The ski season is nearly upon us and in my book, ski escapes and luxury travel go very firmly hand in hand. The mass ski holidays where you organise everything yourself and stay in second-rate accommodation are certainly not the way to do it! Rather we recommend choosing a specialist ski company; ensuring your accommodation meets your exacting standards, and taking the hassle of arranging everything away from you.
The Oxford Ski Company
Like true specialists, the Oxford Ski Company provide a seamless service, basically they do all the leg-work so the only thing you need to worry about is turning up on time and looking forward to some fabulous skiing in luxury surroundings. As well as flights and transfers, they also organise the little extras, such as childcare, ski school bookings, massages, pampering, restaurant bookings or some après ski cocktails. With over 18 years’ experience, they have amassed an extensive range of luxury, handpicked properties. They pride themselves on regularly inspecting all the properties so you can be confident that your accommodation will be first-class. There are no fees for this service and they don’t just assist you before your trip, but during and even after your return. As an example of just some of their fabulous range of properties, read on for details of their top 3 new chalets and top 3 new hotels.
Top 3 New Chalets
Chalet Calistoga, Val d’Isere
A new and existing addition to their Val d’Isere portfolio is Chalet Calistoga. Renovated in 2016, this luxury chalet is located in the quiet and exclusive area of Le Crêt in Val d’Isere. The property sleeps up to ten guests in five en suite bedrooms and enjoys spectacular views of the surrounding mountains; best shown off through the fabulous double height floor to ceiling windows in the living area. There is an indoor swimming pool and sauna and a private chauffeur is included with the chalet.
Chalet Annapurna, Saas Fee
Chalet Annapurna is huge at 450m2 spread over five stunning floors. The chalet features old wood throughout and is full of light with large panoramic windows to take advantage of the spectacular views. There is an outdoor hot tub, sauna and gym. This would be a perfect chalet for a large family as it includes 7 double or twin en suite bedrooms.
Chalet Tschoder, St Anton
Perched on the edge of the piste leading down to the Nasserein lift, with breath-taking views of the surrounding peaks and village, the beautiful Apartment Tschoder is undeniably in one of St. Anton’s most enviable locations. One of the best things is you can ski right up to the chalet! There are 7 bedrooms for 14 people and a clever use of space means there’s always a space or entertainment area to relax and you don’t feel on top of each other. An outdoor hot tub, gym, sauna, spa and dedicated cinema room up the luxury a notch!
Top 3 New Hotels
Hotel Le K2 Altitude, Courchevel 1850
With the renovation of Le Kilimanjaro well underway, Le K2 Altitude look forward to opening its doors this December 2016. The iconic and prestigious 5-star hotel is in a fabulous location with ski in, ski out access to the Pralong ski slopes of Courchevel 1850. There are 32 stunning rooms and suites, a wellness area, two restaurants and a smoking lounge – all gorgeously decorated in this ultra-luxurious hotel.
Hotel Barriere Les Neiges, Courchevel 1850
The newest addition to Courchevel’s already impressive collection of 5* hotels, the Barriere Les Neiges, hails from the established French brand of luxurious hotels ‘Barriere’. Its aim is to be an ultra-luxurious hotel, suitable for all. There are 42 rooms and suites but the 3-bedroom luxurious apartment really takes our fancy! A great one for families, they cater for kids and teens with a kids club and private cinema room as well as all the adult amenities you would expect including a simply enormous spa and 3 restaurants.
La Mourra Hotel Village, Val d’Isere
Resembling a mountain hamlet, the 5-star La Mourra Hotel Village is a very exciting new concept which opened its doors in December 2015. This is something rather different; made up of a 5-star hotel along with four luxurious private chalets, all of which are connected via the underground level. Facilities, which are available to both chalet and hotel guests, include a Japanese influenced restaurant, cosy bar, and a spa.
So why not look up The Oxford Ski Company this ski season to ensure that your ski holiday is truly a luxury escape and to take away all the irritating hassle of arranging it yourself!
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