There's just one problem when you stay in chalets like these: when yours has a pool that's infinity edged, gold mosaicked or fitted with massage jets, your swimming goggles will probably see more use than your Bollés…
Whether indoor and sharing space with spa facilities, outdoor with glorious views of the mountains, or a delicious combination of both - the swimming pools in luxury ski chalets are a great deal more than tiles and water.
You'll find spectacular sights over Megeve from the steaming outdoor pool at Chalet Mont Blanc (there's also a second pool in the indoor Zen-zone). Over at Chalet Le Chardon, the 18ft outdoor swim spa looks out to the Espace Killy's mighty Grande Motte Glacier. If you like to clock up the lengths, Shemshack Lodge in Courchevel houses one of the largest indoor pools in the French Alps.
In Val d'Isere's Domaine de Toit du Monde, a retractable wall lets you float outdoors and back in again, while pool depth can be adjusted at the touch of a button for shallower water or further floor space.
Jean Bernard Montel didn't overlook Marco Polo's pool when glamorising the rest of his chalet: "we took a 150-year old ceiling from a Souk in Morocco … we asked Sicis to produce a 24-carat gold mosaic."
Two goddess statues are the vigils of a pool fitted with massage jets, an overhead sound system and a state-of-the-art projector - without doubt one of the best chalet swimming pools on the planet.
|Marco Polo||Val d’Isere||France||10-14||24 carat gold-tiled indoor pool – designed by Christian LaCroix with projector screen & DJ set, indoor hot tub, hammam, massage rooms, gym|
|Makini||Verbier||Switzerland||10-11||Indoor swimming pool & sauna, hammam, hot tub, gym|
|Grand Corniche||Les Gets||France||10||Outdoor heated infinity pool - chemical free & outdoor hot tub, indoor glass sauna|
|Chalet Nyumba||Verbier||Switzerland||12-16||Indoor pool in Italian marble, outdoor hot tub & spa with hammam, sauna, jacuzzi|
|Chalet Calistoga||Val d’Isere||France||10||Large indoor pool, sauna, shower, massage room|
|Chalet Norte||Verbier||Switzerland||12-14||Large heated indoor pool, hammam, sauna, outdoor jacuzzi, 2 massage rooms|
|Chalet Montana||Val d’Isere||France||10-15||Indoor pool looking over the resort with jet stream, sauna, massage area|
|Dent Blanche||Verbier||Switzerland||14||Heated indoor pool, sauna, hammam, outdoor jacuzzi|
|Chalet Le Namaste||Courchevel||France||8-12||Indoor pool with wave machine & mood lighting, sauna, hammam, massage room|
|Chalet 1936||Verbier||Switzerland||14||8x3 metre indoor pool with jets, hammam, relaxation area, gym|
|Mont Tremblant||Meribel||France||12||Heated outdoor infinity pool with a jet stream & outdoor hot tub, massage area|
|Chalet Sorojassa||Verbier||Switzerland||10||11 metre indoor pool & steam room|
|Chalet Le Rocher||Val d’Isere||France||14||7x5m indoor pool with jet stream|
|Chalet Chouqui||Verbier||Switzerland||16-20||One of Verbier’s biggest indoor pools & outdoor hot tub, steam room, gym|
|Alpaca||Meribel||France||12-14||Outdoor heated ‘endless’ pool & outdoor copper hot tub, hammam, sauna|
|Mon Izba||Verbier||Switzerland||10-12||Indoor pool with retracting window & sauna, hammam, massage room, outdoor hot tub|
|Shemshak Lodge||Courchevel||France||8-13||Huge indoor pool with panoramic views|
|Bella Coola Estate||Verbier||France||16-18||Indoor heated pool with champagne bar, hammam, outdoor hot tub|
|Chalet Lhotse||Val d’Isere||France||12-14||Large indoor pool with descending projector screen, indoor & outdoor hot tubs, hammam, sauna, massage room, gym|
|Aurora||Verbier||Switzerland||14-17||Indoor swimming pool, sauna, massage room, gym|
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.