Hello everyone, todays post is about the perfect hideaways, somewhere to go for a little last minute break, and get away from all the hustle and bustle of people pushing and shoving trying to get at the endless bargains that’s on sale, making sure that they get the best deals for Christmas presents, or like me a quiet place to get as much writing done as possible, so that I can finally finish the novel I’ve been working on.
1. Deplar Farm, Iceland
Deplar Farm is surrounded by some of the most beautiful picturesque snow covered valleys and hills that steeply lead you down to the Arctic Ocean that makes it an adventure in itself. There are a couple of ways to get to Deplar Farm, either by flying from Reykjavik on a turboprop plane to Akureyri which is in Iceland’s northern Troll Peninsula, and then whisked away in a Mercedes, or you can just get their by hailing an helicopter. It doesn’t matter which route you take, you will still be dropped off in front of a very quaint traditional farmhouse.
This is a well thought out structure that boasts a whopping 23,000sq ft. Each room is immaculately decorated throughout, and it boasts thirteen bedrooms, a media room, and games room, or why not pamper yourself with their private spa that sits on the slopes which comes with five treatment rooms, a heated indoor/outdoor pool, along with three hot tubs and two saunas, that is there for you to enjoy. Each room as plenty of light that comes through with its floor to ceiling window so you can see the beautiful landscape. This would be an artist’s paradise, painting or sketching the scenery.
A glass walled dining room which you can look out onto the snow covered mountains and the Skagafjörour bay, while eating the local cuisine, and tasting there succulent flavours of herbs and flowers. Deplar Farm is a place to be if you are looking for some fun, it as a playroom full of toys, with its snowmobiles, snowshoes, fishing rods, surfboards with its thick wetsuits, and not forgetting peak-to-fjord heli skiing. Eleven’s mountain guides know there way round the 1,500sq-mile heli ski area and if you manage to do your first descent of a couloir or bowl with your guide, they’ll put your name to it and annotate the lodge map accordingly.
From £8,140 per person for four days’ full-board, that includes airport transfers and semi-private heli skiing in groups of four, based on 28 sharing.
2. Adler Mountain Lodge, Italy
Adler Mountain Lodge is the ultimate Alpine Lodge, from the moment you enter its doors you get the fragrance of scented wood, it resides in the middle of the Alpe di Suisi, and it is the highest altitude alpine meadow in Europe, from the beautiful valley town of Ortisei in Italy. To get to this stunning lodge it is best reached by gondola and then a horse-drawn sled, or if you would prefer a longer scenic and surreal taxi ride which will include crossing a couple of busy piste skiers, that have the right of way. This is perfect place for someone who wants to have some alone time, with a place of solitude just for you,
Outside of the lodge you will have noticed the overhanging roof, of the carved heads of an eagle and a griffin. Once inside the lodge you will find spacious rooms, with the floor to ceiling windows, a fire pit, and the cathedral of dolomite rock that turns rose-pink at sunset. This is not like many hotels, it is not designed by any city-based interior designer. From the choice of colour of paint, to the length of fabric and every stick of furniture in the eighteen suites and twelve wooden chalets has been done by its owners the Sanoner family.
You can relax by their infinity pool or have a spa day with spoiling treatments which features natural alpine ingredients such as edelweiss, arnica and mountain hay. The Chef produces well balanced organic meals that might include leeks, toasted almonds, sweet and sour pumpkin, spinach and cheese ravioli, and why not drink it down with a glass of prosecco. This is a place that gives you the best of both worlds, a place to relax and take in the amazing views and a place to have some fun on the ski slopes.
Doubles from £560 per person for three nights full-board, including all drinks.
3. Chalet Calistoga, Val d’ Isere, France
Chalet Calistoga, Val d’ Isere is situated in the quiet Le Crêt enclave of Val d’ Isère, it was originally owned by one of the Valley’s original families. When the new owners took over they reshaped it by putting their own stamp on it, which included the interior décor with French designer Emmanuelle Bardon, France’s top architect. Whom worked with Alain Perrier for eighteen years? The top floor as now become a double height lounge and as enough light coming through its giant windows, that look out at its picturesque views of the valley and you can watch the sunset from the lounge. They also added a 26ft pool that overlooks the valley too.
The Calistoga employs a private chef that can whip up anything from Alpine cuisine to paleo dishes. The staff are on hand to help with your every whim. They love creating surprises, with entertainment that range from musicians to magicians and of course the firework displays. Your children won’t miss out either as there’s a selection of children’s games and toys and if you want a night off they have an in-chalet childcare provider that is fully qualified. If it’s a family getaway you want, this is definitely the one for you, as it provides you with a picnic on the piste or a concert before you sit down to your meal. You are always greeted with a hot chocolate or a glass of Perrier-Jouët, the house champagne, when you come in from skiing on their slopes. This is no ordinary old family home as it is the best one around.
4. Backstage Luxury Loft, Zermatt, Switzerland
I love architects like Heinz Julen, they have such extraordinary minds, with the way they design these unique style architectures along with being the best he is also a furniture maker. The Backstage Loft is one of his own designs. With its most outstanding and remarkable shimmering glass walls with its triple height that looks out onto the Matterhorn. It is cleverly entwined and magnificently incorporated into this beautiful glass structure. It is a cosy suite and the dreamiest of bedrooms that’s sure to give you a perfect night’s sleep.
Backstage Loft as a main lounge and dining room, with bedrooms to the upper level which is superbly encased in glass that lets a lot of light in. It as a stainless steel kitchen which overlooks a 12 person glass dining table. There is a dedicated chef on hand to whip up what your heart desires, everything from a smoothie to a foie-gras tasting menu. The loft is not far from Zermatt’s slopes and restaurants, It comes complete with its own gym, spa hot tub and screening room, completed with its glass enclosure that can open up to give you a panoramic view of the mountain tops.
From £27,730 for seven nights’ chalet board, based on 10 adults sharing , including two days’ ski instruction Tel: 0041 22 534 9774
5. House Hannes Schneider, Stuben, Austria
In the US this is known to be “the father of modern skiing”. Hannes shaped the way for skiers, as we skied through the twentieth century, with his teaching methods and ski stance it was soon to become the gold standard. Hannes grew up near here, just a couple of valleys over from St Anton, the hamlet of Stuben in Austria. When two Americans had heard the story of Hannes, they seized the opportunity to own and preserve a piece of history, and turned what had been a dingy café into the finest chalets in the Alps.
There are as of today black and white photographs of Schneider that are on the walls of the staircase that lead up to the chalet’s seven bedrooms. Each with contemporary art work, but with luxury touches, like monogrammed stationary and full size toiletries from Vienna’s St. Charles apothecary. Down in the basement you have a family cinema room, and a spa, but you will find that guests tend to gather either in the family sized kitchen or cosy up with a G&T or hot cocoa by the fire.
From £39,700 for seven nights’ chalet board, based on 12 adults sharing, including return flights, private transfers and in-resort driver
6. Chalet Chouqui, Verbier, Switzerland
Verbier is a place that as ultra-luxury chalets, it is hard to pick the finest Chalet Chouqui, however it is one of those that stands out from all the rest, thanks to its style and size. It is set within a quiet enclave, near to the Savoleyres lift giving you an amazing view of the Grand Combin that you won’t want to miss. Chouqui as absolutely everything you can think of. It is made up of two chalets that consists of nine bedrooms, two living rooms, a dining room, bar, games room, cinema and wine cellar and they are all linked by an underground walkway that’s hooked up to a sound system. There is a 50ft indoor pool which is Verbier’s largest to date, its situated facing south overlooking a hot tub that is designed to fit at least 20 people, it comes in handy for a hot tub party, or just sit on one of its sofa’s or loungers by the fire pit. This has become the hot new party pad.
The interior design is stylish and beautifully done out. The contemporary work was by Gytha Nuttall, with a blend of herringbone tweeds with custom made English furniture along with local materials, giving it the beautiful look. Verbier is place that you must experience at least once, to fully appreciate what it as to offer, while there you must grab the ski equipment and try out the slopes. While at Chalet Chouqui guests are encouraged to let their hair down and have some fun. There is a squad of nine staff, that includes two chef’s on hand to keep its guests happy and the food and champagne flowing, and a chauffeur is on hand twenty four hours a day, to drive you to the pistes, shops and bars.
From £69,500 for seven nights’ chalet board, based on 18 sharing
7. Mountain Bear Lodge, Aviemore, Highlands
Mountain Bear Lodge is surrounded by stunning views that is nestled in the Cairngorm Mountains in The Highlands. The log cabin is surrounded by the covering of snow. It as a special quality that will make any large family and friends want to get together on special memorable occasions.
The detached lodge is stunning outside as well as inside. It is surrounded by a very peaceful and private setting, just a mere ½ mile outside the forest village of Nethy Bridge, it is the perfect place if you want to go out and explore parts of the lovely Highlands. The peaceful nature of its setting gives the lodge a majestic effect, with a breath-taking back drop of the mountains to look at. There is plenty of wildlife to see, which includes mountain hares, red and roe deer’s, red squirrels and the many species of song birds. Mountain Bear Lodge is equipped with all the mod cons from state of art appliances, to stylish furnishings, along with some North America Native Memorabilia that blends together with the pine lodge.
The bridge is twelve miles from Aviemore, it is centred at the heart of Cairngorms National Park and at the head of Speyside Way. There you will find a range of shops, restaurants and bars, along with a very wide range of outdoor activities that you must try out, including snowboarding, skiing, hiking, mountain and quad biking, and there is a variety of water sports on Loch Morlich, Loch Insh, and the River Spey that you can choose from, including trips on the railway,, the adventure park and the reindeer centre. There is definitely plenty to do and see while staying at the lodge.
Address: Lettoch Rd, Nethy Bridge PH25 3DL
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I will see you all next week.