Ski resorts are at their most magical at Christmas time. Here we discover some the most lavish Christmas Lunches to be indulged on across the Alps.
Perfect Backdrop for a Christmas film
Sometimes it almost feels as though a film crew must be hiding behind the corner having just set up a Christmas scene and about to call ‘action’! The twinkling lights on tree after tree, sleigh rides under soft blankets as you glide through the main square, old buildings surrounding you softened by a blanket of glistening snow, mulled wine and delicacies around a toasty log fire, a backdrop of snow-capped peaks soaring into the starlit sky… Sometimes it feels as though Walt Disney couldn’t design things better himself!
Combine this mystical world with the exhilaration of snow sports and the mouth-watering temptations of amazing cuisine and you can understand why so many opt for Christmas in the Alps. There is also, of course, the bonus that you won’t have to rush around four supermarkets on Christmas Eve looking for the last jar of cranberry sauce in town, no washing up for hours when all you want to doze on the sofa and the need to endure three days of post-Christmas dry turkey concoctions? Vanished!
Swap Your Traditional Christmas Fare for Lavish Alternatives
Although the Alps isn’t famous for Yorkshire puds and Bisto, if you’re willing to give the turkey a miss for a year then there are some wonderfully lavish Christmas lunch options to tempt your tastebuds over your Christmas break. We’ve selected ten to whet your appetite. We challenge your mouth not to water by the end of reading this article!
Here’s Our Selection of Lavish Christmas Lunches Across The Alps
Anyone for Brunch in Verbier?
If you’re looking for a slow start to the day to allow time to open presents but still looking to spend time on the slopes then why not opt for brunch? Over the years this has become a delectable Sunday tradition at five-star Chalet Adrien in Verbier. And it is such a success that they do the same thing on Christmas Day. On the south facing terrace with unrivalled views, Chef Sebastiano Lombardi prepares a seasonal menu including the likes of oysters, mi-cuit salmon with wasabi mayonnaise, beef tartare medallions, saffron arancini balls, fresh pasta cooked tableside, spit-roasted pork, roasted veal filet, and of course a huge array of miniature desserts. You’ll need to do some serious skiing to burn it off! If you’re feeling a little too full for something so strenuous though, why not opt for a helicopter flight organised by Chalet d’Adriens partners to the top of the glacier and toast Christmas Day with a glass of champagne. Cheers!
Luxurious Christmas lunch in Kitzbühel
With over 30 Gault Millaua, you are sure to have a wonderful meal at the boutique five star Tennerhof, which sits just above Kitzbühel and has a fascinating history dating back to 1416. Tradition and service abound at their six-course €250 a head gala Christmas dinner (children eat à la carte), which includes Kitzbühel porcini, homemade gnocchi with Perigord truffles and XO beef with marrow dumplings. As well as its gourmet accolades, the hotel now boasts an award-winning spa. Why not treat yourselves to a relaxing treatment above the Kitzbühel rooftops at the Spa de Charme, with experiences focusing on the four elements of water, air, earth and fire.
5 star Lunch served in your own chalet
If you’d prefer to lounge around in your robe all day and play with new presents then why not opt for a private chef to come to your chalet. Takeachef operate in both the French and Swiss Alps. Their chefs have studied at some of the finest culinary schools and many have experience in Michelin starred restaurants. They will liaise with you to ascertain your specific dietary requirements and culinary preferences then come to your chalet with everything required and create a magical Christmas dinner right in front of your eyes. And the best part is they’ll even clean everything up after they’ve served you before you leave!
Christmas Party in a Mongolian yurt
For a private Christmas party venue with a twist, look no further than Chalet de la Marine in Val Thorens. Slip inside their private traditional Mongolian yurt at 2,500m altitude, welcoming up to 16 guests into its cosy atmosphere. The Chalet restaurant itself was the first in the Alpine Arc to be awarded a Michelin Fork. Chefs will set up everything on a vintage stove in the centre of the yurt for your arrival and you can delve into the likes of seafood platters with red label shrimp and Pertossian caviar, traditional Chalet ‘pot au feu’ with foie gras, and AOP Swiss Gruyère cheese fondue with fresh truffles.
Christmas Eve Extravaganza at Airelles Courchevel
From the outside, the sumptuous Airelles in Courchevel looks like a castle from a fairy tale. What better place than a castle for a Christmas Eve gala dinner which pulls out all the stops. Guests are first invited to Santa’s workshop where gifts for all ages can be found. Then on to the ‘Table des Airelles’ for Oscetra caviar, pineapple-marbled Landes foie gras, Brittany Blue Lobster ravioli and roasted Bresse Capon with Melanosporum black truffle. Dessert comes in the form of Santa’s sleigh laden with Yule logs. The menu is €450 for adults and €225 for under 12s.
picnic in the Snow in Lech
To make the most of the stunning landscapes that the Alps provide, you could opt for a luxurious picnic in the snow. Several resorts have operators who offer this fabulous outdoor dining experience. At Hotel Kristiania in Lech there are butlers dedicated to organising these events. Liaise with them on the finer details, perhaps travel by snowmobile or husky sled to get there, then relax swathed in fur blankets and take in the breathtaking scenery of the Vorarlberg Alps as you sip champagne from real crystal glasses (no plastic cups here) and dine on the delicacies of your choice, warmed by a fire bowl and surrounded by Moroccan rugs.
Spend Christmas Lunch with a view of the Matterhorn
Chez Vrony encapsulates Zermatt’s meteoric rise from remote mountain village to world-renowned resort. Enjoy heartfelt hospitality as you dine at 2100 metres with sweeping views of the Matterhorn. If you’re lucky, you may be served by Bonnie, who has been a loyal member of their service team for a staggering 27 years! There is no set menu for Christmas so you can choose à la carte from suggestions such as Bloody Mary soup with spicy lamb chorizo and a basil foam, Shredded Valais Veal in a herb cream sauce with dried apricots, mushrooms and potato Rösti, and why not round things off with Fruits of the Forest under a saffron-hazelnut crust with Fior di Latte ice cream.
And so as we wrap up this article and untuck our serviettes from our collar, we come back to the challenge… is your mouth watering yet? Ours certainly are! Wherever you spend Christmas this year we wish you a wonderful day full of joy and wonderful food!
For more information about types of ski accommodation see our ‘How to Choose the Best Ski Holiday Accommodation For You’ article.