Searching for an over-the-top luxury ski chalet? Look at the poshest ski resorts in the Swiss and French Alps. In iconic resorts like Zermatt and Val d’Isère, you can find rarefied accommodations closer to contemporary winter palaces than ski houses, with dramatic views and amenities aimed at billionaires or would-be billionaires.
Imagine vast living rooms with dramatic views, multiple ensuite bedrooms, balconies, and spa-like baths. At this price point, these multi-floored chalets have elevators, a dedicated spa, a fully equipped gym, and a swimming pool. There are typically screening rooms, games rooms, and wine cellars. The kitchen is invariably state-of-the-art, but it’s also the lair of the dedicated staff that prepares every meal, from daily breakfast and afternoon tea to multi-course dinners. These aeries are all about privacy, comfort, luxury, and, yes, those jaw-dropping views.
Here are three of the best chalets from a London-based company, The Luxury Chalet Company.
Chalet Zermatt Peak
The views of the Matterhorn from Chalet Zermatt Peak give fresh meaning to the term “breathtaking.” Perched on an outcropping overlooking the entire village, Chalet Zermatt Peak has all the bells and whistles of a villain’s lair from a James Bond movie. Spread over six floors, the 6,674 square foot chalet sleeps 10 guests and has five deluxe double ensuite bedrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, seating and dressing areas, and spectacular views. All suites have HD cinematic televisions featuring digital surround sound and Bluetooth connection. Lighting, curtains, and audio-visuals are all remote-controlled. The en suite bathrooms offer ESPA® beauty and skincare products, including plush designer robes and towels. The showers have rejuvenating rain-shower, hand, and body jets options. The primary suite includes a large private Jacuzzi, partner powder room, and walk-in closet, with views of the Matterhorn from the master bed.
The chalet also has a sky observatory roof and a large indoor/outdoor Jacuzzi, and the open living plan includes a wrap-around balcony. This chalet features a Wellness Centre, a full treatment spa, and an in-house massage therapist. The spa partners with ESPA® spa therapy experts and offers their signature rituals and aromatic massages. There is a dry Finnish sauna and a wet Swedish sauna, a bio steam in a hammam, which has a private gym with TechnoGym® equipment with integrated TVs and Bluetooth connectivity. The house is staffed with a Swiss Chalet Team, an in-house award-winning chef, and a wine cellar. The price ranges from CHF 60,000 to CHF 180,000 ($68,480 to $205,433) for seven nights in the chalet.
Chalet La Fenice
The 12,917 square feet of Chalet La Fenice should be suitable for those searching for extra space. This chalet is also located in Zermatt and accommodates 16 guests. There are seven individually designed ensuite double bedrooms, each with views over the valley or onto the spectacular slopes of the Matterhorn, most of them with a private terrace. The marble-clad bathrooms are stocked with bespoke Institut Esthederm skin care products.
The spa has a 10-meter indoor pool with Matterhorn views, a steam room, and a sauna. The games room features state-of-the-art entertainment, and there is a private cinema. From €58,000 to €165,000 ($63,753 to $181,366) for a seven-night stay.
Chalet Marco Polo
Located in the French ski resort of Val d’Isère, Chalet Marco Polo offers privacy and easy access to the village. The 10,764 square foot chalet sleeps 10 adults and four children in six en-suite bedrooms, with a décor that combines contemporary and traditional materials.
An open-plan living and dining area is focused around a central fireplace. It extends onto a large balcony, offering an outdoor kitchen, heated seating, and panoramic views of the La Face piste. The inside bar is the choice for après-ski cocktails. As for dining, there is both a cave and a fromagerie for wine and cheese tasting.
The house features a hot tub, Hammam, two massage rooms and an automatic hydro massage machine for tired skier legs. The house pool was designed by Christian Lacroix and is covered in gold leaf. The pool and the hot tub use ozone technology to be completely chlorine-free. The natural freshwater oxygen process provides a non-toxic, healthy, and environmentally friendly alternative.
There is a games and entertainment room, pool table, and a TechnoGym® equipped with two of everything so you can work out in pairs. From € 44,300 to €250,000 ( $48,667 to $274,666) for seven nights.