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Ten things that can make your luxury chalet holiday truly unforgettable

Part One: Location, Location, Location

A catered chalet holiday is a great way to get away with those you love, spending quality time with friends and family in a setting which will stay with you forever. As you travel home at the end of the week, you will carry with you the memories of a holiday which is truly unique. In this two-part post, guest author has a look at some of the things which make a chalet holiday so different and so special, highlighting ten aspects of your trip which will keep you coming back year after year. Here are the first five.

1. Ski Resort

Ski resorts are all different, so it is important to find the right one for you and your group. Chatel, for example, is the perfect destination for families: quiet and quaint but with plenty to keep the kids occupied, Chatel has retained all of its traditional Savoyard charm. In a picture postcard destination like Chatel, there will be plenty of photo opportunities so keep your camera handy.

On ther other hand, if you’re looking for the more expensive luxury chalets Meribel might be the resort for you. A luxury catered chalet in Meribel certainly won’t be the cheapest ski holiday you could find, but you won’t find a much better location if you’re looking to book something extra special this winter. Like Chatel, Meribel offers access to over 600km of marked pistes and has a lift infrastructure which is the envy of ski resorts the world over. So, choosing from resorts like these, you can be assured of a great week’s skiing, whether it’s your first time visiting or your first time graduating to a pensioner’s liftpass.

2. Chalet Location

It is also important to note that location does not stop with the resort and ski area. You should give careful consideration to how you are going to access the piste each morning. With the proliferation of luxury chalet holidays in recent years, there is a growing clamour among chalet companies to get closer and closer to the piste itself.

The gold standard in this respect is ski-in/ski-out, which allows you to put your skis on at the chalet door and keep them on until your first break for vin chaud. While only a minority of chalets will ever offer this kind of access, it’s always worth thinking ahead and planning your morning routine. If you’re more than a few hundred metres from the slopes, your chalet company should deliver you to the lift but it’s worth checking in advance.

3. The Chalet Itself

A chalet is much more intimate than a hotel and, if you pick the right one for you, your party and your budget, it really can feel like a magical dream home for the week. For some, the chalet is purely functional – somewhere to rest your head for the week, and a place where you know the kids are safe as you unwind in the lounge. For others, the chalet is as much a focal point of the holiday as the skiing itself; for some, even more so.

So it’s certainly important to choose the right chalet for you. Many people will look out for those little extra touches that turn a chalet into a luxury chalet, but it’s worth keeping in mind that the spa, the sauna, the hot tub and the extra course for dinner will add up significantly when it comes to paying the bill.

4. Price

Prices for chalet holidays can vary enormously, and it’s important to understand each of the variables in play. While a luxury catered chalet in Meribel will always cost more than a budget break in some of the less expensive resorts, prices can still vary with more like-for-like comparisons. The most obvious consideration is time: when do you want to go skiing. Early or late in the season may be cheapest, but the snow might not be as good as mid-season. If you don’t have kids, avoiding half-term and Easter is a must. A good way to reduce costs, is to go self-catered.

5. Self-catered or Catered Chalets?

For many people who book luxury chalet holidays, the chalet catering can become one of the key attractions of the ski vacation overall. One only has to look a catered chalet website to how central the cuisine is to the holiday experience as a whole: soft-focus images of mouth-watering temptations adorn every page, making you not only want to book right now but depart right now.

In my experience, chalet catering is very good indeed and is generally made with wholesome regional produce according to recipes which uphold local culinary traditions. You shouldn’t expect to lose weight, but you won’t regret the money you spend on catering if you like French food.

Of course, self-catering is also an option and one to be taken seriously. This is especially true if you are more interested in skiing than eating, if you’re trying to stay healthy, or if you’re on a budget.

Find out more about luxury chalets in part two. This article was submitted by Delicious Mountain Luxury Chalets, Meribel.