You’ve been told for years by your friends who drape themselves in ecru cashmere that you must make the jaunt to the Portes du Soleil for your annual Alpine pilgrimage. Although you will admit that you have enjoyed your previous circular tours of many a wonderful ski village straddling the French-Swiss border, this new venture sounds rather appealing. After all, it is the year that you promised you would settle down. After all, your cashmere needs to find a permanent sanctuary and that comes in the form of the luxe White Valley Lodge.
Even the name is inviting and as soon as you arrive you’ll feel enveloped by its warm welcome. It’s the small things that make a difference and you just know when luxury feels right – from the roaring fire to the huge squashy sofas, bedecked with throws and blankets, to the fresh flowers and gloriously scented candles. Breath a contented sigh – you have well and truly found peace.
We know that one certain way to shake off those winter blues or should we say British drizzly greys, is to revitalize your winter self with jaw-dropping mountain scenery and some of the Alp’s best skiing. The White Valley Lodge has those compulsory fabulous views out over the Vallée de la Manche and there really is only one way that they are best soaked in and that is from your outdoor hot tub. When those views need a shake up, why not try immersing yourself into the sauna steam barrel too? If your overindulged senses need a little awakening before supper, perhaps brave the cold plunge pool. We have been promised they do wonders but extra exertion isn’t something we like to promote after another great day on the slopes.
Each morning look forward to your chalet chauffeur delivering you in true style to the lifts – arriving flustered and hassled is so last season. We can’t have the faux fur on that new ski jacket ruffled before you have even stepped a ski booted foot onto a piste. Elegance and composure checked, the next task is focusing all thoughts on which piste will lead you to another gourmet mountain side lunch. These are days for indulgence and we won’t tell your private chef that lunch and that extra bottle only finished a few hours ago. Fast forward to twilight and those delectable canapés and fine wines do wonders for rebuilding the appetite. Not to forget the roaring fire and beautifully laid dining table there to remind you that these are your favourite days for a reason.
We will utter these words quietly and as rapidly as the week will have flown by but we know that this beautifully crafted property will have found a way into your hearts and your annual skiing calendar.
Bedroom 1 - Twin/double (king) with TV & en-suite shower room
Bedroom 2 - Twin/double (king) with TV & en-suite shower room
Bedroom 3 - Twin/double (king) with balcony & en-suite shower room
Bedroom 4 - Twin/double (king) with balcony & en-suite shower room
Bedroom 5 - Family room with twin/double (king) with TV, balcony plus bunk beds (sleeps 2) & en-suite shower room
“As soon as we arrived it was clear that this was to be no ordinary chalet holiday. Andrew, the genial host and owner of the lodge was there to greet us and to help with luggage, while a teddy bear waited for our two-year-old Libby - nice touch.
In fact, nothing was too much trouble. A day's shopping in nearby Morzine? One of the team will run you there in the Land Rover. Exhausted after a day on the slopes at nearby Avoriaz? Andrew will be there in 10 minutes to collect you.
The Lodge itself achieves a perfect blend of relaxation and luxury, from the beautiful rooms, to the sumptuous lounge with well stocked free bar.
The wrap around terrace (with obligatory hot tub of course) was a wonderful space to sit and take in the glorious valley views too.
And the meals? The absolute pièce de resistance. The Lodge gets most things right, then adds gourmet cooking and fine wines to the already heady mix. Italian Chef Francesco and his partner Paula run, with charm and humour, a dining room which would be the envy of many Michelin starred restaurants.”
Piste ski-in, ski-out
Ski Lifts ski-in, ski-out
Resort Centre central
Geneva (GVA): 1h 15m / 80km
Chambery (CMF): 1h 25m / 125km
Lyon (LYS): 2h 15m / 200km
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 accompanied by carefully selected wines and is served on six nights of your stay.
The chalet provides a complimentary bar of beer, house wines, premium spirits, mixers and soft drinks.
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 2018/2019 - NEXT SEASON
|Arrival Date||Weekly Rate||Status|
|December 2018||08 Dec 2018||GBP 10,995||Unavailable|
|16 Dec 2018||GBP 10,995|
|22 Dec 2018||POA||Unavailable|
|29 Dec 2018||GBP 20,995||Unavailable|
|January 2019||06 Jan 2019||GBP 14,995||Unavailable|
|13 Jan 2019||GBP 10,995||Unavailable|
|20 Jan 2019||GBP 10,995||Unavailable|
|27 Jan 2019||GBP 10,995||Unavailable|
|February 2019||03 Feb 2019||GBP 12,995||Unavailable|
|10 Feb 2019||POA||Unavailable|
|17 Feb 2019||GBP 21,995||Unavailable|
|24 Feb 2019||GBP 16,995||Unavailable|
|March 2019||03 Mar 2019||GBP 12,995|
|10 Mar 2019||GBP 12,995|
|17 Mar 2019||GBP 11,995||Unavailable|
|24 Mar 2019||GBP 11,995|
|31 Mar 2019||GBP 12,995|
|April 2019||07 Apr 2019||GBP 12,995|
|14 Apr 2019||GBP 11,995|
|21 Apr 2019||GBP 10,995||Unavailable|