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Redefining Luxury


Verbier can boast some of the most luxurious chalets in the Alps, if not the world. Duncan Robertson shows Verbier Life readers around one such property, Chalet Montana…

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In recent years, the selection of luxury chalets on offer to visitors from all over the world has increased dramatically. Now, not only can visitors to the resort experience some of the world’s best skiing, but they can also indulge in staying in some of the world’s most luxurious properties.

Over the past seven years I have had the pleasure of viewing some of the world`s top chalets in Verbier, North America and across some of Europe`s most desirable ski resorts. Over this period I have come to realise that the word `luxury` can mean a great many things to a great many people.

`luxury` can mean a great many things to a great many people.

I have read chalet descriptions that bamboozle you with endless technical specifications of the entertainment systems and environmental controls. The size of the pool, density of pixels of the HD television and the number of movies programmed into the Crestron system have become essential features in the market.
This summer we were invited to view a new chalet for Bramble Ski’s portfolio. Chalet Montana has challenged our perception of a luxury chalet and shown us that there is an alternative to the current trends.

The attention to detail in the design-build and fitting-out of this vast 750m⎮ property is phenomenal. The exterior has been sympathetically finished in stone and old wood while inside reclaimed 17th century wood panelling, intricately carved 18th century beams and natural stone from the Val de Bagnes and the nearby Aosta valley have been used to stunning effect.

The chalet has generous rooms throughout, befitting of such a grand property and a rarity now in Verbier. But you won’t find a sauna, pool or Jacuzzi. Instead the space has been allocated to a number of incredible private and public rooms.

Chalet Montana has challenged our perception of a luxury chalet and shown us that there is an alternative to the current trends.

The grandeur of the lower entrance hallway defies belief, there is a huge and comfortable ski and boot room the size of a squash court and the main entrance has a separate winter entrance and chic winter cloakroom.

The entire top floor of the chalet, a jaw-dropping 175m2, is given over to the master en-suite bedroom and its own private rooms; a dressing room (bigger than most chalets` master bedrooms), an enchanting reading room with stone fireplace and separate study.

The kitchen put a smile on our executive chef Gerwin Brand’s face. Most chalet kitchens in Verbier are designed for people who don’t cook; they would rather squeeze in another bedroom and sacrifice space in the kitchen. Not so in Chalet Montana, the kitchen is a real focal point of the chalet. A wonderfully bright and airy space, it has been crafted in natural stone and antique woods contrasting the chrome and stainless steel of the kitchen equipment.

The owners selected beautiful wood panelling in the dining room to create the perfect venue for dinner parties and special family occasions.  The real treat however was discovering the second Swiss-style breakfast dining room tucked away, just off the kitchen, again wood panelled, you can just picture Heidi drinking her morning hot chocolate in this gorgeous snug.

In the private library again the floor has been laid with leather tiles.  There is a divine children’s playroom that sits at the back of the property complete with its own soft drinks bar, discothèque and stage where the cupboards are crammed with board games.
Tastes differ – fortunately Verbier has something to offer all visitors, from those looking for basic accommodation to those wanting to experience the ultimate mountain luxury experience.
( Article from 2012)