incredible chalets. And it’d definitely be better. George Michael would be wooing model Kathy Hill (surely a non-starter?) not on an 80s tiger print sofa but by the indoor pool. Andrew Ridgely’s sparkly cake would no doubt be made by the staff and brought into a double height plate glass dining room. It’d all just be better. I guess the snowball fight would be the same.
Well here are a selection of some of the best luxury ski lodges, designed for the super-wealthy to match the same spec they’d expect in their Belgravia, Monaco or Bermuda homes. Enjoy them, while I nip out and buy a Euromillions ticket…
Why have one elevator when you could have three? This 16,000 square foot Courchevel chalet includes indoor and outdoor pools (more than most large London hotels!), one of which TURNS INTO A DANCEFLOOR when you press a button!
Living is open plan though the scale means there’s always a quiet corner and the chalet has six ensuite (obvs) suites. A touch pricey at around the €100,000 per week mark, meaning you might have to take up a paper round to help pay it would, nevertheless, be truly memorable.
Where: Couchevel 1850, France
Where: St Martin de Belleville
At 3,500 sq feet there’s still plenty of room in this chalet to swing as many cats as take your fancy. Enter on the second floor with dining and entertaining upstairs and living areas down, all accessed by a lift.
The chalet comes with a private chef, of course, providing breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner. A stunning 360° fireplace this separates the dining table from the sitting area and the view from both stretches right down the Belleville Valley.
Oh, and there’s an incredible pool.
A Manhattan style loft property, Heinz Julen Loft was the personal home of famous local architect Heinz Julen and the place where he threw some of his most legendary parties. Which is one use for this six-person chalet, or else it’s just the ideal place to come and chill out after a day on the slopes with its far-reaching views.
The living area boasts a table that raises and lowers from coffee table to dining table, which is pretty James Bondy. And this is probably where Bond would want to reside. Luxury-loving Roger Moore Bond, that is.
Think Canada and you’re probably imaging a lumberjack shack in the forest (unless you read our Canada travel piece last month), well if this is how lumberjacks live, hand me my axe and get me a one-way ticket. Whistler’s Serenity Estate Kadenwood offers ski in/ski out accessibility, is close to local amenities yada yada, but it’s the sleek architecture, incredible views and floor-to-ceiling luxury that you’re really after.
The private chef will take good care of you, and if you don’t want to eaat round the marble dining table, why not have a ‘TV dinner’ in the cinema room?
Where: Courchevel 1850
Away with all the glass and iron and straight lines of these chalets that might as well be in Shoreditch, Chalet Pearl takes a rustic approach, without compromising on the luxury. Constructed from reclaimed timbers and local stone the chalet sits within spitting distance of the Bellecôte piste.
Built across over 8,500 square feet, this is luxury on a grand scale, making it ideal for entertaining large groups. Talking of which, pool party anyone? Because you totally can in the subterranean pool.