We've all daydreamed about living the five star lifestyle and maybe even tried it. But how often does the luxury experience truly continue out of the hotel and follow you around for the whole time since you get off the plane up until you get back on it?
For that all round experience of being waited on hand and foot it aids to visit a holiday resort where the tourist industry is polished to royal and celebrity standards. Add to that the magic of a snowy ski resort, the skiing itself, food, nightlife and sizeable range of off-piste activities and you've got yourself an unforgettable experience - that needn't break the bank.
The beauty of a luxury ski holiday in a world class holiday resort such as Val D'isere is that you can snap up some very reasonable group offers and have a truly remarkable time. To capture the complete experience it's recommended that you rent out a chalet as opposed to a hotel. Not only for the fun aspect but to really do the total aprÃ¨s ski thing. And don't worry - gone are the days of pokey little log buildings (OK perhaps some of them still exist) - when I say chalet I mean luxury 5 star with a cook and all modern gadgets.
Depending on your budget you can opt not to sup out every night and do the self catering thing or mix and match a bit of both. If you're worn out from a day on the piste and don't feel like going out you can relax and unwind in cozy surroundings. Possibly watch a DVD, have a soak in the hot tub or just take it easy by the fire.
The semi-self catering option lets the restaurant come to you if you want!
There is some argument as to whether a chalet is better than a hotel or vice versa. It primarily comes down to a matter of sentiment, there are plusses and minuses on both positions. But if you like skiing and have an appreciation for luxuriousness then the chalet experience is a must - even if you just do it the one time.
Obtaining the right chalet for your unique requirements can be trickier than finding a good hotel. So it's an idea to look for skilled professional assistance to ensure that perfect memory that will remain with you for ever. . . and at least keep you smiling when you're back at the office!
Peter Webber is a supporter of Powderwhite.com the internet site that who specialise sourcing luxury Val D'isere Chalets for parties of up to 8.