Once you've tired of slaloming down the world's greatest ski slopes, why not retreat with your sweetie to one of the world's sexiest ski chalets? Here you can pour champagne -- or better yet, have your personal chef pour it for you -- cuddle up by a fireplace with views of Alpine valleys, and indulge in a 5-star romantic experience sure to heat up even the chilliest mountain night. Here, we've sought out the world's sexiest ski chalets.
Imagine after a chilly day spent on le piste, or ski run, retiring to your private ultra-luxury chalet where you and your partner can curl up by the fire, in front of floor-to-ceiling windows that frame a postcard-perfect vista of the Manchet Valley sprawling before you. The high, wood-beamed ceilings lend an airy spaciousness to the abode, and all 7 bedrooms have access to a private terrace or balcony, perfect for a moonlit champagne toast before retiring to bed.
Be sure to take a dip in the chalet's hot tub at sunset, so you can watch the sun slip below the Rocher du Charvet mountain from the bathroom windows. Sore from your day on the slopes? Plan a couples’ massage with the chalet's own private masseuse, before dining on a sumptuous, 5-course meal prepared by your own private chef.
The most sought-after chalet in the French Alps, the Eagle's Nest epitomizes over-the-top decadence, pampering guests with every imaginable luxury. World-renowned skiing lies practically at the chalet's doorstep (La Face piste is located 2 minutes away), but chalet-dwellers might prefer the wonders inside their winter abode. Peel off your bulky ski clothes, grab a plush robe, and spend quality time enjoying the chalet's sauna, steam room, surround-sound music system and an indoor swimming pool that allows couples to take a dip in utter privacy.
When hunger strikes, your private chef will whip up a gourmet meal at your request, and, if you'd merely like, a glass of fabulous wine or a cocktail, which can be mixed up for you as well. If for some reason you can tear yourself away from the Eagle's Nest, a chauffeured car service is at your beck and call to take you into Val d'Isere.
This Asian-inspired abode transports guests to the Orient with its feng shui-based design principles, and bedrooms bestowed with names like the Black Turtle and Snow Lion -- all considered auspicious animals. Tucked into a pine and fir forest and only accessible by private road, the chalet grants romance seekers the ultimate in sexy seclusion. Located some 5,000 feet up in the Alps, the chalet offers sweeping panoramic views, and ski-in, ski-out access from the "Club Skiroom," a ground-floor space that features ski-servicing equipment, ski-boot warmers (why have chilly toes on the slopes?), and an après-ski bar for post-slope cocktails.
The Hidden Dragon chef whips up tasty Eurasian cuisine and a nightly selection of wines to compliment the meals. Take a break from the slopes with your partner for an afternoon to enjoy the spa, which features a sauna, meditation room, yoga deck and massage therapy. Later, as your day winds to a close, cozy up in the chalet's private cinema to watch a selection of films.
If you don't find standard alpine decor (think log walls and rustic, wooden furniture) inspires your most amorous evenings, a night in the uber-sleek Chalet Béranger will set your romance back on track. More a lesson in stark-white, minimalist design than a tschoke-filled winter wonderland, this chalet's design is so sexy it makes your eyes hurt.
Designed by Noé Duchaufour Lawrance, the 3-story, 5,700-square-foot home features smoothed cement floors, a striking oxidized, open-air steel and concrete staircase, and a stone Jacuzzi room overlooking the wilderness. After loosening up in the Jacuzzi, lie in one of the ultra-mod ottomans set before a suspended fireplace, or slip into one of the beds built to hover over the floor. Chalet purists will appreciate that the exterior still maintains the traditional lines, stonework and sloped roof of an alpine chalet.
You'll feel like you've entered your own private raj's harem when you first face the decor at the lush Bella Coola chalet. An India-inspired vibe is enhanced by antique Indian gates at the chalet entrance, 4 wooden-poster beds scattered with jewel-toned throw pillows, and a Moroccan-style hammam, or spa room, complete with columns, arches, carvings and sculpture.
Should you decide to tear yourself from the luxe bedrooms, you may find yourself sipping a glass of sommelier-recommended wine from the confines of your terrace overlooking the breathtaking Val de Bagnes nature reserve.