So you have been tasked with the daunting challenge of finding a large ski chalet in the Alps for your group ski holiday… Where do you start?
Hiring a luxury ski chalet is perfect for celebrating a special occasion. Time is a rare commodity to many, so the chance to enjoy a ski holiday and celebrate in style at the same time is a chance not to be missed.
Whether you are celebrating a 50th Birthday or celebrating the acquisition of a new account for your company, a social environment and something with that added wow always helps connects people. Here I take a look at some of the biggest and best luxury chalets for celebrating such occasions.
So, what makes a great luxury chalet for celebrating a special occasion? A chalet that is able to accommodate a large party is important. A property that has flexibility regarding rooming arrangements and the ability for a large group to be able to dine together. Of course a luxury ski holiday isn’t all about the skiing and dining. An abundance of wellness and apres-ski facilities also helps bring a family or group closer together.
Edelweiss and Gentianes, Courchevel 1850
The Chalet Edelweiss is the ideal location to celebrate a special occasion. With 8 bedrooms and an abundance of social areas you can celebrate in style. Whether you chose to watch a film whilst relaxing in the large indoor swimming pool or cuddle up in the cinema room you can be assured that the chalet has all aspects of your special occasion covered.
The best way to celebrate a special occasion is to throw a party. The chalet has a dining table large enough to accommodate 24 people so invite your friends along to celebrate in style. With your own private chef and butler you will be hosted with the utmost level of service. Your own dance floor and DJ booth mean you can dance the night away before finally retiring to the comfort of your luxurious bedroom.
You awake in the morning to the luxury of one of the most luxurious ski resorts in the World. Not only will you be staying in a luxury Chalet in Courchevel, you will be staying in the largest luxury chalet in Courchevel.
Although the Chalet Edelweiss is the largest catered chalet in Courchevel, If it is still not big enough to accommodate your large party then we have the perfect solution. The Chalet Gentianes is the sister chalet which has undercover access linking the two chalets. Benefiting from its own swimming pool and wellness facilities you can still experience the feeling of space and tranquility but with the added benefit of being able to celebrate in style together.
Domaine Toit du Monde, Val d’Isere
The Domaine Toit Du Monde in Val d’Isere is one of the best luxury chalets for celebrating special occasions and is very popular with large groups so I wanted to ask the Sales Manager of the chalet operator why she thought that was. We had a long conversation and the following is an overview of what was discussed.
When celebrating a special occasion, privacy and exclusivity are often very important. The Domaine Toit Du Monde is created from an old monastery and is protected by impressive fortress-like stone walls, creating seclusion and exclusivity for its guests.
The chalet is actually two chalets which when combined offers the perfect chalet for a party accommodating up to 20 people. The Chalet Toit du Monde and Chalet Himalaya are very much their own chalets with their own facilities so when combined become the Domaine Toit du Monde where you can benefit from two of all the great features.
What makes these chalets perfect for a party is that most of the features can be hidden. The movie screens disappear at the touch of a button but better still so do the swimming pools. Each swimming pool is located half inside the chalet and half out but at the touch of a button the floor of the pool raises, the water drains away and voila, you have a dance floor. As half the swimming pool is outdoor you can celebrate in style whilst sipping champagne under the stars and as the depth of the pool is controllable it is perfect for families celebrating a special occasion.
One of the best areas to socialise in this chalet are the large sun terraces. You can select a fine vintage from one of the extensive wine cellars before heading out to the terrace to celebrate. If a large terrace isn’t enough you also have the extreme wow of an inflatable igloo!
The location of the chalet is fantastic for group or parties of differing abilities. On one side of the chalet you have the famous World Cup downhill ‘Coupe du Monde OK’ slope whilst on the other side you have the ‘Verte’ green slope.
Each season the Domaine Toit du Monde hosts one of the best and most renowned opening parties in Val d’Isere so they are used to hosting parties. The staff are trained in cocktail making and the chef is widely regarding as one of the best in the resort. He likes to think outside the box so a firm favourite of previous guests has been enjoying a leg of lamb or beef joint cooked over the old open fire that once heated the monastery.
Should you wish to arrive in style the local helicopter pad is just a minute away by car.
Already for the coming season the Domaine Toit Du Monde has been booked for an Anniversary party, a 40th birthday and a 60th birthday.
Le Chardon, Val d’Isere
If outside space is key for you when celebrating a special occasion, then the Chalet Chardon really can’t be beaten. The views from the south facing sun terrace complete with heaters are simply stunning and offer you the feeling of utter tranquillity. In the right conditions you can enjoy a party with drinks served from the hand carved snow bar. Add to this an 18ft swim spa and 2 hot-tubs your party of up to 20 people will be spoilt for choice.
I asked the Sales Manager of the chalet operator why he thought Le Chardon would be a great chalet to hold a party and here is his response.
“In the past couple of winters, Chalet Le Chardon has played host to the most memorable of celebrations, from weddings to milestone birthdays and not forgetting our very own ‘apres ski’ parties! Set in private grounds, the outdoor terrace and magnificent views have been the backdrop to rock bands and DJ’s while the 3 large entertaining areas inside the chalet are the perfect for celebratory dinners, champagne receptions and dancing!”
No 14, Verbier
The Chalet No 14 is one of the largest luxury chalets in Verbier. The No 14 feel that they are ideally set up to host parties. The founder of the chalet Operator gave his thoughts on why they feel this way:
“The chalet can accommodate large groups of up to 26 people who are hosted by 16 professional but fun-loving staff and 3 exceptionally talented chefs. The chalet supplies unlimited amounts of the 2 house champagnes and 10 house wines as well as spirits and soft drinks.
For socialising the chalet has a Sonos™ music system and outdoor speakers or we can even arrange for live music at the chalet. Inside there is a large open plan living and dining area with open fireplace and a cinema room. The chalet No 14 has a large terrace with fire pit and the bar is fully staffed by 2 members of staff until the last guests have gone to bed. If guests would prefer to go out and experience the après ski in resort such as the excellent ‘Le Rouge’ then the chalet is centrally located or you can make the most of the 24 hour driver service.
For those looking to relax you have a choice of a swimming pool, 3 hot-tubs, a hammam and 2 massage rooms.”
The fully catered Chalet Chouqui in Verbier is one of the most luxurious chalets is Verbier. Chalet Chouqui comprises two interconnecting chalets with over 900m² of internal floor space. This large luxury chalet has 9 ensuite bedrooms all have their own terrace or balcony offering dramatic views of the Mont Blanc Massif and the furnishings and interiors were supplied by the leading London interior designer Nuttall Home.
The main feature of the Chalet Chouqui is the 15-metre indoor swimming pool which is one of the largest private indoor pools in Verbier.
The Chalet Chouqui is a fully catered chalet serving gourmet cuisine to the highest of standards and the open bar is perfect for any celebration.
The chalet comes with a games room (table tennis and table football), a bar, cinema room, outdoor hot tub, hammam and two sitting rooms with open fireplaces. This is the perfect chalet for families or large groups looking for a fun luxurious place to stay.
“Chalet Chouqui is a very private chalet, luxurious and spacious! The enviable terrace has a fantastic seating area and the fire pit outside is also fabulous for parties!
There is a large dining table seating 20 which works fantastically for large dinner parties! With a fantastic team of 7 dedicated staff, there is nothing that cannot be done!”
Eden Rock, St Anton
St Anton has grown a reputation for being one of the best party towns in the Alps so is a great location for those looking to celebrate a special occasion. The vibrant Austrian après scene combined with great skiing has been bringing large corporate groups and family celebrations to the resort for years.
The Chalet Eden Rock is widely regarded as the best chalet in resort for hosting special occasions and here we discover why the Sales Manager of the chalet Operator is confident this rings true!….
“If you are looking for the ultimate chalet in the undisputed best party town in the Alps, without question, it is The Eden Rock in St Anton.
With an exciting new management team, The Eden Rock is without doubt in safe hands. They have been organising the impossible for over ten years, and for those in the know, they are definitely the go to people for events. Their owners live in resort and genuinely know how to add even more magic to an occasion.
Eden Rock has something for everyone. For the non skiers, an amazing spa with swimming pool, Jacuzzi area, saunas, steam rooms, treatments rooms and a gym. For the skiers, a dedicated driver service to take you throughout the resort, to and from the lifts, meaning you can enjoy the slopes and the apres ski parties we organise for you!
Everything is possible and every taste can be catered for by our private chefs.”
So this is a small selection of some of the best and most exciting chalets for celebrating a special occasion. Each chalet is unique and offers those extra special touches to make your celebration one to remember.
At Ultimate Luxury Chalets we have been organising chalet holidays to celebrate special occasions for over 10 years. We have a great selection of chalets on our Ultimate Luxury Chalets website which are our top 100 chalets handpicked from within our Ski In Luxury chalet portfolio of nearly 700 chalets.
If you are think of booking a chalet for a special occasion, then send us an email or call us on +44 (0)1202 203653.