On the slopes or in the chalet ... in the chalet or on the slopes? Which is best? You know you've got a delicious dilemma when you don't know where you'd rather be. Especially when the slopes are as glitteringly enticing as those of St Anton.
The attractions of the fabulous Chalet Eden Rock are formidable. It is Supertravel Ski's flagship new chalet in St Anton, which is arguably the most popular Tirolean ski resort amongst Brits. We've stayed in St Anton many times and reckon Eden Rock is the most luxurious chalet in the village by far.
Eden Rock looks like it has stood in the Nasserein part of St Anton forever, but in fact its wealth of weathered timbers have been sourced from ancient barns and little more than a year ago the spot it now occupies was a field of weeds. It has been cleverly designed to look wonderfully rustic on the outside, while the inside is all pure luxury.
And I can vouch that the result is a perfect blend that is totally at home in the village.
Eden Rock is divided into three separate chalets all under one roof to maximise flexibility for groups of all sizes. The bedrooms are sumptuous and comfortable, the en-suite bathrooms the height of luxury. You can choose to eat in the dining area of your own chalet or in the smart ground floor restaurant, next to a cosy stube-like bar with open log fire.
Some bookings are for all 20 beds, others are chalet by chalet, but we weren't at all surprised to hear that some groups who arrived separately chose to eat together in the restaurant and then at the end of their holidays swapped email addresses to keep in touch, having become good friends in these conducive surroundings.
The real pampering is on the lower ground floor, where there are massage rooms, sauna, steam room, gym and a swimming pool - ahh, the swimming pool, with a comfortable and yet refreshing temperature, a whirlpool and a counter current, which flows for seven minutes. It took the full seven minutes for me to swim about 2m in the pool, so I felt that this effort which followed skiing all day (and yes,ok, I admit it, a bit of apres-ski partying - well, this is the Tirol!) meant I had earned the delicious dinners.
And delicious they were - one evening for example, we had canapes of scallops, cauliflower puree with bacon crumb and a pear salad with walnuts and blue cheese mousse with a mulled wine reduction; starter of crispy eggs, char-grilled white asparagus with hollandaise; main course of pan fried duck breast, celeriac puree and spiced lentils with a piquant pepper puree; followed by pannacotta pomegranate molasses with a pistachio brittle; and finished with local cheeses and petit fours. All perfectly paired with white and red wines.
Now you can see why Eden Rock is Supertravel Ski's flagship chalet - and appreciate my daily dilemma, but I managed it all and went home feeling refreshed, nurtured, and very, very spoiled.
You can find out more about Supertravel Ski's Eden Rock chalet in St Anton on http://www.supertravel.co.uk/ski/stantonchalets/edenrock.aspx