There’s an undeniable luxury when it comes to all-inclusive holidaying: not having to spare a second’s thought to the bill and the sweet freedom to enjoy as many epicurean delights as you can dream of. It’s a decidedly addictive recipe of heavenly little hassle and uncapped indulgence.
Take this clever concoction and inject it into a high-end hotel or first-class chalet, with fine facilities and seamless service. Then place it in a magnificent mountain setting, abundant in perfect pistes and natural splendour. And there you have it – luxury, all-inclusive skiing in all its glory.
Naturally this differs from place to place, so if a particular property piques your interest, drop us a line and we’ll clarify what comes with it. Besides all food and drink, you might find inclusions like ski lessons, childcare and lift passes, activities like snowshoeing and evening entertainment (our favourite Club Med hotels offer all of the above). The best spa destinations may throw in massages or yoga classes, and some rooms come with a butler service. In chalets, there’s usually a day where meals aren’t included, though your concierge can happily take care of table bookings, takeaway orders or anything else you need while the chefs are off duty. You’ll often find flights or train journeys and transfers are part of the package too. We can include the travel side of things for you if not, adding in helicopter transfers and private jet charter if need be.
Freshly prepared meals are provided as part of an all-inclusive menu – breakfasts, suppers and lunch or afternoon tea. These could come in the form of a buffet with different stations, a spread of cold and cooked options or your pick from a menu, brought to your table. In the finest properties, menus may be planned by Michelin-starred masters or chefs with a background in world-class establishments. After a day on the slopes, some properties will greet you with snacks such as fresh cakes or crepes.
If you want to take your trip to another level of lux, you’re sometimes given the option to pay more for certain services or experiences.
This might be private ski lessons or mountain guiding, or if you’re staying somewhere with a wellness centre, it could apply to spa treatments or the use of exclusive facilities. There are often certain wines that you can pay extra for, and wine tastings can sometimes be arranged. A few hotels offer speciality suppers, which usually come in the form of a regional dish served in an authentic setting – such as fondue in a mountain hut. Others have exciting activities you can book, like husky rides or snowmobiling. We can also sort out helicopter transfers or private jet charter if you want to make the travel side of things as luxurious as the stay itself.
Drinks-wise, often you can expect top shelf spirits, cocktails mixed to your choosing, beer and a selection of wines – possibly plucked from an on-site, sommelier-manned cellar. The most luxurious chalets come with bottomless champagne to boot.
Coffees, teas, hot chocolates, juices and soft drinks are also free flowing. You may even be met by a shot of chartreuse before you set off for the slopes, then welcomed back with something like a steaming hot chocolate, mulled wine or cooling sangria depending on the weather.
|Hotel||Resort||Price (per person)|
|Chalet Nimbus||St Anton|
|Club Med Val Thorens Sensations||Val Thorens||£509|
|Alpin Resort and Spa||Saalbach|
|Chalet Apartments of Valmorel||Valmorel||£3003|
|Les Arcs Panorama||Les Arcs||£552|
|Club Med Val d'Isere||Val d'Isere||£1515|