You might want to wax up the skis and dust down the walking boots, because the range of chalets on offer on ebookers is your ticket to the mountains. Perched on Swiss hillsides or nestled under the groomed pistes of French resorts, dotting the Colorado Rockies or snug in the valley bottoms of the Austrian Alps, they offer the perfect base for getting out and about between the glaciers and summits. But that's not all. Chalets can also mean cosy boltholes on South African cliffs, surf-washed seaside spots where views of the ocean unfold from timber-built porches, or charming homes shouldering above flowering alpine meadows. In short, if you're looking for a relaxing escape to nature, these sorts of stays could just be the perfect choice.
Ski chalets have always led the way when it comes to this sort of accommodation. Peppering world-famous winter sports resorts from France to Italy, Canada to Japan, they've long been the go-to option for travellers with the skis and salopettes in tow. Families in particular find plenty to love about a chalet stay in the snowy months. With multiple bedrooms to keep the whole skiing crew nice and comfy, big lounge spaces warmed by crackling fires, self-catering kitchen facilities, dedicated ski rooms for equipment storage, and even ski-in, ski-out access to the pistes, it's easy to see why.
Luxury seekers can also home in on chalet rentals that crank up the opulence and style. Delve behind the quaint Alpine architecture that decorates their timber-clad exteriors, and you could find private saunas, bubbling hot tubs, and even catered dining rooms. Just think – you could whizz straight off the slopes and be welcomed by all that. There's really nothing like it for soothing the post-piste muscles.
Chalets aren't only for the winter sportsters, though. If you love leaving behind the big cities and finding your own little slice of nature, they're always there, waiting between the carved summits of great mountain ranges, on the edge of glimmering alpine lakes or atop the wave-bashed cliffs of beautiful coastlines. That means hiking trails, horse riding routes, rock climbing, rafting and all manner of other adventurous pursuits can also be on the itinerary when staying in a chalet – you might just have to wait for the snows to melt.
Whether you're after a cosy little bolthole with a crackling fire in the heart of the Rockies, a luxurious piste-side mansion with porches overlooking the glaciers of Chamonix, or anything in between, ebookers has such a wealth of chalets on the menu that no 2 trips are ever going to be the same. We've also made it super easy to get the pad that's perfect for you. Just enter the dates you're looking travel and we'll list all the top-rated options for your destination. You can even make use of our nifty travel map, to reveal all the chalet stays that dot the outskirts and hidden corners of a destination.