Royals know how to travel in style. With rare pockets of time between official state tours, a private holiday is something to treasure. In the summer, the French Riviera glitters with international royalty from the House of Grimaldi to the House of Windsor. In the winter season, the slopes of Europe’s Alps have hosted generations of skiing royals. Ski resorts such as Lech and Verbier are loved for their stylish luxury ski chalets and some of the best skiing in the world.
If you are thinking ahead to your next luxury holiday with the royal seal of approval, read on for our top three recommendations. We love these destinations for their elegance, charm and natural beauty.
Lech is beloved by European royalty. From the Dutch Royal Family to Queen Maxima of The Netherlands and Princess Caroline of Hanover, Lech has always been a firm favourite for ski holidays in Europe. The understated elegance and unwritten rule for privacy draw Europe’s elite to the slopes every winter. Princess Diana famously taught her sons to ski in this exclusive ski resort, and the Alpine village comes alive during the winter ski season. Luxury chalets book fast for ski holidays in Lech during the festive season. Booking early on is essential.
Our favourite luxury ski chalet in Lech: Chalech S
Arguably one of the finest luxury chalets in Lech. Chalech S is a perfect balance of homely comfort and contemporary elegance. Whether you want to swoosh down the slopes all day or soak in the hammam, Chalech S offers ample space for a luxury family ski holiday or a celebration with friends.
RELAX IN PEACE OR PARTY IN STYLE
Few islands in the Caribbean can match the ‘royal treatment’ guests receive when they arrive in St Barts. International Royals have been frequenting this beautiful island for generations. With some of the most exciting restaurants in the Caribbean and prestigious events in the social calendar, including the St Barths Bucket Regatta (read our article about “Yachting Royalty“) and the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks, St Barts is the place to be seen.
Our favourite luxury villa rental in St Barts: Villa Maison Blanc Bleu
Villa Maison Blanc Bleu encapsulates the playful spirit of St Barts. This exquisite private retreat has mesmerising ocean views from the expansive infinity pool and open-plan deck. This stunning private villa rental is perfect for a family holiday in St Barts or a festive celebration.
LAKE COMO, ITALY
For Centuries Lake Como has been a playground for powerful Italian aristocracy. Some of the illustrious villas that line the mile-long shores of this spectacular lake were built under Napoleon’s rule. Today Old Royalty and Old Hollywood gather behind the privacy of grand buildings for some of the most exclusive and glamorous events. Rooted in history, these dreamy waters trapped in time will revive and rejuvenate even the hardest of souls.
Our favourite luxury villa rental in Lake Como: Villa Deluca
Villa Deluca is perched above the shores of Lake Como. This luxury villa rental is just half an hour from the old town of Como and within touching distance of pretty villages and regal family houses. Villa Deluca is an unbeatable hideaway for a private luxury holiday in Lake Como.