This review of Arc 1950 is from one of our loyal clients who went on a family ski holiday during the Easter school holidays.
After months of anticipation we were finally off on our annual family ski holiday, boarding the daytime Eurostar ski train, destination Bourg-Saint-Maurice. We thought we had a lot of luggage until we saw one gentleman deftly stowing a mini chest of drawers on the overhead rack! The Train Manager seemed as excited as everyone else, proudly announcing that we were leaving for the French Alps two minutes early and that the on-board food had been supplied by the nation’s favourite supermarket! We travelled out in Standard Premier and enjoyed the extra space, complimentary meals and wine, and unlimited cups of tea. As the train began to slow down in the Tarentaise, we took in the spectacular mountain scenery and started looking out for ski resorts and, most importantly, snow!
Having happy memories of a holiday in Les Arcs fifteen years ago, we were keen to go back there with our children. We were drawn to Le Village in Arc 1950, as it appeared to be an attractive car free resort, at a good altitude, with ski to the door convenience.
The journey from Bourg-Saint-Maurice to Arc 1950 took about half an hour in a pre-booked taxi. As we left behind the pot-holed mountain road with mounds of rather grey looking snow at the sides, entering Le Village was like stepping into Narnia. The lower floors of our residence, Manoir Savoie, had high ceilings, dimmed lights and an “oldy worldy” feel. As we stood on the balcony of our third floor apartment, we could see the snowy piste running through the village and snow still banked up on the roofs. It all looked so pretty with lights twinkling on balconies and eaves throughout the resort.
The two bedroom classic apartment was ideal for our family of four and it was a pleasant surprise that it had both a shower room and a bathroom with a full size bath! The furnishings were cosy, beds comfortable and there was plenty of storage space. The kitchen was bijou and the hob basic but it was adequate for our needs.
The reception was manned twenty four hours a day and the staff were always friendly and helpful. Bathrobes and slippers were supplied for all the family which was useful for trips to the pool. Mont Blanc provided a very scenic backdrop to the pool, giving one an incentive to brave the cold outside before plunging into the warm water and taking in the view. The Jacuzzi was a very good size and there was also a sauna and steam room.
For proper pampering and relaxation, I would recommend a visit to the Deep Nature Spa in the Sources de Marie building. Prior to your treatment you can spend time in the spa area which offers experiences ranging from a pool with varying jets of water to the Dragon’s Den sauna and a relaxation room where you can recline on a wooden seat with a tisane.