When it comes to booking a luxury ski holiday there are a host of things to consider and while the internet can provide a wealth of fascinating facts, it can also be confusing in its breadth of information, so here is my list of the things I would consider if I was booking a luxury ski chalet.
1 Big is Beautiful – this is true in terms of ski area. If you’re a good intermediate skier or above, then miles and miles of piste is important. It is also more fun if you can ski to other resorts and villages rather than just up and down the mountain. The 3 Valleys ski area is the largest in the world with over 600 kms of piste and 173 lifts (and none of them T-bars!) which connect the resorts of Meribel, Mottaret, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens, La Tania and the resorts of Courchevel. Meribel is the middle of the 3 Valleys making it the ideal resort for a ski holiday as its central position makes it easier to access the Belleville and Courchevel valleys.
2 Location, Location, Location – check the location of your chosen chalet in the resort. How close is it to the slopes ? to the nearest lift? To be truly luxurious it should be ski-in /ski-out so that at the beginning of the ski day you can hit the piste quickly and at the end, when the legs are a little weary, you can make it to delicious afternoon tea with the minimum of effort. Ideally I would like to be close enough to shops and restaurants to enjoy a little retail therapy and nightlife but not so close that I would be bothered by any noise. Chalet Trois Ours is one the best positioned chalets in Meribel – it is ski-in /ski-out on the Doron piste and easy walking distance to the centre but on the quiet and exclusive Route des Chalets – what could be better?
3 Size Matters – I would look not just at the number and layout of the bedrooms but also just as importantly the public or communal areas of the chalet. In Chalet du Vallon the main sitting room is spacious and easily has enough comfortable seating for 10 ( the chalet sleeps 8) as well as a large balcony with the best views in Meribel. There is also a separate TV room either for youngsters to relax in or the for the sports fanatic to catch up with results on Sky. In Chalet Trois Ours the open plan living-dining room has plenty of space for everyone and the cinema room downstairs is so comfortable that it does mean that occasionally one dozes through the end of the film …..
4 Food Glorious Food – a luxury ski chalet holiday should be all about indulgence and what could be better than your own private chef, designing menus to suit you, using high quality, fresh, local ingredients served with a choice of fine wines? Avery Crest Chalets have fully qualified professional chefs who have experience of working in good restaurants and hotels. You choose the menu and the wine and we do the rest. In addition the stocked guest fridge with wine, beer and soft drinks, the nespresso machine, the selection of fine teas and the delicious snacks mean that you’ll never go hungry – there is even popcorn in the cinema room.
5 Service with a Smile – holiday time is extremely precious and when its spent with family and friends, even more so. In fact true luxury is about time – time to relax away from the pressures of everyday life. At Avery Crest Chalets our service is friendly and professional – we are there when you need us but unobtrusive when you don’t. We are there to ensure that every aspect of your holiday runs smoothly and that you get to enjoy your holiday the way you want to.
To sum up – a true luxury ski chalet holiday should be in a great resort with fantastic skiing, staying in a spacious, comfortable and well positioned ski chalet with amazing food and perfect service. That sounds like an Avery Crest ski chalet holiday in Meribel but then I would say that !