Saturday, 25 July 2015

Walking in a Winter Wonderland...the Best Chalets for Your Perfect Christmas

Do you dream of an unforgettable Christmas, spent in a snowy wonderland, enjoying gourmet catering and sipping champagne in front of a roaring log fire? What better place to spend the festive season than in the Alps, and we have selected some of the best chalets to spend your Christmas in.

Chalet Nyumba, Verbier

With a name that means ‘home’ in Swahili, this chalet is very aptly named. Perched high above the village, it commands magnificent views of the village and surrounding mountains. Unusually styled with a mixture of alpine detailing and African artwork, this beautiful chalet sleeps 12 + 4, so you can enjoy Christmas with the whole family. Soak up the atmosphere in the outdoor hot tub while the children play in the teepee in the dedicated play room, or relax in the pool while your chef prepares a fabulous feast for dinner. The perfect place for a family
Grand Corniche, Les Gets

Spectacular views of Mont Blanc dominate the open plan living and dining area of this wonderful chalet in the village of Les Gets. Just a short chauffeured drive from the ski lifts, this chalet combines privacy with convenience and at just one hour from Geneva, this chalet makes a perfect place for a family getaway this festive season. The outdoor Jacuzzi enjoys beautiful views, or you can relax in the glass sauna or to the sound of the grand piano in the living room. The vaulted cellar features a full size snooker table, which can be converted into a dining table, giving you a selection of dining options for a                                             mouth-watering Christmas dinner; what could be more perfect?

Chalet Makini, Verbier

A spectacularly opulent property, this stunning chalet combines modern, chic furniture with inspiring artwork, wood and stone features and opulent furs. Its ski in/ski out location in Verbier maximises your time on the slopes, and gives splendid views from its extensive balconies and terraces. With an indoor pool, hammam and massage room, Makini epitomises luxury. Enjoy one another’s company in one of the two living areas, or sample fabulous wines from the extensive wine cellars; a truly sophisticated Christmas.

Chalet Montana, Val d’Isere

How would you like to float in an indoor pool while watching the twinkling lights of the resort below you? Look no further than Chalet Montana! This ski in/ski out chalet has fantastic views over the iconic and exclusive resort of Val d’Isere, with a large terrace for soaking up the sun in the mountain air. Warm wood detailing makes this stunning chalet a comfortable haven to enjoy the festive season with friends or family. A fabulously designed bunk room will make an exciting place for the children over the festive season, and has plenty of space for play, while you enjoy the sauna or relax in front of the open               fire, or enjoy the fantastic views from the living room.

Chalet Dalmore, Chamonix

This sleek and modern chalet in Chamonix makes a wonderful alternative Christmas location, if alpine style isn’t your thing. With panoramic windows and a suspended feature fireplace, the living room of this stunning chalet demonstrates the modern and sophisticated style throughout. Enjoy the breath-taking views of the Mont Blanc from the roof terrace, or soak in the heated outdoor pool and hot tub. The whisky snug is the perfect place for a quiet moment, or enjoy the Christmas classics in the cinema room; this stunning contemporary chalet makes for a stunning and unusual festive retreat.

All of these stunning chalets are currently available for Christmas – contact us today for further details on these or any of our other fabulous properties. Let us find you the perfect Christmas address!                     +44 1244 629963

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Top 5 celebrity ski hotspots

5. Meribel – France

In the heart of one of the largest ski areas in the world, Meribel hosts an array of famous guests. With only a couple of luxury hotels celebrities chose this location to enjoy the privacy of their own luxury ski chalet. As a more low key resort to its neighbour Courchevel, this is the perfect choice for anyone wanting to spend quality time with loved ones or friends away from the crowds.
In 2008, Emma Watson purchased a luxury chalet for £1million which contributed towards the increased demand for properties in Meribel, seeing prices soar to £3-4 million. Other celebrities spotted in the beautiful traditional resort are the royals Prince William and Kate as well as pop stars Natalie Imbruglia and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Prince William and wife Kate speeding down the slopes

4. Verbier – Switzerland

Located in the canton of Valais, this beautiful resort is recognised as one of the premiere ‘off-piste- resorts in the world. Nearly 100 lifts access more than 400km of runs, the slopes are snowsure and the scenery spectacular, and from the top of the ski area – Mont Fort, at 3330m – the views reach as far as the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc. The varied terrain attracts visitors and celebrities who are regular skiers who are looking for a challenge.
There are many luxury ski chalets providing cosy, traditional log cabin style atmosphere as well as an array of boutique shops and exceptional nightlife. Celebrities fans include Sir Richard Branson, Prince Harry and Fearne Cotton.

Sir Richard Branson happily skiing in Verbier

 3. Zermatt - Switzerland

Home to the iconic mountain range with most peaks reaching over 4000m; Zermatt is one of the best ski resorts in the world. It’s incredible scenery, atmosphere and slopes attracted an elite ski scene fit for the rich and famous. Settled under the magnificent Matterhorn, Zermatt is a picturesque alpine village filled with gourmet restaurants, stunning chalets and world class skiing.
Celebrities spotted in this fabulous Swiss resort include film stars Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, legendary drummer and singer Phil Collins and both Abba ladies have homes here.

Pitt-Jolie family 'chilling out' on the piste

2.  Courchevel – France

Lively, modern and with 600km of pistes, Courchevel is filled with rich ski terrain and celebrity admirers. The chic resort of 1850 is home to six star hotels, Michelin star restaurants and luxury shopping. In peak season the Russians rich list fill the resort sipping Dom Perignon donned in fur lines ski wear.
This elegant ski village has charmed A-list celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, David and Victoria Beckham and Pippa Middleton.

Heartbreaker Leo DiCaprio enjoying the apres ski

1.       St Moritz - Switzerland

It’s no surprise St Moritz is a celebrity and rich list hotspot with its annual Polo World Cup on their frozen lake. This prestigious event started 30 years ago and draws more than 12,000 visitors and a host of top celebrities.
Due to its fabulous location, St Moritz enjoys 300 days of sunshine each year and during peak times, the resorts very own airport brings in more than 40 private jets a day so the rich and famous can enjoy the Swiss slopes or a ‘designer’ getaway to enjoy the fine amenities of the resort.

With designer shops, exclusive sporting events and superb spas, St Moritz is always at the top of the exclusivity lists. You’ll find the biggest names in fashion here including, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.
The long list of celebrity visitors includes:
- Claudia Schiffer
- George Cloony
- Charlie Chaplin
- Alfred Hitchcock
- John Travolta
- Robert De Niro
- Elizabeth Hurley
- Naomi Campbell

Supermodel Naomi Campbell bringing style to the slopes