- About Kaluma
- What we offer
- Team Overview
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What makes Kaluma Travel different:
- Unlike many of our competitors and event companies, we do not charge any extra for our unique service
- We are still small enough to provide a very personal, discreet experience
- We will provide the same level of service to all our guests
- By focusing on just three of the most exciting and luxurious ski regions we have developed unrivalled knowledge and contacts
- Our in resort managers have spent over 11 winters in their specialist regions and are also the company directors
- Our team, both home and abroad all have individual experiences of the regions to provide you with the best service and customer care
- We will advise on the hotel or chalet we think is right for you and we will be honest and open at all times
- We are available before, during and after to ensure every aspect of your trip goes smoothly
- As a small company we do not have set departure dates or hotel allocations to sell, what we offer is solely based around your requirements
- We adopt a flexible approach where last minute changes will be catered for
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- An efficient and friendly service from your initial contact with our UK office, which will continue in the Alps
- We can reserve both luxury chalet and hotel accommodation for any duration of stay
- We can organise scheduled flights and private transfers, all of which will be tailor made to your preferences
- Helicopter transfers can be arranged
- We can organise corporate ski events including; product launches, conferences/meetings, alpine parties, incentive ski trips and client entertaining
- An experienced overseas team who will guarantee a seamless holiday and will be on hand throughout your stay
- We can arrange the best tables in the most popular restaurants and the best spots in the busiest bars
- We know the finest instructors to cater to every ability
- We are confident and assured in our suggestions and recommendations of ski shops, ski runs, après ski, restaurants and resort activities
- In resort staff will be on hand to deliver your lift passes, help select your equipment and book hand picked instructors
- We offer a comprehensive ski orientation service; we give advice on the best ski runs to suit your ability, prepare your weekly ski itinerary and offer ski guiding
- Our resort teams have access to a selection of tried and tested professional nannies and/or babysitters
If we have not answered your question please do not hesitate to contact us on +44(0)1730 260263 or email@example.com and we will be happy to discuss your query.
How much does a holiday with Kaluma Travel cost?
As each of our holidays are bespoke and tailor made to match your requirements every holiday price will be unique. The price will vary depending on the number of people, the resort, the dates and the preferences you have.
Our luxury chalets and eclectic mix of hotels have been hand picked as each has a unique quality that we believe will provide you with the best experiences, it is therefore always useful if you can give us an indication of your budget and preferences to ensure we deliver the perfect luxury ski holiday for you.
What are the benefits of booking through Kaluma Travel over other potentially cheaper operators?
By booking through Kaluma Travel your holiday will be tailor made to meet your requirements. We will listen to what you want from your trip and base everything around this. As a smaller company we have a greater degree of flexibility and are not bound by hotel allocations to sell or stringent departure dates, we will only recommend something to you which we truly believe meets your needs.
We will arrange everything for you, from organising your luxury accommodation in resort, to booking your flights based around your preferred times, airports and airline and then booking your private transfer. We will also be on hand for all your in resort needs, we will deliver your lift passes to your hotel or chalet ready for your first morning of skiing, take you to our recommended ski hire shop and assist with all your equipment requirements, organise ski school and/or private ski lessons. Also thanks to our in resort experience we will discuss your ski ability and help plan your skiing for your week, recommending the best runs for your ability and also passing on our insider tips.
We know the nuances of the resorts better than other companies. The company owners have lived in the resorts for over 11 years, allowing us to provide our guests with an unrivalled level of service that comes at no extra cost to you. The difference between a good holiday and a great holiday can be put down to local knowledge.
Will I pay any more for my chalet/hotel room by booking through Kaluma Travel?
You will not pay anymore by booking through us; we pass on the public rates for the hotels to you.
You will also benefit from our in resort service included in the price if you book through us.
Why do you specialise in only three regions?
We believe it is important to offer the best level of service and in resort expertise to our guests, and by focusing on just three of the most luxurious and exciting ski regions we can do that. Our three regions are Courchevel 1850 in France, St Anton and the Arlberg region in Austria and Verbier in Switzerland.
Our company directors have lived in these regions for the past 11 years, this knowledge and experience allows us to provide that unrivalled level of service and the insiders tips and recommendations that can make a good holiday great.
Do I have to use the ‘in resort services’?
No, we may be used simply as a holiday booking service, just like any travel agent. You may wish to simply know that someone is on hand just in case you need them. We will give you as much support as you want to ensure a great holiday or just be there IF needed.
Is it possible to only book a chalet or hotel and no travel?
Of course, all our holidays are bespoke and dependent on what our guests want. You can book just the chalet or hotel through us and make your own travel arrangements or opt for the full package; we will be lead by what you want.
All we ask is that you detail your travel arrangements to us so we can best prepare for your arrival in resort.
It is always possible to add flights and/or transfers on at a later date. We strive to stay in touch with our guests throughout the booking process, whether it is to offer advice or to book an element of the in resort experience. As your holiday date gets closer we keep in regular contact with you to ensure every element of your holiday matches your requirements.
If you do just book a chalet or hotel through us you will still receive our in resort service for no extra charge.
Which airlines do you work with?
We can work with any UK airline, if you are booking flights through us we will discuss with you your preferred timings and airports and if you have any preference on the airline.
We will then find you the best options and will not confirm any flights until we have the full go ahead from you.
What happens when I confirm?
Once you confirm you want to book a holiday with us we will confirm all elements of your itinerary for you. It is always possible to add on other elements at a later date, such as flights and transfers if not confirmed at the time of booking.
You will then be sent a deposit invoice for 35% to confirm this booking along with a booking form, we request that this is returned to us signed, to confirm every aspect of your holiday and to provide your parties details. Please note that some hotel suppliers may ask for greater deposits.
We will send you your final invoice for the remaining 65% eight weeks prior to departure. Once we have received the full balance from you we will send you your bespoke holiday itinerary with all the details of your tailor made trip and your in resort contacts.
How do I pay for my holiday?
We can accept all major debit and credit cards, although please note that credit cards incur a small surcharge. This a handling fee charged by the credit card operators and will be a charge of 2% for Visa and MasterCard transactions and 3% for Amex transactions.
To avoid these charges we do accept debit cards, bank transfers, cash and cheques depending on which payment method is most preferable to you.
Which currency do I pay in?
We can accept payments in pound sterling or in the local currency; Euros and Swiss Francs.
Sterling rates will be subject to the prevailing exchange rates.
Please let us know at the time of booking which currency you would like to pay in and we will send you the necessary information accordingly.
Do you organise my travel insurance?
It is essential that all guest traveling have travel insurance that includes winter sports cover, we do not provide this ourselves but we do work with an insurance company that we recommend. Their contact details are:
Campbell Irvine Insurance
Phone Number: +44(0)207 938 1734
Do you offer summer holidays?
We have recently launched our Kaluma Retreats program where we offer luxury villas and boutique hotels in St Tropez on the French Rivieria. The Kaluma ethos remains the same; we have a true St Tropez specialist who has lived in the region for the past 10 years. He will be on hand throughout your stay to provide the same concierge style service we offer in the alps as well as providing insider tips and helping you uncover the hidden gems of the region.
For more information please have a look at our dedicated Kaluma Retreats website or contact our UK head office to discuss Kaluma Retreats in more detail.
Is my holiday protected?
All flight package holidays are protected by ATOL, Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is: 6082
For more information on ATOL protection please see the ATOL website for further details.
Neal has created a large loyal following of clients during his time in the Alps - many of whom are now great friends on a personal and business level. Despite his hectic travel demands, Neal still finds time for sunny powder days and pleasant lunches on sun terraces.
Having now lived in the Alps for 10 years, spending the winter months in the Arlberg and his recent summers in the golfing mecca of Kitzbuhel; Andy is our Austrian specialist. A founder member of Kaluma, Andy brings to Kaluma his many years of experience organising high profile events, corporate trips, parties and luxury holidays in the Alps.
Richard began his career at PWC - auditing unit trust funds and re-insurance syndicates. However, an opportunity to work as a ski guide in Kitzbuhel was too tempting an offer to refuse. A decade later, Richard has worked in the Austrian, Swiss and French Alps, hosting events from small groups of friends, to large corporate events and private parties for the jet set.
As a founder partner in the business, he has adapted to the changing trends in luxury skiing and helped Kaluma offer the best cutting edge products to stay ahead of the game. He can often be found “researching” the heliskiing sites in Italy and Switzerland, or sampling the latest offerings from the ever changing restaurant scene in Courchevel and Verbier.
Georgina graduated from university in Manchester. She began her career in London working for one of the UKs leading fashion houses having secured sponsorship during her final year of study. She embarked on 5 years within the industry with regular travel to the Far East and Europe.
It was during this time as a client she experienced one of Kaluma’s tailor made trips and decided to take a break in her career. She was asked to join Kaluma and has since become our newest partner in 2006. She works exclusively in Courchevel 1850. Her ability to think on her feet, tackle the many challenges that arise and understand client needs with a smile on her face makes her a joy to work with for both Kaluma and client.
Louise graduated with a Marketing and Languages degree from Oxford Brookes University, a while ago! Then, as a fresh graduate, took a year (or two) to travel the world. She started her career in travel at STA Travel working in their Marketing & PR Department. Louise later worked for Opodo, an online travel provider, as their Marketing and PR Manager, all the while squeezing in more travel whenever possible. Having strapped on planks at 5 years old and got the bug, Louise's passion for skiing was ignited and then fully fuelled as a guide during a winter season in Val d'Isere. Louise with her tri-lingual, French, Spanish and Portuguese is delighted to be part of the Kaluma team.
Kelly has recently graduated with a 1st class degree from the University of Portsmouth in Business Administration. Since graduating she has been keen to find a position which she knew she would be really passionate about and use the skills learnt from her degree. Joining the Kaluma team has provided the perfect opportunity. Having been on several skiing holidays across the Alps she has developed a real enthusiasm for the sport and is rapidly building upon this existing knowledge. Bringing a fresh outlook and an eagerness to please to the Kaluma team, Kelly awaits your call and looks forward to helping you visit the Alps this winter, as well of course as getting in some ski time herself!
If you would like to offset the carbon emissions associated with your holiday through Kaluma Travel, you can do that through our partner offsetting company, Carbon Retirement.
Carbon Retirement uses customers' money to buy carbon allowances out of the EU Emission Trading Scheme. This is the EU's central tool for cutting carbon emissions. It works by giving heavy industry a fixed number of allowances to emit carbon dioxide.
Each time Carbon Retirement buys an allowance on behalf of a customer, it is cancelled, or 'retired'. Retirement permanently removes allowances from the market so they are unavailable to the industries that would otherwise use them as rights to pollute. By offsetting your travel with Carbon Retirement you reduce the number of rights to emit carbon dioxide that are available to heavily polluting industries in Europe.
Have a look at www.carbonretirement.com to find out more and to offset your emissions.
Caroline Lewis, Harper's Bazaar - Verbier, Apr 2013
"Just a note to say thank you for your (significant) part in what was a very wonderful weekend! "
Global Investment Firm - Verbier, Mar 2013
"We had a great time in Verbier. Richard and Kelly have both done a great job. "
Michael - Hotel M3, St Anton, Mar 2013
"We had a great time thanks. The hotel was excellent; clean well presented rooms with polite helpful staff. Adam was very good in meeting us and helping out with ski hire and restaurant bookings.
Overall very impressed with your service and the quality of what you arranged. "
AJ - St Anton, Mar 2013
"Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks for organising our St Anton trip. Fantastic hotel, great weather and everything worked our perfectly. Looking forward to next year already!"
Michael - Hotel Alte Post, St Anton, Mar 2013
"We were looked after extremely well in all departments. The staff in the hotel were great and we had a lovely time. Andy and Adam were excellent."
Claire - Hotel M3, St Anton, Feb 2013
"Great week thank you! Loved every minute.
Andy was fab the entire time we were there. All restaurants he recommended were excellent and what we wanted for each occasion.
Really liked the hotel, location and room was perfect. And so was the breakfast."
Bill - St Anton, Feb 2013
"Please pass on to Andy and the team our appreciation for the trip. It went very smoothly. Kaluma did a great job. Adam, the man on the ground, was brilliant with arrangements."
Global Investment Bank - Verbier, Feb 2013
"Thanks for everything! You guys have been absolutely amazing to work with. "
Patrick - St Anton, Feb 2013
"The trip was great. Everything went to plan and Adam/Andy were very helpful both in the build up to trip and whilst we were out there."
David - St Anton, Feb 2013
"Trip was great. Nice hotel and transfer went like clockwork.
Will certainly get in touch when I next book a ski trip."
Leading Insurance Provider - Val d'Isere, Feb 2013
"All went lovely thanks and they were so pleased with the hotel and the skiing was amazing! Thanks very much for everything."
Andrea - Hotel Vanessa, Verbier, Feb 2013
"Thanks Richard. Hotel is perfect and the ski instructor is a big hit. Thanks so much for everything!"
London Investment Bank - Courchevel 1850, Jan 2013
"They had an amazing time. I have had nothing but praises from everyone. They said it was run very smoothly and they all had a great time.
Thank you for all your help and to Simon for hosting whilst they were there.
I look forward to doing it all again next year with you."
Gary - Hotel das Mooser, Jan 2013
"Brilliant holiday and a fantastic hotel...
Please forward my most sincere thanks to Adam for his guiding and great company during our stay. He made the trip for me, booking places for us to dine, providing information on the best spots, taking us to Lech, showing us the white circle and for just being a great guy."
Global Investment Bank - Verbier, Jan 2013
"Our event was absolutely fantastic and I certainly couldn’t have done it without you!"