Our Top 5 Family Apartments in France:
Choosing the best ski accommodation for your family can be confusing and we often get asked ‘which is best for families?’ In truth, the answer is that every family has different needs and we have a number of accommodations which are very popular with families who return year after year for different reasons. So we’ve compiled a list of our favourites and the reasons our customers love them…
Best for Short Transfers - L'Amara, Avoriaz
Avoriaz is set in the heart of the magnificent Portes du Soleil ski area where you can explore 12 linked resorts and even ski across the border to Switzerland! Avoriaz is a fantastic family resort as it is entirely car free and has a superb central childrens village where learning to ski is mixed with other fun activities both indoor and outdoor.
For those ready to take their skiing to the next level there is a fantastic natural feature park called the Stash and for après ski activities the whole family will love Aquariaz, an indoor waterpark made with thousands of tropical plants complete with climbing wall and river rapids.
Avoriaz is particularly handy for those looking for a short transfer and easy flights as it is just 1hr 30mins form Geneva airport, a fantastic hub for cheap flights to the alps and being located in the Northern Alps, Avoriaz also makes the drive shorter if you are planning to cross via the Eurotunnel.
L’Amara is a superb family accommodation, located at the top of the resort in a quiet area with stunning views over the valley down to Morzine. The residence has fantastic, well equipped apartments with spacious living areas and a brilliant swimming pool and spa area. There is a crèche, two ski hire shops and two restaurants all onsite, so you really have everything you need in one place!
Best for All Round Convenience - Le Village Arc 1950, Les Arcs
There are many reasons that our guests return to Arc 1950 year after year but one of the main things we hear is just how easy everything is! The village was built in North American style by Intrawest meaning all of the residences are ski in/ ski out and the whole village has been built with the customers’ needs in mind. There is a good selection of shops and restaurants, family entertainment, swimming pools, gym and a spa.
The village is small enough to walk around easily and has its own ski school and kids club, and it’s entirely car free so it’s safe for little ones to potter around on foot (or skis!) The Arc 1950 ski area has great family terrain with cruisey blues and progressive reds surrounding the resort. Access to the rest of the Paradiski area is quick and easy and there is an option to take a full week or just 1 day liftpass upgrade to explore the whole area over to La Plagne which is a fantastic day trip!
Best for Big Groups – Chalet Altitude, Val Thorens
Val Thorens is a fantastic resort for large groups, it is lively with a great choice of bars and restaurants. The ski area has something for everyone with great local pistes for beginners and the rest of the 3 Vallées to explore for the more adventurous. Chalet Altitude provides fantastic accommodation in a number of separate apartments ranging in size from 2 bedroom apartments which sleep 4 to 6 bedroom apartments which sleep 14. Groups can take individual apartments or a number of families could take a unit each to provide a little more space and privacy.
Chalet Altitude is located near the top of Val Thorens, just a short walk to both the slopes and the centre of the resort. The residence has great facilities including a swimming pool and sauna and if you don’t fancy cooking, there is a catering service which is available to be booked and paid for at reception.
Best for Great Value – Les Terrasses de Veret, Flaine
Holidays in Flaine can be great value, not only are there some cheaper accommodation options but extras such as liftpasses, food and drinks are usually cheaper than the more glitzy resorts such as Meribel, Courchevel and Val d’Isere. Kids under 5 ski for free in Flaine and beginners can use a special point pass to avoid them paying a premium for large lifts out of the resort which they won’t use – best to check with the ski school you are before booking passes. A 6 day full area pass in Flaine for the Grand Massif area is just €177.60 for kids aged 5-15 (free under 5) and €237 for adults, this is almost a €30 saving per person compared with an Espace Killy pass which you would buy in Val d’Isere.
Residence Les Terrasses de Veret provides fantastic value, the apartments are extremely comfortable and have the luxury of a central ski in/ ski out position. There is also the added benefit of having a swimming pool to keep the kids entertained when they have come off the slopes!
Best for Good Snow - Le Hameau du Kashmir, Val Thorens
We can never guarantee the snow, but we often get asked ‘where is the best snow?’ and we always answer ‘aim high!’ At 2400m, Val Thorens is the highest resort in the Alps and the skiing extends far beyond that to well over 3000m! If you are looking for an early or late season holiday like Christmas or Easter weeks then this would be a fantastic choice. Val Thorens connects to the 3 Vallées so there is a great expanse of terrain to cover, more than enough for a week’s holiday! There's a great selection of bars and restaurants both on the hill and in resort as well as an abundance of après activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Le Hameau du Kashmir is a hotel and residence with luxurious apartments which have the added benefit of sharing the hotel’s facilities such as the swimming pool and spa area. There are also two restaurants and a ski hire shop onsite to make everything as convenient as possible for you! All of this is located in a perfect ski in/ ski out location, close to the centre of the resort.
All of these apartments are available to book on www.powderbeds.com but if you have any questions or can't see what you are looking for, then get in touch with our team on 0131 240 3300 or [email protected] - we always love to chat about ski trips!
Posted on Friday 14 Aug 2015