Holidays with a private pool
Holidays with a private pool in the Alps are the ultimate indulgence. Grande Corniche in Les Gets is one of the best chalets in France; and Lodge Des Nants in Morzine not only has a pool, but its own Hammam, sauna and treatment room. Here are some of the finest chalets with private pools in France…
Holidays with a private pool
Prefer to swim outside? If you book the lavish Grande Corniche in Les Gets, you can do just that. Heated and available year-round, its al-fresco freshwater pool affords astonishing views along the valley to Mont Blanc itself. In winter, as snow prettily blankets the scene like a Christmas card, you’ll not find a more magical setting in which to exercise or lazily wallow. In summer, when everything turns an emerald green, the panoramic view is just as good.
Grande Corniche’s private pool is just one part of an extravagant list of luxuries. There is a devoted spa whose sauna and relaxation room deliver those same vistas through floor-to-ceiling windows. A superbly-equipped gym includes a boxing bag and ping-pong table, and our concierge service can arrange visiting yoga or fitness instructors. The garden is a great place for a barbecue, an outdoor hot tub offers similarly sumptuous views and a two-tiered cinema allows for movie-watching in style. You can sip morning coffees on a wrap-around balcony, or laze in the vast living and dining room. Later, after cocktails in your own bar, you can use a secret slide to visit the fabulous snooker room and wine cellar.
All that, and we’ve yet to mention the sleeping quarters: a massive master suite with a freestanding bathtub, five gorgeous twin or super-king bedrooms, and a three-bunk kids’ den. Book a catered stay in winter and you can factor in the private chef, 24-hour driver, free-flowing Champagne and welcoming chalet hosts. It’s no wonder Grande Corniche has previously been ranked among the world’s top three chalets; and the Best Ski Chalet in France numerous times.
Lodge des Nants
More lavish than some luxury hotels, this colossal chalet in Morzine sprawls across five floors. The second floor houses its indoor swimming pool; in fact, it houses an entire spa. Perfect after a day on the slopes – which begin only 50 metres away after the snow has fallen – this incorporates a treatment room for massages, a spacious Hammam and a traditional log-barrel sauna. As for the private pool itself, that has a current to swim against so you can warm up or cool down your muscles. All the while, ceiling fairy lights and music set an atmospheric, restful tone.
Alongside seven bedrooms, Lodge des Nants’ other floors contain multiple entertaining spaces. That includes a large roof terrace whose hot tub looks majestically up the valley all the way to Avoriaz. There’s also a bar, pool table and fireplace-framing sofas, primed for enjoyment of the full Sky TV subscription. It includes wrap-around decks hosting sunbeds, a dining table and a barbecue on which the private chef will sizzle local meat. And it includes your own swanky cinema room, so your whole group can enjoy popcorn-powered movie nights.
Sleeping up to 15, and distributed across two levels either side of the spa floor, those beautiful bedrooms are all en-suite – four with bathtubs – and can each be configured as super-kings or twins depending on your party. Alongside bespoke furnishings, their opulent amenities extend to professional hair-straighteners and White Company toiletries.