We know what a long year it’s been for anyone who loves to ski, having to spend all that time away from doing something that you truly enjoy.
However, it does give you all the reason that you need to go all out on your next trip!
If you’re planning on hitting the slopes with friends at any point during 2021, why not make up for lost time by doing it in complete luxury? With the help of experts and Ski In Luxury founders Fran and Andy Castle, you may just find yourself discovering your new favourite place on earth.
The married couple founded their brand, Blue Skies Lifestyle, back in 2005 with the launch of their first website Ski In Luxury, an endeavour that aimed to match affluent clients with their dream ski chalets.
In the fifteen years since, the Blue Skies brand has gone from strength to strength. Not only do Fran and Andy liaise with the owners of hundreds of high-end chalets from across both Europe and Canada – many of France, Italy and Switzerland’s most revered chalets are on their books – but the demand for their service has skyrocketed.
These days, the couple have expanded their empire to include three further ventures, Alps In Luxury, Villas In Luxury and Ultimate Luxury Chalets, now providing a year-round service to travellers with a taste for the finer things in life.
To Fran and Andy Castle, ‘luxury’ is at the core of everything that they do – and it seems that their eye for opulence never fails.
“The whole concept of the luxury catered chalet experience is to barely lift a finger, other than to perhaps put your ski boots on each morning,” the pair have explained, describing the experience that they aim to provide, “Although, they will already be heated and laid out for you to slip into!”
Fran and Andy are committed to providing each and every client with incredible accommodation that they will never forget, whether that’s ski slopes in your back garden, a private cinema, a roaring open fireplace or an incredible mountain view – whatever luxury means to you, they’ll find it.
If you and your friends are looking to create the ski trip of a lifetime this year, you know exactly where to start!
Here are just three of the breathtaking chalets available with the help of Fran and Andy – we think you’ll agree that they are really quite something.
Chalet Calima, Verbier
Set amongst the incredible Swiss Alps, this modern, luxury home has been designed with comfort and entertainment in mind throughout.
Chalet Calima sleeps eight guests, making this the perfect base for those catch-up trips with friends – is there anything better than being in such a beautiful setting with those that you love the most? Verbier is considered one of the world’s premier backcountry ski resorts, too, so this is a must-stop spot for any experienced skiers.
Once you’ve returned from enjoying the slopes themselves, how you relax at Chalet Calima is all down to you. There’s a cinema room where you and your friends can unwind with a movie after a tiring day, or perhaps you’d rather experience true tranquillity in the home’s private spa?
The location of this home is, of course, one of the very best aspects of it – and you can truly enjoy the beautiful setting of Verbier in Chalet Calima. Not only does the home offer magical panoramic views of the surrounding mountains through floor-to-ceiling windows, but guests can step out onto their private terrace and really take in the beauty of the area – or perhaps even enjoy the views as they relax in their private hot tub and swimming pool.
Marco Polo, Val D’Isere
This home was voted France’s best ski chalet for two consecutive years – and it’s easy to see why. Marco Polo is a picture-perfect look at just how incredible a ski chalet can really be, especially one with so many incredible features.
You and thirteen other guests will be continually amazed by everything that this home has to offer, including its expansive and beautifully decorated open-plan living area, kitchen and diner. These aren’t just your average communal living spaces, though – the home also has its own bar, perfect for those pre-dinner cocktails after a long day on the slopes, as well as a cinema screen hidden away, ready to display at the touch of a button.
Elsewhere in the house, there is a spa and wellness area that wouldn’t look out of place in even the grandest of hotels, complete with gold lead-plated pool, generously-sized hot tub, incredible mood lighting and decadent interior design. The outdoor space offers its own taste of luxury too, of course – the home’s vast balcony puts you in the perfect position to admire the slopes of La Face, a beautiful nearby mountain.
It gets even better throughout the house, with a state-of-the-art gym, games and entertainment centre, wine cellar and fromagerie – this is one home where truly every single detail has been thought out to perfection.
If you are thinking of heading to Austria for this year’s skiing trip, there’s no better place to stay than Uberhaus, a truly wonderful home for up to fourteen guests.
Complete with outdoor hot tub, sauna, Hammam, fitness area, massage room, snooker room, bar, library, and a cinema, the owners of this house really have thought of everything – and they have ensured that every part of the home has been completed with an incredible level of care and attention.
The real ‘wow’ factor in this home, however, is situated outside the house itself – the breathtaking mountain views on the terrace outside, with a heated swimming pool offering the perfect spot to enjoy the outlook as you relax with your loved ones.
Uberhaus is the absolute height of Alpine chic, with luxurious touches and features to be found in every single room.
If none of the houses above appear to be right for you but you love the idea of luxury on your next ski trip, be sure to check out Fran and Andy Castle’s incredible registry of homes across their sites, Ski In Luxury, Alps In Luxury, Villas In Luxury and Ultimate Luxury Chalets.
We’ll see you on the slopes!
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