Luxury chalets in Morzine – What’s new?

Morzine is one of the most popular resorts to ski in France. However, due to a fear of the town’s low altitude and the notion that there are no luxury chalets in Morzine, the prices here are incredibly affordable. Firstly, don’t worry about the altitude. Historically Avoriaz, which is Morzine’s easily accessible sister resort at 1,800m, has consistently seen some of the largest snow depths in the Alps. More importantly though the town does offer some beautiful properties that suit all types. This includes authentic alpine lodges, modern boutique chalets fitted with every facility you can think of and finally chalets that offer the basic comfort you require alongside some of the best food to found in the region.

As you can see from the image below there are a lot of chalets but which luxury chalet in Morzine is right for you?

Luxury chalets in Morzine
Luxury chalets in Morzine – a view towards the Pleney slopes.

1. TRADITIONAL CHALETS

Chalet le Manoir, built in 1790, was home to the local Notary for two centuries.  Intricate mosaic floors, flagstone halls, and large bedrooms with huge French windows take advantage of the property’s idyllic location. Le Manoir offers a traditional, authentic alpine stay whilst offering all the modern facilities needed.

Chalet Le Manoir
Chalet Le Manoir – the classic french chalet showing off it’s view.

Another option is The Farmhouse – a chalet perfect for families or groups of friends alike. Constructed in 1771 this building is one of Morzine’s oldest chalets – it exudes real alpine charm and character. There is a small and intimate bar in the chalet that stays open until 1 am each evening, with local musicians performing on certain nights each week.

The youngest of our three selected traditional properties, Chalet Ferme du Lac Vert, is a beautiful farmhouse on the outskirts of Morzine. Built in 1842 and renovated in 2010. Guests can expect huge vaulted ceilings with spacious living areas built from local timber and stone. Previous guests have described the chalet food to be as good as ‘Michelin star’ dining.

2. PURE LUXURY CHALETS IN MORZINE

Chalet Joux Plane is an incredible, unique property which sets the bar high for any luxury chalet. Guests enter the chalet by following the 15 metre tunnel from the garage and this is not where the uniqueness of this chalet ends. This property has many incredible features unlike any other luxury chalet in Morzine. One of the most unique being the swimming pool that extends from one side of the chalet, through it, and then out the other side.

Chalet Joux Plane
Chalet Joux Plane – swim in one side, under the indoor bridge and out the other side.

Another option is Chalet Doyen which lives up to its name as one of the prominent chalets in Morzine. An outdoor hot tub and sauna, as well as a complimentary shuttle service to the slopes, all add to the experience of pure bliss achieved by staying at one of the smartest chalets  in Morzine.

Last but not least, Chalet Sapphire. A chalet with no compromises, it offers an exceptional spa and wellness area featuring a hammam and ice chamber. Naturally guests can also make use of the property’s gym, games room, swimming pool, hot tub and sauna. The property pampers guests with every amenity imaginable.

3. LUXURY CHALETS IN MORZINE FOR ‘FOODIES’

For those of you looking for a comfortable stay with truly delicious food, these 3 chalets qualify with flying colours. Chalet George is run by two brothers, Luke and Dom, who provide some of, if not, the best food and service around. Which is understandable as Luke is the development chef for Fortnum & Masons.

Chalet Ferme d’Elise also offers high quality cuisine which is prepared by professionally trained chefs, often hired from Michelin starred restaurants. The property offers its guests incredible food and service alongside an abundance of space and comfort.

Chalet Ferme d'Elise
Chalet Ferme d’Elise – ‘Michelin starred’ quality food after a day of skiing, what could be better?

The large Chalet Bouquetin provides guests with a wonderfully relaxing stay due to the incredible service and delicious food on offer. Daily house-keeping,  a resort driver service and meals filled with fantastic food and wines from the vaulted cellar below are only a few of the perks that come with staying here. Helpful and pleasant chalet will even bring your morning coffee to your bedside.

To discuss the properties above, or any of the other luxury chalets in Morzine, please do telephone and speak to one of our knowledgeable and helpful team members. T: 020 7801 1080.

 

A guide to the best ski instructors

If the prospect of researching and booking ski school is daunting it’s good to know that help is at hand. There is an easy way to find the best ski instructors and ski schools and make that booking. We have all experienced bad ski lessons at one time or other. Whether language barriers, ending up in the wrong group, not feeling comfortable trying out a new skill on the slopes, we’ve all been there. And if you’ve only ever experienced great lessons, you’re one of the lucky ones! None-the-less, there’s a new way to make the seemingly stressful task of planning a ski trip that little bit smoother.

Thanks to the team of snowsports experts at Ongosa it is now easier than ever before to find the perfect adventure sports instructors and guides…

Ongosa – a guide to the best ski instructors, mountain guides and ski schools

Who Are Ongosa?

The team at Ongosa recommend and book the top ski schools and best ski instructors across Europe and provide personalised advice and high-quality customer service. With a network of over 115 of the best ski schools and independent instructors to choose from, booking ski lessons can now be hassle-free.

All of the ski schools, guides and ski instructors have been pre-vetted by Ongosa, meaning you and your group are in safe hands. Whether you’re looking for a one-off private lesson, a week’s group lessons, off-piste guiding, or lessons for the kids, that post-ski feel good factor will certainly be in full swing. The bonus? The service is quick, easy and comes at no additional cost.

What do their Customers have to Say?

“As a newcomer to skiing trips, Ongosa made finding a ski school easy. The booking system was easy to use and Dylan was very helpful in talking through the various options and working out was best for my groups size / abilities. I would definitely recommend!”

Linzi, Peisey-Vallandry 2018

 

“Very helpful and speedy in finding last minute ski lessons for our group. Quick to respond and a pleasure to deal with. I would highly recommend.”

Alison, Meribel 2018

 

You can read more about what other customers have said about using Ongosa, here.

Ongosa’s online booking platform is the perfect first step for anybody looking to take their skiing or snowboarding to the next level. Simply let them know what you’re looking for and one of the team will be in touch with the best option for you. Open up a new easy way to book the best ski instructors, guides and ski school lessons.

Website: www.ongosa.com

 

 

Top Five Talking Points for the 2018/19 Ski Season

With the 2018/19 ski season rapidly approaching we wanted to give you our top 5 points to help you book a successful holiday.

1. Which weeks to book next ski season?

This year‘s booking patterns are really no different to what we would expect;  the peak weeks are selling well and although there is still some availability for New Year, Half Term and the Easter weeks, your choice will be limited as many of the popular resorts and chalets have already been booked.

If you can go at Christmas as opposed to New Year you can certainly book some great chalets at reasonable prices. January is always a good time to go skiing, as the slopes are not busy and the conditions are generally great, albeit you will require an extra layer.

The week before half term is also a great week for adult groups as it never sells well and there are always plenty of bargains. Late February or early March is a very popular time of the season, so we recommend booking early to get your choice of resort and chalet. Mid-March weeks are generally weeks that you can pick up a late deal. Keep an eye on our Chalet Deals closer to the time.

If you prefer the warmer weather and a chance of a tan on the slopes then the week starting 7/8 April seems to be the main Easter week. If you can escape the weeks before or after you will make considerable savings on your holiday. Always travel high for the best snow conditions this late in the ski season!

Hotel Airelles Courchevel
Hotel Airelles Courchevel

2. New Season, Try a New Resort

The resorts our clients consistently book are without doubt some of the best resorts in the world; Val d’Isere, Courchevel, Meribel, Chamonix, Verbier, Zermatt, , St Anton, Lech, Madonna di Campiglio, and Selva Val Gardena. These resorts have everything from great skiing, excellent après ski, superb accommodation with spectacular scenery, however I suspect many of you have been there, done that and are wondering where else to go. We have the answers, hidden gems, incredible views and something for everyone!

Alpine Answers resorts to try in 2018/19

3. If you want to impress!

We have some fabulous Luxury Chalets and Hotels that will most definitely take your breath away and make you want to come back year after year.

Chalet Maldeghem Klosters
Chalet Maldeghem Klosters

Great Luxury Chalets and Hotels for 2018/19 Ski Season

4. Something for the weekend?

The weekend ski break has become an ever popular choice with our clients over the years. There is no better way to get some extra bounce in your step, as the buzz of a weekend stays with you for a few days after you return back to your desk or normal routine. We have some great places to stay that are convenient to the airports as well as the slopes. If you are thinking of getting away for a few days let us know and we can help you no matter what your budget is.

Ski Season in Chamonix
Skiing in Chamonix

Here are our top ski weekend destinations

5. Want to take the family skiing?

There can be no doubt that one of the best family holidays is a ski holiday. Enjoying the sport together is so much fun and seeing your children progress as they get older is incredibly rewarding. A large portion of our clients are families, so we know this market well and have a dedicated Child Friendly Chalets section. Whether you have first timers who need special attention or teenagers who want to tear it up we have something for you.

Chalet Hotel St Anton Pepi Gabl
Chalet Hotel St Anton Pepi Gabl

These are our favourite family places to stay

 

 

What’s new in Val d’Isere for 2018-19

As always, the premier ski resorts of the Alps are constantly updating and upgrading themselves. So, what’s new in Val d’Isere for the upcoming winter season of 2018-2019?

France’s highest hotel comes to Val d’Isere

The Solaise cable car has not been in operation for many years and the old pylons were removed sometime ago. However, the large station buildings at the bottom and the top of the old lift have remained stoically in place – a reminder of a bygone era for the resort. The top station has now been redeveloped into a luxury ski in ski out spa hotel. At 2,551 metres altitude Le Refuge de Solaise is now France’s highest hotel. It offers a unique accommodation experience in Val d’Isere with 34 bedrooms, luxury apartments and even a 23 metre pool (open to the public) with stunning mountain views . Guests will not only enjoy the tranquil mountain setting and fabulous sunsets but also first access in the morning of a fresh powder day to some of Val d’Isere’s best off piste terrain.

The new gondola lift in La Daille

new in Val d'Isere
The new gondola cabins manufactured by Poma

Opening December 2018, a new 10-person luxury gondola will replace the old 4-person egg lift from La Daille to the Folie Douce/Fruitiere. The journey time will be halved and the lift capacity increase to 2,800 passengers per hour. This will mean less queuing time for those wishing to ‘download’ from the mountain after a heavy session at the Folie! This new La Daille lift will be the first in France to feature the latest Premium Symphony 10-passenger cabins manufactured by Poma.  In total there will be 50 new cabins as well as one VIP cabin, all are bright, comfortable and feature heated seats as well as giving passengers panoramic mountain views.

Read more about Val d’Isere in our resort guide.

 

 

It might be a scorching summer this year but we have seen more clients than ever before booking early for next season – particularly the peak weeks. As the more comfortable chalets and hotels get booked up early it is important to start your holiday planning early.

Many operators in Val d’Isere have great deals on in July, with free lift pass offers and extra free places for group bookings. These early booking incentives can make a big saving! So, if you’re now thinking about where you might like to go this winter please do get in touch. We would be delighted to help you find the perfect ski holiday for next winter.

An Extensive Courchevel Guide by Alpine Answers

The Courchevel Valley is one part of the ever-popular holiday destination the Three Valleys. This resort has always held a reputation for being the more glamorous section to this part of the Alps. However, this Courchevel guide shows that Courchevel offers something for every kind of holiday experience.

Visitors are spoilt for choice and can pick between a range of areas to in which to stay. There is the traditional and luxurious Courchevel 1850, and the favourite among younger groups Courchevel Moriond. A little further down the mountain, there is also the family and budget-friendly Courchevel Village. Also included in the ski pass is the traditional Le Praz, and the quaint La Tania. 

Once skiing finishes for the day there is a free bus shuttle service between the different villages and even one that links to Meribel, meaning you are spoilt for choice.

The Courchevel Guide to Skiing
The Courchevel Guide to Skiing

The Skiing in Courchevel Guide

  • Nearly 100 slopes with just over half being green and blue, making it perfect for learners
  • Easy access to the rest of the Three Valleys, providing a total of 600km of pistes
  • Many north-facing slopes, normally ensuring the snow stays late on into the season
  • Free beginners lifts to help reduce costs of learning to ski
  • Verdons by Night, a weekly event where the main green slope into town remains open, providing a new skiing experience

The Ultimate Guide to Après Ski in Courchevel

Courchevel provides a range of après ski options, ensuring you are kept busy throughout your holiday. It often has a reputation for being more of a mellow resort, but we have found visitors still have a variety of choices, from live music to clubs. Here is just a selection, and then check out our main website for a longer list.

Chez Gaston Located in the centre of Courchevel 1850, this western themed bar and restaurant offers a spectacular view over the slopes. Enjoying a vin chaud need not break the bank either with their relatively reasonable prices. If you cannot imagine a ski holiday without a night out the bar transforms into a club in the evening. They then stay open late into the night.

La Folie Douce – Courchevel provides easy access – on or off skis – to Meribel’s La Folie Douce – an iconic bar that could trick you into thinking Ibiza had moved to the Alps. The Saulire lift provides a lift back into the Courchevel Valley. This is the perfect location for pounding music and performers like no other.

Pub Le Ski LodgeFound in the heart of La Tania, this perfect if you are looking for live music, a hearty meal, and unrivaled range of beer. Live bands play every weekday, with some of the most iconic bands in the Alps frequenting the pub. Whether on the heated outdoor terrace or kept cosy inside this is a must-visit for après.

Nokken – If glamourous nights out are your thing, then look no further than Nokken. This is the ultimate place to continue après into the early hours of the morning. It is located in Courchevel 1850, and while a little pricier, L’ARC provides an unforgettable night and certainly justifies its price.

The Courchevel Guide to Activities
The Courchevel Guide to Activities

Activities Off On Offer in Courchevel for Thrill Seekers

While it is easy to fill your time in Courchevel with simply skiing and après, you would only be scratching the surface of what is available to do there.  If your perfect holiday involves constant activity and new things, then Courchevel has more than just skiing.

AquamotionThis is a favourite of ours, and we would really recommend paying this leisure centre a visit. Located between Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel Village, Aquamotion offers indoor and outdoor pools, a spa, and an indoor surfing experience! Perfect if you are looking for some time off from the slopes.

The Luge – This heart-racing activity is a must for thrill seekers paying Courchevel a visit! The Luge has only recently opened and we can see why it is already so popular. This fast-paced track is 3km in length, with a 450m descent. The track even splits into two, upping the competition if you try it as a group!

Paragliding – If you feel brave enough there is no better way to view the Alps than from the skies! This adrenaline packed experience is a popular one, with multiple companies running in resort, providing some of the highest and longest flights in the Three Valleys.

The Courchevel Guide to Activities
The Courchevel Guide to Activities

Courchevel Guide to relaxing Activities

Spa – If nothing else, Courchevel’s ultimate attraction off of the slopes is their unbeatable range of spas. These are mostly focused in Courchevel 1850, in local hotels. They also provide access to the public, making it the perfect way for everyone to find a way to unwind and relax.

Pedestrian PassThe slopes are not just open to those on skis or snowboards – the popularity of exploring the resort on foot is clear due to their introduction of a ‘pedestrian pass’. You can reach some of the highest parts of the resort this way, with incredible views for miles.

Conclusion

Courchevel is a great choice for holidays of all types since it provides access to the Three Valleys. It is particularly beginner-friendly – perfect for families or big groups of varying abilities.

  • Check out Courchevel 1850 for luxury ski chalets
  • If location is important for you then try Courchevel Moriond to have access to skiing, nightlife, and other activities
  • Why not try Courchevel Village for more budget-friendly options
  • Take a look at La Praz to get that alpine-feel atmosphere
  • We also have a variety of chalets in La Tania

We would be happy to talk through the different options both in Courchevel and other resorts, just give us a call: 020 7801 1080