Thursday, 19 July 2012 12:25 PM
If you're thinking of heading off on a skiing holiday but haven't yet chosen your accommodation, give some consideration to booking a luxury ski chalet. Found in a range of destinations around the world, this sort of holiday home can offer you a wealth of benefits, from an in-house chef and a Jacuzzi to nanny services.
For a skiing break that's memorable for all the right reasons, read on to discover five top reasons for booking a luxurious getaway.
Well-appointed ski chalets are available to book around the world, but countries like France, Switzerland and Austria have a particularly high concentration of luxury holiday homes. Head to Verbier in Switzerland, St Anton in Austria or Chamonix, Val d'Isere or Megeve in France to find some of the best chalets. Each of these areas is renowned not only for the standard of its accommodation, but also for its excellent skiing opportunities.
Chamonix, for example, boasts more than 250 runs, a snowboard park, picturesque views and a lively apres ski scene, while the glacial resort of Verbier has 100 runs, an ice rink, an indoor pool and a nightclub.
Before you commit to anything, it's wise to take a look at the special offers available online or over the phone. Once you've found a chalet you're interested in, see if there are any deals that will make your break cheaper. You can often save around £100 if you're willing to be flexible on travel dates, or you could benefit from last-minute booking offers. Alternatively, ring up the holiday operator and try and negotiate the price, or ask for some freebies to sweeten the deal.
Many luxury ski chalets offer the services of an in-house chef, who will create culinary concoctions for you every day. On arrival, you'll often find champagne and canapes waiting for you, and your chef will prepare morning tea each day that will be served to you in bed. Afterwards, you can enjoy a fresh breakfast and hit the slopes.
When you return, afternoon tea will have been prepared for you, and you can expect canapes and a four-course meal at tea-time, as well as an extensive wine list that you can tailor before you arrive.
As well as the great food you'll enjoy as part of your break, you'll find your luxury ski chalet is equipped with a variety of features you won't find in standard holiday homes. Among them is a Jacuzzi, sauna or steam room, along with a gym, swimming pool, wine cellar or private cinema.
Additional touches to make your getaway all the more pleasant include bathrobes and slippers, pillows and duvets packed with down and internet access.
To truly relax during your holiday, make use of the extra services some holiday firms provide. These can include being greeted by chalet hosts who will organise ski hire or lessons for you. If you've booked ski passes in advance, these can be delivered to your door as part of your luxury break.
If you're travelling with children, the nanny service is worth taking advantage of. A qualified childcare professional will come and look after your little ones in the chalet and carry out a range of activities with them each day, such as sledging and snowman building.