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.
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…
Accommodation 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.
There are plenty of contemporary touches too like these modern artworks.
Candles and fluffy lampshades add to the hygge cosy vibe. Just perfect for relaxing with our charming fellow guests!
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.
Let’s take a peek at one of the other bedrooms -just as cosy and with its own inimitable style.
Our 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.
There 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.
Dining 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.
We both loved the sea bream with sauce vierge, potatoes, pea puree, peas, courgette balls and broccoli.
Amenities 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Our stay was complimentary for the purposes of this review