You landed in Innsbruck not much more than an hour ago and yet you find yourself now winding up towards St Anton, the excitement in the minivan is now palpable. A relief because the little ones are not known for their patience on long car journeys, especially on twisty Alpine roads. As the ski lifts come into sight you peel right, off the main road and up into the snow covered pastures where a vast, majestic wooden chalet awaits, surrounded by pristine glistening snow.
Looking for all the world a traditional chalet the glistening sharpness of the walls and the virtually wrap around balconies bely the truth; Chalet Austria is recently built, promising inside all the mod cons of a contemporary property, and yet outwardly exuding Tyrolean style. In a prime position just a couple of minute’s stroll from the Nasserein nursery slopes and the lifts this is solid, family ski holiday territory and just what you’d been looking for. It’s going to be a great week.
Chalet Soline extends across the entire middle floor, generously proportioned and cleverly dividing the space to provide both intimacy and a feeling of expansive luxury. The rooms are light, with bright, natural woods, white walls and heavy, extravagant curtains giving warmth. The bathrooms are spacious and the modern kitchen is equipped with all you need to cater for the family should you wish – but for sheer indulgence take the catered package, and your every need is taken care of.
With no stairs within the apartment you sink back into the sofa and relax, reassured that the little ones won’t come to harm. Readily you accept that first glass of chilled champagne and take in your surroundings. There is a stylish backdrop to this year’s annual family ski trip; a bookcase fills one whole wall, fresh flowers fragrance the room and your eyes fall on the striking standard lamp in cast iron. It reminds you of flight paths circumnavigating the globe, and you think to yourself that these latest travels have started very well indeed.
Shortly after you arrive, so do your skis all pre arranged for you with the greatest of ease, and they are professionally fitted by the technicians in the building’s shared ski room. They are eager to offer advice on the current snow conditions and where you should head for your first day’s skiing – conditions on Schindler Spitze have been incredible. Luckily your complimentary ski instructor is with you for the first two days, so he can whizz you around the Arlberg while the children are safely installed in their ski classes.
While the kids’ boots are fitted you explore a little further and discover the shared hamam and wellness area. Discounting the gym – last thing you need on holiday – you look forward to spending quality time down here after big days on the mountain soothing aching limbs.
By now the kids have discovered the second sitting room; a cosy TV snug with huge corner sofa and plenty of games and DVD’s to keep them occupied while you recline with a good book and a glass of Cab Sav. Your private chalet chef serves up children’s supper and impressively he has remembered to keep Tilly’s pasta and sauce separate, just how she likes it.
You are treated to this level of attentive detail throughout your stay; chauffeur standing by to collect you after experiencing the legendary Austiran après at the Mooser, your favourite wine poured, dinner a glorious affair. Each night seems more special than the last and nothing is too much trouble for your chef and host. As a treat to round of a superb holiday you asked them to arrange a hot stone massage for Claire on your last night and her face says it all; when can we come back?
Bedroom 1 - Master double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 2 - Twin/double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 3 - Twin/double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 4 - Twin/double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 5 - Bunk room (2 sets - suitable for adults) with en-suite bathroom
Piste 2 min chauffeured drive
Ski Lifts 2 min chauffeured drive
Resort Centre 5 min chauffeured drive
Innsbruck (INN): 1h / 100km
Zurich (ZHR): 2h / 200km
Munich (MUC): 2h 50m / 236km
No need to rush out of bed - breakfast is laid on. A healthy array of fresh fruit juices, a selection of warming teas and coffee - yoghurts, crispy cereals, juicy fruit and a mouth-watering display of delicious fresh breads & delicate pastries. Your chef will also prepare a daily cooked hot option for you - how do you like your eggs? Full breakfast is served every morning. So much choice that you might miss the first ski lift if you're not careful.
Come back after a wonderful day on the mountain to the warmth and comfort of your chalet. Snuggle up on the comfy sofa in front of a crackling fire, with a steaming cup of tea and a generous serving of cake – this is how all afternoons should be. Your chef will prepare a fresh from the oven, sweet treat for your return, so whether your preference is for a hearty sticky Apple and Ginger cake or a delicate Mille-feuille aux framboise is more your thing, there will be something tempting waiting for you. Personally I don’t think you can beat a slice of crispy baguette with lashings of butter and dollops of apricot jam or nutella - but maybe that ‘s just me - the perfect comfort food.
When staying in a catered chalet every night feels like a special occasion, and why shouldn't it, you're on an amazing holiday and it's so good to be alive. You’re dressed and ready for a glass of something chilled with friends and family, ready to regale them with tales of your mountain adventures that may get a little exaggerated for dramatic effect with each rendition. Enjoy the delicious canapés and amuse-bouche freshly prepared by your star in the kitchen.
Take a seat at your own private table - it's time for the main event – a delicious feast, masterfully crafted by your talented chef. With an emphasis on using hand-selected, fresh, local and seasonal ingredients you will be served a melt in your mouth three course dinner that wouldn't look out of place in a Michelin starred restaurant. Dinner is complimented by a tangy platter of divine local cheeses. Menus can be tailored to suit your tastes and your chef will be happy to prepare everything from a simple supper to fine dining delights.
The chalet provides beer, house wines, a drinks tray of 2 bottle of house spirits and mixers. Champagne is served with canapés on 6 nights of your stay.
The chalet is happy to cater for specific dietary requirements, and will serve an earlier high tea for children. You can talk to your SkiBoutique PA about any specific requests from dietary requirements such as gluten free diets to birthday cakes and favourite dishes. We will do our very best to ensure that your wishes are granted and delivered in resort.
Winter 2016/2017 - NEXT SEASON
|Arrival Date||Weekly Rate||Status|
|December 2016||04 Dec 2016||EURO 16,500|
|11 Dec 2016||EURO 23,143|
|20 Dec 2016||EURO 27,050|
|27 Dec 2016||POA||Unavailable|
|January 2017||03 Jan 2017||EURO 20,000|
|15 Jan 2017||EURO 18,150|
|22 Jan 2017||EURO 18,150|
|29 Jan 2017||EURO 18,150|
|February 2017||05 Feb 2017||EURO 23,000|
|12 Feb 2017||EURO 29,800||Unavailable|
|19 Feb 2017||EURO 23,000||Unavailable|
|26 Feb 2017||POA||Unavailable|
|March 2017||05 Mar 2017||EURO 20,000|
|12 Mar 2017||EURO 20,000|
|19 Mar 2017||EURO 20,000|
|26 Mar 2017||EURO 20,000|
|April 2017||02 Apr 2017||POA||Unavailable|
|09 Apr 2017||POA||Unavailable|
|16 Apr 2017||EURO 16,500|
|23 Apr 2017||EURO 3,500|