I've been lucky enough to stay in some spectacular ski chalets around the world but none of them is even the tiniest patch on the two places I just visited in Zermatt. Chalet Les Anges and Chalet Maurice are both owned by the Elysian Collection, whose fabulous food, impeccable service, beautiful decor and attention to every single detail truly is second to none. They're exactly the sort of places you can imagine a rock star renting out for Christmas but, of course, the owners are far too discrete to name any names.
Chalet Maurice, a five minute walk away, sleeps twelve and comes complete with a private funicular lift which ascends through the mountain to reach the lower entrance and your champagne welcome. The décor is pure Bond: stylish and sleek with a black granite wellness area and outdoor Jacuzzi to help sooth your body after a hard day out on the slopes. Therapists from the Zermatt Massage Centre can be booked to come into either chalet to attend to your aches and pains at any time or to give you gorgeous facials and reflexology treatments – whatever your heart's desire, these gorgeous staff will move heaven and earth to get it organised for you.
Our party of ten enjoyed a brilliant day on the slopes with guides from the super-cool Stoked ski and board school, owned and run by Christian Meier, the undisputed king of the mountain who is also a legend at making anyone's dreams a reality – he recently hosted the launch of George Clooney's new Nespresso advert at Chez Vrony, Robbie Williams's favourite restaurant in the world (photographs of him and the charming Vrony herself adorn the walls) and the classy joint where we stopped for a historic lunch. Platters of local salamis, cheese and dried meats were swiftly followed by delicious gnocchi and ravioli, traditional Swiss rosti with all sorts of things on the side, minced veal with mushrooms in a creamy herb sauce, huge tranches of foie gras, burgers, salads and soups not to mention a decadent array of puddings and Irish coffee chasers.
In Greek Mythology Elysium was the abode of the blessed after death, a blissful place of ideal happiness - the VIP section of heaven if you like, where you found the most exquisite kind of enjoyment. I can't help but think that the Elysian Collection is aptly named for that is exactly what you'll find there in Zermatt today; for their seven star service, stunning surroundings, delicious drinks and glorious food from Michelin Star trained chefs I can't recommend them highly enough.
For more information and to book either property visit www.elysiancollection.com, phone +353 1 2886634 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Both properties can also be found within The Luxury Chalet Collection, telephone + 44 1865 395 001), an exclusive portfolio representing 20 of the finest chalets in the most desirable destinations in the Alps. Created by The Oxford Ski Company, the new collection is an indispensable guide that will act as a one-stop-shop for genuinely indulgent and luxurious winter holidays.
By: Sara Lawrence