We’re used to hearing about celebrities requesting bizarre items for their dressing rooms – Mariah Carey, for example, likes a basket of kittens and Van Halen allegedly asked for bowls of M&Ms with the brown ones taken out (oh and Eminem’s speculated pond full of koi carp!)
But it seems Brits are getting quite picky when it comes to what they want in ski chalets in top resorts like Verbier, Val D’isere and St Anton. With more holidaymakers now booking ski accommodation online, it’s commonplace to choose chalets and luxury apartments by ‘features’ and submit requests via online Live Chats to find chalets by the elements they want to make their stays extra special. Analysis of these search results makes interesting and amusing viewing.
Crazy chalet must-haves submitted by the British public included:
And foodie and item requests made to chalet owners upon booking were even more weird and wonderful, including:
· Night vision goggles
· Buffalo milk
· Gravy granules
· Lavender-only candles
· Selection of cuddly toys
· Full fruit juicer
· Pink towels
· British bacon
The research by ChaletFinder, one of the UK’s largest ski accommodation websites, also found that nine out of 10 people booking ski accommodation requested a hot tub. And relaxing in communal tubs was considered more important that staying connected to the internet with WIFI coming in second; 85% of people specified this as a must-have feature. Convenience and luxury also featured top of the list, with a Ski-in Ski-out location and other wellness features such as saunas coming in third and fourth respectively on the list. Making up the top five most requested features was ‘a professional chef’.
The research was gleaned from more than 18,500 enquiries to Chaletfinder.co.uk. Oliver Bailey, managing director of ChaletFinder, said, “Our data shows British skiers most definitely have a penchant for hot tubs after a hard day’s skiing, with a massive 90% of all searches specifying this as a key requirement, with saunas also coming in the top five most requested features.
“But it was the bizarre requests that really caught our attention.”
Ollie added: “Although mixed group bookings and families are still a large percentage of our customers, which might explain some of the findings as friends look to relax together and have fun in a hot tub, there is also a growing request for ‘romantic chalets’. We are also seeing a rise in the number of female only groups, 96% of which put hot tub as a key requirement.
Ollie added, “Another trend we have seen this year is a shift from people taking a week long break to a rise in booking multiple shorter or weekend breaks taken throughout the season so they may ski with a number of different groups in one season.