What is it that makes the French Alps the benchmark of luxury skiing? The high altitude? The exquisite cuisine? The in-house spa manager who anticipates your every need? Perhaps that’s what attracts so many Channel Islanders to the mountains. However, for some a holiday isn’t enough and they’ve been able to forge a career from a relationship with the snow. Whether you’re looking for a pool designed with gold leaf tiles and a drop down movie screen or a sumptuous chalet boasting a platform to some of the best views across the valley, welcome to Jersey and Guernsey’s luxury chalet providers…
Jersey’s consensio: the best of the french alps
Consensio operates some of the finest chalets in the world; each comes complete with a team of four hospitality professionals including your own personal chef and chauffeur. They are all within easy reach of geneva and chambery, the two alpine hubs serviced by direct flights with blue islands. We asked ceri tinley their managing director which is the most decadent in these resorts.
Val d’isere: suite dreams
Marco polo sets the standard in this high-altitude resort. This chalet is packed full of facilities and technology. The first two entire floors of the chalet are dedicated to your wellness; the pool is designed with gold leaf tiles and has a drop down movie screen which sits alongside your jacuzzi and sauna. Downstairs, your in-house spa manager provides complimentary treatments in both the massage and beauty rooms, which are located next to the large gym that features two of each machine – allowing you to work out together. This chalet has its own wine cellar where you can enjoy bespoke wine tasting, accompanied by a local variety of cheese and ham, whilst the chalet bar area is perfect for relaxing with a pre-dinner drink and canapés. With its decedent appeal, it comes as no surprise that marco polo was recently awarded with the title of best chalet in france.
Courchevel 1850: vantage point
Shemshak lodge, named after the iranian ski resort, is a perfect example of ski-in, ski-out luxury. Located on the blue plantrey piste, in the heart of this famous ski resort, the location makes this a perfect chalet for experienced or beginner skiers alike. Shemshak offers an alternative to the typical alpine chocolate wooden chalet design, created with top london designers; it is bright and airy full of interesting art and pictures. There are panoramic views across the valley from every floor of this large chalet. The spa area has floor to ceiling windows and the large pool is located beside the hammam, sauna, gym and massage room. This chalet comes complete with state of the art technology which is linked via a central system, allowing all the latest movies and tracks to be streamed into every room.
Les gets: a touch of glass
Grande corniche is a newly built chalet located in the heart of the vast “portes du soleil” ski area, only a short drive from geneva. This gorgeous chalet boasts a number of special features, which makes it truly unique. The grand piano sits proudly in the lounge, whilst the upstairs bar is pre-stocked with all of your favourite beverages. The slide, which takes you from the bar directly down into the wine cellar and snooker room, is probably the most popular feature with guests of all ages! The glass sauna offers fabulous views over the snow-capped trees, whilst the outdoor jacuzzi is the perfect spot to enjoy a post ski glass of champagne.
Consensio children: A winter wonderland
The mountains are a magical place for both adolescents and adults. From english speaking nannies to on-tap chefs, if your children are happy, then so are you. On arrival, younger guests will be met by charlie bear (a unique cuddly toy, theirs to keep), as well as their very own personalised kid’s challenge card. From designing their own pizza with the in-chalet chef, to creating the craziest snow dance, and building the best snowman, they’ll be faced with a series of challenges throughout the week. Spellbinding experiences include an expedition to your own private igloo as well as husky sledding, whilst family birthdays are welcomed in true style with the addition of a magician and fireworks.
For more information, contact enquiries@consensioholidays.Co.Uk or call +44 203 393 0833.
Guernsey’s ski armadillo: the toast of verbier
‘Style and verbier go together like roger federer and designer sweat bands’ and this picturesque village certainly boasts a serious ski obsession. Celebrated as a world-class resort, the area claims some of the most impressive skiing in europe, a fantastic choice of luxury accommodation, panoramic views and a stylish après-ski scene to match.
Throughout the winter months, verbier becomes a multi-hued mecca of indulgence and fun! From celeb spotting to rainbow-clad seasonnaires, there’s something to suit all. You can even shake up a cocktail or two in the comfort of your own chalet, allowing you to create your very own private party in the alps. It’s here you’ll stumble upon the legendary backcountry powder, as well as over 412km of expertly groomed pistes in the 4 vallees region. If its luxury you’re searching for, you’ve certainly come to the right place, from retail therapy to fine cuisine and an abundance of champagne opportunities, verbier’s reputation precedes itself. No wonder the resort poses as a playground to a-lister’s such as prince harry and richard branson.
Marais rouge: A room with a view
Positioned close to a mountain stream in the heart of the village, marais rouge boasts some of the best views in town. Finished to the highest of standards, this top alpine chalet is home to all of the mod cons you would expect from such a luxury establishment, comprising a cinema room, a sauna and a hot tub. Just a stones throw away from the medran lift station, the fine dining, the shops and the nightlife, marais rouge boasts an ideal location. However, if you prefer to spend the evening in the comfort of your own accommodation, the in-chalet chef, trained in some of london’s top eateries, is guaranteed to cook you up a storm!
The icing on the cake – marais rouge is one of ski armadillo’s champagne chalets. Guests will be treated to champagne and canapés six nights of the week, alongside homemade petit fours and a dedicated driver service. Extras such as childcare, massages or restaurant reservations can all be arranged with the on-tap concierge service. Sleeps 12
Rocksteady: let me entertain you
Completed to the highest of standards, this eco-friendly chalet boasts panoramic views across the valley (many of which can be enjoyed from the outdoor hot tub), a vast entertainment area, huge bedrooms, uniquely designed bathrooms and a contemporary style. With over three floors of accommodation to choose from, comprising two sitting rooms and a cinema room, there’s plenty of space for friends and family.
Included with the accommodation is your very own chef – there to provide a gourmet four-course dinner, champagne and canapés six nights of the week, homemade petit fours, breakfast and afternoon tea. You’ll also find a dedicated driver service and an on-tap concierge for whatever else you may need. Sleeps 10 + 2
Basalte trois roc: an architectural delight
Contemporary touches have been combined with the magic of a luxurious alpine chalet. If it’s an exceptional chalet experience you’re after, you’ve certainly come to the right resort. From the local stone bathrooms to the exposed wooden beams, basalte trois roc boasts an extravagant feel – the epitome of luxury living.
The chalet sleeps eight guests across four fabulous bedrooms and boasts a picturesque living area with views of the mountains and beyond. Designed by the architect of the trois roc development, the attention to detail is astounding.
Positioned just a few steps from the main ski lift, this is the perfect option for those looking for a base close to all of the action. Guests are also granted the use of the w hotel’s spa and facilities.
From morning tea in bed to a four-course gourmet meal and your very own driver service, this champagne chalet offers a definite decadent appeal.
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