Relax and unwind in a white, wintry wonderland at these idyllic retreats
December is a month for getaways, and there’s no better place to experience snowy weather than at these exclusive, luxury private chalets across Japan, France and Canada – as curated by luxury tour operator Lightfoot Travel.
Glasshouse – Niseko, Japan
Sitting on a cliff with panoramic alpine views, the Glasshouse at Niseko is a spacious, five-bedroom designer chalet that is perfect for families with children. Like its namesake, the house features tall glass windows throughout the building, with magnificent views of the snow-covered scenery. While the young ones stay entertained in the elegantly-appointed rooms, each with a bunk bed, in-room television and DVD player, the adults can head outdoors to soak in the jacuzzi or lounge in a traditional wooden bathtub. At night, prepare a roaring meal with the included gas cooktop and BBQ grill, before heading upstairs to cosy up next to the fireplace with a toasty mug of hot chocolate. The private concierge service offers daily pick-up and drop-off to the Niseko resort’s Family Ace Chairlift, the Gondola, or even select restaurants for dinner.
Chalet Marmotte – France, Courchevel
Escape the stresses of everyday life and surround yourself with the beauty of the French Alps at Chalet Marmotte, a four-bedroom chalet that combines simplicity with sophistication in a warm and relaxing atmosphere. Relaxation is key, as natural colours and light permeate through windows into the living areas, creating an air of homeliness and comfort. The modern in-lodge sauna and relaxation area makes use of the healing properties of hot steam to melt away all tension and fatigue. For couples, there is the option to expand your chalet to include the Petite Marmotte, once a hay store turned rustic, plush chalet for two that is a perfect lovers nest.
Bighorn Revelstoke – Revelstoke, Canada
Canada may have some of the coldest winters in the world, but a stay at the Bighorn Revelstoke promises to keep visitors snug and warm after a day out skiing in icy temperatures. The chalet, which doubles as a heli-ski lodge, is located at the base of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort and features all the trappings of a traditional mountain retreat: merrily-burning fireplaces, traditional plaids, glowing chandeliers and wooden furniture. Three floors of deluxe accommodation offer eight spacious bedrooms, plank wood flooring, large beds and expansive en suite bathrooms, as well as stunning mountain views from the balconies. A stay at the Bighorn also comes with a personal chef on hand to prepare your favourite meals and tailored menus.