Easy access from the UK, huge, high ski areas and more ski-in / ski-out properties than you can shake a ski pole at… The French resorts and their hotels are all about huge choice and convenience.
From budget bases to luxury lodges, you can come and go as you please (often straight into a nearby ski lift). Pick from a range of meal plans and dip into cracking facilities like swimming pools and spas.
Purpose-built resorts are France’s forte, and the nation certainly has its fair share of basic but handy ski-in / ski-out properties (like Les Arcs’ Hotel Aiguille Rouge). You’ll also find doorstep skiing in long-established towns (try the Hotel Les Champs Fleuris, backing onto Morzine’s Pleney pistes) and properties in even older, prettier places (like Hotel Anova in Montgenevre – near the green Le Chalvet run). The list goes on to include some of the most luxurious lodgings in the Alps – we love the fabulous Koh I Nor in Val Thorens, which is right by the blue Plein Sud piste.
High end hotels are cropping up more and more in the French Alps. Some are glittering with Michelin stars, like the Hotel Chalet Mounier in Les 2 Alpes, while others play host to the best spas in the mountains – like the Kaila with its palatial NUXE spa. Newly built Koh I Nor hogs one of the highest spots on the continent in snow sure Val Thorens – with fabulous floor to ceiling windows for ogling over the 3 Valleys. Browse all luxury hotels in French ski resorts here.
Breakfast: When you’re in the land of the buttery croissant, you’re pretty easily sorted for your first meal of the day.
Cold buffets include the likes of fruits, pastries, bread, charcuterie and cheeses. Occasionally you’ll find a hot buffet with eggs, sausages and bacon. Plus of course, a selection of coffees, teas and fruit juices.
Lunch: If you don’t want to adopt the age old practice of tucking away breads and cheeses from brekkie, some places offer lunch (buffet or takeaway) for an additional fee, usually between €15 and €30. In all-inclusive hotels (like Club Med), you can return to your hotel for a sit-down lunch that’s already included in the price of the holiday.
Supper: A property with its own restaurant (like the award-winning Le Taos), will usually involve a la carte dining for dinner - some of the higher end properties require shirts. Elsewhere, evening buffets or set meals are on the menu. There are often weekly Savoyard nights with fondue or raclette for your fix of French fare, while the daily meals in most places are quite cosmopolitan.
Find the Avenue Lodge on the prettiest road of France’s prettiest ski resort – living up to its location with an interior that melts together old-school Savoie and new-age chic magnificently.
Natural light pours into the highest hotel in the Alps, through floor to ceiling windows and a signature diamond shaped atrium. A whopping eight hundred square metres are dedicated to the spa, while Michelin-starred chef Eric Samson works wonders in the kitchen.
Meribel’s more of a chalet resort in general, but Hotel Le Kaila’s a dazzling exception. Clad in chic alpine furnishings and home to the NUXE spa that grants your every wellness wish – it sits in the heart of the world’s biggest ski area, 50m from your nearest lift.
When Club Med planned their new resort in Europe’s highest ski resort, they asked their Facebook fans what to include – resulting in a cool, Scandi-style interior and facilities like a four-floor climbing wall. Throw in free-flowing drinks and endless things to eat and you have an incredible hotel experience.
Any hotel with sweeping Mont Blanc views is going to be a winner - even better when it’s right at the foot of iconic Aguille du Midi with the cable car right next door. There’s a dream team behind the design: Jean-Claude Descombes is the master of the chalet style architecture, while Lesley Gauthier took care of the chic fifties décor indoors.
Less like a hotel, and more – as its name suggests – a village, complete with restaurants, bars and a fabulous spa. Stay in the 4* hotel, 5* suites or self-catered apartments if you prefer things a little more DIY.
One of our favourite foodie hotels in all the Alps, where chef Mathew Hegarty at restaurant Le P’tit Polyte holds a well-deserved Michelin star for his glorious gourmet cuisine. Having been opened since 1879, the hotel knows a thing or two about excellent hospitality.
Come to Le Sherpa for the groovy new ‘cosmic sauna’, the closeness to the pistes or what one of our lovely customers called ‘the best food in a ski hotel anywhere’ – praise indeed! This cosy hotel is family run and gets rave reviews year in, year out.
Up, up and away in Arc 2000, Taj I Mar opened in the December of 2016. And it comes with all the trimmings you’d expect of the Paradiski’s first five star hotel – fine furnishings, posh nosh, spa facilities and knock-your-socks off views.
An all-singing, all-dancing, all-inclusive hotel in a quiet ski resort where crowds and lift queues barely exist. The family offerings are hard to beat, from the kids clubs to the group ski lessons included with your stay.
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