Europe's best luxury ski chalets: From rock tunnel entrances to private nightclubs and helipads

Hey, big spender! Our pick of Europe's luxury ski chalets

Joanna Whitehead
Wednesday 23 January 2019 12:47 GMT
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Fans of the white stuff with a spare £100,000 burning a hole in their pocket might consider one of these souped-up chalets from Firefly Collection.

With the ski season well underway in resorts in Europe and North America, the only thing remaining is to book your flights – or hope for a lottery win...

Chalet Zermatt Peak, Switzerland

A dining area at Chalet Zermatt

Anyone who’s ever dreamed of being in a Bond film is in for a treat at the Chalet Zermatt Peak, which features a rock tunnel entrance, a wellness area with indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and floor-to-ceiling windows with jaw-dropping views across Zermatt to the Matterhorn.

Football Thierry Henry described Chalet Zermatt Peak as “the best chalet I have ever stayed in” and, well, if it’s good enough for him…

Petit Palais, Courchevel 1850

The private nightclub at Petit Palais

Party animals focused on après-ski should head for the Petit Palais, which includes a cinema room, spa, pool and private nightclub. In Courchevel 1850 in a ski in/ski out location, this six-floor property has seven bedrooms and sleeps up to 14 people. Upon arrival, guests are greeted with champagne and have the services of a butler throughout their stay, although food and drinks are extra.

Chalet Couttet, Chamonix

The outdoor pool at Chalet Couttet

This contemporary chalet offers pools, hot tubs, a yoga studio and gymnasium. With room to sleep 10 people in five bedrooms, the house also includes a cinema and games room. Guests who want to kick it up an octave can find it in the buzzing ski hotspot of Chamonix, which is just five minutes away by car. Or those reluctant to leave the luxurious confines of the chalet can admire the awesome views of Mont Blanc.

Chalet Joux Plane, Morzine

The 'adult swings' at Chalet Joux Plane

Entry to the Chalet Joux Plane property comes via a 15-metre un​derground tunnel, but it’s not all about showy facades here – although one side of the building is made entirely of glass. In addition to 23-metre indoor and outdoor pools, an outdoor hot tub, Hamman and gymnasium, the property also includes a library, cinema and art gallery, for culture vultures to explore at their whim. This six-bedroom property sleeps up to 14 people.

Chalet Marco Polo, Val d'Isere

The pool at Chalet Marco Polo

Spread over 1,000 sq m, Chalet Marco Polo is located in the centre of Val d’Isere, close to the Italian border, in a private position set back from the road. There's an entire floor dedicated solely to wellness, so those craving some R&R can rest their weary bones in the property’s Jacuzzi, Hamman and gold-leaf finished jet stream pool. Those wanting to make the most of the stellar views can do so on the heated terrace with barbecue and outdoor kitchen. This six-bedroom property sleeps between up to 14 people.

Chalet Le Coquelicot, Courchevel 1850

The indoor swimming pool at Chalet Le Coquelicot (The Firefly Collection )

Spread over six floors, the Chalet Le Coquelicot is built into the mountain, so guests to ski in and out from their front door. With room for 12 guests in six bedrooms, the property also features an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, gymnasium and cinema. Car enthusiasts can also sleep easy at the chalet, which has an indoor parking area, accessible by a car lift.

Chalet Quezac, Tignes le Brévières

One of the bedrooms at Chalet Quezac

Those who shudder at the prospect of public transport are well catered for at Chalet Quezac, which has its own helipad. Ideal for larger groups, this property sleeps up to 16 people and includes an indoor and outdoor bar, the latter of which was created from an Aeroski gondola cabin. An outdoor hot-tub, sauna, fire pit, barbecue and pizza oven, plus ping pong and pool tables, leave guests with little time to get bored.

Chalet Le Grenier, Meribel

Curl up and enjoy the view at Chalet Le Grenier

A large vaulted ceiling with floor-to-ceiling windows offer exceptional views over the mountains at Chalet Le Grenier, which is just 200m away from the Morel lift and Hulotte piste. Spread over five floors, the villa provides ample room for up to 12 guests, who can also enjoy the games room, gymnasium, dedicated spa and library.

Chalet Mont Tremblant, Meribel

The spacious master bedroom at Chalet Mont Tremblant

With room for 12 guests, the Chalet Mont Tremblant offers guests light and space, with the master bedroom alone occupying the entire top floor. An outdoor infinity pool, hot tub and Hamman can soothe tired limbs, while those seeking entertainment can use the cinema room and playroom, which includes a pool table, table tennis, table football, Playstation and Wii console.

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