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.
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