Five Luxurious New Developments in the Alps
Fancy a ski home with all the trimmings but not keen on a full-blown chalet? Then prepare to be wowed by these sparkling new developments that offer luxury apartments in five exclusive resorts in the Alps.
Andermatt, SWISS ALPS
The €1.6billion transformation of Andermatt from sleepy mountain village into upscale ski resort is one of the biggest and most exciting projects anywhere in the Alps right now. On course to becoming a trendy mountain playground, Andermatt Swiss Alps sits in the pretty Ursern Valley and is part of the 180-kilometre SkiArena domain. Since its inception in 2007, ten of the 42 apartment residences planned for the resort have been launched, including Enzian Alpine Apartments. Modern in design and with either a sun terrace or private garden, prices for the larger units range between CHF1,180,00 and CHF1,675,000. To date, the resort’s new amenities include a golf course, two luxury hotels (Chedi and Radisson Blu), two restaurants, a concert hall with much more still to come! As an added bonus for the international market, property in Andermatt is exempt from Switzerland’s Lex Koller rule, which means foreigners can buy and sell without restrictions.
Méribel, FRENCH ALPS
Founded by a Briton, chocolate-box Méribel remains a perennial favourite of British skiers, thanks to its old-world charm, five-star leisure amenities and exceptional skiing. It’s bang in the middle of the 600-plus kilometre Three Valleys ski area – the largest in the world, making it linked with equally exclusive Courchevel and Val Thorens, amongst others. Lavish chalets are aplenty there, but a novel alternative is the new development Falcon Lodge. Made up of 44 apartments/ penthouses and two chalets, Falcon Lodge is designed as a small hamlet within the resort’s traditional Morel area. Communal facilities include a swimming pool, wellness area, ski room, underground parking, and reception with concierge and private shuttle to the centre of Méribel and ski lifts – although the nearest is only 150 metres away! Prices are from €880,000.
Courchevel, FRENCH ALPS
Glitzy Courchevel, with its fashion boutiques and Michelin star restaurants, should be top of the list of anyone in the market for a luxury ski home with serious international cachet. Like Méribel, it’s also within the giant Three Valleys ski area, so skiing is exceptional. Split into four main villages, Courchevel 1850 is deemed the pinnacle of the resort – for altitude and super luxury. But a new development down the mountain helps make Courchevel 1650, also known as Courchevel Moriond, equally attractive. Les Glaciers is a boutique community of luxury apartment residences and chalets. Its high-end build fuses the best bits of traditional Savoyard architecture with modern-day luxury. Owners also enjoy access to a sauna, spa and fitness area and needless-to-say access to the ski lift and lively village centre is excellent. Three and four-bedroom apartments are available, with prices from €1,290,000.
Grimentz, SWISS ALPS
A jewel in Switzerland’s Valais canton, Grimentz has a growing fanbase amongst discerning international skiers and home-owners thanks to its unique combination of authentic, super sweet architecture and thrilling off-piste skiing. It is deemed one of Switzerland’s prettiest villages. To enjoy your own slice of this Swiss gem, consider an apartment at the new Guernerés Lodge. As a ski in ski out residence operated on an all-inclusive basis, owners there get access to the spa, swimming pool, restaurant, ski and boot room and other services associated with the on-site luxury hotel. One, two and three-bedroom apartments are available, with prices from €795,000.
Zell am See, AUSTRIAN ALPS
Few ski resorts can boast such a magical location as Zell am See, with Lake Zell on one side and the slopes of the Zell am See-Kaprun ski area on the other. The waterside town has oodles of Austrian charm and unspoilt architecture too. A new development turning heads there is the Lakeside Residences. Overlooking the lake but also just 100 metres from the slopes, the luxury apartments there are run on an all-inclusive basis, which means owners benefit from a spa, gym, outdoor heated pool and on-site bar and restaurant. Apartments comes furnished and finished by interior designers. The four-bedroom penthouse is priced €1.56million, but the smallest units start at less than €300,000.
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