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Five cosy Alpine chalets

Posted in SKI By Maggie O' Sullivan

We're getting excited about the ski season ahead. Where to go? Where to stay? To start us off, we asked our friends at SNO Ski Holidays to come up with five of their cosiest luxury Alpine properties.Chalet Le Namaste, Courchevel, France Not only is this charming chalet in Courchevel, but it's also in a hamlet called Cashmere: its address alone makes Chalet Namaste a cocoon of cosy and calm. Baroness Margaret Thatcher spent many holidays in this classic mountain home, where you can share cute cubby holes and a two-in-one living area with nine of your nearest and dearest. But first things first: as soon as you’ve skied back to the door, brush off the snow, don your fluffy bathrobe and potter down to the private spa with its mood lighting and Moroccan mezzanine. From £3,075 per person for 7 nights on a catered basis. Sleeps 10.Chalet Grace, Zermatt, Switzerland Everything feels snug within sight of the mammoth Matterhorn mountain, but Chalet Grace takes it to another level. Whether you sink into a sofa by its French stone open fire, snooze in your super-king-size bed or soak in a bubble-filled bath tub, the whole chalet has been designed to capture sights of the iconic peak in the chicest, cosiest way possible. From £1,943 per person for 7 nights on a catered basis. Sleeps 12.Chalet Alpaca, Meribel, France Alpaca’s lower ground floor is where you’ll find the chalet’s private wine cave... A spiral staircase leads to the upper ground floor, home to the cinema room (featuring the biggest sofa we’ve seen) and sauna. Next up’s the living floor, with armchairs, soft blankets and a heated pool out on the terrace. But the top floor’s our favourite: its mezzanine sitting room comes not just with a fireplace but also a chess table and library. And its master bedroom has a socking great bed to snuggle into, a log burner to toast your toes by and a copper bath tub that looks out over the valley. From £3,411 per person for 7 nights on a catered basis. Sleeps 12.Chalet Nyumba, Verbier, Switzerland ‘Nyumba’ is Swahili for ‘home’, and huddled around a stone fireplace, its tartan sofas and soft leather armchairs create the homeliest living room imaginable. We could while away hours here watching the flickering flames, peering at peaks through picture windows and wondering what makes the Alpine and African décor such a perfect pairing. Guests have their own swimming pool, a spa with a massage room and a hot tub outdoors where you can soak under the stars. If you needed another reason to stay here, perhaps the fact that you’ll be supporting the education of Ethiopian children through the Give a Future Foundation will do the trick. From £2,247 per person for 7 nights on a catered basis. Sleeps 16.Chalet Kilimanjaro, Val d'Isère, France When a chalet promises ‘luxurious comfort and sumptuous homeliness’ and you can ski straight into it from the snowy, sloping mountainside, it immediately evokes a sense of cosiness... After a day on the pistes of the vast Espace Killy, watch the sun set from the open air hot tub (reached from three of the five bedrooms), then curl up in the living room among fluffy sheepskins, a crackling log fire and 200-year-old wooden beams. From £999 per person for 7 nights on a catered basis. Sleeps 10.


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