Welcome to Chalet Alpaca. Your unadulterated luxurious home for the next two weeks is only possible when located on one of Meribel’s most prestigious roads. Privacy, tranquillity, spectacular views and a short walk to the pistes – what more could you ask for from your favourite two weeks in the Alps?
Last year it was Pippa’s turn to book your annual ski trip, this year it is your responsibility and the game has been upped. With lenient bosses and years that have surpassed all forecasts, everyone has succeeded in putting two weeks of luxury in their diaries. Some might quake at the pressure, however, you know you have no need to worry about expectations of seasons past. For you know that as soon as you sweep into the garage, Chalet Alpaca’s door is opened and your gaze is drawn to the breath-taking panorama and four spectacular floors of luxury, your job is done.
Time to leave your new snow boots and down jacket at the door (belated Christmas present to yourself?) and be the grateful receiver of a glass of something bubbly. Well, you might as well start as you mean to go on. Just because you have two weeks it doesn’t mean that indulgent recovery from the stresses and strains of everyday is taken any less seriously.
The yells and shrieks of utter delight tell you that the teenagers have found their way to Chalet Alpaca’s upper ground floor. Home to not only a cinema and a games room complete with pinball machine and pool table but the pièce de résistance to end all chalet boasting; the indoor climbing wall. You reckon the teens will have stiff competition when your husbands release their competitive streak and discover their inner child.
Leaving the humdrum behind, the ladies in your party dutifully help unpack the car. After all, you do feel a little guilty watching your chauffeur and the chalet staff lugging quite so much inside. However, wait! What is that that has caught your eye on the way to being helpful? A wine cave you cry. Utter delight is reigned in by common sense. You decide to save that for tomorrow night, it is always best to awaken fresh for that first day of the fresh snow that is falling outside.
“Just one more pain au chocolat with nutella!” “Pleeease!” …the morning chorus has begun but why worry? You can indulge in as many pastries (with nutella or otherwise) as you desire because the Doron piste is a mere 100m away from the chalet. Seeing the relief on faces makes you feel mighty chuffed with yourself for managing to secure two prime weeks in one of Meribel’s newest, largest and most desired chalets.
The soul has been soothed after the first day of clicking back into your skis, so it’s time to soothe those weary limbs. The children are out of their toboggan soaked ski gear and settled into your private cinema room complete with hot chocolate…topped with obligatory marshmallows and chocolate flake.
Thermals off and dressing gown on. A path has been cleared through the magical winter wonderland that is Chalet Alpaca’s garden. Time to slip into the luxuriant copper hot tub or for those with energy left, the grandeur of the heated swimming pool awaits. We will whisper the words that Chalet Alpaca is home to a gym too.
After the tiring commute between hot tub, sauna, hammam and massage room, you will have worked up an appetite. The kids energy levels have finally slumped after a day in the DC Park with their all singing all dancing new snowboard instructor and après spent climbing the walls. Now it’s your time. An air of calm falls on Chalet Alpaca as the majority of the six out of this world bedrooms are filled with the very important matter of getting ready for that magical hour of canapé o’clock. We’ll forgive you for finding leaving your master bedroom suite a struggle. Complete with wood burner, dressing room, fabulous ensuite and private balcony, you wish this was your everyday.
Take it from your friends in high places but we bet that by the end of the week, stilettos will be replaced with slippers and LBDs with comfy knits. However, for tonight, everyone is dressed to impress. After all, we can’t have Chalet Alpaca showing you up. Sweep past the roaring fire and mingle between the sumptuous lounge and dinning area, looking resplendent in the glow of evening. Soon it’ll be time to join the twinkle of candlelight at the table and settle in to your favourite evenings of the year. This is what a luxury chalet is all about. With your highly qualified professional chef in the kitchen, you know that these fourteen nights will be like no other.
At Chalet Alpaca, never dread that glass of wine too many. Go on and treat yourself. If the walk to the Doron piste is just that little too onerous tomorrow morning, why not take advantage of skiing from Meribel Village. Just a five-minute chauffeured drive and you’ll be on the Golf lift before you even have a chance to adjust your goggles.
For now, sink back into your upholstered dining chair and request your favourite bottle from the wine cave. After all, you’ve earnt it by booking the best ski trip yet.
Bedroom 1 - Master double with sitting area, wood-burning stove, balcony & en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 2 - Twin/double with balcony & en-suite shower room
Bedroom 3 - Twin/double with balcony & en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 4 - Double with balcony & en-suite shower room
Bedroom 5 - Bunk room (2 sets /sleeps 4) with terrace access & private bathroom
Bedroom 6 - Twin/double with terrace access & en-suite shower room
Winner of World's Best New Ski Chalet 2017
Nominee for France's Best Ski Chalet 2018
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. Dinner is served on 6 nights.
The chalet provides beer, house wines, a drinks tray of 3 bottles of house spirits and mixers. Champagne is served with canapés on 6 nights of your stay.
Children & dietary requirements
The chalet is happy to cater for specific dietary requirements, and will serve an earlier high tea for children (on 6 nights). 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.