Sitting in the Tarentaise valley in south eastern France’s Savoie region, the ski resort of Val d’Isere is twinned with its neighbour, Tignes, to form the mighty Espace Killy ski area. Val d’Isere began life as a ski resort when the first drag lift was built there in the nineteen thirties, and since then has gone on to become, for many, one of the finest ski resorts in Europe.
The sort of ski chalet or hotel to focus on of course depends on your group’s requirements, budget and travel plans. But if nightlife is the priority and easy access to the bars and clubs of Val d’Isere is needed you’ll find properties in Val d’Isere to suit a wide range of budgets. Staying in or around town centre is the ideal, and properties such as the 5* luxury Aspen Lodge Sycamore Suite or indeed the Cherrier, the 4* chalet Iseran and the 3* chalet Lores are all superbly located, and just a short stroll into town to make the most of the resort’s superb nightlife.
For families with children
Families requiring in-house childcare would be well advised to consider properties such as the 3* hotel Ducs de Savoie. This sizeable hotel offers fully en suite rooms, lifts to all floors, dedicated in-house nursery and childcare rooms and family suites, all within just a 300 metre stroll to the main lifts. Family ski deals and last minute reductions are regularly available on this property and it’s available with a wide range of UK flights and transfers included. Aside from the Ducs de Savoie, Val d’Isere offers a range of other chalets where childcare add-ons are possible. There are also a good number of external childcare companies operating in resort able to meet a wide range of requirements.
Ski in/out properties are desirable for groups of all kinds as hassle-free ski access is a advantage for all, and despite its spread-out nature, (or indeed perhaps because of it,) Val d’Isere has a massive range of piste-side properties to consider across all its different villages
The 6-bed chalet Daisy is a good example of a well located ski in/out property. Daisy is a 4* property with fully en-suite rooms, located in the Rond Point des Pistes area near town centre. The chalet offers piste side location near the main chair and gondola lifts, with town centre just a short stroll away.
The Maison Rose is another 3* property also close to town centre – it sits around 375 metres from resort centre and offers a great option to families with children, who often need excellent piste as well as town access. It also works well for families because it offers two separate living areas.
Whilst there are accommodation options available to suit those who don’t wish to break the bank, there are also choices for those with more expensive tastes. Up at 6* status, chalets such as the Toit du Monde, l’Hotse, Elephant Blanc and, above all, the Marco Polo offer jaw-dropping levels of sumptuous luxury.
Chalet l’Hotse is a stunning 6*property boasting impressive, state of the art facilities. Guests can enjoy movie screens which appear at the touch of a button, swimming pools with jet streams, two massage rooms and impressive wine cellars alongside fully en suite facilities and a level of luxury rarely seen. It sits piste-side in the La Daille area, offering faultless ski access.
To anyone who’s had the chance to look inside it, the chalet Marco Polo is quite possibly the single most impressive chalet you could come across. Spread over 600 square metres, the property sits right in town centre and offers a wonderful mix of privacy and easy access. The enormous, sumptuously decorated open-plan living area is opulence itself, with chandeliers handing from the ceiling and enormous central fireplace. It leads out onto a large balcony with beautiful mountain vista to enjoy. Aside from this, there’s a whole floor dedicated to pampering off-piste with hot tub, jet stream, sauna and relaxation area.
So once you’ve decided where to stay, all that’s left to do is explore the exciting slopes and stunning scenery!