Cabin fever: Luxury Alpine chalets
Three lavish winter escapes to suit all holidaymakers, whether your preferred ski style is downhill or apres
Ski holidays are no longer reserved purely for the athletically inclined – Europe's most luxurious resorts have cottoned on to the fact winter escapes should be as relaxing as they are invigorating. With their in-house spas, cinemas and private chefs, these chic chalets are a far cry from the rustic cabins of old.
Ferme de La Corderie, Les Gets, France
Larger groups are well catered for at this exclusive retreat overlooking the ski resort of Les Gets and the slopes of the Portes du Soleil. The recently renovated farmhouse maintains its Alpine charm through wooden beams, floors and panelling, while modern furnishings add comfort and luxury. Three floors take in a large living area, a cinema and a treatment room, floor-to-ceiling windows and sleeping space for up to 14. Outside, a private heated balcony runs the length of the farmhouse and a large terrace with hot tub and music system provides a haven to relax post-piste and take in the remarkable views.
From £10,494 per week. Price includes a chalet manager, concierge, champagne reception, daily breakfast, five-course dinner five nights a week and one speciality dining evening, drinks, snacks and in-house chauffeur; sjvillas.co.uk
Chalet Mon Izba, Verbier, Switzerland
Perched high in Verbier's Sonalon area, Mon Izba is a five-level, five-bedroom Alpine hideaway. The first floor contains a spa and wellness facility with indoor pool, semi-outdoor whirlpool, massage room, sauna, hammam, gym and games room. Elsewhere, a massive open-plan living space takes in a stone fireplace and access to a wraparound balcony terrace. Relax with a film in the plush cinema room, or have your private chef host a pre or post-dinner tasting in the wine cellar. Be sure to call dibs on the master suite – its top-floor location and private balcony provide epic mountain views.
From £4,290 per person per week, based on ten sharing. Price includes private chef, daily housekeeping and driver service; alpineguru.com
Le Petit Chalet, Courchevel, France
Wood-burning fire, outdoor hot tub, cosy bedroom – this romantic two-person bolthole is ideal for warming up after a day on the famous Belvedere piste in Courchevel 1650. The chalet has been renovated from a former hay store and features wood panelling and beams in its rustic interior. A ski-in, ski-out location five minutes from the village centre and a complimentary pick-up service provides easy access to the trails across Courchevel and the Three Valleys.
From £4,300 per week. Price includes a housekeeper, concierge, driver and chef six nights a week with breakfast delivery, afternoon tea and dinner; sjvillas.co.uk