I love skiing and have from an early age. Being fortunate enough to go with my family almost annually from my early teens, I got into hitting the slopes at a young age. I can certainly admit that it’s a bug that’s hard to shift.
One of my favourite things about skiing, aside from the sport itself – is the opportunity it offers to also chill out and relax in the right surroundings.
So, last year after spending over a decade taking trips to the more commonplace resorts, me and a few friends of ours took a trip to Sameons, Le Grand Masif in France – it’s just under an hour from Geneva. There we stayed at The Secret Chalet. So, how did the eight of us find it?
The chalet is located around five minutes from the family friendly resort of Samoens, which is a fantastic alpine village and the perfect place for families. The town and chalet lie within the Grand Massif ski area – this includes Flaine, Morillion and Sixt among others.
Samoens offers almost everything that you’d want from a trip of this nature and has plenty of great places to eat and enjoy yourself in. It’s also a charming ski town of the nature you would expect.
Sameons itself offers 265km of piste and 75 ski lifts. There’s an ice skating rink, innumerable restaurants and plenty of trails if you’re there during the summer.
Well, I’ve stayed in any manner of different sorts of places in the years I’ve been skiing. From the nice family orientated resorts and chalets of my teen years, to the grubbier more budget spots myself and college friends used to attend. However, the Secret Chalet, luxury ski chalet France hit all the right spots.
We were told that the chalet was built in 2012 before we arrived and so had quite high expectations – no grubby d?cor and dark corners. It surpassed these and what we got was a beautiful, bright, glass covered house that offered almost every luxury you would expect.
If you like your chalets chic, spacious and offering amazing view of the valley below (who doesn’t) then it’s perfect.
When we visited in the winter, we found the hot tub to be the perfect respite to ease away sore muscles, the purpose built bar the perfect place to tell tall tales of our slope exploits and the huge flat screen the ideal place to game. There was even a poker table – wow! The only gripe we had was the lack of an open fire – something that’s always nice to arrive back to after a long day on the slopes.
In short, it’s wall to wall luxury. From the 6 bedroom’s Egyptian cotton sheets, to the under floor heating – it’s a sumptuous experience. There was even the option of our own personal chef if we wanted or the alternative of food delivered to our door should we require.
Even though we weren’t there in the summer, we’d imagine it’s pretty awesome. The huge westerly facing windows and views of the valleys must really impress during longer days, while there are hammocks and a BBQ for those that want to chill in the sunshine. We’d imagine the views over the mountains at sunset to be awe inspiring.
Our experience in Sameons and The Secret Chalet was certainly one to remember and for those looking to enjoy a luxury group trip, we’d suggest that it’s something to aspire to and experience.
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Cormac Reynolds is a writer and a journalist and a travel lover. He has seen dozens of countries across the world and loves sports and mixing both travel and activities.