"This was without doubt the best chalet experience I have ever had. The accommodation was faultless and I felt at home as soon as we arrived. There was nothing that could be improved upon. The staff really were first class, the quality of the food and wine was quite outstanding. In fact, I was blown away."
Ski-in ski-out luxury ski chalet on slopes of hidden-gem resort
Low season: from £1,100pp; Mid: from £1,390pp; Peak: £1,890pp
Summer: from £550pp per week half board; from £45pp per night B&B
I love the charming resort of Sainte Foy in the Tarentaise, and The Peak is one of the very best-appointed ski chalets in the resort.
It is genuinely ski in/ski out, sitting right beside the bottom of the home run. The interiors are contemporary and chic, and the rooms all have balconies and lots of space. The views from the top floor across the valley are also fabulous. A properly luxurious, convenient chalet.
This luxury ski chalet combines modern mountain chic and genuine elegance. It features typical contemporary touches such as cow skin rugs, ruby red wool curtains and lots of bare wood, as well as having plenty of communal space which absorbs guests comfortably without them being on top of one another.
The Peak sleeps 16 in eight genuinely spacious bedrooms that can be configured as either doubles or twins. Many luxury ski chalets have small bedrooms, but not so here. They all have their own private balconies too, apart from one which just has a small Juliet balcony. All have en suite bathrooms, with baths, although one just has an en suite shower room. There are generous amounts of toiletries, all by Elemis.
This fully catered ski chalet places great emphasis on food. Breakfast consists of a cooked full English option as well as continental, while dinner is a four-course feast followed by coffee and petit fours. Afternoon tea is also served, with freshly baked cakes, and on the first night there is a champagne reception with canapés. There are specially selected house wines served during the meal, and it is possible to upgrade to the chalet’s award-winning Sommelier Selection.
The Peak has a balcony hot tub outside the living room plus spa area downstairs with sauna, hammam and treatment room for massages. All the products are Elemis, and Elemis spa treatments ranging from facials to massages and body wraps can be arranged at an extra cost. I spoiled myself with a truly excellent, ultra-vigorous deep tissue massage after a punishing day out on the slopes. Heaven.
Children are most welcome at The Peak, and they can easily be absorbed in all its lovely space without disturbing other guests. Early teas can be arranged, as can private nannies, and little ones have their own mezzanine area above the main living space, fully stocked with toys, books and DVDs. Each bedroom has its own DVD player too.
The resort of Sainte Foy also has an excellent Kids Club, run in collaboration between the lift pass office and ESF ski school. It welcomes children from 3-11 years in a newly refurbished facility in the centre of resort and is open 6 days, Sunday to Friday inclusive, with 1, 3 5 or 6 day childcare options available. It includes a mix of indoor and outdoor activities with snow shoeing, treasure trails, snow games, sledging, crafts, face painting, creative activities and more.
The ski-in ski-out location, right on the snow. Oh, and the huge rooms with ensuite bathrooms and massive views. The childcare facilities are also impressive.
The boot room has a rather dim light, which makes it a bit dingy for kitting out in boots in the morning.
This Sainte Foy chalet is located in a plum position right beside the end of the home run at Sainte Foy, just 30m from the lift. Sainte Foy is a charming resort in the Tarentaise, just 15 minutes from Val d’Isère and Tignes, and 10 minutes from Les Arcs. It is also possible to ski in Italy, at La Thuile, which is only 20 minutes away – so the chalet is a perfect base for lots of skiing in different resorts, as well as offering the slopes of Ste Foy itself.
The nearest airport is Chambery, just 1hr 30mins away. Geneva, Lyon or Grenoble are equidistant, at 2hrs 30mins’ drive. Transfers are not included but the chalet has a fleet of minibuses so they can easily be arranged.