At the end of a long day on slopes there’s nothing quite like collapsing on a sofa with a cup of tea, a beer or a glass of wine.
The only thing that’s better than that is collapsing in total luxury and wondering if you have time to pop down to your private spa before dinner is served by your private chef.
Luxury ski holidays are perennial favourites all over the world.
Some people can afford the best every year, some people have to save up for a special occasion.
But whatever your budget, the feeling of contentment on a luxury ski holiday is unbeatable.
So, if you’re looking for the best of the best, here’s a run-down of the most stunning luxury chalets the world has to offer.
Chalet Mont Tremblant
Mont Tremblant is a classic when it comes to luxury ski chalets.
It sits in its own land in the centre of Meribel. With 6 en-suite bedrooms you and 11 guests can relax surrounded by a full-time staff to meet your every whim.
There’s a games room equipped with the most up to date tech you could wish for, a playroom for children as well as a swimming pool, hot tub, massage rooms and a cinema
Despite its size, the huge double-height lounge is cosy and friendly with a charming fireplace and dining table. The panoramic views over the valley are stunning and after dinner you can snuggle down in the snug room and relax.
Designed in a classic cabin-style with wood walls and exposed stone it’s a beautifully modern take on a classic ski cabin but with the lovely benefit of ski-boot warmers.
Chalet Eagle’s Nest
The Eagle’s nest in Val D’Isere has been world renown for years.
It was the first luxury chalet to offer a private swimming way back in 2002 and it has been setting the bar for luxurious holidaymakers ever since.
In addition to the swimming pool, which has since been renovated, there is a hot tub, a steam room and a sauna. Everything you need to soothe tired muscles.
The chalet offers all the comforts of a 5-star hotel including cleaning services, a chef, fresh flowers, a concierge, a state-of-the-art entertainment system and a champagne reception on arrival.
The chalet sleeps 12 comfortably and is decorated to reflect the village it overlooks. A charming rustic design makes you feel at home instantly and helps you make the most of your holiday.
Chalet Arula 1
If you looking for something a little larger then look no further than Chalet Arula 1 in Austria.
It sleeps up to 29 of your closest friends in ultimate luxury.
Of course, it has all the expected facilities; pool, sauna, hot tub and massage room. But Chalet Arula 1 goes further; it also has an infrared room to really soothe your aching legs.
But in case your legs aren’t tired enough from skiing, there is a private ice rink and a party room to dance the night away.
If you would rather relax in the evening there is a dedicated snug as well as a piano and a wine cellar to help you wind down.
More modern in design that the traditional mountain chalet, you will find the chalet spacious, gorgeous and the final word in mountain luxury.#
Chalet Bighorn in Revelstoke really is a mountain retreat like no other.
With a private helipad as well as a private chef, there has been no expense spared to make Chalet Bighorn the ultimate luxury chalet.
The giant wood-and-stone construction is intimidating from the outside and impressive on the inside.
With a roaring fire and several dining areas ranging from formal to relaxed, the chalet caters for every need.
There is of course a full spa which has won several awards as well as a gym, cinema, games area and a fully-stocked bar.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to make your own drinks, pre-dinner cocktails will be served every night before your 4-course dinner prepared by a professional chef.
A full team of staff are on hand to make sure your stay is as perfect as possible.
Its not a surprise that Chalet Bighorn has won the World Best Ski Chalet award a record-breaking four times!
If you’re looking for spectacular views, Deplar Farm in Iceland is truly unbeatable.
Situated in a remote valley, there is nothing quite like watching the northern lights play in the sky above while you relax after a long day of summit-to-sea skiing.
Surrounded by some of the greatest snowfall in the world, the farm offers a unique experience.
More raw and mysterious than other resort-based chalets, Deplar farm sleeps 28 and shows the extreme contrast between the warm, luxurious interior and the wild Icelandic scenery.
There are all the indulgences you need to relax including an indoor-to-outdoor pool, with a bar, a private helipad for heliskiing as well as a gym, cinema room, yoga studio and sauna.
The full-service staff means you can concentrate on relaxing while they take care of everything else.
Built to honour the traditional Nordic style, it is designed for relaxing, lounging and literally watching the world pass in front of the panoramic windows.
A wild, wintery paradise.
Tivoli lodge in Switzerland is refined luxury at its best.
The elegant furnishings are perfect for entertaining and with several large lounges, a study and a library, you have plenty of space for guests.
For such a private, well-hidden chalet its surprising that it is ski-in/ski-out but the discreet location is perfect for getting away from the hustle and bustle of town.
Two chauffeurs are on hand if you don’t feel like walking and will drive you into town in under two minutes.
There’s a sauna, steam room, swimming pool, waterfall massage and a play-gym for any younger visitors.
The private chef will create a menu specific to you so you can dine on the high-cuisine of Michelin star restaurants or devour your favourite comfort food depending on your mood.
The views are stunning and the refined elegant chalet is perfect for a calm holiday where you can indulge and unwind every day.
San Lorenzo Lodge
One of the most natural and welcoming luxury chalets in the world, the San Lorenzo Lodge has been beautifully renovated to keep its local, old-fashioned charm without compromising on modern luxuries.
It is the perfect retreat from harsh winter weather with its wine cellar, fireplace, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, steam room and sauna.
There’s even a separate tea room if you’re craving refined luxury in a peaceful haven.
With space for 10 guests, it is spacious but with the cosiness of a much smaller space.
But just because the chalet is opulent doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer its fair share of activities.
There’s a private helipad if you want to take off for some back-country skiing and the hosts can organise a range of activities including snowshoeing, woodcarving, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sleigh rides and paragliding.
More low-key and authentic than some other luxury chalets, the lodge is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day on the mountain.
But if you’re just there for skiing, there’s enough to keep you busy.
The San Lorenzo Lodge is situated in the Dolomiti Superski, the longest continuous ski area in the world!
There’s private chef serving tasty, local recipes, and an in-house sommelier and affineur serving the best wines and cheeses so you won’t go hungry no matter how many activities you squeeze in.
Chalet Eden Rock
Eden Rock is well-known in luxury chalet circles and has hosted popstars, rock stars, sports stars and any other kind of star you can name. And with good reason.
The popular chalet is a blend of sleek, modern comforts with stunning traditional décor and beautiful attention to detail. The chalet can be rented as a whole for up to 20 people or can be divided into apartments if you are a smaller group.
Just a ten-minute walk from the centre of St Anton, Eden Rock is a glamourous retreat away from the hustle and bustle of town.
A chauffer can get you there in just minutes if you don’t fancy the walk.
The chalet offers a guest a chance to relax in the pool, spa, sauna or steam room or work up a sweat in the gym. There’s also a massage room where you can have your aches soothed away.
A full staff are available to make sure everything is to your liking so you can relax by the fire without a care in the world. There’s also a fully-stocked open bar for those interested in the après skiing!
A chef will ensure you have breakfast, afternoon tea and dinner to keep your energy levels up and will even make packed lunches for children if required. It really is a home away from home.