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In Australia, a chalet is usually a kind of rustic-style vacation home, generally found in beach or mountain settings – especially in ski resorts. Elsewhere in the world, the term “chalet” can mean a range of different things, and a chalet can be anything from a chic, Alpine-style ski lodge to a simple wooden cabin in a holiday park.
Chalets can often be very good value, providing the facilities of a more expensive holiday rental at a very reasonable price. They’re also frequently found in scenic settings – chalets are a common form of accommodation in ski resorts, making them perfect for winter breaks. You might also come across rental chalets on the coast, many of which offer direct beach access.
You’ll mainly find chalets by the beach or in the mountains. In Australia – as well as in Europe and North America – they’re often associated with skiing holidays, and there are lots of them in big winter sports resorts like Thredbo and Perisher.
The cost of renting a chalet for your holiday can vary considerably. For luxury chalets in popular ski resorts, you can expect to pay fairly high rates, though these often come with high-end facilities and ski-in/ski-out access. On the other hand, some budget chalets can be very affordable, and simple chalet-style accommodation by the beach or in a secluded mountain setting can be a great way to score a cheap holiday.
Expedia’s got loads of chalets available to rent – you can book them like any other holiday accommodation by using the search box above. Don’t forget to check out our package deals, where you can make big savings by bundling together your flights, car rental and accommodation. Booking your travel through Expedia also unlocks our special Add-On Advantage, so you can get cheaper rates on selected accommodation when you add it onto an existing trip.
Most chalets in ski resorts will usually provide ski storage and self-catering facilities, while more high-end chalets might add parking, ski-in/ski-out access, hot tubs and housekeeping services. More down-to-earth chalets in coastal or rural settings will generally have kitchens and living areas, and some may even offer perks like wood burners or private hot tubs.
If you’re wondering about the difference between a chalet and a lodge, it’s not always obvious. The terms are sometimes used interchangeably to describe straightforward holiday accommodation with a rustic aesthetic.
In ski resorts, however, the distinction is clearer. A chalet is generally used to mean a private, detached rental property, while a lodge tends to be a sort of hotel, often with an on-site restaurant.
Here at Expedia, we’ve got loads of chalets available at affordable rates, whether you’re looking for “chalets close to me” or the overseas trip of a lifetime. Just use the box above to search your intended destination, and we’ll give you plenty of nearby options.