Chalet on the Rocks, Chamonix
If James Bond were to book himself a ski home, it might look something like Chalet on the Rocks in Chamonix. The private property for 12 — surely one of the most impressive on the site, and owned by the London-based French banker Cedric Hanisch — has all the hallmarks of a slick 007 hideaway, delivered with exceptionally good taste.
There are state-of-the-art gadgets, naturally, from Apple televisions to touch-sensitive lighting, ski-boot warmers and heated outdoor parking for your Aston Martin. Upstairs in the master bedroom, one click of the remote-controlled curtains reveals spectacular floor-to-ceiling views of Aiguille du Midi, Mont Blanc and the Glacier des Bossons (which can also be seen from the freestanding bath), while downstairs the sauna hits 90F in ten minutes — enough time to browse the Liebherr wine chiller for a bottle especially chosen from the owner’s cellar.
The real pleasure, however, is in the design details, such as the open-plan living area, cleverly engineered with exposed steel, and the huge dining table made from a single cut of wood.
Ski lifts are less than five minutes away by car (the chalet has friendly staff for transfers and meals) or, better still, you could spend a morning gazing at the unobstructed views of snowy peaks from the steaming outdoor Jacuzzi.