“Create a space I would be truly excited to stay in”.
That was the brief given to renowned architect, Herve Marullaz, after Chalet Joux Plane’s owner secured a large plot of mountain land that backed onto a stream and an alpine woodland. The result was Chalet Joux Plane.
The term ‘James Bond pad’ can be grossly overused in the luxury travel industry but with Chalet Joux Plane finally it is apt. Joux Plane is a chalet built without constraint. A destination, to be experienced. The building itself nestles into the mountain and you enter down a 15m underground tunnel that takes you from the garage and boot room into the very heart of the chalet.
The chalet itself is spread over 680m2, with one side of the chalet almost entirely glazed, offering mountain views from all the living spaces and entertainment areas. The chalet can sleep up to 14 guests across 5 luxurious bedrooms and a family/children’s bunk room, all opening out onto secluded terraces and enjoying free standing baths and hanging seats.
The specification list for the chalet is, of course, almost endless and includes a 23-meter indoor-outdoor swimming pool, a Bamford Spa including treatment room and sauna, a private gym, a cinema room, art gallery and children’s playroom. The living space is vast and includes a luxurious lounge area with open fireplace and delicious sofas, a library, a floating mezzanine dining area and a bar mezzanine with balcony overlooking the mountains.
The chalet is located in a private, elevated location; just a few minutes chauffeur drive from central Morzine. Competent skiers can ski in from the Morzine side of the valley via a short stretch of gentle off-piste. The chalet enjoys easy access to Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz that all form part of the gigantic Portes du Soleil – one of the largest ski areas in the world.
The outdoor spaces were of paramount importance to the owner when Chalet Joux Plane was being designed. He wanted to be able to enjoy being in and at one with the mountains at all times. The chalet structure is quite literally built into its mountain location; every bedroom and living space opens out onto private terraces; a large deck with swimming pool and hot tub nestles into the mountain, backing onto an alpine forest and stream. Inside, the enormous living space has one side entirely glazed and opens out onto a deep balcony overlooking the valley. The building itself is dissected by a glass atrium and there are sections of glass flooring ensuring the chalet is filled, in every area, in every space, with natural light. Chalet Joux Plane allows guests a rare moment, to live in, and exist with, the mountain.
One of the most exciting features of Chalet Joux Plane is the 23 metre indoor-outdoor swimming pool that passes right through the building itself. Located at the glazed far end of the chalet, offering breathtaking views across the mountains, the pool allows guests to swim both inside and out, creating the ‘in-out’ living experience envisioned by the architect. You can keep the pool closed and enjoy a traditional indoor swim jet experience or open it up and swim from inside to out – enjoying the chalet and the mountains all at once. Outside on the decked terrace there is also a sunken hot tub nestled on the edge of the grounds close to an alpine forest and mountain stream. Extreme luxury feels like the correct phrase to describe this swim-spa experience – you can relax and you can indulge while truly being in the mountains at all times.
Chalet Joux Plane’s bedrooms were made to delight. Hanging seats and free-standing bathtubs are all carefully positioned for perfect mountain views. Every bedroom opens out onto its own terrace so you can continue to experience the mountain when luxuriating in your private suite. The bathrooms enjoy ceiling rain showers, diffused lighting, and unique features such as slatted doors to allow natural light into the space, or huge 1.5m2 black stone tiles chosen for their delicate rusty hues making the shower feel deliciously warm, intimate, almost protective in its design. The chalet also offers ample sleep options, whatever the makeup of your group. Choose between the master suite, a family suite (which includes a separate 4-bed bunk room) and three further double bedrooms all with super-king size beds and some with the option to set up the rooms as twins.
The living space in Joux Plane is like no other, a space built without constraint. The lounge area is expansive and the heart of the chalet. Lavish in size it has been intelligently designed to offer guests a variety of individual experiences. Above, you can dine on the floating mezzanine where ‘dining at altitude’ takes on new meaning. Below, the main living space has deliciously comfy sofas [in signature grey, with concrete coffee tables] and a central fireplace, where you can relax in front of a roaring open fire. For quiet times retreat to the library snug area and take a beat under Bocci lighting in your Tom Dixon armchair. The far end of the living space is entirely glazed with a raised mezzanine that overlooks the mountains where you can enjoy signature BC cocktails while taking in the magnificent views. Perhaps pause for a moment on one of the swing seats, or relax on the large balcony and watch the sun set. This is a space for coming together but at the same time to enjoy your own space. You are in the chalet, but you are never away from the mountain.
If you are looking for a James Bond chalet, then Chalet Joux Plane is for you. The specification list is, of course, almost endless, but it is what’s not said that speaks volumes. Like that feeling when you walk down the 15m tunnel that runs directly from the private double garage into the heart of the chalet; or the carefully designed boot room with pillar-box windows allowing you a glimpse of the mountains at all times. Then there’s the thoughtfully curated collection of art that you pass as you wander into the games room where you can play bar billiards or enjoy a quick game of pool; a cinema awaits for post-piste film nights or that mid-week afternoon off the slopes.
On Level 1 you’ll find your own private gym where you can keep up with your regular routine or enjoy yoga or post-skiing stretching. A private Bamford Spa with Bamford-trained therapists offer organic and botanical massages and treatments. Then there’s the enormous and award-worthy living space and an indoor-outdoor swimming pool where you can swim in the chalet or amongst mountain peaks. Chalet Joux Plane has been created to offer contemporary cutting edge design but with a sense of whimsy. It is both an experience and a destination.
- Master Bedroom Suite (Ch1), with freestanding bath and en-suite shower room, opening out onto decked terrace (Superking)
- Bedroom 2 (Ch2), with freestanding bath and en-suite shower room, opening out onto decked terrace (Superking)
- Bedroom 3 (Ch3), family room, opening out onto decked terrace with separate kids bunk room for 4 (Superking)
- Bedroom 4 (Ch4), with freestanding bath, opening out onto decked terrace (Superking/twin)
- Bedroom 5 (Ch5), ensuite shower room, opening out onto decked terrace (Superking/twin)
- Private Gym
- Bamford Spa including massage treatment room and sauna
- Cinema Room
- 23-meter indoor-outdoor swimming pool
- 15 meter underground tunnel leading from garage directly into the chalet.
- Boot room with shower and bathroom facilities
- Games room with art gallery
- Enormous open plan living area with central fireplace, lounge area, library and snug areas, all leading out onto private terraces
- Glass atrium dissecting the chalet from floor to ceiling
- Separate raised library and bar mezzanine at the front of the building, glazed top-to-bottom, to offer stunning views across Morzine
- Large balcony
- Kitchen and breakfast area with French doors leading out onto the private terrace for the swimming pool and hot tub
- Kids snug / playroom
- Entrance Hall with hanging seat
- Walkway to floating mezzanine-dining area
- Floating mezzanine dining area with breathtaking views across the valley
- Steps down to the Upper Ground floor
Chalet Joux Plane is located in a private, elevated location; just a minutes chauffeur drive from central Morzine. Competent skiers can ski in from the Morzine side of the valley via a short stretch of gentle off-piste.
The closest ski lift is just 250m away, taking less than a minute in a chauffeured vehicle. The high altitude skiing of Avoriaz is best accessed from the Prodains Telepherique which is a 5 minute drive away. Chalet Joux Plane enjoys easy access to Morzine, Les Gets and Avoriaz that all form part of the gigantic Portes du Soleil – one of the largest ski areas in the world.