"This is a very special place: elegant, beautifully furnished and incredibly comfortable. An inspirational chef - the food has been superb. I have never had better food anywhere (we've stayed in some fab places too!)."
Contemporary luxury meets traditional Haute-Savoie
Low season: €10,899; Mid: €13,325; Peak: €14,175 whole chalet fully catered
Summer: from €225 per room per night B&B, €275 half-board
Samoens is a lovely resort and Villa Rose is a knock-out, interior designed luxury ski chalet right in the heart of it. It has superb food, excellent staff and gorgeous furnishings which are a dramatic departure from the usual chintz and stag pictures found in most chalets. A rare treat.
Ultra-modern mountain chic, combining leather, fur and velvet to create a brightly colourful, almost kitsch, supremely cosy atmosphere. There are pink sofas, striking black and white bathrooms, feather lamp shades, plus bespoke designer furniture throughout — all within the structure of a charming old traditional ski chalet with plenty of wood panelling and long French windows.
There are four doubles with queen or king beds and one 2-bedroom suite with king and twin beds in this luxury ski chalet. All are ensuite — two have clawfoot tubs with hand shower, two just showers and one with shower and bath.
There are plentiful toiletries, slippers, robes, plush towels, hair dryers, coffee- and tea-making facilities, HD TV and wifi.
Food is an important part of the Villa Rose catered chalet experience. Each guest is asked for allergies and aversions before their arrival and their meals are tailored to those requests. Dinner consists of four courses with carefully selected house wines, and the standard is very much the equivalent of a smart restaurant.
A typical meal might be pan-seared foie gras on crostini with apple and mango chutney, followed by nine hour braised beef cheek with St Marcelin pomme purée and jus corsée, finished off with banana panna cotta with kiwi fruit coulis.
Breakfast is similarly fancy, ranging from eggs Benedict with a perfectly poached hen’s egg and lemon hollandaise, to apple and Champagne rarebit, no less, consisting of apple concasse and Emmenthal in a Champagne sauce topped with melted Reblochon on toast. Yum. Or you can have crepes with a choice of sweet toppings.
The chalet has an outdoor Jacuzzi on a lovely decking area and spa treatments can be arranged, in the guest bedrooms.
Villa Rose is a proper, grown-up, luxury ski chalet and so is probably not the place for really little ones as there are no special facilities, but children aged seven years and over are catered for very well and have enjoyed the experience.
The sumptuous interiors and first class food.
Nope, can’t think of any. Apart from, perhaps, the lack of a sauna, but I am quibbling. The hot tub is enough, for restoring those ski-weary limbs.
Villa Rose is set back from the road and separated from it by the private parking area and garden. It is in the very centre of the resort, just five meters from the pedestrian zone. The bus to the lifts stops across the street. It also has lovely mountain and garden views.
The nearest airport is Geneva which is just 1 hour away. The chalet can arrange transfers.