Switzerland is an Alpine paradise. In a fairy tale forest, just moments from the Médran lift, the retreat has nine exquisitely decorated suites. A team of 15 staff member, including a chauffeur, is on hand to accommodate your every whim. Each meal is crafted by Michelin-trained chefs, with delicate Swiss influences, and can be tailored to your tastes. Relax in the indoor and outdoor spa areas with a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and massage therapist, or play table tennis and pool in the games area. You can even try your hand at curling on the mini ice-rink. There’s also a dance floor in the party space and a terrace under the stars, complete with a bar. Backstage Luxury Chalet, Zermatt Backstage Luxury Chalet in Zermatt, Switzerland, is no shrinking violet. Glamour is the word that springs to mind when you take in the striking architecture and views of the mighty Matterhorn beyond. Born from the imagination of legendary designer Heinz Julen, this reimagined 1940s chalet sleeps 10 in Scandinavian-inspired bedrooms. You can expect canapés and champagne before dinner. Your stay includes a night at the centre table of the Michelin-starred After 7 restaurant nearby. There’s a cinema and a ski room with heated boot racks to get your gear toasty for those early morning starts. The levitating whirlpool ascends towards the stars at the touch of a button. Chalet Bighorn, Revelstoke Named four times as the best chalet in the world by the World Ski Awards, Chalet Bighorn in Revelstoke, British Columbia certainly lives up to its reputation. A mansion in the mountains, it sits at the heart of unrivalled heliskiing terrain. The great room, with its log fire and extravagant furnishings, is reminiscent of a medieval hunting lodge, while the rest of the chalet draws on contemporary trends. It has eight guest suites with balconies, its own helipad and a cinema. Meals, including Canadian breakfast and afternoon tea, are created by an award-winning chef. There’s a fully equipped gym and indoor pool, as well as a sauna, hot tub and massage room. This world class ski retreat sits among the woods at the foot of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, with beautiful views of the Columbia River below. Chalet Husky, Val d’Isère A standout retreat in Val d’Isère, France, Chalet Husky is located close to the slopes and boasts breathtaking interior design, a private chef and a disco pool. It sleeps 14 in sumptuous, fur-strewn rooms that offer direct access to the wellness area. There you’ll find a swimming pool with an infinity waterfall, sauna and hammam room. The open-plan living room has ample sofas, a bar, a roaring open fire and a glass walkway over an indoor atrium. Its pièce de résistance is a games room that features a climbing wall and an archery and rifle range. Shemshak Lodge, Courchevel Arguably the most picturesque property in Courchevel, France, Shemshak Lodge embodies the resort’s exclusive appeal. It offers guests ski-in ski-out access to the slopes of the Three Valleys. The lodge was decorated by a top London interior designer in Alpine pastels, with eight en-suite bedrooms and an open-plan living room centred around a log-burning fire. There’s an entire floor dedicated to relaxation, showcasing a sauna, a Jacuzzi and a swimming pool with incredible panoramic views. The staff offer a world-class gastronomic experience and champagne on demand. There’s also a games room and in-house entertainment, from fireworks displays to musicians. Craig Burton is Managing Director of Ski Solutions. Ski Solutions is the UK’s original ski travel agent with over 30 years’ experience in delivering high-end ski holidays to Europe and North America. If you would like to be a guest blogger on A Luxury Travel Blog in order to raise your profile, please contact us.Five-star opulence is just the beginning at these five luxurious ski chalets. Expect exclusive locations, impeccable service and amenities that put them a cut above the rest. After an exhilarating day on the piste, you could be coming home to your own private spa, dance floor and open fire. When you stay at one of these select ski lodges, you might even find the slopes take a back seat. Here’s our pick of the world’s very best ski chalets. The Lodge, Verbier The jewel in Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition crown, The Lodge in Verbier,
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