Anyone who knows me knows that I love skiing and most of the time I will be up that mountain quicker than most people can put their ski boots on. So when Hip Hideouts invited me along for an extended weekend to experience their luxury chalets and to ski in the resort of Val d’lsére, I literally jumped off the couch before I had even booked my flights. I mean, I get to do something I love while experiencing it in the ultimate of luxury.
Table of Contents
- Hip HideOuts Luxury Chalets
- The Kilco Penthouse
- Facilities at the Kilco Penthouse
- The Room:
- Food Provided
- Other Resort Partners
- Other Hip Hideouts Luxury Chalets
- How to get to Val d’lsére Ski Resort
- Val d’lsére Ski Area
- Would I recommend Hip Hideouts?
- Useful Information
Hip HideOuts Luxury Chalets
Hip Hideouts is a luxury chalet company that offers an unforgettable stay in the world famous ski resort of Val d’Isère France. It is one of those experiences that you dream about when you have won the lotto. Michelin Star trained chefs, chauffeur 4×4’s, 24hrs service, private swimming pool and that is just to name a few of the amenities and services that they have to offer.
I stayed in the luxury Kilco Penthouse which belongs to the world famous Killy family, who have teamed up with Hip Hideouts to offer this stunning luxury chalet. Both the Val d’Isère and Tignes ski area ‘Espace Killy’ is named after the Killy family.
The Kilco Penthouse
Kilco Penthouse is a beautiful addition to the Hip Hideouts family this season and is perfect for groups of up to 10 people who like to relax in ultimate luxury and style. Kilco is located on a picturesque street near the centre of the main village with top end fixtures and fittings that cannot be beaten.
The entrance of this exquisite luxury penthouse chalet is only 100m away from the Bellevarde and new Solaise Gondola and the ski school meeting points.
Facilities at the Kilco Penthouse
The contemporary Kilco penthouse is a double-height penthouse with open plan living space and balconies at both the north and south that offer impressive views of both the village and the ski fields. I love the fact that some of the walls overlooking the balconies are made of glass to take advantage of the scenery outside.
My favourite part of the day was coming home, putting my feet up, and having the chalet host serve me premium wine while at the same time admiring the view.
Another great way to relax after a hard day of skiing was hanging out in the indoor swimming pool. Now you know you are staying in pure luxury when the pool and Moroccan hammam (sauna) in your penthouse are your very own.
Other amenities include – a lift from the ski room to the penthouse, Free Wi-Fi throughout, heated floors inside so your feet won’t get cold and heated driveway so we didn’t slip over on the ice and snow. Could you ask for anything more?
My bedroom had stunning views outside and an impressive view overlooking the open space lounge room of the penthouse chalet. It was the only room that had twin beds, the other four had king beds. It was also the only room on the upper level while the other four were on the lower level.
My room reminded me of a cubbyhouse situated in the middle of a chalet, which teenagers would love. Our bathroom had a shower and had been designed to maximise space with a beautiful stone sink. It was equipped with hair dryers, bathrobes and slippers.
The view from the doorway of my bedroom overlooking the lounge can give you an indication of how luxurious and grand Kilco penthouse chalet is.
Aesop – The Luxury Product Supplier
All of the Hip Hideouts luxury chalets/apartments are provided with the highest standard of bath and beauty products by Aesop to help with the sometimes harsh weather in the Alps. I have to admit, I was already a fan of Aesop (they’re from my home city Melbourne) as their products are plant-based, are great for different types of skin and not animal tested.
One thing that Hip Hideouts prides themselves on is the excellent service of the food that they offer across all their luxury chalets. The professional chefs of Hip Hideouts are some of the most qualified in the Alps and some are Michelin trained. Each chef brings their own unique flair and style to create seasonal menus to surprise and delight you.
Our main chef in the Kilco Penthouse, Giacomo Mazzuia was amazing and comes from a prestigious background of Michelin starred restaurants. His food has many European influences with Italian cuisine being at the heart of the dishes he produces.
Every morning and afternoon, I would go into the kitchen and see what he was making and how he was making it. He was one of the nicest guys and was always happy to explain the food to me and how he came up with the dishes.
Breakfast is served
They say that breakfast is the most important part of your day and I have to admit the breakfasts in the luxury Kilco were definitely up there as a true delight. Every morning there was something different to try and not once was it disappointing. My favourite was Spanish tapas breakfast on the last morning.
Where else would you be eating the most expensive Iberico (Acorn-fed) ham in the world for breakfast.
If there was nothing you liked or just wanted something special, no worries because you can put in a personal order for breakfast and the chef will make what you want on special request.
From the moment your plane lands the concierge service is there to help with all your needs. They can literally organise anything for you, from babysitting to recommending the hottest places to end your afternoon enjoying the famous apres ski. They even arranged for us to go to the opening party at Cocorico which is a popular apres ski bar at the bottom of the slopes.
Other Resort Partners
There are a number of resort partners that Hip Hideouts work with directly, to help make the most of your trip. One of them is Snowberry Ski Hire who offers some of the latest ski and snowboard collections for hire and are located right next to the main Piste.
You do not need to hire a locker for your skis and boots either, as the Kilco penthouse is so close to the ski lifts. However, if you do not want to carry your skis and boots back to the luxury penthouse chalet after you have been fitted. Then that is not a problem as the chalet’s driver will pick you up in one of the 4×4 and take care of your gear for you.
Guided ski tour
On one morning, we were given a guided tour of Val d’Isère by Hip Hideouts ski partners New Generation. Their fully qualified instructors offer an open, encouraging and positive approach to small groups for both ski lessons and guided tours.
We experienced this first hand, our guide Callum was helpful, friendly and was happy to go out of his way to show us around the resort. He even had time to individually give us tips on how to improve our technique, which I thought was helpful.
Massage after a hard day of skiing
Hip Hideouts will also organise a private massage at your chalet for you and your group during your stay with Destination pamper. The massage is great for letting the aches and pains get gently smoothed away after a hard day of skiing/snowboarding. I felt so relaxed and nearly fell asleep on the table!
Other Hip Hideouts Luxury Chalets
If you like the look of the luxury Kilco penthouse and you do not have 10 people or simply want a bigger chalet, you don’t have to worry because Hip Hideouts also manage a number of other beautiful luxury chalets in Val d’Isère. They can accommodate group sizes ranging from 4 to 20 people.
All luxury chalets and apartments have varying amenities like hot tubs and pools, but they all still offer the same level of high standard service.
How to get to Val d’lsére Ski Resort
Situated near the centre of town and only 2 minutes walk to the new Solaise Gondola lift and ski school, the penthouse is at one of the finest locations in Val d’Isère resort.
Our transfer from Geneva was with SnowDrone Transfer one of Hip Hideouts partners. It was the first time I have caught a transfer where you were given movies, bottled water and FREE WIFI for the journey. This made the 3hr drive so much more pleasurable and before we knew it, we were there.
Val d’lsére Ski Area
Val d’Isère a spectacular ski resort and they have recently won 3 awards at the 2016 World Snow Awards. Ski Resort of the Year, European Resort of the Year and Après Resort of the Year.
It is popular for its huge ski area of over 300kms of groomed runs connect via resorts such asVal d’Isère and Tignes. It is at the heart of French Alps and there is definitely something for every type of skier or boarder. Its long season stretches from the end of November into the first week of May.
Would I recommend Hip Hideouts?
Yes, most definitely I would recommend it and not because I was invited by Hip Hideouts. From the moment I arrived until the moment I left, everything was pure luxury on my ski trip. I have never thought about staying in a luxury place when I am skiing.
My theory is that I am on the slopes most of the time or out at the apres ski. But having those extra touches of Michelin trained chef on hand, concierge on hand to help and a swimming pool made me realise that those things can make the world of difference on a ski trip. My problem now is that I have had a taste of how the other half ski, I must buy that lotto ticket!
Panoramic view from the balcony
- Price Range: High Medium/Expensive
- Wifi: Yes and it is very strong in all areas of the chalet
- Breakfast: Yes, one of the best I have ever had.
Thank you for reading my article ‘Hip Hideouts Val d’Isère France – When luxury & Skiing Combine’. I hope that it helps you decided on where to stay for your next ski trip to France. If you are wanting more adventure and to see other resorts in Val d’Isère then Ski Safari is definitely a great option.
Feel free to contact Hip Hideouts for any additional information or booking enquiries. You better hurry though as they book up fast!!!!
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