High up in Savoie Mont Blanc – at 1900m to be precise – Mylène and Elizabeth’s luxury mountain retreat feels a world away from industrialised skiing – but is only 10 minutes’ drive from Val d’Isère and Tignes. They are attentive, friendly hosts; passionate about their area and their combined skills of chef and mountain guide, and the rustic mountain chic of their careful restoration make staying here a real treat. You’ll want to linger over Mylene’s gourmet, regionally-inspired, dinners under soaring, raftered ceilings in the grand living space. Sample Savoyard wines and soak in the terrace hot tub under the stars; there’s a sauna and wood-fired hot tub too. Views over the Melezein Forest and Tignes’ dam are bewitching and bedrooms – each with a different timber: pine, walnut, larch and oak – very comfortable. You can head straight off on raquettes way beyond this quietly classic village, or be shuttled to the pistes. Come home to relax, in style, with fireside tea, perhaps a quick snooze before apéritifs. Oh and there’s a home cinema, and a library too. The Espace Killy and this chalet are remarkably lovely.