It’s one of the most beautiful parts of the world. And one of the most exclusive. The Alps are home to some of the most iconic and fabulously wealthy countries in the world. Spanning Switzerland, Austria, and northern Italy, the Alpine region is a cultural crossroads. If you’re going to the Alps this season, make sure you do it in style.
First stop, Geneva. On the banks of Lac Leman, this city hosts some of the world’s finest fashion and jewellery dealers. If you take a walk down what we might call the high street there you’ll have quite an experience. All the shops have armed guards standing in the doors watching your every move. If you ever walk down there, past jewellery shop after jewellery shop, you’ll begin to understand why. The rocks in the window are truly enormous. If you’re feeling brave go and have a closer look. Most of them are so exclusive they don’t have price tags. It wouldn’t be unusual, however, to see one for sale for 800,000 euros. And when some of them take over one thousand hours to make, all by hand, you can start to understand why.
It’s this sort of exclusivity that draws people to Geneva. Nobody in the world can compete with the sheer audacity of the jewellery there. It’s something quite remarkable and worth checking out, even if it is a touch out of your price range.
Stay In A Luxury Chalet
If you’re planning on going skiing this season, whilst the snow is still on the ground, nothing compares to staying in your very own chalet. If you haven’t experienced it before, it is something you should try. Nothing quite compares to that smell of pine when you first walk in. It’s one of the most comforting things in the world.
There are now very highly rated chalets, with all the luxurious comforts you can imagine. The most exclusive places typically offer more than three floors, including a basement. They have balconies that boast the finest views over the Alps. They’re furnished throughout with some of the finest local wood and stone. And they’re a perfect base for long days out on the snow. Some will even throw in a hot tub for that ultimate feeling of rejuvenation.
Go On a Ski Tour
It might sound a little daunting, but you now have the chance to go on a ski safari. Get away from the crowds with your very own tour guide and explore the Alps on your own terms. Expect it to be off-piste and physically demanding, but also expect to see stunning views few will ever lay eyes on. Also, don’t forget that these tours are a great way to make new friends and learn new skills. Make sure you choose a company where the guides are IFMGA-qualified so that you get the safest experience possible.
Most people can say that they’ve been on a ski holiday in the past, but few can say they went out into the wilderness and conquered it. What’s more, operators are now so good at what they do that can accommodate most requirements. This is helpful if you are veggie.