Alpine Infusion Guide to Booking a Luxury Chalet in The 3 Valleys
All across the Three Valleys, accommodation standards tend to be so exceptionally high that putting a foot wrong is borderline impossible. This is the kind of place where luxury tends to be the order of the day and there’s simply no such thing as ‘too much’ when it comes to delighting visitors.
And this is to a large extent the frame of mind by which the booking process should be approached – totally free of compromise. After all, it’s not often in life you can genuinely have anything you want, any way you want it and at any time – why not soak up the splendour while you can?
Perhaps the first consideration to bear in mind is that of location – do you prefer to be right in the thick of things, or somewhere more tranquil and generally out-of-the-way? There are so many incredible luxury chalets in Courchevel and Meribel spanning the length and breadth of the resorts that you really can be anywhere you want to be. Think about things like ease of access, proximity to amenities, tranquillity/energy and so on – nothing’s off the cards.
At the same time, you might also want to look into the option of selecting accommodation that offers ski-in, ski-out convenience, should it be available and of interest to you.
Perhaps the only thing more luxurious and exclusive than enjoying the high life in your own exquisite chalet is opting for the total package with a private catering service. The very best chalet companies in Meribel and Courchevel alike often offer the options of private catering services, which incorporate the services of professional chefs, the creation of outstanding custom menus and full five-star service from the comfort of your own luxury accommodation. It’s one thing to head out to the most incredible dining opportunities the resort has to offer – it is something else entirely to have them come to you!
Given the extremely limited availability of the most in-demand Meribel luxury catered chalets on the market, booking as far in advance as possible is largely mandatory. It’s pretty much the norm for the busiest weeks and months of the year to be fully booked up almost as soon as booking systems open, so it’s a good idea to think ahead and stake claim to one of the resort’s real diamonds, before you’re beaten to it.
Something else to factor in when reserving a chalet is just to what extent kids and younger guests in general are catered to. There is of course a world of entertainment and excitement outside, but at the same time it never hurts to book a chalet packed to bursting with games, toys and endless entertainment for adults and kids alike.
Last but not least, it’s always a good idea to investigate whether or not private transfer services are included as standard with a booking of any given luxury chalet. You might also want to question the availability of private chauffeur services for the duration of your stay, along with concierge services for arranging any required trips, excursions or reservations on behalf of your group.
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