In my life of travels I have stayed in cheap hostels, bed & breakfasts, beach huts, caravans, boutique accommodations and luxury hotels, but I never stayed in a mountain chalet…until a few weeks ago. I made up for the lost time by staying in one of the most beautiful and luxurious chalets in the Alps: Eagle’s Nest. Read on to find out more about my luxury ski holiday in Val d’Isère with Scott Dunn Travel!
I was in Val d’Isère for just two days on a press trip with luxury tour operator Scott Dunn, to review their Flagship Service and chalets. During two days I got a glimpse of how it feels to stay in a fully serviced chalet and to ski on the stunning slopes of Val d’Isère.
Scott Dunn is renowned for its superb ski portfolio which includes some of the Alps’ finest chalets. One of these is the iconic Chalet Eagle’s Nest which opened in 2002 with the first ever indoor swimming-pool inside a private chalet. This season the Nest has unveiled a new look following a €750,000 facelift, with highlights such as an open-plan living area, a new deck with hot tub, a bar with spectacular views, and a games room.
The bedrooms have all been redecorated with cosy velvet- and fur-textured curtains and upholstery.
It could rival a five-star boutique hotels.with wonderful views and staffed with private chef and hosts, service is personal and five star.
As you arrive you are greeted by the bronze eagle, nearly 3 metres high and sculpted by Livio Benedetti who created the “Dame du Lac” you pass on the way to Val d’Isère.
Eagle’s Nest is the ultimate accommodation for a luxury ski holiday with your family and friends. The chalet’s position, atop a rock with incredible views over Val d’Isère, and in the private estate, cannot be rivalled.
The chalet is constructed from antique timbers and every piece of furniture and every painting has been carefully selected for its alpine heritage, true to the roots of the quiet farming village of Val d’Isère.
Inside it’s a traditional alpine chalet with high tech features such as: Sonos integrated music system, flat screens and Playstation 3s, steam room, sauna, jetstream, and an outdoor hot tub.
Chalet Eagle’s Nest is spread over four floors (linked by stairs and lift). At the top, the spacious living room is ideal for large groups and has vaulted ceilings, ample sofa space, a log fireplace and large sunny balconies.
Chalet Eagle’s Nest features two double bedrooms, four twin/double bedrooms and a single bedroom. All bedrooms have en-suite bath or shower rooms with antique wood finish and Italian tiles. Bathroom products are provided as well as fluffy towels and bathrobes. Bedrooms are well equipped audio visually – see individual rooms for details. Five of the seven rooms can accommodate cots or extra beds.
On the first floor is a small double room and the master suite which has outstanding views on two sides, a dressing room and wonderful bathroom decorated with Italian tiles. Descend another level and there are four double bedrooms all of which qualify as suites, as well as a single bedroom. All are beautifully furnished and en suite.
The master bedroom had unrestricted views …Breathtaking views over Val d’Isère
with its tub overseen by a half-life-size 16th century Renaissance statue of the Madonna. We are pleased to report that she is still in residence, 13 years on.
The mezzanine has a 55 inch 3D Smart TV, Apple TV, Blu Ray HD DVD, Xbox 360, iPad and iPod dock. All bedrooms (except bedroom seven) have flat screen televisions with UK Freesat HD, DVD players. Music can be played throughout the chalet by the Sonos integral system.
The lower floor of the chalet has a Wellness centre with 7x5m indoor swimming pool with jet stream, sauna and steam room. In addition to the indoor Wellness, there is an outdoor hot tub outside the sitting room – the perfect place to enjoy a glass of champagne while enjoying the views over the village. On the ground floor is an office which is equipped with a PC and fax. The boot room area has racks, glove lockers and ski boot warmers.
On the lower ground floor, the fabulous Wellness area has wonderful views and integrated music. You can swim against the jetstream in the swimming pool and the sauna and steam room are perfect for soothing aching legs after skiing.
Eagle’s Nest is complemented by our Flagship service. Our team pride themselves on their ability to ensure that every aspect of the service is seamless and to anticipate your every need. Your private chef will serve mouthwatering dishes from a menu tailored to your tastes. Your hosts will manage every aspect of your holiday, from restaurant bookings to ensuring a smart 4×4 vehicle is ready to take you skiing and keeping your glass topped up with a carefully chosen wine or perfectly mixed gin & tonic.
A la carte breakfast is served daily, gourmet dinners are offered on six nights and wine, Champagne and spirits are included. Our driver service is on hand with a fleet of 4x4s to whisk you around the resort.
Flagship service with private chef, In-resort driver service, Scott Dunn nanny or our exclusive Explorers kids club.
Dining at the Eagle’s Nest is unforgettable as fine wines, breathtaking views and a crackling log fire complement exquisite courses, beautifully prepared by your private chef.
Ping is reinventing Malaysian food for an eager new British audience. This year, she has worked with Scott Dunn to devise a special tasting menu, available in all of its chalets and Mediterranean villas, along with five special children’s dishes that every Scott Dunn nanny has been trained to cook.
“The winter chalet menu has got a lot of warmth to it. It’s quite rich, it’s food that’s perfect after a long day of skiing.”
culinary partnership with 2014 MasterChef Champion, Ping Coombes, who has designed an exclusive pan-Asian Malaysian menu here.
I couldn’t miss the opportunity to ski in Val d’Isère, especially as the weather was gorgeous that day and the resort was not too busy as we were at the start of the season. After a filling breakfast of scrambled eggs and mushrooms on toast, I was ready to hit the slopes.
The ski resort and the gondola to go up the mountains are located in the town centre, about ten minutes walk from the chalet. The Scott Dunn drivers are available all day to take you there and back.
The day before we had our ski and boots fitting done at the chalet, so in the morning we were all set for a day on the slopes. I was cautious at first, worried I might not remember how to ski (I only learned in February this year), but with the help of my instructor from Oxygene Ski, I quickly beat my fear.
We stayed on blue pistes, but I didn’t mind as it meant I could relax a bit and focus on the spectacular views.
With 300 kms of ski runs and a lively après-ski scene with dozens of bars (the most popular, La Folie Douce), Val d’Isère is a fantastic destination for ski lovers. Beginners like myself can enjoy easy runs, while more advanced skiers will love the red and black runs (including ‘La Face’ – famed as the 1992 Olympic ski run). The off piste potential is limitless and the snow record enviable from December to March.
After an intense and exhilarating morning of skiing we all gathered at Le Yule Hotel for an aperitif with Laurent-Perrier. Drinking Champagne on the sunny terrace of a 5-star hotel, a few meters from the ski lifts…life can hardly get better than this!
Thanks Scott Dunn for a wonderful experience!
Scott Dunn offers 7 nights at Chalet Eagle’s Nest from £1,575pp based on full chalet occupancy including return British Airways flights from the UK, private airport transfers, private Scott Dunn chef, host and in-resort driver service. Book with Scott Dunn (020 8682 5050).