Hunter Chalets: Top 5 luxury ski chalets for Christmas
We’ve picked five of our favourite luxury ski chalets for Christmas. These chalets make a great base for experiencing the ski resorts of Morzine, Les Gets, Avoriaz and the spectacular Portes du Soleil ski region with our team.
Regularly voted the Best Ski Chalet in France, Grande Corniche is world class. After days spent learning to ski or honing your skills on the slopes of Portes du Soleil, you can return to this stunning alpine oasis in Les Gets. Floor-to-ceiling windows reveal astounding views of Mt. Blanc, which you’ll also be treated to from the outdoor hot tub – or relax in the heated freshwater pool surrounded by snow. Grande Corniche is catered in winter, so you’ll have the luxury of a personal chef, friendly hosts and a 24-hour resort driver throughout your stay. You’ll also have your own private cinema, so ask your hosts to arrange a festive movie night for you and cosy up with a box of popcorn, glass of Champagne and your favourite Christmas film.
The Old Macaroni
Settled on the hillside in Morzine, The Old Macaroni has real character. Novels such as Harry Potter and Hemmingway’s The Old Man and the Sea inspire the rooms, while authentic farmhouse features add rustic charm. Slide back the bi-fold doors for staggering views of the village and mountains, then step out onto the outdoor deck for a soak in the hot tub and sauna. The views are especially amazing around Christmas, when the winter light show is on and you can watch skiers zig-zagging down the slopes with flaming torches in-hand. At this time of year, the chalet includes a 24-hour driver service and a private chef to prepare breakfast, canapes and four-course dinners for you.
Lodge Des Nants
Chic and cosy is the vibe at Lodge Des Nants. This luxury chalet was made for Christmas escapes. The outdoor sofas overlook the glittering lights of Morzine and Avoriaz, so snuggle up under a blanket and sip a warming glass of mulled wine, surrounded by candles – or take a relaxing dip in the hot tub. Head inside for a swim in your indoor pool, a quiet read by the fireplace or ask your hosts to arrange an in-room massage for you. The chalet also has a traditional hammam and log-barrel sauna, and comes with your own personal chef and 24-hour driver.
The exposed beams and wooden floors of Chalet 46° nod to its enchanting French farmhouse roots. This striking chalet is a great space for entertaining. It has a south-facing outdoor lounge and wood-burning stove, which your hosts can fire up for stone-baked pizzas cooked by your private chef and starry nights toasting marshmallows. For winter stays, you’ll have your own resort driver available 24-hours a day. Another cool feature is the free-flowing beer pump in the kitchen. After an active day on the mountains, unwind in the hot tub and sauna or settle down to watch a film in the cinema room.
Four Twenty L’Ele
If you’re planning a self-catered ski holiday in the Alps, Four Twenty L’Ele in Morzine is a top choice. It’s been transformed from a traditional horse stable into a luxurious state-of-the-art chalet, with floor-to-ceiling windows, sleek industrial lighting and designer touches. Warm up by the wood-burning stove and gaze out over the valley through the massive glass-fronted wall, and melt any aches and pains away in your private hot tub. Four Twenty L’Ele’s grand size makes it a great space for sharing with families or groups of friends, with two kitchens and two lounges. You also have the option to split the chalet into two apartments.