A holy trinity of relaxation, mountain adventure and alpine escapism. In Spa ski chalets the humble hot tub or sauna is a mere warm-up. In the finest chalet spas you'll find entire floors devoted to easing tension, purging toxins and steaming cares away.
Snooze in relaxation areas or re-unite body and soul in a yoga zone, while leaving the hard work (of attending to your personal wellness) to the professionals - many of the 5 star chalets have treatment rooms with in-house therapists.
Meanwhile, Marco Polo has quite literally gone for gold - its jet stream pool is mosaicked with 24 carat leaf, the handiwork of Monsieur Christian Lacroix. The floor's full of similar bespoke pieces -the ceiling is inspired by a 150 year old Moroccan Souk.
The spa area at Chalet Les Anges is as heavenly as the rest of the marble-faced property. After making use of the sauna, steam room or resting area (complete with ornamental pool and fountain), float outside for a plunge pool with views of the Matterhorn. With a wall of pure glass Chalet Grace, also in Zermatt, welcomes the mountains into its wellness area. Come dusk, relaxation here's made that much more ambient by the twinkling of a star-lit ceiling.
|Marco Polo||Val d’Isere||France||10-14||Spa with gold-tiled swimming pool – mosaics by Christian LaCroix and ceiling imported from a Moroccan souk. Projector screen above pool. Also DJ set, indoor hot tub, hammam, massage rooms, hydro massage machine, gym|
|Grand Corniche||Les Gets||France||10||Wellness area with glass sauna and conversation pit. Chemical-free outdoor heated infinity pool & outdoor hot tub|
|Makini||Verbier||Switzerland||10-11||Separate spa with indoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam, hot tub, gym & relaxation area|
|Chalet Calistoga||Val d’Isere||France||10||Spa facilities include a large indoor pool, sauna, shower & massage room where treatments can be arranged for guests|
|Chalet Nyumba||Verbier||Switzerland||12-16||Private spa finished in Italian marble with sliding panoramic glass doors. Hammam, sauna, plunge pool, jacuzzi & outdoor hot tub|
|Chalet Norte||Verbier||Switzerland||12-14||Ground floor spa with heated indoor pool, hammam, sauna, two massage rooms, wet lounge area and an outdoor hot tub|
|Chalet Montana||Val d’Isere||France||10-15||Entire wellness floor with a panoramic indoor jet-stream pool, massage area and sauna|
|Chalet Le Namaste||Courchevel||France||8-12||Spa area featuring a swimming pool with wave machine & mood lighting, sauna, hammam, massage & treatment room, Moroccan-style mezzanine relaxation area|
|Dent Blanche||Verbier||Switzerland||14||Ground floor spa with heated swimming pool, sauna, hammam, panoramic gym, outdoor jacuzzi & bar|
|Chalet 1936||Verbier||Switzerland||14||Personal spa with an 8x3 metre indoor pool with jets, hammam, relaxation area, gym, bar area & outdoor hot tub|
|Mont Tremblant||Meribel||France||12||Wellness area with massage room and shower, opening up to a terrace with a heated infinity pool with a jet stream & outdoor hot tub|
|Chalet Le Grenier||Meribel||France||12||Lower ground spa with a sunken jacuzzi, sauna, massage room & gym|
|Chalet Le Rocher||Val d’Isere||France||14||Spa with cinema projector and sound system, 7x5m indoor pool with jet stream, gym, ‘chalet-style’ steam room, outdoor cedar hot tub|
|Chalet Chouqui||Verbier||Switzerland||16-20||Home to one of Verbier’s biggest indoor pools, an outdoor hot tub, steam room, gym, loungers on the terrace|
|Alpaca||Meribel||France||12-14||Upper ground floor spa with hammam, rain shower, sauna and massage room. Outdoor heated pool & copper hot tub. Climbing wall & gym.|
|Mon Izba||Verbier||Switzerland||10-12||Spa on first floor with huge indoor pool with retracting window to let the mountain air in. Sauna, hammam, massage room & outdoor hot tub|
|Shemshak Lodge||Courchevel||France||8-13||Huge panoramic indoor pool, indoor jacuzzi, massage room, hammam, sauna, gym|
|Chalet Lhotse||Val d’Isere||France||12-14||Large indoor pool with descending projector screen, indoor & outdoor hot tubs, hammam, sauna, massage room & gym|
|Bella Coola Estate||Verbier||France||16-18||Spa & relaxation area with heated pool and champagne bar, hammam, outdoor hot tub|
|Aurora||Verbier||Switzerland||14-17||Spa & wellness area featuring swimming pool with jets, sauna, massage room, relaxation area & 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.