Freelance writer Bethan Andrews couldn’t believe her lucky when she was invited by us to review a brand new concept chalet in Morzine, complete with Bamford Spa.
Here’s Bethans take on her fully catered stay organised by The Chalet Edit at Chalet Sapphire in Morzine.
Put me in the snow, on the slopes and surrounded by mountains of fun (quite literally) and I am a happy bunny. As someone who lives for action sports and any sporting activity that puts me in connection with nature, I’ve always gone for a very laid-back, back-to-basics vibe when it comes to my personal ski holidays.
Until I had a taste of the Chalet Sapphire experience, that was! I am now entirely converted to the more luxurious way of ski life, especially the addition of a ski concierge to arrange for all my ski equipment to be ferried around to where I want it to be without having to so much as lift a finger. Trust me, it’s a game changer.
For someone with a penchant for unique interior design, the chalet couldn’t fit the brief more. With design led interiors, there is no detail left uncovered at Chalet Sapphire, and anything you wish for you can have arranged for you with minimal disruption or thought from yourself needed.
Our first day out in the fresh and continually falling powder was made all the better by the heated ski boots and being dropped off at the lifts. With a guide to show us around organised by The Chalet Edit, we whizzed around the mountain before stopping for an incredible lunch of authentic tartiflette.
On arrival back to the chalet, we were greeted everyday by an incredible afternoon tea spread to rejuvenate and tide us over until dinner. Energy levels replenished and the pick of late afternoon activity is yours.
Choose from lounging around with a glass of fizz in the infinity hot tub overlooking the slopes, checking out the view in the glass walled hammam, indulging in a restorative swim, ice plunge and sauna before having a Bamford massage from the in-house masseuse, or simply swinging around on one of the many balconies underneath a fur blanket taking in the surroundings.
Chalet Sapphire, Bamford Spa area
A short hop, skip and a jump across the footbridge and you can be in the quaint town of Morzine. Full to the rafters with traditional alpine architecture, gift shops and places to fill up on fondue and raclette, it is a beautiful place. But there are also a lot of cool bars popping up, vegan hotspots and not to mention the new La Folie Douce in Avoriaz perfect for lively apres ski.
The ski areas was fantastic for our mixed level group with so much terrain to cover and plenty to do. We skied Les Gets on the first day dining in cosy rustic Vaffieu Restaurant and Avoriaz on day two, where we skied directly into the ‘Goat Village’ in Avoriaz to dine on the terrace of a local goat herding hut at Restaurant La Crémaillère, all organised in advance by The Chalet Edit.
Chalet Sapphire, view of Morzine & footbridge
Chalet Sapphire operates in such a modern laid-back fashion. It is in no way stuffy, uptight, or too in your face when it comes to its hospitality. In fact, it still manages to maintain a homely feel despite its five-star status.
Back at Chalet Sapphire the evening meals are second to none and deserve not to be missed. As part of the stay, I was lucky enough to experience their Kaiseki concept, a Japanese fusion tasting menu made up of five to ten dishes based around the Kaiseki principles all with paired local wines and aperitifs.
Chalet Sapphire, Kaiseki dining
Bedtime arrives and is very welcoming indeed due to the sheer beauty of the bedrooms in this place. Think a combination of scandi and alpine interiors, combined with modern touches and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what to expect here.
But as luxurious as that all sounds (there really are no compromises here), the winning formula is the way in which Chalet Sapphire operates in such a modern laid-back fashion. It is in no way stuffy, uptight, or too in your face when it comes to its hospitality manner. In fact, quite the contrary, and despite everything being offered to you and the entire experience allowing you to want for nothing, it feels as though you are in your own home, but masqueraded as a five star hotel. There when you need them, and not when you don’t – the utterly charming staff from all over the globe really have got it just right here.
I’m counting down the days for another lucky invite already…
Chalet Sapphire, Master Bedroom suite
Written for The Chalet Edit by Freelance writer Bethan Andrews
After The Chalet Edit Press Trip – January 2018