The Inspiration - Why build Chalet Sapphire?
Chalet Sapphire is a result of being lucky enough to stay in and enjoy some of the best catered ski chalets around Europe for many years with my friends and family but noticing on every holiday, and in every chalet, there was always a massive compromise involved. Each chalet experience was unique with it’s own merits, but all came with their own challenges; whether that be in terms of the location, the way it was run day to day, the internal and external layout, or the facilities the chalet was able to offer.
Why are all chalets 'a compromise'?
I think the main reason for this is that nearly all these luxury chalets were lovingly designed and built for their owner’s holidays or main home, and converted for the luxury travel industry afterwards. They were doing the best they could with what they already had. But re-purposing a luxury chalet comes with many compromises, in areas not normally affecting a home. For example, the lack of a truly professional kitchen or laundry facilities, or having separate sitting and entertainment areas. What was needed was a luxury residence similar to a 5* star hotel that offered you your own private and cosy hideaway from it all. Guests were experiencing only small glimpses of that. I wanted guests to have it all.
I wanted to build a luxury chalet truly fit for purpose
Taking all the good points and experiences we had from our luxury ski holidays, and my own personal ambition to build a ski chalet that truly ticked ALL the boxes, I spent over 5 years looking for the perfect location.