At Fall-Line, you know we’re all about the on-mountain action. However, lurking in the hills are some spectacular luxury gaffs – obviously equipped with the chicest chalet pools
Gone are the days when a shared swimming pool (which may or may not be heated, is strictly speedos only and far too busy to actually swim in…) was the ultimate treat.
Set your sights on the most luxurious chalet swimming pools money can buy. Below we’ve collected the coolest in the Alps, with facilities you didn’t know you needed until now…
Chalet Grand Corniche in Les Gets, France
One way to perfect your backstroke is to pick a pool with surroundings so stunning that front crawl just isn’t an option. Out in the fresh alpine air, this chalet’s heated infinity pool is one you’ll want to dive into multiple times a day – first thing to watch the sun rise over Mont Blanc, post-skiing in time for the sunset then late at night under starry skies.
Truffe Blanche in Verbier, Switzerland
“An unsurpassed level of luxury anywhere in the world” – Luxuria
Thirsty work, swimming, particularly when you’re paddling in a Roman Empire themed pool made of cool, pure onyx. Good thing this swimming pool has a vodka bar, where a talented mixologist can shake up whatever tipple your taste buds desire. Pesky cramp? Don’t panic, you have not one but seven treatment rooms to massage you into a state of post-swim calm! Peckish? Pop up to the chalet’s sushi bar for a sneaky snack!
Chalet Marco Polo in Val d’Isere, France
“Without a doubt, one of the best chalet swimming pools on the planet” – SNO.
You’ve built a mammoth chalet, you’ve planned a wellness floor and you’ve imported parts of an ancient Moroccan souk for its ceiling. How on earth do you create a suitable swimming pool? You enlist Parisian fashion guru Christian Lacroix, and when he installs 24 carat gold tiles and goddess mosaics, you know you picked the right person for the job. It’s something worth celebrating, so install a DJ set, laser lighting and smoke machines for an awesome pool party.
Chalet Shemshak in Courchevel, France
A state-of-the-art wellness center crowned with a dazzling indoor pool – Strada 20
Sometimes the bells and whistles of luxury chalet pools can be so distracting you forget you’re in one of the most stunning places on earth. If you don’t want to waste a second without towering peaks in your sightline, pick a chalet pool with panoramic windows like Shemshak’s. If you’ve swum all you could swim but don’t want to budge from the views, you’ll be pleased to hear there’s a hot tub right next to the pool.
Chalet Choqui in Verbier, Switzerland
“The incredible Chalet Choqui puts Verbier at the very top of the Alpine Cool list” – GQ.
Size matters in Verbier – there’s a Jereboam to beat every Magnum of champagne and it’s just the same with chalet swimming pools. Despite notable local chalet owners including Richard Branson and members of the royal family, Chalet Choqui’s swimming pool is the biggest. Fifteen metres long, it wouldn’t look out of place in a hotel. Even the sofa you can stretch out on post-swim has more space than a ski apartment.
Chalet Mont Tremblant in Meribel, France
“Standing out isn’t easy in this market but Mont Tremblant managed it” CNN.
Forget clocking up the miles on the snow in the gargantuan Three Valleys, at Chalet Mont Tremblant, you can swim the distance in the water! Slap bang in the centre of the world’s biggest ski area, the chalet’s outdoor pool is infinity style to put you right among the peaks, heated to keep you warm in alpine winters but most importantly fitted with a jet stream so you can swim as long as you like without having to change direction.
Chalet Lhotse in Val d’Isere, France
“The most beautiful private pool I have ever seen in the Alps” Mrs O Around the World
Decisions, decisions – you only have a few days in this piste-side paradise so do you opt to spend your downtime blissfully bathing in your chalet pool or chilling in its cinema? Problem solved! Stay in the Lhotse and you can float in front of the film of your choice. Don your swimmers, flick a switch and to your delight a projector screen will descend above the pool. Choosing what to watch is another matter entirely – but perhaps not Jaws!
Chalet Le Namaste in Courchevel, France
“A dreamy escape with a rich past” Decoist
Like to swim somewhere with a bit of a backstory? Well this luxury chalet was Margaret Thatcher’s summer home! It didn’t have a pool in Maggie’s day, but since 2014, a pretty swish spa has been added. The centre point swimming pool has mood lighting, a music system and hydrotherapy features, so you can adjust everything accordingly. Worn out? Hop up a ladder to the Moroccan themed relaxation area in the mezzanine above the pool.
Chalet Toit du Monde in Val d’Isere, France
How do you beat wowing your pals with an indoor pool that leads outdoors through a retractable wall? Wowing them with one that’s here one moment, gone the next! First you have a cool marble flooring, perfect for a piste-side dancefloor or yoga session. Then, at the press of a button, the floor disappears to reveal a swimming sensation with the depth of your choosing. Wait – it gets better. One of the en-suite baths is so big, it’s counted as a second swimming pool under French building laws.
Mon Izba, Verbier
Just because you’re in snowy mountains doesn’t mean you can’t switch between sunbathing and swimming as seamlessly as you do in the Maldives. Mon Izba solves the age-old question of whether you pick a chalet that’s sheltered indoors or out in the mountain air and sunshine. The panoramic window at the end of the pool isn’t any old panoramic window: it’ll disappear if you want it to, bringing the outdoors in and letting you pop out to the terrace sunbeds with ease.
So that’s our pick of the coolest pools in the Alps – have we missed any? Let us know in the comments below.