St Martin de Belleville, Trois Vallées
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Pick of the bunch is Floralie, a vast and beautifully finished chalet, 50m from the base of the lift and right in the heart of St Martin. Far from the glitz of Courchevel and the boisterous Brits of Meribel, St Martin is actually the prettiest village in the Trois Vallées and home to some of the ski area's best restaurants. Floralie is owned and operated by John Ayton and Annoushka Ducas, founders of Links of London and Annoushka jewellery, and the design is as tasteful an imaginative as you would expect.
The heart of the chalet is the enormous first-floor living room, each corner of the room almost a separate living space in itself.
The ground floor comes with a wonderfully atmospheric wood-panelled dining area and separate study, and with the home cinema downstairs, there's acres of space to lounge. And that's before you go up into the New England-style penthouse apartment, which can be taken as a separate two-bedroom apartment or as part of the main chalet. Hidden in the depths of the house is perhaps the most sexy spa area in the Alps - where a space-age giant hot tub glows in the UV light, complete with sauna, enormous flat screen TV and chill out area. Perfect for secluded sejours in the Trois Vallées.