In December, Chalet Rosière opens the doors for its first winter season.
This boutique lodge set in the heart of the French Alps is going to specialise in retreats that combine skiing, yoga and luxury wellbeing – three of our favourite things.
It’s in a rural setting, just a 10-minute drive from the resort of La Rosière, and has stunning views over the Tarantaise Valley.
The co-founders, Philip and Alex Volkers, left behind their hectic lives in London in 2015 in search of a more fulfilling way of life. It was originally a farmhouse that was in the Volkers family since 1991.
The couple have now decided to share the magical rejuvenating powers of Chalet Rosière with other weary souls through their various wellbeing packages and retreats during the coming season.
Alex says that previous guests say they have the most stunning location in the Tarantaise valley. “I firmly agree with them,” she enthuses. “It’s just so idyllic. We’re situated on a south facing slope with 180-degree mountain views and nothing but alpine meadows and forests to the south and west of the chalet. It’s really exciting to be so close to nature. We have deer and wild boar in our local forest and eagles that circle in the valley.”
Combined ski-yoga experiences are the key offerings at Chalet Rosière, embracing the growing trend for winter sports enthusiasts to incorporate yoga.
Other wellbeing offerings include their extensive holistic therapy treatments, optional Vegan Detox menu, The Terrasse outdoor spa- featuring sauna, Jacuzzi, shower and fire pit, a meditation tipi tent and Pilates.
It’s all about balance, of course, so we’re pleased to hear that guests can also enjoy a gourmet Savoyard menu paired with wines from the Chalet’s very own wine cellar – ching ching!
Here’s a rundown of what’s on offer and by the sounds of things, you’ll want to book up fast.
Ski Yoga Retreats – Throughout the season, Chalet Rosière will run a number of Full Moon Ski Yoga retreats. These combine yoga, meditation, skiing and snowboarding with holistic massage therapy, vegan dining and mindful rituals. The first retreat is the New Year Intention Ski Yoga Retreat from the 7th to the 14th of January to kick-start 2017. Prices start at €1,290 pp for 4 nights.
The Wellbeing Experience – For those seeking a truly balanced ski trip, Chalet Rosière offers a week-long Wellbeing Ski Experience for up to 12 guests. Guests will be able to make the most of up to eight hours of private yoga instruction, and to choose between the Gourmet Savoyard or Detox Vegan menus. Also included are airport transfers, mountain transport, a welcome komucha reception, Breakfast and Afternoon Tea, 4-course dinners on six nights, concierge, daily maid service and 20% discount on ski hire. Prices start at €12,660 for this package and it is available throughout the season.
Chalet Rosière can accommodate up to 12 guests, with six eclectic bedrooms all named after local totemic animals, filled with treasured antiques and travellers’ artefacts to give guests their very own Explorers Club feel.
Guests can either have exclusive use of the chalet as a group or stay as individuals.