The design brief for this particular residence, he explains, was “to create something comfortable, somewhere that was a good entertaining space and that had a sort of Ralph Lauren feel to it – a real home away from home.”
There’s an instant visual impact when you step – or even ski – inside the chalet, leaving the visitor in little doubt as to the high-end fit-out that is to follow. The emphasis is on warmth, comfort and discreet yet discernible luxury.
“We plan a very informal seating area in entrance lobby where guests can come in, down and really enjoy the space and feel comfortable,” Yiannikkou explains. “It’s a lovely spot to sit after a ski session and have a drink before heading downstairs for, say, a swim, a sauna, a steam session or a dip in the hot tub.”
As a genuine ski-in, ski-out property, the chalet also includes a separate entrance for hardened skiers who can access and exit on their skis. “It’s a nice touch that just makes life easier,” says Yiannikkou with characteristic understatement.
While the chalet is within a hurled snowball’s distance of a clutch of upmarket bars and restaurants, guests’ are likely to prefer to enjoy their après ski without venturing beyond the front door. A choice of reception areas abounds in the property yet the living room – which Yiannikkou singles out as his favourite space – is arguably the star attraction.