Five of the Best | Alpine Retreats

The French Alps’ newest and most luxurious mountainside properties…

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Les Fermes de Marie: Megève

You can’t go far wrong with the five-star Les Fermes de Marie. While the hotel itself is well established, they have just unveiled one of the largest and most luxurious spas in the Alps, boasting an impressive 17 treatment cabins. Inspired by traditional Nordic design, the spa is built around the healing power of alpine plants and uses the active ingredients of Edelweiss and other mountain minerals. Soothe your aching muscles in the mineral lap pool, steam room, red cedar showers and outdoor Jacuzzis and saunas, or work up a sweat in the Technogym. Prices start from £240 per night. To book, visit en.fermesdemarie.com or maisonshotels-sibuet.com

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 Aspen Lodge: Méribel

Home to 29 luxury apartments, a spa, fitness centre and concierge, Aspen Park and Lodge above Méribel 1600 boasts some of the most exclusive lodgings in the whole resort. Nestled right on the piste, this ski-in ski-out complex mixes Savoyard architecture with thoroughly modern interiors, together with large windows and terraces from which to enjoy the mountain views. Opt for the stunning new four-bedroom duplex apartment 32/42, comprising two double en-suite rooms and two twin en-suite rooms, with the option of an in-house chef. A week costs from £4,950, based on eight sharing, including maid and concierge, access to the gym and spa, private ski lockers and parking. To book, call 01285 648518 or visit meriski.co.uk

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Chalet Quezac: Tignes

Modern and funky interiors, indulgent service and exceptional skiing combine to make this new chalet a fun and luxurious choice. Located on the outskirts of Tignes Les Brevieres, on the edge of the renowned Espace Killy, your chauffeur can bridge the gap between the chalet and slopes. But with all the amenities inside the chalet, you may not want to venture outside. Enjoy a private gym, games room, striking modern artwork, bar, wine cellar, numerous TVs, terrace, balconies and outdoor hot tub. Owned by renowned French rally driver Guerlain Chicherit, Chalet Quezac sleeps up to 16 guests. Prices from £9,985 to £37,543 per week. To book, call 01993 899420 or visit oxfordski.com

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Chalet Vieux Pont: Val d’Isere

This newly constructed super-chic lodge, designed by architect Michel Covarel, overlooks the river Isère and offers ski-in, ski-out access to the nearby blue mangard run. Set over four floors, the chalet sleeps 10 and features large open-plan living and dining spaces and five en-suite bedrooms – one of which is built directly into the rock face – below. Relax those aching muscles after a hard day on the slopes in the pool and hammam on the lower floor. Open wood fires, ski room and boot warmers, and a resort chauffeur service all add to the feel of luxury and the chalet can be booked alongside the neighbouring Chalet Rive Gauche to sleep up to 20. Prices start from £9,400 per week, fully catered at furtherafield.com or on 07793 451392.

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Mont Tremblant: Méribel

With one of the only private outdoor heated swimming pools available in Méribel in winter, Mont Tremblant boasts both fantastic facilities and a superb location. Just minutes from the centre of Méribel, a recent major renovation has doubled the size of the original chalet to now offer lodgings for 12 guests, with six en-suite bedrooms, including a king-size master suite that occupies the entire first floor. Enjoy stunning mountain views from the sitting and dining rooms, or relax in the hot tub on the terrace. The chalet also features a cinema room, technology-filled playroom and a ski room with heated boot and glove rack. The chalet is available for exclusive hire from £29,400 per week. To book, call 01285 648518 or visit meriski.co.uk

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