On arrival into La Chable, we were warmly welcomed and smoothly transferred, by luxury private vehicle, for our short (20 -minute) journey to The Lodge. Once there, we were met by Ashley (The Lodge Manager) and her team, and offered a glass of crisp Champagne. With an open fire roaring in the background, we soon settled into our luxury Alpine retreat!
The Lodge is impressive – it sleeps up to eighteen people, so is perfect for large families or groups of friends wishing to stay on an exclusive basis. I was lucky enough to be staying in one of their Master Suites on the fourth floor — it was very spacious with an open living area, large bedroom with central fireplace, plus it boasted beautiful views across the valley opposite. The bathroom was extremely inviting, with a freestanding bath, separate shower and plenty of space to soak those tired ski limbs!
The other rooms located on the second and third floors, are large bedrooms each with separate shower and a bath, plus the Duplex Room is the smallest bedroom, with the bathroom set upstairs. Perfect for families, the Bunk Room, on the second floor, accommodates six children, with three sets of bunk beds, plus a separate shower room. There is also a plasma television, DVD Player and games console to keep the children entertained during rest periods off the slopes.
After settling into our rooms, we all met downstairs for a delicious lunch — with an exclusive-use lodge, this can be as formal or as informal as you wish. Menus can be tailored, ingredients sourced and any special dietary requirements can be expertly catered for, well in advance. Knowing that all of your favourite cuisine and preferred beverages are taken care of can certainly help you focus on the matter in hand – the actual skiing!
I was keen to experience what set The Lodge apart from its equally glamorous neighbours. Apart from its famous British owner, Sir Richard Branson, of course, the large property is brimming with personality. Every whim is taken care of and the facilities are simply fabulous. I particularly enjoyed visiting the impressive gym, pool area and indoor hot tub — it didn’t take long for me to be enjoying a glass of Champagne amongst the therapeutic, hot tub bubbles! Later that evening, I enjoyed canapés in the spacious living and dining area, complete with extensive bar, before we savoured a sumptuous, three-course meal, which was paired with the finest of international wines.
The next morning, following a fantastic breakfast, we met our ski and snowboard instructors. I was the only snowboarder, so was paired with Matt from ES Ride (Verbier’s Snowboard School). Having tried on our boots and put on the bindings, we were ready for the two-minute transfer to the lift. The snow conditions that day were perfect, with clear blue skies and a good covering of snow. After the exhilaration of a full morning snowboarding, we met the group for an incredible lunch at Le Dahu, a must-do experience when on the slopes! I devoured a pasta dish of tortellini with Parma Ham — just the carbohydrate fuel that I needed after my physical excursions!
After a long day on the slopes, I can thoroughly recommend a massage back at The Lodge! Kenzi, the former Spa Manager at Necker Island, proved her worth and expertly soothed away my lower backache. My advice is to stay hydrated and prepare before you travel – get ski fit, first!