Skiing In Style at a Luxury Val d’Isere Chalet

Skiing In Style at a Luxury Val d’Isere Chalet


 Skiing is one of Winter’s most pleasurable activities but with a huge choice of resorts and accommodation, it can be hard to decide where to go. We’ve found a fantastic ski chalet located in the heart of the world’s best ski resort, that is sure to appeal. Kilco Penthouse by Hip Hideouts is a luxury Val d’Isere chalet that stands out for its central location, impeccable service and gourmet food.

Getting to our luxury Val d’Isere chalet

The closest international airports are Chambéry and Geneva and from there it’s a scenic drive to Val d’Isère. Hip Hideouts work closely with SnowDrone, who provide a comfortable private airport transfer service from Geneva. Our friendly driver, Paul, handed us a bottle of water and an iPad to use during the journey. There’s also complimentary WiFi available, however I slept through quite a bit of the journey and soon enough we had arrived at our destination. I’d actually managed to leave my mobile phone on the plane and Hip Hideouts worked with the transfer company to return it to me as soon as possible.

snow-drone-transfers-franceFirst Impressions

The first thing we noticed about Kilco Penthouse is how conveniently located it is, just a few minutes walk from the centre of Val d’Isère and 100 metres from the main Bellevarde and Solaise ski lifts, yet on a quiet and picturesque road. Ski aficionados will have heard of the iconic Olympic skier Jean-Claude Killy and Kilco Penthouse belongs to the Killy family. In fact the whole skiable area of Val d’Isere and Tignes is known as the Espace Killy. The family have joined forces with Hip Hideouts to create a truly unique ski experience. Hip Hideouts manage several luxury Val d’Isere chalets and this is one of their best offerings. Kilco Penthouse is a handsome building with floor to ceiling glass windows, but let’s take a look inside…

chalet-kilco-val-d'isere-decorAccommodation at our luxury Val d’Isere chalet

Enter your private key in the lift and head straight up to the penthouse. Natural materials have been used to great advantage here, with a log fire, wooden floors and walls giving a cosy ambiance. The lounge area certainly has the wow factor with double-height windows and a spectacular pendant light inspired by the solar system.

hip-hideouts-living-room-val-d'isereThere are plenty of contemporary touches too like these modern artworks.

hip-hideouits-decorCandles and fluffy lampshades add to the hygge cosy vibe. Just perfect for relaxing with our charming fellow guests!

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The five bedrooms can accommodate up to 10 people comfortably, with four on the central level and one on the upper gallery. Our bedroom had superb views over the valley, a king-size bed and ample storage space.

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Let’s take a peek at one of the other bedrooms -just as cosy and with its own inimitable style.

hip-hideouts-bedrooms-val-d'isereOur bathroom had been cleverly designed to maximize space and was equipped with fluffy bathrobes and slippers. It was also stocked with full sized Aesop toiletries – one of my favourite skin and body care brands from Australia.

hip-hideouts-bathroomThere was a large wrap around balcony with magnificent views of the slopes on one side. In fact, the Critérium de la Première Neige or Men’s Downhill Slalom was taking place during our stay and you could watch some of the action from there if you wished.

world-cup-giant-slalom-val-d-isereDining at our luxury Val d’Isere chalet

Hip Hideouts pride themselves on their cuisine and work with some of the very best chefs. One of them, Giacomo, had worked with Albert Adria and many had trained with Michelin star establishments. We were lucky to experience meals cooked by a different chef each evening. They work with Hip Hideouts to check any food preferences or allergies pre-arrival and there is also a children’s menu and earlier sitting available. Our menus were all in different styles but what they had in common was that they were all pretty healthy. Rather than heavy combinations of potatoes and cheese, we enjoyed gourmet meals that left us feeling energised for the skiing ahead. One of my favourites was the Asian inspired menu with seared beef maki roll with truffle oil, salmon nigri, tom yum soup and Sichuan beef, followed by lychee sorbet and caramelised banana donuts. Paul particularly liked the Italian inspired menu with a stunning squid ink agnolotti with gorgonzola, chanterelle mushrooms, prawns and a pear and celeriac foam.

hip-hideouts-menu-val-d'isereWe both loved the sea bream with sauce vierge, potatoes, pea puree, peas, courgette balls and broccoli.

hip-hideouts-val-d'isere-dinner-menuPremium wines and soft drinks were included and we tasted some fantastic bottles including a fine Mercurey and an equally impressive Pouilly-Fumé Grande Réserve 2014. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts Christian and Giacomo and the team. They prepared afternoon tea for us every day, with some delicious homemade cakes.
hip-hideouts-food-val-d'isereOne evening, they rustled up some very drinkable cocktails for us and another night we had a champagne and canapés reception before our meal.
hip-hideouts-cocktailsBreakfast was another treat, with a different menu each day including cooked options like scrambled eggs.
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The Spanish tapas breakfast was a great combination of tortilla, tomato bread and ham.
hip-hideouts-tapas-val-d'isereHip Hideouts can also give you recommendations for good restaurants on the slopes so don’t hesitate to pick their brains if you stay with them. They even arranged access for us to the opening party at Coco Rico – a popular apres-ski haunt with locals and skiers alike.

coco-rico-val-d-isere-openingAmenities at our luxury Val d’Isere chalet

There are some handy amenities like a large garage and a lift, as well as a kit room with a heated boot warmer and washing machine.

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When heading to the ski slopes, you can ask the chalet’s driver to drop you off in one of their 4×4 Land Rovers. This proved very handy when getting kitted out for our ski gear at Snowberry as we didn’t have to carry anything back to the chalet. It’s just one example of the seamless service that Hip Hideouts provides to their guests. Incidentally, I’d recommend Snowberry – they measured our height for the skis as well as our feet for the boots. All of their equipment is brand new – they sell the previous year’s kit to the army. Paul and I needed to change our boots after the first day and they really took the time to find ones that suited us.

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What could be better after a hard day’s skiing than to relax in your very own swimming pool? Here at Chalet Kilco there’s a private pool and a Moroccan hammam to enjoy. The pool is quite small but there’s a contraflow system to swim against the current – Paul tried it and found it very effective!

Relaxing in the pool of our chalet @hiphideouts in #valdisere after a full day of skiing – what could be better? How do you make time for yourself?

A photo posted by Suze 🔸 Luxury Style & Travel (@luxurycolumnist) on

A massage can be arranged at the chalet and I’d highly recommend it. For our couple’s massage, the English speaking therapists from Destination Pamper instantly relaxed us with their expert touch. We’ve been travelling nonstop recently and this downtime was just what we were craving. Afterwards we felt like we were walking on air.

Surrounding area

I’ll be writing about Val d’Isere in more detail in an upcoming post, but it really is an exceptional ski resort – so much so, that it won 3 awards in the recent World Snow Awards – Ski Resort of the Year, European Resort of the Year and Après Resort of the Year! The new Solaise gondola lift can seat up to 10 people, has heated seats and even has complimentary WiFi! We were given a guided tour of some of the 300 kilometres of ski slopes by New Generation. This ski school has been established in Val d’Isère since 2004 and has some of the very best French, Italian and British instructors who know the area like the back of their hand. Our instructor, Mike, gave us pointers on how to improve our ski technique as well as showing us some highlights of the local area – I can’t wait to share more photos with you!

What we liked about our luxury Val d’Isere chalet:

  •  Central location so close to the slopes and town
  •  Amazing service with staff really going above and beyond
  • Fabulous food and wine

Take a look at Paul’s video here for the full tour:

For more information and rates, see the Hip Hideouts website. If you’re looking for a luxury Val d’Isere chalet then this should be perfect – just remember to book early as it’s in high demand!

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Our stay was complimentary for the purposes of this review

  • MelBTravel

    Great post and pictures Suze, it is making miss the snow and the amazing food made by the chalets chefs, even more now. Can we go back now?

  • HandLuggageOnly

    Such an incredible place… and those meals (still dreaming about those) Haha! 🙂

    Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I’m not a skier but I absolutely love the cosy look of these alpine chalets. The food looks incredible too!

  • Now this is how to do skiing in style! Location is so important and this chalet sounds like it’s situated just perfectly. How fun that there was a private pool and I love how much of a focus they have on food too

    • The location was very handy, I always find it hard lugging my skis around so this was ideal

  • Love the look of that gorgeous chalet and the food looks amazing too. Did you have good snow?

    • Yes the snow was amazing, that’s one of the best things about Val d’Isere – snow virtually all year round!

  • Oh my goodness I’m so jealous!! I’ve never actually been skiing in my life but I love mountains and alpine scenery and wooden chalets and all that lovely cosiness, this looks like such a dream! xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Great photos. This looks like an awesome trip!

  • Zeeba Life

    I am not much of a skier myself , but with a chalet this beautiful and luxurious , I will happily be the first one to volunteer!

  • Such a gorgeous place to spend a few days!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

    • It was one of those places that you really don’t want to leave, Ashley! Hope you have a great NYE

  • Yvonne

    Wow! Looks like a fantastic place for skiing and the chalet rooms look so inviting! I wouldn’t want to leave if I was there! Thanks for sharing!
    xo Yvonne
    http://www.aproposh.com

    • It was tempting to stay there all day but the skiing is amazing and the apres-ski is incredible!

  • Paola

    Wow, I love this chalet!!! Such a beautiful place and delicious food!
    I hope you enjoyed your holiday and you looking forward to the new year!
    Kisses, Paola.
    Expressyourself

    • You too, Paola, have a fantastic New Year’s Eve tomorrow! Looking forward to hearing what you got up to

  • Ellie Adams

    I can’t ski to save my life but I would 100% go here just for the accommodation, wow! The food looks insane too, can’t wait to check out the vlog!

    Elle
    http://www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

    • You could head straight to the apres-ski, Elle. I’ve just read your latest post, 2016 was a tough year for both of us with bereavements so here’s to a better 2017

  • un lugar con mucho encanto, que bonito

  • Wow this place looks seriously amazing! The food looks delicious too.

    Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

    • It was great, Gemma, from the moment we arrived to when we left – everything was taken care of and it was so relaxing

  • I swear your blog gets better and better with every post! What incredible accommodation for your time there – right down to the white fluffy lampshades. Looking forward to seeing more of your travel diaries throughout 2017 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • Oh that’s really sweet, Gabrielle – likewise for you! Hope you have a lovely NYE tomorrow

  • This looks lovely!! There is something so cozy about it. Hope you have a great New Years and wish you the very best for 2017

    Ash | http://www.liakadatravel.com

  • Lucy

    Oh wow now if you are going to do skinning this how to do it. The food and accommodation looks amazing. I have always wanted to do skinning and this has tempted me even more Lucy x