You might not have heard of Le Villard. The name does not waltz off the tongue in any recitation of great ski destinations. Few of your peers have discovered this ancient village surrounded by well-watered pastures and woods, on the edge of a protected mountain forest, with its chapel dating back to 1645. That Le Villard occupies a sunny position just above Meribel les Allues, with its high-speed access to the skiing paradise of Les Trois Vallées, and commands the best views in the Meribel valley, might come as a surprise. Le Villard’s reputation is discrete and exclusive. Those really in the know, those who live and work surrounded by this glorious landscape with some of the world’s best skiing on their doorstep, choose to make their homes here. Come and join them!
Chalet Iona will welcome you with a whole lot of luxury and an open heart. Under the gentle protection of its own orchards surrounding the property, you are assured of the utmost privacy. For sure, you are not skiing in and out of the boot room, there is no clank of lift installations over your head as the sun peeks its morning face over the horizon, but you are truly in the Alps. A personal driver means you have the flexibility to be where you want to be, when you want to be there. When, that is, you get round to venturing from the Chalet. There, you will have your own world, and it is a supremely comfortable world of gorgeous dining and immaculate service in exquisite surroundings. And, most likely, the house-party of a lifetime.
This is a gracious home. The furnishings and style, full of individuality and impeccable taste, reflect the spirit of the Chalet’s loving owners. There is entertainment space and there are cosy corners. There is a dining table fit for a banquet. A sauna, sundecks and barbecue areas and a jacuzzi on the deck. With log burning chimneys, Chesterfield sofas and a fascinatingly stocked book library of personal favourites, the days and evenings are rich with the joys of spending time with your carefully chosen guests. Those you know will appreciate the delights of a haven as special as Chalet Iona, and, quite possibly, its enticing hidden wine cellar.
There are many options on the size of your party, depending on use of the beautiful conversions of old buildings around the property. From the main chalet, where the six magnificent double bedrooms offer possibilities to add on small children here and there, to up to ten more guests in the adjacent chalets. Service is subtle and flawless, as you would expect. They understand how to ensure that your house-party is one your esteemed companions will remember. Of course, your guest list will be thoughtfully curated, those with whom you are happy to share the secret of the exclusive alpine destination that is the village of Le Villard.
Bedroom 1 - Master double (Emperor) with en-suite bathroom with separate shower
Bedroom 2 - 2nd Master double (Emperor) with en-suite shower room & direct access to jacuzzi terrace
Bedroom 3 - Twin/double with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 4 - Double (King) with en-suite shower room
Bedroom 5 - Twin/double with shared balcony & private bathroom
Bedroom 6 - Twin/double with shared balcony & en-suite shower room
Four of the bedrooms are suitable for cots
For larger groups you can add adjoining Chalet India - sleeps 3 in mezzanine bedroom area with double + single bed with open-plan bath & separate WC (additional cost)
Piste ski-in, ski-out
Ski Lifts ski-in, ski-out
Resort Centre central
Chambery (CMF): 1h 45m / 110km
Grenoble (GNB): 1h 50m / 130km
Geneva (GVA): 2h 30m / 190km
Lyon (LYS): 2h 30m / 190km
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? 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 six nights leaving you one night free to sample Meribel's restaurants.
The chalet provides an open bar of beer, wines, spirits and mixers. The chalet serves unlimited Veuve Cliquot or Tattinger Champagne.
The chalet is happy to cater for specific dietary requirements, and will serve an earlier high tea for children including on the chef night off. 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 2021/2022 - NEXT SEASON
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|January 2022||02 Jan 2022||EURO 28,680|
|09 Jan 2022||EURO 25,800|
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|27 Feb 2022||EURO 27,660|
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|27 Mar 2022||EURO 32,040|
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