No more tedious chants of “Are we nearly there yet” as you make your way to Méribel from the airport; you’re arriving by helicopter and the kids are silenced. An incredible aerial view of first Lac Leman, flowing onwards to the cascading white mountain ranges as you soar closer to Les Trois Vallées. Airport to chalet in just 30 minutes. You’re the coolest parents ever, and you just saved yourselves 2 hours.
You’re met by your own chauffeur who takes care of the luggage, and within minutes you’re drawing up at the chalet door. Relaxed and ready for a holiday! You’re in a prime spot, just a heartbeat away from the excitement of the resort centre, and yet Chalet Les Brames is set back in perfect seclusion, nestled into its own private grounds – ideal for snow ball fights, building snowmen and general winter merriment. Les Brames on first sight is a simply breathtaking property, on the grandest of scales, and the kids are silenced once more. Not for long though as they eagerly advance indoors to explore the vastness that awaits, leaving you once more trailing in their wake.
Exploring Les Brames could take a while so stop off en-route to ‘freshen up’ with a glass of Perrier Jouet champagne in front of the unique open log fire. The generous proportions of Les Brames cleverly offers up lots of original, intimate spaces to give a warm feel to the interior, allowing guests to spread out and each pursue their own amusement should they choose, or enticing you to come together in one of the many sociable, entertaining spaces. The interiors are sleek and modern, instantly welcoming, indeed inviting you to step into a different world, a world of sheer indulgence. ‘Grown ups’ are bound to spend quality time in the drawing room – at the bar, perhaps, sampling a drop from the chalet’s own extensive wine cellar? Or curled up on the sofa in front of the roaring fire with a good holiday read. Kids big and small however will find it hard to leave the cinema on the ground floor with its big comfy sofas, dim lighting and the very stylish pool table.
Everyone should tear themselves away to take advantage of the fabulous spa facilities on offer. The out-door hot tub is a wonderful spot, a place to come together and where many a hilarious tale is told of the day’s piste side adventures, over a glass of champagne, all the while soothing those tired ski legs. Inside the hamam awaits, with it’s icy plunge pool ready to shock your senses, ensuring that you are truly refreshed in time for dinner.
Dinner is eagerly anticipated each evening as your private chef demonstrates his considerable skill in the kitchen with dish after dish of delicious food inspired by the local Savoyard produce, but with a distinctly international flavour and flare. Menus are created specifically to reflect your culinary tastes, of course, but they may still surprise! At Les Brames your every whim will be indulged; discreet and attentive staff are on hand to take you to the slopes and back, arrange your massage treatments, to take the party lovers into town after dinner and to arrange their lift home from O’Sullivans at a wonderfully unsuitable hour of the morning.
The fresh mountain air will be all the tonic you require the next day as you head out once more into the heart of the three valleys to make the most of your annual snow fix. You’ve been gazing out of the chalet’s magnificent picture windows at Mont Vallon all week, and today you feel ready to tackle her, mogul fields and all. Maybe just one more cup of coffee is required first though.
Bedroom 1 - Twin/double (super king) with south-facing terrace & en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 2 - Twin/double (super king) with south-facing terrace & en-suite bathoom
Bedroom 3 - Twin/double (super king) with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 4 - Twin/double (super king) with en-suite bathroom
Bedroom 5 & 6 - Twin/double (super king) with en-suite bathroom with adjoining twin room for children
Bedroom 7 - Double (king) with fireplace, south-facing terrace & en-suite bathroom with jacuzzi bath and separate shower
“The best thing about Chalet Les Brames, apart from the stonklingly gorgeous views of Mont Vallon and its really big garden, is the fact that a chauffeured 4x4 will take you to the lifts and pick you up when you're finished, and take you to the shops and take you to dinner. Skiing is tiring work.”
"Chalet Les Brames has the x-factor both in and out doors, with its unusually large grounds providing plenty of space for epic family snowball fights! Indoors you will be as equally spoiled with a sauna, hot tub, cinema room, gym and massage rooms."
Nominee for France's Best Ski Chalet 2016
Nominee for France's Best Ski Chalet 2017
This six-bedroom retreat in Méribel, France, is within the world’s largest ski resort. Among the chalet’s staff of five is a chauffeur who can drive guests two minutes to the town’s ski lift. Located in the gated Brames community at the edge of town, the property was gutted and reopened in 2012.
Ski Lifts 3 min chauffeured drive
Resort Centre 3 min chauffeured drive
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? 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.