There are few places we’d rather be after a glorious day on the hill, than relaxing in the hot tub - shooting the breeze with friends and family, sipping something refreshing and warming numb noses, while working aquatic magic on aching limbs.
A versatile piece of kit, the private Jacuzzi is equally adept at warming you up for a night out on the town, or recharging your batteries for the next day of skiing. Sit back, relax and imagine the warm bubbles rubbing your back as you browse…
Scandi-style La Brêche has its hot tub taking centre stage out on the terrace, perfectly positioned for watching the sun set over Alpe d’Huez at the end of the day. And that’s not your lot when it comes to this property’s wellness wonders… You also have two infa-red saunas and wooden bath tubs as part of the en-suites.
Chalets aren’t always a study in traditional timber and stonework, as proved by the ice cool Arktic. Contemporary style (check out that floating fireplace) joins a suite of wellness facilities on the scale of a small hotel and a spectacular, piste-side location. The terrace tub’s the sugar on the soufflé, guaranteeing you’re rejuvenated for your next day on the piste. The area doesn't scrimp on stunning surroundings either - to be enjoyed through the huge floor-to-ceiling windows, your en-suite bedroom window or that bubbling tub.
The vistas across the lake from the Cairn’s outdoor hot tub to the illuminated mountain face known as ‘The Fingers’ can make it hard to get your breath back - especially if it’s a clear starry night. These continue indoors to the lounge, where you can drink them in with hot chocolate by the open fire. If you can ever drag yourself away, you'll find more bars and restaurants than most of Tignes 5 villages put together just 3 minute's walk in Le Lac centre. Come morning, make it out with the first via the nearby Aeroski gondola or Palafour chairlift or by hopping on the shuttle bus (it stops outside) and being escorted to the Val Claret lifts.
Serpolet’s no stranger to luxuries – home to super comfy sofas, games rooms and a south facing balcony for sensational sunny views over the Meribel Valley. But its best luxury has to be the hot tub, which is outdoors and dreamily scenic with pines, peaks and sloping chalet rooves.
Atlas’ panoramic windows give a good eyeful of the snowy surrounds, but our favourite way to gawp at Espace Killy’s beauty is in the bubbly bliss of the outdoor hot tub. Though we’d happily while away weeks in the jacuzzi, the legendary ski area’s calling – and luckily your nearest ski lift and piste are just 150m away. The chalet has a sauna too, and sleeps mid-sized groups superbly with six bedrooms.
Thick pine forest and soaring mountain peaks greet you from Bellacima’s hot tub, which believe it or not has strong competition for the title of ‘favourite chalet feature’ - there’s also a counter current pool, cinema and billiard room... The convenience of the location is another perk, with Meribel centre just 5 minutes’ walk away and the pistes even closer.
Facing south over the seriously scenic Ecrins National Park, Sarenne’s terrace hot tub is somewhere you can really sit and soak up the views. The wonders of this chalet’s location don’t end there – it’s also slap bang in the centre of Alpe d’Huez, only a couple of minutes’ walk from the nearest piste.
Even during peak dates, this rustic haven is off limits to children under 12, so there’s never a sense that you’re navigating a sea of families. The emphasis here’s entirely on drinking good wine, making new friends and bubbling cares away in the chalet hot tub - a cocktail that goes down well with couples. The tub seats 7 and if that’s ever occupied, there’s always the chalet sauna to use as your waiting room.
No one complains about relaxing in a bubbling pool with some of the best views nature has to offer, so tubs are great if you're travelling with non-skiers too. You can't beat an evening chilling with as many of your group as will fit and a few bottles of phizz. Even the skiing purists love how the Jacuzzi jets work wonders on muscles and halt developing aches in their tracks.
This little slice of luxury doesn’t have to come with a 5 star price tag. To help make a hot tub holiday a reality, we’ve gathered the best offers like group-discounts and 2-for-1 ski and boot hire. Skiing with a whirlpool spa bath has never been cheaper, and the spectacular views are on Mother Nature.
Check if yours is indoors or outside - indoor hot tubs are cosy-warm and uniquely private, while the outdoor version opens up the surreal experience of sitting bubbling away amid fresh falling snow. When the temperature drops, just keep your shoulders under water. Bliss…
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