It can be stressful getting everyone together for Christmas, so might we suggest you forgo the arguments about whether to go to Aunt Sally’s upstate or to your place in Florida, and spend the week in a neutral territory skiing instead.
Below, we chose our favorite rentals available right now on Christmas Eve from Luxury Retreats (basically Airbnb for rich people). Yes, they are all insanely expensive, but what’s Christmas if not the one time of year you’re allowed to splurge on the people you love, treating them to a magical, once-in-a-lifetime skiing vacation?
(The homes are also, incidentally, the perfect place to stage your fantasy murder mystery novel. 14 rich people trapped together in a ski lodge? Poirot would be all over it!)
1. Whistler Heli Chalet
Whistler (BC), Canada
Price during Christmas: $19,158/night
The 8,000-square-foot chalet has its own helipad (see above) making it “one of the world’s only truly Heliski-in/Heliski-out properties.” Necessary.
It also comes with a private concierge, driver, manager and housekeeper who will give you a champagne reception, and the home (which can accommodate 12 guests) has a home theater, billiards room, gym, a fire pit, barbecue grill, steam room and hot tub for 12. Not to mention, the staff will provide you with everything you could possibly want while you go skiing (including kleenex).
Price during Christmas: $34,000/night
The home can accommodate 10 guests (with bunk beds for kids), and all of you will be sure to enjoy the off-piste skiing. For an extra cost (because what’s an extra $5,000?), Luxury Retreats will even set up ski lessons for you.
And the spa. Ooh la la. The home has a private swimming pool, relaxation area, fitness room, hammam steam bath, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna and massage rooms (no word on whether it also comes with a masseuse. But the rest of the staff is top-notch: a manager, daily housekeeping, concierge, personal chef and a chauffeur).
3. Starwood Estate
Starwood Area, Colorado
Price during Christmas: $17,000/night
While the photos of this estate are nice, they also look really, really, really cold. Thankfully the place has many fireplaces so inside will be warm even if the mountains outside are 15 degrees. If you happen to be there when it’s not snowing, you can use the private tennis court, go horse back riding or mountain biking nearby.
There are nice indoor activities too, like a “mountain-view bar,” an indoor pool, a gym and a private cinema.
4. Chalet Les Gentianes
Courchevel, French Alps
Price during Christmas: Upon request; the period directly after Christmas costs $41,049/night.
Courcheval is a town in France that has been designed by rich people, for rich people. It offers seven restaurants with Michelin stars; over a hundred ski runs; tons of high-end luxury stores; and so, so, so many rich Russians. What more could you want in life?
The home itself can accommodate 14 guests, and offers an enormous indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, hammam, a separate gym, a massage therapy room, and a home theater. Not to mention the extensive staff, which includes a butler, manager, housekeeper, chef, security guard and driver.
5. Red Cloud Estate
Deer Valley, Utah
Price During Christmas: $15,000/night
Have 19 other people in your life you actually want to spend Christmas Eve with? Boy do we have the house for you! This 9,600-square-foot home is designed for the ultimate adult sleep-away camp.
If you want to escape all your guests, the home offers ski-in, ski-out access, as well as a free shuttle service into town. There’s a pool table, home theater (with bean bag chairs), an outdoor hot tub (below) and additional house cleaning services for an additional cost.
6. Chalet Edelweiss
Courchevel, French Alps
Price During Christmas: Upon request; a week in January costs $30,980/night
Also in our favorite town of Courcheval, this Chalet is made for partying. It has a built-in nightclub with a DJ booth, dance floor and bar. (Not to mention a dining table that can fit 24 people).
If you’re feeling less social, there’s also an indoor pool with a waterfall and a private screening room, as well as a master suite that takes up an entire floor. The home can accommodate a total of 16 guests.
7. Zermatt Peak
Zermatt, Swiss Alps
Price during Christmas: $22,048
Munch on Toblerone while actually looking at the Matterhorn in this unique chalet. Built on an actual mountain cliff, the home features a giant wall of glass with spectacular views as well as pretty unusual decorations, with miniature Matterhorn coat hooks and door handles and metal lamps made to resemble branches.
The home is small(ish) and can accommodate 10 guests in five bedrooms. You can also pay extra for a Michelin starred chef (it doesn’t specify which one) to cook meals for you as well as for a private masseuse and beautician to give you facials in the beauty room.