Modern French luxury ski chalets are something to behold. If it weren’t for the snow banked outside, you might think you were in a chic apartment in the 7th Arrondisement or a loft in Tribeca. Sleek interiors that aren’t afraid to embrace modern materials and eschew cutesy Alpine kitsch are the hallmarks of many of the luxe properties on the rental market today. Think concrete, minimalist décor and a look that could work in Miami or Los Angeles or Milan, let alone the French Alps.
A company called Le Collectionist has curated some of the best examples for rent this winter, in French alpine resorts such as Megève, Chamonix and Courchevel. They all redefine exclusivity. The kitchens are designed for professional chefs for hire. Many have indoor lap pools, screening rooms and multiple spaces for living are common. So are Middle Eastern-styled hammams and indoor Jacuzzis that resemble small hotel swimming pools. For well-heeled skiers who’ve grown bored with five-star hotels, chalets such as these offer the next level of luxury. The Collectionist takes a stay at one of these properties to another level by creating “Experience” for an extra fee. These enhancements in their French Alps properties can include dog sledding, torchlight skiing and skiing with an Olympic ski cross racer. Here’s a look at four of Le Collectionist’s top Alpine properties.
Set in the resort of Combloux, close to Megève, Chalet Bijou offers memorable views of Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest peak. The 7,100 square foot “chalet” is a traditional and charming wooden structure that hides a minimalist and chic interior.
It can sleep a maximum of 16 guests and has seven bedrooms and seven bathrooms. In-home ski and boot fitting are provided and there’s a home theater, billiards room and elevator. There’s also a massage room, a hammam steam room, an indoor Jacuzzi and an indoor heated lap pool. Chalet Bijou £2730 ($3,588) per night for 16 guests.
This minimalist ski residence in Chamonix looks like a chic designer’s apartment, with a spare and cool vibe. It has an indoor Jacuzzi, a steam room and sauna. It offers dramatic mountain views when you can bear to look outside. This five- bedroom, five-bath residence can sleep a maximum of 12 guests. Chalet Nunki £796 ($1,050) per night for 12 guests.
Thanks to a vast, open great room and its post and beams, Chalet Ornella feels a bit like the farm building it once was. Make that a rather luxurious farm, once you note the helipad, the home theater, the steam room, the mountain views and the indoor countercurrent swimming pool.
Set very privately on a hillside just outside of Megève, Chalet Ornella is a now a warm and inviting ski lodge with nine bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. A chauffeured car service is included in the rate. Chalet Ornella £1883 ($2,485) per night for 20 guests.
This five-bedroom, five-bath property is located in Courchevel 1650 Moriond. Diversions include a billiards room, a home theater, an indoor Jacuzzi, a steam room and an elevator to move you around the 4,300 square foot chalet.
There is butler service and daily breakfast provided, along with in-home ski and boot fitting. Chalet Overview £1481 ($1,955) per night for 10 guests.