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.
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.
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