There are certain comforts no luxury chalet worthy of the name should be without. So if you're thinking of investing in your own Alpine home, here are the five luxuries that really should be on your checklist:
You will need somewhere to soothe away the aches and pains after a hard day on the slopes. At the very least you should have a hot tub, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room or Hammam. However, all five would be preferable, as at this chalet in Courchevel 1850.
A large, open fire is essential and we note that bio-ethanol fireplaces are becoming increasingly popular in new developments across the Alps. This fireplace at Chalet Ba’ Combe, in Verbier, is a perfect example for those who want the traditional log fire.
It goes without saying that the view from your chalet must be nothing short of magnificent, with no obstructions. The panoramic vista from Hameau du Ciel in Veysonnaz would be hard to beat.
A cartontzet, or cheese room, might be somewhat recherché, but it's hugely luxurious, especially when paired with a well-stocked wine cellar, as at The Chedi Residences in Andermatt.
5. Boot room
Admittedly not as glamorous as a private spa or your own cartontzet, but a warm, well-appointed boot room is an essential component of a luxury chalet. Not many are as spectacular as Chalet Poinsettia’s dedicated space in Verbier.