Come snow or shine, luxury hotel Chalet Pelerin has all your Alpine activities covered: from skiing and snowboarding, to private guided hikes and mountain-bike rides. Whatever your whim, they’ll have the gear to match. After a day of heli-skiing or rafting in scenic village Le Miroir, rest your weary muscles in the hotel’s hydrotherapy pool or sauna, while your little ones burn off any remaining energy in a playroom kitted out with table tennis, an X-Box and DVDs. Come dinnertime, chef Nathanael will lure you away from the mountain-view terrace, or from under a fur throw by the fire, with his fine, family-style Savoyard feasts – bon appétit.
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A cheese board with Beaufort, Tarentais and Reblochon, and a glass of Nicolas Feuillatte Champagne (one glass a guest)
10am. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £843.59 (€1,008), including tax at 20 per cent.
Rates include Continental breakfast, dinner, soft drinks, house wines and a selection of spirits. You’ll have a team of chalet staff, use of seasonal equipment, guides (one for every four guests), local transfers and a selection of activities.
Chalet Pelerin has been voted one the top five heli-ski destinations by Forbes magazine.
The chalet is open from the start of December to 30 April, and then from 15 June to 15 September.
At the hotel
Living room, open-plan dining room and fully-equipped kitchen, media room with a flatscreen TV and surround-sound speakers, terrace with a fire pit, and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: a flatscreen with Apple TV and a DVD player, black-out curtains and international plug adaptors.
Our favourite rooms
The Mont Pourri suite’s private balcony has some of the best valley views in the chalet, plus there are plentiful furry throws to snuggle up under by the fireside.
Set in an elegant wood-panelled room with sweeping views over the valley, the natural, chlorine-free pool is a serene spot for a dip after an action-packed day. Should you wish to prep your muscles for heli-skiing or mountain biking, turn on the pool’s brisk counter-current system; alternatively, let the jets massage you. There’s also an outdoor Jacuzzi overlooking the snow-topped or forest-clad mountains – add a glass of champagne and you’ve found the perfect way to chill out after a day on the slopes or hiking in the hills.
The spa has both a steam room and sauna, or if you need a little more TLC, the chalet staff can arrange in-room massages, facials and more.
You’ll have plenty of spare space in your suitcase, as the hotel has almost all kit covered: from wellies to sun hats, and ski gear to summer sports equipment. Do pack warm separates to layer, though.
All ages are welcome and there’s plenty to keep kids entertained. Chalet staff can arrange sessions at an off-site crèche for €320 a day, and babysitters and nannies are available for €30 an hour (must be arranged when booking your stay).
The chalet uses geothermal heating throughout and to heat its water and the pool.
Although there’s no restaurant, your personal chef Nathanael will be on hand each evening to whip up slopeside feasts – not a bad swap. He’s particularly passionate about traditional Savoyard fare and sources lots of local ingredients, some from his own garden, to create tempting dishes like pumpkin velouté with Beaufort cheese and croutons. Take a seat on the fur-lined bench around the wooden dining table, and learn a few tricks of the trade while chatting to Nathanael as he cooks up a feast.
There’s an honesty bar in the living room – the perfect spot to begin your aprés-ski. If you fancy a more technical tipple, the chalet staff are dab hands with a mixer.
Breakfast is served 8am to 9am.
For a small fee, the friendly chalet staff will happily bring your breakfast or dinner to your room for you.
Chalet Pelerin, Le Miroir, Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise, 73640 France
Chalet Pelerin is set in Le Miroir village in Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise in the French Alps.
To reach the chalet, fly direct to either Lyon-Saint-Exupéry or Geneva airports direct from cities across Europe; both are roughly a two-and-a-half-hour journey from the hotel by car. Call our Smith24 team of travel experts to book your flights and arrange transfers (€520 for five guests from Lyon, or €480 for five from Geneva).
Bourg-Saint-Maurice train station is just 20 minutes away by car. From December to April, frequent Eurostar trains arrive here from London St Pancras International.
You won’t need a car while at Chalet Pelerin, but if you do decide to drive the hotel has free on-site valet parking. Our Smith24 team can arrange a hire car for you to pick up at the airport.
For a swift – and swish – transfer, our Smith24 team can arrange for a helicopter to fly you straight to the chalet.
Worth getting out of bed for
Chalet Pelerin has their own skis and snowboards, ready to go in the downstairs boot room, so you can hit the slopes speedily, and in style. Once you’ve covered the 1,500 kilometres of runs in the seven nearby ski resorts, head off-piste with one of the chalet’s expert guides, Jean-Noël Gaidet and Olivier Baron, for heli-skiing in the mountain tops, terrain-skiing on glaciers and carving huge turns in the backcountry. Come spring and summer, swap your snow boots for hiking boots and explore the picturesque Tarentaise Valley. Retrace sections of the Tour de France on one of the chalet’s bikes as you cycle through fields of wildflowers, over a 6,000-foot col on top of the Alps, or along one of the bike tracks through the hills.
Chez Merie is a quaint nearby restaurant with sheep-skin covered chairs, low beamed ceilings and delicious Savoyard dishes. If it’s sunny, sit out on the terrace and enjoy mountain views while dining on cod ceviche, seasonal salads and terrine d'artichaut with Beaufort cheese: on cooler days, take a table by the indoor fire where you can watch your leg of lamb or duck breast roasting in the embers. You can’t come to the Alps in winter and not do fondue; we recommend the cheesy-goodness of Le Monal fondue Savoyard which is flavoured with white wine, pepper and garlic (+33 (0)4 79 06 90 07). Eden’s Kitchen is a piste-side paradise; warm up with a bowl of hot celeriac soup with truffles followed by sticky-toffee pudding by one of the roaring outdoor fires.
Le Saint Germain wine bar offers fine French wines paired with Savoyard cheeses and charcuterie direct from local artisans: if you’re keen to get back for dinner at the chalet, they also sell bottles to go.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this luxury mountainside hotel in France and unpacked their skis and walking boots, a full account of their Alpine break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Chalet Pelerin in Le Miroir…
Wild wonders abound at luxury Alpine hotel, Chalet Pelerin in Le Miroir village. Inside it’s four wooden walls, the exclusive hotel has a sauna, steam room, pool and a Jacuzzi with breathtaking mountain views – and champagne on tap – and then, there’s the great Alpine outdoors to be discovered… The chalet’s team of expert guides can accompany you on mountain hikes and bike rides show you the best runs for beginners, or take you seriously off-piste – in the handy on-call helicopter. Returning from a day on the slopes, you’ll be warmly welcomed back to a roaring fireplace and aprés-ski tipples in the winter, or refreshing cocktails on the terrace come spring and summer. Whatever time of year you choose to visit, a stay at this all-season chalet isn’t complete without one of private chef, Nathanael’s seasonal Savoyard dinners. Once you’re well-fed and watered, head to bed to refuel before another action-packed day in the Alps.
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