Having just returned from a long eye-opening tour of the new chalets in the Portes Du Soleil Chris Ashwell – Sales and Marketing specialist here at The Chalet Edit sheds some light on some fantastic new ultra-luxury properties in the Morzine and Les Gets ski area.
Les Portes du Soleil has always been a major snowsports destination for those looking to enjoy a wonderful blend of long, scenic skiing winding through the trees and across wide-open valleys, along with a friendly and atmospheric town life all just 1 hr from Geneva Airport. Consisting of 12 alpine resorts all well connected and with 650 km of runs to satisfy yourself with, it’s no wonder this winter wonderland has increased in popularity over the years.
This increase in winter travellers has gone hand in hand with the increase in demand for new levels of exquisite luxury chalets. Gone are the days of quaint little alpine properties with red and white checkered curtains and hearts cut into the wooden interior features, this is the age of the spacious modern super chalets with every mod con you could ever dream of.
In this day and age, a chalet is so much more than somewhere to just rest your weary legs after an amazing day of skiing, they are now a fully functioning luxury hub with facilities and amenities that rival and somewhat surpass most modern superyachts. Over the last 20 years if your chalet had a small swimming pool, hot tub, sauna or steam room then that would have been good enough to qualify for a solid level of luxury. These days however the new super chalets contain all four of those, plus the space for a spa treatment room, indoor climbing wall and many more fascinating features such as a slide from the entrance hall to the playroom. The scale of these properties is simply staggering, however the incredulous level of detail that they are designed with matches the sheer might and awesomeness, leaving no stone unturned throughout the process.
Gone are the days of squeezing between the bed and the walls in your ski gear in an attempt to escape the clutches of the small bedrooms of the traditional alpine chalets, most of these new leviathan chalets could host a game of tennis in the bedrooms, and a full 15 a side rugby match from the entrance halls to the lounge, they really are massive.
The classic chalet designs have been torn up and torched, and the new system seems to have no limits or boundaries regardless of the restrictions due to the size of the plot of land. Can’t build out sideways, not a problem we’ll just continue to pile floors on top of each other whilst simultaneously tunnelling into the hillside to create an underground sanctuary for the spa and wellness area.
This is all very well and good, but a chalet on its own is still nothing without the amazing teams that work in them to ensure that the guest experience is second to none, from chalet managers, chalet hosts, chefs, drivers and even maintenance teams you really don’t have to lift a finger.
It’s a good job that a ski holiday is an active one, as the amount of food that is prepared to the highest standards of top-quality restaurants is enough to easily quash even the most gluttonous of appetites. Year after year these incredible feats of engineering continue to raise the benchmark for luxury chalets, which makes me incredibly excited to wonder what the future holds and the direction these behemoth properties will go in.
Below I have picked a few of the most impressive new luxury chalets in Morzine that I was lucky enough to visit first-hand, for you to feast your eyes on.
Sleeps 16 + 4
What we love: Cute village location, an amazing blend of traditional Alpine Charm with every modern luxury you could ever wish for, plus a phenomenal amount of space due to the open-plan nature of the property
Facilities: Pool, Hot tubs, Wine Cellar, Hammam, Cinema Room, Bar, Pool Table
Location: Chalet La Grande Maison is located right in the middle of the village square in Montriond which is part of the Morzine ski resort. The village itself has a handful of shops as well as two bars and a restaurant, and it is a short drive into the main centre of Morzine.
What we love: The slimmed-down version of La Grande Maison involving only the original building structure. Tucked modestly away this stunning chalet offers an amazing blend of traditional Alpine Charm with every modern luxury you could ever wish for, plus a phenomenal amount of space due to the open-plan nature of the property
Facilities: Pool, Hot tubs, Wine Cellar, Hammam, Cinema Room, Bar, Pool Table
Location: Chalet La Maison is located right in the middle of the village square in Montriond which is part of the Morzine ski resort. The village itself has a handful of shops as well as two bars and a restaurant, and it is a short drive into the main centre of Morzine.
Sleeps 12 + 2
What we love: The sheer size of this chalet is almost unfathomable. Spanning across 4 floors and designed to the very highest standards, Chalet Tataali really does take your breath away at every opportunity. The quality of the materials used is second to none, plus the functionality for both guests and staff comes together to produce a bar raising spectacle. Years and years of planning and dedication all combine to produce a new level of chalet which will do more than just turn heads, a true alpine wonderland awaits.
Facilities: Pool, Hot tub, Wine Cellar, Hammam, Sauna, Cinema Room, Bar, Pool Table & Table football
Location: Chalet Tataali is located at the start of the Valleé de la Manche leading towards the Nyon cable car, an idyllic and private location yet 3 minutes with your private driver from the centre of Morzine and a short 15 minute walk by foot.
Sleeps 15 + 1
What we love: Having seen the interior of this beautiful chalet we loved the wood work, the owners are mastercraftsmen in this area and it shows. With good snow, you can ski to within 50 meters of this chalet. It boasts an impressive hotel-like spa area with a mini-pool and a top-level living area with a pool table, bar and gorgeous central wood fireplace.
Facilities: Pool, Hot tub, Hammam, Cinema Room, Bar, Pool Table
Location: Just below the Pleney slopes you’re a 5-minute walk from the centre of Morzine, though with your 24-hour driver always available you’ll more likely be taking a few moments to drive to whichever bar, ski lift or shop you’re aiming for. Snow permitting, you can reach the Pleney slopes within 50 metres.
Sleeps 10 + 4
What we love: Modern luxury personified, Chalet Joux Plane’s sleek interior and clever design ensures maximum space is available through its extraordinary interior. You can still feel the traditional chalet vibe running through the property which creates a beautiful homely feel throughout this vast property.
Facilities: 23m Indoor/Outdoor pool, Outdoor Hot Tub, Cinema Room, Art Gallery
Location: Super luxury 5* ski chalet in a private location high above Morzine, yet just 1 minute’s chauffeur drive to the centre of town.
What’s more, competent skiers can ski directly back to Chalet Joux Plane from the Morzine side of the valley, via a short stretch of gentle off-piste.
The Pleney lift is just 250m from the front door offering easy access to the expansive Portes du Soleil ski area; one of the largest in the world.
Sleeps 8 + 6
What we love: Clever design runs through the core of Zems Lodge, maximizing and finding space in intriguing ways. Boasting a beautiful view of the valley below this amazing chalet also provides incredible spa facilities for tired skiers to relax and unwind after an amazing day on the slopes.
Facilities: Outdoor swim spa, Sauna, Cinema room, Bar.
Location: ZEMS lodge is located in a quiet spot, with beautiful views of the valley. The town centre and the Super Morzine lift are just a five-minute stroll away from the chalet across the footbridge which will mean you are up the mountain in no time.
Sleeps 12 + 4
What we love: Having stayed in this chalet we know what it feels like to be a guest here. The bedrooms are beautifully spacious and comfortable, the service is second to none – you really don’t have to lift a finger. The indoor pool and spa area feels like that of a small boutique hotel, and jaw dropping views of Morzine village below from the vast outdoor hot tub will not disappoint. A chalet truly designed for entertaining!
Facilities: Pool, Hot tub, Wine Cellar, Hammam, Sauna, Cinema Room, Bar, Pool Table
Location: Chalet Sapphire is set in private, gated grounds just 6 minutes walk to the centre of Morzine. The nearest ski lift is Super Morzine, 500m from the front door and a few minutes with your private driver.
Sleeps 12 + 6
What we love: We loved seeing first-hand the quirky nature of this stunning chalet, such as the beautifully designed quad bunk room or the pull down bed in the massage room that ensures extra guests can sleep comfortably. The bedrooms are unbelievably comfortable, and there is even a clever hidden office for those needing to attend some private work whilst away. But the real selling point is the epic location just behind the beautiful old church with valley views of Morzine town lit up at night from your hot tub!
Facilities: Hot tub, Sauna, Cinema Room
Location: Situated above the Church and Marie, The Old Macaroni is about a 10/15 minute stroll into the centre of Morzine or 5 minutes to the bottom end of town where there are some bars and the pretty river Dranse. Or just jump in with your chauffeur where you are within a few minutes of town to the nearest lifts, bars and restaurants
We have a whole host of fabulous ultimate Luxury Ski Chalets on our website available to rent across the Alps, so please do not hesitate to get in touch. Our team are always waiting with plenty of knowledge and inspiration to help you organise your dream ultra-luxury chalet holiday.
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