Friday, 11 December 2015

Visiting The Lodge, Verbier - Day 1

A very early start in a dark and rainy UK, but with excitement building we head to the airport to meet our fantastic hosts for the weekend, Alice and Katherine from Virgin Limited Edition. The snow-capped mountains of Verbier are beckoning - our base for the weekend? Richard Branson's fabulous chalet, The Lodge.

Bolstered by breakfast and caffeine we start our journey to the Alps, flying to Geneva followed swiftly by catching the train to Le Châble. By all accounts the views over the scenic Lake Geneva are beautiful, but after our early start the mist had yet to lift, adding to the suspense as you saw the outlines of mountains through the low lying cloud. 

Once we reached Le Châble we were met by the two luxury Mercedes Viano's that are at guests disposal 24 hours a day for trips within Verbier. This was also our first introduction to two of the lovely staff who would be looking after us during our stay, and what a warm welcome we received! 

We eagerly arrived at our final destination full of anticipation to see this incredible chalet we had heard and read so much about. We were met by the fantastic Ashley, The Lodge Manager, who welcomed us into the breathtaking property and gave us a fabulous tour of our home for the next two days. 
'Home' is the perfect word to describe the feeling when staying at The Lodge, albeit a very luxurious home! Instantly you feel relaxed, greeted by a smiling, welcoming team and the warmth of an open fire whose chimney rises through the center of the chalet, keeping it wonderfully cosy throughout

The decor is comforting yet incredibly high spec. The recent soft refurbishment throughout the property has been exquisitely chosen to compliment the feel of the chalet, with Ashley playing an integral role in selecting beautiful artwork and interior concept.
Main living area
Bar area
There are 4 floors in total, all serviced by a lift, with the two incredible master bedrooms situated on the top floor and a further 7 bedrooms and a children's bunk room on the 2nd and 3rd floor. 
One of the two master bedrooms
Second of the master bedrooms
Children's bunk room
The views were truly stunning, and as always with the Virgin Limited Edition there was the inclusion of the famous skiing rubber duck! 

Another fantastic and unique idea is that the 'do not disturb sign' is a cuddly toy! If you don't want to be disturbed simply pop it outside your door and the staff will 'let sleeping dogs lie'! For any children staying at the chalet they are given their very own to take home with them which offers a lovely personal touch.

Having had the grand tour of the chalet we soon realised this magnificent chalet offered guests everything they would want to make their stay luxurious. With an indoor pool, sauna, gym, treatment room, indoor and outdoor hot tub, 'playroom' with bar, pool table, giant comfy sofas and a huge TV there is as much fun to be had off the slopes as there is whilst on the mountain!

Here are some interior shots from our tour
The Party Room
Our bedroom
The view into our bathroom!

Indoor spa area
We enjoyed a delicious light lunch of pasta, pesto and charred cherry tomatoes whilst getting to know the other guests, before being encouraged to take full advantage of all of the luxury facilities and activities on offer with the opportunity to have a relaxing massage by The Lodge’s fabulous masseuse.
Me and Abi exploring Verbier
With a wonderful evening ahead we dressed ready for canapés at 7:30pm, which were followed by an incredible three course meal. Before every meal Hugh, the head chef, explains each dish, describing what you are about to eat and where it comes from. Having recently been a runner up in the International Sustainable Restaurant of the Year Awards 2015 you can be assured that you are eating as much local produce as possible!
The wines are also perfectly paired with the meals, with their notes, flavours and brief history explained to give you the full dining experience.
Should you wish to have any other wine or beverage you need only ask, and there is a complimentary and well stocked bar. 

Rare pan fried duck breast with pear velouté, and a ball of deep fried shredded confit duck 
Pan fried monk fish loin with butternut squash puree and roasted butternut squash, wilted spinach and caramelised cauliflower
Apple soufflé with cinnamon ice cream and butterscotch sauce - heaven!
The quality and standard of the food as well as the service was outstanding. After such a fantastic, indulgent evening we already knew our salopettes would be that much snugger by the end of the stay! 
After a long yet very enjoyable day we retired to bed in preparation for a day on the pistes with a beautiful sunset to wish us a beautiful welcome to Verbier and a perfect finish to our fantastic first day.

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The World’s Best Ski Chalets 2015

With a wealth of luxury resorts, incredible pistes, après ski and beautiful surroundings; It’s no surprise that majority of the world’s best ski chalets are in the European Alps. This week, The Worlds Best Chalets have been announced in each country as well as ‘best newcomer’. We are hugely proud to say that we have all of the award winning chalets in our prestigious portfolios as we dedicate ourselves to only offering our clients the very best luxury accommodation in the Alps.

World’s Best New Chalet 2015

Chalet Sirocco, Verbier

An impeccable Chalet just 7 minutes’ drive from the centre of Verbier, an ample sized Villa with 585sqm of space to relax and unwind in. This is a new property opening only in the autumn 2014, with an ultimate alpine residence; you will be in awe of this exceptional Chalet with its own Entertainment Floor.
  • Sleeps 8 guests
  • Close drive to centre
  • Entertainment Floor
  • Ski Room
View the World's Best Chalet Newcomer 2015 here 

Austria’s Best Chalet 2015

Chalet Uberhaus, Lech

Nestling in the exclusive enclave of Oberlech with breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks, this ski-in and ski-out chalet is one of Lech’s most prestigious luxury properties. The height of alpine chic, the chalet combines traditional materials with contemporary design and sumptuous soft furnishings to create a very elegant and sophisticated mountain retreat.
  • Sleeps 10+4
  • One of the most prestigious properties
  • Ski In/ Ski Out
  • Breath-taking views
View Austria’s Best Chalet 2015 here:

France’s Best Chalet 2015

Chalet Grand Corniche, Les Gets

Grande Corniche is a fabulous recently built luxury chalet offering the utmost in style and technology. Located in the beautiful resort of Les Gets in the vast "Portes de Soleil" ski area, you are a mere hour’s drive from Geneva airport. The chalet is just a short drive away from the ski lifts and charming resort centre in your chauffeur driven 4x4.
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • Outdoor Jacuzzi
  • Fully Catered
  • Dedicated Service
  • Champagne & Canapes Daily
View France's Best Chalet 2015 here: 

Switzerland’s Best Chalet 2015

 Chalet Zermatt Peak, Zermatt

Situated in one of the world’s most desirable and iconic locations, Chalet Zermatt Peak is the Alps new premier chalet with panoramic views over Zermatt and to the iconic Matterhorn. Comprising of 5 double bedrooms all with their own private en-suite bathrooms this beautiful chalet can accommodate up to 13 guests.
  • 5 double/twin bedrooms en suite
  •  Sauna, steam rooms, gym and outdoor Jacuzzi
  • HD Cinema area, games consoles, Apple TV
  • Internal lift
  • Fully staffed with a team of 5 hospitality professionals
View Switzerland’s Best Chalet 2015 here:

Only a small selection of our luxury chalets appear on our website, we also have an exclusive, private portfolio to offer our clients. To book your perfect break in the mountains, call our dedicated European ski specialists today and receive a tailor-made ski holiday experience: +44 (0)1244 629963

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Last minute CHRISTMAS availability – Quick!

It's not too late to wake up on Christmas morning and unwrap your presents while the snow falls gently outside. Spend an exhilarating afternoon carving down the perfect pistes, and return to your luxury chalet to sip champagne in your own private hot tub while your hosts prepare a sumptuous Christmas dinner with all your favourite trimmings - perfection!
Let Elegant Address Ski find you the perfect chalet for you to celebrate a fabulous Christmas surrounded by your friends and family.
We still have some last-minute availability in fantastic chalets across the French, Swiss and Austrian Alps, so don’t miss your last chance to spend the festive season in the most magical place in the world!

A Selection of Our Christmas Availability

Whether you’re looking for an exclusive, private winter retreat or an exciting family holiday in a fabulously luxurious chalet, let us find you The Address.
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Call us today: +44 (0) 1244 62 99 63