Photo: Chalet Makini, Verbier

5 Ski Chalets for a Cosy Christmas in the Alps

For the ultimate festive getaway, discover five of our cosiest chalets for Christmas.

1. Chalet Bear, Klosters - for a traditional Christmas

For an authentic cosy log cabin, look no further than Chalet Bear in the exclusive resort of Klosters. This beautiful wooden chalet, located just a 5-minute walk from the ski lifts, is a true home away from home. Relax by the roaring fire in the cosy double sitting room surrounded by crimson sofas, ancestral portraits and colourful rugs and indulge in delicious meals served in front of the crackling fireplace.

You are almost guaranteed a good night's sleep in the four individually designed bedrooms, complete with spacious double beds and huge German bath tubs - perfect for an après-ski soak. The master bedroom even has its own fireplace to keep you toasty all night long.

2. Chalet Makini, Verbier - for an extravagant Christmas

With sumptuous fabrics, old wooden beams, polished oak flooring and luxurious furs, Chalet Makini is an enchanting retreat in Verbier. Clip your skis on in the morning and off you go down a meandering trail which leads you to Le Rouge teleski from where the main ski area can be accessed. At the end of the day, you can ski straight back to the chalet where you will be welcomed by a roaring fire in the grand stone fireplace which dates back to the 18th century.

With a team of staff to cater to your every need, Makini is a Christmas escape where you can truly relax and unwind. Upon returning from the slopes, the extensive spa awaits. Home to an indoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam, indoor hot tub and relaxation area, prepare to feel truly refreshed and rejuvenated.

3. Chalet Tschoder, St Anton - for a family Christmas

Perched on the edge of the main piste leading down to the Nasserein, Chalet Tschoder in St. Anton am Arlberg is the ideal place to celebrate Christmas with all the family. Offering breathtaking views of the surrounding peaks, the chalet blends traditional materials with the latest in modern design to create an inviting mountain retreat for up to 14 guests.

Sit back and relax in front of one of three wood-burning fireplaces, indulge in a tipple or two at the bar, enjoy delicious meals around the dining table or soak your troubles away in the outdoor hot tub. Set under the eaves, the master bedroom on the top floor with its own sitting area and sunken bathtub is a haven of relaxation for the parents whilst the children have their own bunk room plus a TV room to keep them occupied.

4. Chalet Timeless, Courchevel 1850 - for a romantic Christmas

Conveniently located at the foot of the Cospillot piste, Chalet Timeless is the perfect place to spend Christmas as a couple in Courchevel 1850. This beautifully designed and furnished chalet has a spacious yet cosy open plan living area. Curl up on the sofas together beside the fireplace whilst admiring the mountain views through picture windows. When it comes to bedtime, you have the choice of two spacious suites with sumptuous sitting areas, huge TVs and large en-suite bathrooms with showers and bathtubs.

That's not all; as a guest of the chalet, you also have access to a series of hotel facilities including a spa with indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, Michelin-star restaurant and bar.

5. Refuge de la Traye, Meribel - for a relaxing Christmas

If you are looking to stay off the grid over Christmas and truly relax and disconnect from the world then Refuge de la Traye is the place to go. Located above Meribel's satellite village of Les Allues, reaching the chalet requires a 20-minute ride through the pretty pine forest in an all-terrain electric snowcat. Once you are there, you will never want to leave.

The chalet's extensive spa is a real delight; from the steam room and panoramic sauna looking out to the forest to the outdoor hot tub and in-house therapists providing beauty treatments and massages, you are sure to leave the Refuge well-rested and rejuvenated. Alongside the more familiar treatments, you can also embark on a detoxifying hay-bed session or moisturising milk bath, a session in an Iyashi Dome sauna or a circulation-stimulating Stendo massage device. Total bliss...

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