PowderBeds clients Jon & Pamela have sent us a roundup of their recent trip to Les Menuires. Two fantastic weeks of non-stop skiing, staying in - in our view - one of the best value ski-in/ski-out residences in the French Alps.
Les Alpages de Reberty sits in its own hamlet above this high-altitude resort in the Three Valleys, and features comfortable and stylish apartments that come with WiFi access. Guests also have access to the property's swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Here's more from Jon:
"We've just returned from a two-week ski holiday is Les Alpages de Reberty, and enjoyed an excellent time there. Perhaps the most important thing is that the accommodation was precisely as advertised, so no unpleasant surprises and a few pleasant ones!
We were later than average arrivals; it's a long drive from the UK, departing Rotterdam at 10 o'clock. and arriving nearly twelve hours later. We knew the office would be closed, but so did our booking agent, and all arrangements were in place as per the briefing prepared for us. We were soon in our apartment in Les Bluets, getting orientated and unpacking as quickly (and quietly as possible).
First run of the day
We were only a couple, so the six-bed apartment was generous for us. For four, it would be perfectly comfortable with its two proper bedrooms one of which is en-suite with a shower and one larger standalone with a bath. For six, hmmm, OK for a family using a sofa bed but I would offer that six adults would need to be very comfortable in each other's company. But that is standard in our experience of French accommodation.
The kitchen was well appointed and equipped. Even a multi-use oven (a bit non-standard), with four hot rings and a microwave, just fine for us. Good dishwasher, substantial dining table and lots of storage space. In fact, while on storage space, lots throughout so it was easy to keep the apartment tidy. And a safe for security.
On arrival, the apartment was clean, and mid-way though our stay, we had a cleaning service, sheet change and fresh towels.
Our apartment had a large balcony, but as temperatures dropped to -23 degrees C, we didn't use it. Facing the mountain, we didn't have much of a view, whereas I assume those on the other side would have had amazing views of La Masse. But we were there to ski, not admire views.
View from the apartment
Car parking was straightforward; a short drive back down the hill to access secure underground parking, with lift access to a chalet adjacent to reception.
Which brings me on the the real positives. The location is superb. For a start, it's in the Three Valleys and access to 600km of world class skiing. I would assess it as ski-in / ski out. The boot room is adjacent to reception with individual lockers, though without boot heaters (we have our own, so took ours back to our apartment). From there, a side-door, and onto an access slip adjacent to La Ferme de Reberty. With skis on, straight down the Boyes piste; our normal start was up the Sunny Express lift (smaller queue than Les Bruyeres) and straight onto the mountain. At the end of the day, just slip off the Boyes piste and you can glide to the access door (except for the last few steps down). Or enjoy an end of the day drink in La Ferme.
More positives. Right outside, a small but superbly stocked Sherpa supermarket. Adjacent to that, ski hire and an ESF office. Oh, and did I mention ESF lessons meet right on the edge of the Boyes piste, as close to the accommodation as possible? Also outside, over the road, all the recycling points. And a ski-bus stop. We caught the bus back twice, once for the request free ski-bus service from Les Menuires' La Croisette, and a second time after a day-off alpine, cross-country skiing right down to St Martin.
And it changed my perception. I'm pretty familiar with the Three Valleys, but have never stayed in Les Menuires, merely skiing through as part of a Three Valleys big day out from one of the other resorts. But Reberty is not strictly Les Menuires. It is separate, and does have more of a village atmosphere, separated from the massive accommodation blocks that dominate Les Menuires. And the pistes are really excellent. And fun!
We had a great time. Got what we expected, and with the location, would assess our stay as great value for money. A huge thanks to PowederBeds.com for helping us to source Les Alpages de Reberty and making the arrangements for an excellent couple of weeks."
Thank you so much to Jon for sending in the review.
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Posted by Victoria Mclean on Tuesday 07 Feb 2023