New luxury accommodation in the Alps for 2012/2013
Thinking of adding a little style to your ski holiday this season? Or just dreaming of winning the lottery…so many top-notch accommodation options will be available this season that we decided to do a round-up. So as not to ruin your dreams (and ours), we have omitted prices, but links are included to each property or company, to allow you to make your own enquiries.
The second phase of five-star self-catering apartments Amara by Pierre & Vacances opens in Avoriaz for this winter. The premium residences include concierge services, free loan of books, Playstation and board games, Wifi, cleaning kit and all linen, plus housekeeping on departure (housekeeping mid-week is extra).
Chalet Edelweiss, set over seven floors and completed in September, sits on the edge of Bellecote piste for true ski-in, ski-out luxury.
Edelweiss has nine en-suite bedrooms, with two master suites of 100m² each, as well as its own private nightclub, a cinema room and a spa that features a 13x4.5m swimming pool, Jacuzzi with waterfall, bar, fitness room and double therapy room. Two chefs, two butlers, and chauffeur are included in the price, but food and drink is extra.
Chalet Edelweiss is offered through a number of companies including ski-boutique.co.ukand ultimateluxurychalets.com
St Martin de Belleville
Replacing the Alpine Club’s La Ferme de Belleville for 2012/2013 is Chamois Lodge, sleeping six to eight people in three en-suite bedrooms. The Kelly Hoppen-inspired interior is finished in old wood and stone, with near 360º panoramic views from the double-height living room. At night, guests feast on six-course dinners with an accompanying hand-picked wine menu.
The resort’s first five-star hotel, Le Kaïla, opens in December. More than half of the hotel’s 42 rooms are suites, with bathrooms that feature a Jacuzzi and hammam. Le Kaïla has a private lift taking skiers directly on to the slopes, as well as its own ski shop, gourmet restaurant and a 500 m² spa with indoor pool, set over two floors and designed by interior architect Catherine Mâle.
Meriski opens two new luxury chalets — Impala Lodge which sleeps 14, and Chalet des Neiges, sleeping eight. All accommodation is en-suite, featuring sunken hot tubs, with four-course dinners with canapés and fizz every evening, complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks, luxury chauffer service and L’Occitane toiletries in the bathrooms.
The Boutique Chalet company opens the luxurious Chalet Twenty26, set in its own private in the Vallée de la Manche. The five-bedroom property includes a cinema room and spa, bespoke menu and wine service and in-chalet massage and beauty services.
Première Neige opens another luxury chalet to bring its collection in Sainte Foy up to six. Chalet La Marquise features four-course dinners, sumptuous breakfasts, champagne and canapés on arrival, Elemis bathroom products and a daily chambermaid service. The chalet also has a fully equipped private Elemis spa with sauna, hammam and massage and treatment rooms.
A new, high-end, chalet Mont d’Eden opens this season, sleeping a total of 15 people. Each of the chalet’s five en-suite bedrooms has its own iPad and comes with sheepskin slippers, and a Playstation 3 or Wii for children. Mont d’Eden also has a beautiful spa comprising indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi with views of Mont Blanc, a sensory shower, sauna and Turkish bath with sound system.
While not new, Hotel Altapura has just been upgraded to a five-star rating, an exception feat for a high-altitude hotel. The Altapura has been showered with awards, including being named “Luxury Mountain Resort” in the 2012 World Luxury Hotel Awards.
Iphone/Ipod docks and Mac Minis are included in every one of the 88 rooms and suites decorated in Nordic influence, there is a 1000m2 spa with seven treatment rooms, three restaurants and a ski shop dedicated to guests.
After being completely gutted and re-styled, Hotel Tannenhof reopens for this season as a five-star hotel, featuring seven suites with wood-burning fireplaces and freestanding bathtubs. The Tannenhof also has a spa and gourmet restaurant.
Just along the valley from Ischgl, Kappl steps up a gear for 2012/2013 with the opening of the new four-star Zhero Fashion Hotel on 12 December, offering 60 luxurious rooms, nine suites and five penthouse suites as well as a large spa, beauty and fitness centre.
Two new five-star chalets, one with its own private indoor pool, open this season with Zermatt Ski Chalets. Chalet White Pearl sleeps 14, and comes equipped with a cinema room, pool table, an outdoor terrace with a 3 m² power jet plunge pool and a Cowshed spa with sauna, Jacuzzi and hammam. White Pearl’s staff includes a house manager, assistant manager, chef and housekeeper, all trained to world-class standards.
Chalet High 7 comprises four separate, opulent apartments, including a penthouse, offered on a catered or self-catering basis.
The bespoke four-star Cordée des Alpes, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, will open in place of the old Hotel Alba and Wonderbar this season. Swiss and international architects have collaborated on the project, and millions have been spent on construction, with old wood and stone used throughout to blend with the fabric of the resort.
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