Independently run chalets provide the classic chalet holiday we know and love: cosy alpine lodging, chalet hosts to do the housework and breakfast, high tea and supper with wine. Unlike package holidays, these chalets tend to come without flights – giving you the freedom to arrange the travel that bests suit you.
There are dozens of indie companies across the alps, set-up by families and friends who’ve taken the chalet experience and made it their own, specializing in areas like gourmet, childcare, spas and more. Some operate a single chalet, while others have a host of properties across a handful of resorts.
While the classic chalet meal plan’s included, most independent chalets tend to be booked as accommodation-only rather than in a package with flights and transfers.
This lets you arrange the best transport for your plans and budget, whether you’re bagging cheap flights as soon as they’re released, choosing your preferred airport, airline and flight times or opting for self-drive or train travel. For a luxury holiday, private flights and helicopter transfers can be arranged.
There are some companies can provide flights and transfers, while others just have a driver service that’ll collect you from your nearest airport or station. If not, we can help arrange your journey and anything else you might need.
If you’re travelling with children, pick an independent chalet specialising in family holidays, which pick convenient locations in child-friendly resorts and provide childcare, playrooms and hearty, healthy menus.
The most exclusive independent chalet companies run lodgings fit for royalty. Expert chefs cook up fine foodie feasts, served with sommelier-selected wines and often limitless champagne. The most luxurious properties come with their own spas, cinemas and banquet rooms for a first-class week away. Read about them here.
|Chalet Chardon||Morzine||France||8-9||Hot tub, foodie chalet, awesome views|
|Chalet Eagles Nest||Courchevel||France||12||5 mins from the ski area, traditional Savoyard chalet|
|Chalet Zybeline||Meribel||France||12||Ski in/out, near town centre, sauna|
|Chalet Bacall||Les Gets||France||10-12||Family chalet, village centre, near lifts|
|Chalet des Amis||Morzine||France||8-12||Central location, hot tub, foodie chalet|
|Chalet La Pousse Caillou||Meribel||France||10-14||Outdoor hot tub, 5-10 mins from centre|
|Chalet Delfina||Les Menuires||France||14||Next to the gondola, hot tub|
|Chalet Louis||Les Gets||France||8-10||Luxurious foodie chalet, hot tub, near piste|
|Chalet Le Cedre Blanc||Meribel||France||10-12||Sauna, sun terrace with fantastic views|
|Laineux||Verbier||Switzerland||10||Access to pool & gym, near town|
|Chalet Kilimanjaro||Val d’Isere||France||10||Luxury chalet, outdoor hot tub, foodie chalet|
|Marais Rouge||Verbier||Switzerland||13||Luxury south facing chalet, cinema room, hot tub & sauna|
|Chalet Chiara||St Anton||Austria||10||Outdoor hot tub, sauna, peaceful location|
|Chalet Montana||Val d’Isere||France||15||Luxury chalet, gourmet catering, indoor pool|
|Chalet Grace||Zermatt||Switzerland||12||Luxury chalet, spa facilities, gourmet cuisine|
|Chalet Marco Polo||Val d’Isere||France||10-14||Ultimate luxury chalet, indoor pool & spa, gourmet catering|
|Chalet Caribou||Courchevel||France||6||Wood burning stove, steam room|
|Chalet La Bergerie||Val d’Isere||France||13||Ski in/out, historic building, luxury foodie chalet|
|Chalet Chamois D’or||Morzine||France||13-14||Near cable car, outdoor hot tub|
|Chalet La Marsa||Val d’Isere||France||12||Hot tub & sauna, 2 lounge areas, 200m from lift|
We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.