Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The Best Chalet Pools In The Alps

Chalet Marco Polo, Val d'Isere

One of our favourite, most eccentric pools - Marco Polo is the oozes luxury. This pool is decorated with gold leaf, has a fantastic pull down projector to watch films as you swim and a goddess mural designed by famous fashion icon Christian Lacroix. See more of this chalet here

Chalet Edelwiess, Courchevel

Chalet Edelwiess is one of the most expensive properties in the Alps and definitely lives up to its reputation! This is not just an indoor pool...this is a top of the range luxury spa area with large jacuzzi, heated pool, sauna, massage rooms,star lit ceiling and spacious relaxation area around the pool. We think it is the perfect spa retreat! See more of this chalet here

Chalet Ma Datcha, Megeve

In one of the most sort after addresses in Megeve, Chalet Ma Datcha has an incredible outside mini spa area with a dazzling outdoor heated pool. The pool is set amongst plush gardens on a large terrace that also boasts an outdoor hot tub, gym, sauna, hammam and massage room to ensure maximum relaxation. See more of this chalet here.

Chalet L'Hotse, Val d'Isere

The relaxation zone at Chalet L'Hotse yet beautifully designed with all natural luxury materials such as oak, fur throws and high quality granite. We love the candle lit edges of the pool making this a haven of relaxation and serenity, giving it a warm and cosy atmosphere with the fur loungers. This room has Turkish baths and solarium as well as there being a state of the art cinema screen over the pool to watch your favourite shows or films. See more of this chalet here.

Le Grande Roche, Courchevel

This funky, bohemian style pool area is a fun and chic addition to Chalet Le Grande Roche. Who wouldn't want to go on that swing?! Modern and colourful decor with comfy lounge areas, TVs and steam room. See more of this chalet here.

Chalet Le Chardon, Val d'Isere

Although it is not 'technically' a swimming pool we could make this this list without the incredible, HUGE jacuzzi at Chalet Le Chardon. Best enjoyed with a champagne on ice - This amazing hot tub, embedded in a snow filled wonderland, is the biggest in the Alps. It looks like pure perfection! See more of this chalet here

Le K2 Chalet, Courchevel

One of the coolest looking pools in the Alps - the ultra modern swimming pool at the luxurious Le K2 Couture chalet in Courchevel. Cool hang out areas, decorative silver spheres in the pool and a huge cinema screen to watch from the pool or hot tub. This is definitely a fantastic modern take on luxury chalet interiors! See more of this chalet here.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Why book your winter ski trip now for 2016/17?

Every year we receive last minute calls from our clients, explaining their disappointment in losing out on their dream chalet from trying to book too late. Our most in-demand luxury chalets often get booked for peak weeks as early as the end of August!
Chalet Maria, Courchevel
Booking early and getting ahead of the game means that you will have prime choice of the most incredible properties, including some of the World’s best ski chalets. We can also easily match you with the most perfect chalet for you and your group’s requirements and any special requirements!   
Le Chardon, Val d'Isere
Abi, one of our fabulous ski specialist’s comments, “Now is not a natural time to start thinking about winter and definitely not natural to try and think about a snowy Christmas! But I can’t urge enough that it pays off to be organised when booking your ski trip this year. I always have a number of clients that try to book last minute but due to popular peak weeks being booked, they have to sometimes compromise. They are always the first to call to book their ski trip the following year!!  At this time of year availability is good, there is a large selection of beautiful chalets for you to see and we have plenty of time to organise your perfect luxury ski break.”

Abi on her fam trip to Meribel last season
It always feels good to be organised (and slightly smug) when it comes to booking holiday’s. Imagine just sitting back and relaxing for the rest of the year, not worrying about a last minute search but knowing your perfect chalet is waiting for you and your guests.

Chalet Le K2, Courchevel

To get started on the search for your dream luxury chalet for this winter, contact us today. We also have a selection highly private VIP chalets that are not on our website, get in touch for more details.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

What age is the best to learn to ski?

When is the best age to ski? A very tricky question! This question is usually asked when parents are considering entering their children into ski school for the first time, we will breakdown how to decide whether it’s time to strap of some skis and start mastering the snow plough!

It is natural for parents to worry they will push their children too soon into trying to learn to ski but they also don’t want their children to be left behind and miss out on mastering a new skill whilst having a fun! So when is the best time for the kids to start skiing?

Too early?

How early is too early? When you see very tiny children whizzing down the slopes and around adults, it may seem that they were born with skis attached but this is a rare occurrence and goes against the general rule. There is also the increased risk that children can be put off a new hobby or ski by starting too soon. So when should they start?

Realistically, the very earliest that kids can ski is from three years old. Children under three will struggle to co-ordinate and control their skis as well as lack the strength to stay up and balance. There is also the issue of more limited communication, concentration and the need for toilet stops!

Too late?

Wondering whether you have waited too long to start teaching your child to ski or sending them to ski school can be the bigger concern for some parents. The main thing that you must remember is that progress should be measured in terms of enjoyment and happiness for the young skier not in terms of technical accomplishments and trophies.

Like most sports, an early start can help but mainly if you want them to become an international sports star. Then again, a lot of the most competent skiers didn’t learn at a very young age. Skiing, like any skill, gets mastered through a combination of natural ability and a lot of practice! With getting a lot of practice or having a natural talent for skiing means that you can start at any age.

My first experience of skiing was at the age of 15 and although I might not be shredding down the black slopes, I have a decent level of ability and absolutely love my time in the mountains! So don’t worry to those parents worrying about when to start skiing. As long as your child is enthusiastic on the slopes and loves putting on planks; they will be skiing by your side in no time!  

Our Favourite Family Friendly Ski Chalets

This beautiful chalet has stunning views over the valley, a magnificent spa, outdoor hot tub and massages for mum and dad with the option of having professional nannies and babysitters on hand to entertain the kids in the chalets indoor pool or fantastic playroom with a real tepee!

This beautiful ski in/ski out luxury chalet comes with a complimentary nanny services included in the rental for off-peak weeks! There is also a kids TV snug, plenty of toys, games and sledges to keep the children amused whilst you take on the mountains.

This outstanding chalet in the heart of Meribel is a child's (and grown ups!) dream with a fantastic cinema room, separate living room just for kids to hang out and play table football, table tennis and plenty of games!

Monday, 20 June 2016

Summer in The Alps

We all look forward to their summer holidays but choosing a sun-filled destination doesn’t just have to involve lazing on the beach all day.  Heading to the Alps has become increasingly popular with people looking for sunshine as well as wanting to experience fresh air, beautiful scenery and an array of attractions including local markets, alpine restaurants and of course, fantastic outdoor activities.

Here are our picks for the most popular resorts and some of our favourite chalets

Perfectly positioned on the gloriously sunny, south-facing Swiss mountains; Verbier offers magnificent landscapes with the second biggest nature reserve in Switzerland and panoramic views of Mount-Blanc. With an incredible 826km of biking tracks, 500km of signposted walking trails, plenty of rock climbing, para-gliding and two golf courses - you will never struggle for things to do!

The Lodge, Verbier

The lodge is a perfect alpine summer escape. This spectacular luxury chalet is split over five floors with a private lift, accommodating 18 guest and 6 children, or alternatively you can book just one very special individual room for your stay. After an active day on the mountains, The Lodge provides a unique, luxurious setting with a private spa treatments, tailored menus, indoor pool with Jacuzzi and a fantastic chalet team at your service.

** SPECIAL OFFER: 4 nights for the price of 3 for stays at The Lodge between 3rd June and 26th September**

Chamonix is one of the most popular summer destination in the Alps and is a great choice for families with children. If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in the sunshine there is a beautiful lake with water-sports, sightseeing tours to popular destinations such as Mont Blanc and weekly markets to enjoy.

Amazon Creek, Chamonix

Chalet Amazon Creek is nestled in tranquil woodland by a mountain stream and has breath-taking views of Aiguille de Midi. Amazon Creek is one of the most luxurious and picturesque ski chalets in the Mount Blanc valley with its vast living areas, luxury spa, cinema room and outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi to enjoy.

**SPECIAL OFFER: 30% off your summer stay at Amazon Creek**

The only resort to claim that it offer 365 days of skiing a year meaning you can shred the slopes in the morning and soak up the sun in the afternoon! Zermatt is a beautiful resort that is especially popular with mountain climbing and biking enthusiasts but there are also fantastic walking trails, sports centres and even a beach where you can water ski, fishing or just lay back and relax!

Heinz Julen Loft, Zermatt

This breath-taking Manhattan style loft is a unique and very spacious apartment designed by the famous local architect Heinz Julen, who once owned it as his private home where he hosted rock star parties! The Heinz Julen loft boasts floor to ceiling glass walls, with fantastic views over the village and allowing the sunshine to flood in.  This fabulous 3 bedroom apartment is in a very central location which means it’s the perfect base for activities!

Morzine is the hub of outdoor activity in summer with so many to choose from including horseback riding, canoeing, hot air ballooning, disco golf, caving and even ‘geo-catching’ (a GPS treasure hunt!)…you won’t know which one to try first!

Summer in Morzine has a much more laid-back feel with flower displays spilling off balconies over the town’s bars and restaurants filling their sunny terraces that open onto pavements with people enjoying a warm summer evenings with a refreshing glass of french rose.

Chalet Twenty 26, Morzine

This beautiful, contemporary luxury chalet is located in a private, idyllic location close to the centre of Morzine. Twenty 26 has 6 ensuite bedrooms is set over four floors with a superb 50m2 living area of 50m2 with a wraparound balcony which offers stunning views of Point De Nyon. This is the perfect retreat for a relaxing summer break with a dedicated spa and outside spa deck which has a sunken hot tub with beautiful cedar barrel sauna and treatment rooms.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

The best croque monsieur in France?

On my recent visit to Meribel I had the pleasure of having lunch at Le Petit Oignon, near the bottom of the Route des Chalets. This is the place for the best croque monsieur I’ve ever eaten (arguable the best in France!) served on homemade sourdough bread...heaven.

Many people like to lunch on the mountain, and I can see why, but for an off-mountain meal or a white out day it’s a great option! Sit outside in the sunshine and enjoy the views across the valley while you enjoy some quality time with a fabulous lunch. 

(Kudos if you can finish a whole one by yourself…)

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Summer in Chamonix

Now we have sadly hung up our skis and snowboards for the summer, most ski resorts are winding down; not so in Chamonix! As one of the few resorts that is actually even busier in summer than in winter, Chamonix is a stunning place for a summer break.

Thrill-seekers can take on world-famous climbs, white water raft, hike across glaciers or cycle the steeps normally reserved for skiers and boarders. 

Those looking for a more relaxed stay can enjoy the very French feel of the town, against a fabulous mountain backdrop in the shadow of Mont Blanc. Sitting as it does on the Swiss and Italian borders, you can enjoy cuisine from all three countries, sample local wines, test out your swing on the golf course or relax in one of the many spas.

If this sounds like the summer break for you, we have some fantastic special offers at the moment; call us today for more details!

Monday, 25 April 2016

Luxury Chalets For Half Term 2017

As another fantastic, snow-filled season comes to an end, it's time to look forward and plan your ski trip for next year!
 Whether you are looking for an unforgettable, white Christmas on the slopes or a fun-filled February half term with the family; we recommend booking early to secure your dream, luxury chalet in some of the World's best resorts.

With confirmed rates now released for most of our fabulous ski properties, the Elegant Ski offices are buzzing with requests for next year coming in fast - Book your perfect luxury ski holiday today!
Sneak Peak of Half Term Chalets Available...
Chalet Cristal, Chamonix - Elegant Address Ski

Chalet Rock N Love with Elegant Address Ski

Chalet M, Morzine - Elegant Address Ski

Chalet Chopin, Meribel - Click link to view

Chalet Montana swimming pool - Click link to view ski chalet

Chalet Les Brames, click link above to view

Chalet Sorojasa fireplace and view - click link to view

Chalet Maldeghem outside dining - click link to view

Contact our dedicated, award-winning chalet rental and luxury hotel specialists today, and let your personal expert find you The Address.
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