Taking a ski holiday can not only provide you with the chance to get active on the slopes, but you'll also have opportunity to really relax in your accommodation if you decide to book a luxury chalet for your break.
Whether you want to visit France, Switzerland, the USA, Andorra or Russia, you'll find a wealth of well-appointed places to stay, and it's worth doing some research into your accommodation before you make a booking.
A basic chalet will provide you the necessities, such as suitable areas for cooking and sleeping, without any frills. But if you want to make sure your holiday is one to remember, consider more luxurious options to ensure your time away from home is as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
What you can expect from a luxury ski chalet
As part of your break in a luxury ski chalet, you can often benefit from the services of a chef, who will provide you with morning tea in bed and a hearty breakfast. Afternoon tea, canapes and a four-course evening meal are all standard, and you may well also have the option of tailoring your own wine list before your arrival.
When you do unlock the door of your chalet, you can expect to find champagne and canapes waiting for you, lift passes delivered to your door if you've booked them in advance and hosts who can arrange lessons or ski hire for you.
Most luxury chalets have features you won't find when booking basic accommodation, such as steam rooms, Jacuzzis or saunas. A selection also boast extra-special amenities like extensive wine cellars, swimming pools, a private cinema or a gym.
Added extras to make your break that little bit more special often include feather quilts and pillows, internet access, a balcony or terrace and fluffy bathrobes and slippers.
Where can I find luxury chalets?
Wherever you want to travel to, you're likely to find some exceptional chalets kitted out for luxury holidays. Among the best, however, are those in France, Austria and Switzerland. The resorts of Megeve, Val d'Isere and Chamonix in France, St Anton in Austria and Verbier in Switzerland are all renowned as some of the world's best skiing locations, and the accommodation you can choose from here is second to none.
Is luxury accommodation suitable for families?
Whether you're travelling as part of a couple, with friends, or as a family unit, luxury ski holidays cater for everyone. There's no need to think this level of accommodation won't be right for your children; you could find they have more room to play and a greater range of facilities to keep them busy during your time in the chalet.
In addition, you'll often have the added benefit of a nanny service, which will see a qualified professional care for your little ones in your accommodation, organising a range of activities for them each day, from cable car rides to building snowmen.
How to make a luxury break more affordable
You might think that such a getaway is outside your budget, but by being savvy you might just be able to take this sort of break for a price that is less than you might expect. Before you book a break, scour the web for discounts and special offers that could see you make significant savings on your holiday.
You'll often find deals such as saving £100 if you're willing to travel on certain dates, so be flexible about when you can book your stay and you might be able to lower your costs. You could also phone holiday companies and travel agents to ask them for the best offer and negotiate down, or see if they'll add some free services or an upgrade for you.