High altitude

Ski holidays have always been thought of as pretty luxurious, but the ever-increasing standard of the beautiful chalets in the Alps take it to another level. 

While many of the world's tourism sectors have only recently woken up to the potential of luxury travel and accommodation, European mountain tourism in the Alps, or more specifically ski and snowboard tourism, is well practised when it comes to elite and luxury services. The good news is that this luxury is now easily accessible from the Channel Islands thanks to direct flights to the most popular alpine airports with Blue Islands.

Skiing has long been viewed as a sport only accessible to the wealthy, and as such it has historically tailored its services to meet the high demands of its affluent clients. Although the slopes of the Alps have now widened their appeal to include more price-conscious travellers, they still excel when it comes to luxury level service and arguably do it better than any other tourism sector.

What to expect

The highest levels of service and accommodation standards are found in chalets. These are often traditional mountain buildings that have been transformed to offer top quality accommodation, or more recently buildings that have been constructed in a local mountain style with a lavish interior with all the comforts of a modern building.

Location, location, location

Many of the older chalets are in prime positions within the ski resorts enabling them to boast of a location that is 'ski in/ski out' and just a short walk from the resort's finest bars and restaurants. The newer chalets, which weren't fortunate enough to be around in the resort's early days, may be located slightly further out, but almost always offer a private minibus service to and from the slopes.

Gastronomical heaven

Regardless of how close to the resort centre your chalet is located, you will have little need to visit the resort's restaurants unless you want to, as meals are cooked for you in the comfort of your own chalet. Your hosts will provide you with a freshly cooked breakfast each morning to prepare you for a day of action on the slopes and an afternoon tea consisting of home-baked cake and hot drinks will be ready for you when you get back to the chalet after a hard day's skiing, leaving you with just enough time to relax before they serve canapés ahead of your three-course evening meal. And did we mention that wine is unlimited throughout your stay?

Added luxuries

If that isn't enough to entice you, then the little additional luxuries might do the trick. Look out for chalets which offer a roaring log fire surrounded by sofas that you can sink into, a steaming hot tub with stunning mountain views to ease your aching muscles, a sauna, and heated boot lockers to ensure your equipment is toasty warm and dry when you put it on.

Service tailored to meet your needs

Although there are some great hotels in the ski resorts, they can't match the level of personal service provided by dedicated chalet hosts. Each chalet has at least one host on hand throughout your stay to meet your every need. Chalets are increasingly improving the service provided by the hosts. Some even go to the lengths of calling guests before they leave home. Will Sussman, owner of Meribel Ski Chalets, explains, 'Our chalet hosts like to provide a tailor-made service for each and every one of our guests. We appreciate that what makes the perfect vacation for one guest may be very different to that of another. Our hosts call the guests before they arrive to get to know a bit about them, their likes and dislikes as well as any special requirements they may have. The hosts then plan ahead to ensure the service they provide meets the expectations of that client.'

Travel in style

When you book your mountain holiday flights with Blue Islands your luxury holiday experience will start long before you hit the slopes. Our direct flights take away all the hassles and added costs of having to fly via a UK airport, and you can be in the ski resort within three hours of leaving the Channel Islands. We are also the only Channel Island airline which doesn't charge extra for ski equipment, leaving you with more money for the all-important après ski! 

Meribel

Meribel is located at the heart of the world-famous Three Valleys ski area, with the neighbouring resorts of Courcheval and Val Thorens completing the hat-trick to provide the world's largest ski area.

As an added bonus the 'Three Valleys' name is actually slightly misleading as the resorts of La Tania, Brides-les-Bains and Les Menuires are also contained within it, giving you access to six resorts with one lift pass.

The area offers skiers and boarders an incredible range of slopes, far more than you could ever cover in a week's holiday. Meribel's enviable central position means the other resorts are just one ski lift away. The Three Valleys is classed as highaltitude making it one of the most snow-sure areas in Europe.

On top of all this Meribel is one of the most easily accessible resorts, located just 116 miles from Geneva airport. 

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