A Monastery of Total Luxury: Firefly’s Chalet Himalaya, Val d’Isère

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This sumptuous Luxury Ski Chalet, Chalet Himalaya, Val d’Isère, France, is portrayed in an unforgettable introduction on the Firefly website: “Imagine you are lost in a snowstorm on an icy mountain path. The flurry clears for a moment, and the glowing windows of a rugged stone house light up the darkness. Step into the warmth and feel the intoxication of Chalet Himalaya in all its opulence.” This French alpine property is, indeed, set up for opulent comfort, with a full staff available to do everything from cooking your meals to driving you wherever you need to go, so that your vacation is nothing but pure relaxation. The décor here is designed to warm both body and spirit: lush fabrics in warm, sensual colors…deep plush bedding complete with fur accents…cozy fireplaces, a sauna, and en suite bathrooms of unparalleled excellence…it’s all here.

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From its beginnings as a 17th-century monastery, this ski chalet has been modernized with a deft touch: some original features such as rock walls and a huge stone fireplace have been left intact; window seats in those walls are spots where monks would have sat to read. Even surrounded by such elegant history, however, you’ll lack no modern convenience. A movie screen appears at the touch of a button; a long, narrow pool connects indoors with outdoors. Perched on the side of a mountain, the chalet is “ski-in, ski-out” — with the services of a masseuse available should you happen to overdo it on the slopes! Quite simply, this is a 5-star combination of splendid historical detail and contemporary ambience. So…relax: you’re in professional hands at Firefly Group’s Chalet Himalaya.

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).