"Our every need was met and we were always made to feel that nothing was a problem. Ben, the chef, cooked impeccable food every night and a freshly made cake every day for afternoon tea was a real indulgence! Together they made the perfect team."
Deluxe mountain retreat with knock-out views
Low season: from £13,450 whole chalet; Mid: from £15,450; Peak: from £16,950
Summer: €7,800 per week self-catered
Morzine, Portes du Soleil
Sleeps: 12 + 4
This properly luxury ski chalet has got the lot. It has superb, elegant, interiors, every imaginable creature comfort, it’s spacious, it’s very high up so has socking great views over the resort, it faces south so is bathed in sunshine….I could go on.
It is also a little more expensive than most of the chalets in The White Chalet Collection, but I think it is worth it.
Supremely tasteful and elegant. Think sumptuous cream sofas, huge lamps, glass coffee tables, and a designer bespoke walnut dining table with Tom Dixon copper lamps hanging above it. The feeling in this luxury ski chalet is really of beautiful, perfectly designed and decorated space – the living room is double height. In fact, the whole chalet covers a huge 400 sq m.
The rooms are all generously proportioned and sumptuously furnished, all with balconies, Italian walk-into showers and huge, soft beds. The master suite has its own dressing room, private balcony and bath tub (it is the only room with a tub). The only room in this Morzine chalet without a balcony is the huge bunk room which sleeps four in full-size bunk beds and has a shower over a bath.
This has to be one of the very best fully catered ski chalets I have dined in. Chalet M is a wow chalet, so the food and drink is suitably wow too. The chef who cooked for me turned out absolutely impeccable dishes, having trained in a Michelin-starred kitchen. Think double chocolate brownies and a charcuterie platter with walnut loaf for afternoon tea, then meltingly good canapés including delicious little black pudding beignets and quail scotch eggs with aioli.
The main courses ranged from a pork tenderloin sous-vide with spinach and ricotta stuffing to a braised, rolled lamb shoulder with griddled zucchini and blackberry jus. My favourite dessert was a red wine-poached pear with Roquefort ice cream and walnut crumb.
All was washed down with fantastically paired house wines, and you can upgrade to something fancier from a fancy wine cellar which is stocked generously with fine wines from around the world.
This luxury ski chalet has, as you might expect, fabulous spa facilities. It’s got a giant hot tub, set out on the deck with massive views across the top of the resort over to Pleney, a sauna, a hydrotherapy shower and a treatment room for those all-important in-chalet massages and beauty treatments. There is also a lovely relaxation area on the deck next to the hot tub, warmed by a fire pit, with sofas and fluffy rugs to wrap yourselves in as you look up at the stars.
Despite its rather grand dimensions and deluxe décor, Chalet M is perfectly fine for children. When I stayed there was a lovely little baby happily toddling around and coming to no harm. Child gates were easily installed on the stairs, high-chairs are available, plus separate meals can be provided. The cinema room can also double as a child’s play area, equipped with the latest games consoles, a collection of books and board games. Plus there is the spacious bunk room, with four big bunks and two pull-out trundle beds.
The space, the deep luxury, and the socking great views over Morzine and across to the Pleney lift.
The chalet feels quite grown-up and elegant. If you want to loaf around in a onesie it wouldn’t be quite right — one dresses for dinner here!
This Morzine ski chalet sits in a totally private, privileged location at the very top of a windy road on the south side of Morzine, with views across to the slopes of Pleney and Nyon. The centre of Morzine is just 1km away and the lifts are all accessible (via luxury in-resort transport) within minutes.
Morzine is just around 1hr 15minutes from Geneva. Private transfers can be arranged, at extra cost.