On the hunt for the perfect hotel for your ski holiday? Here's our list of our favourite hotels and the reason we value each one so highly!
The best hotel in the French Alps for... views and ski-in/ski-out access
Refuge de Solaise in Val d'Isere
4* Luxury Refuge de Solaise will open in December as the highest hotel in the French Alps! The former lift station on the Tête de Solaise is being skilfully and lovingly transformed into a brand new luxury hotel at 2551m. Due to its truly unique position on a sunny plateau, it’s easy to find a breath-taking panoramic view to enjoy! For keen skiers, there’s no queuing early for the lift and certainly no problem being the first to enjoy that early morning powder.
As well as its unique position, the hotel has some superb faciltities. These include a panoramic restaurant, atmospheric bar, film projection area, children’s playroom, sun terrace, wellness area with 23m2 swimming pool and fitness room; and all with superb views over the valley.
The best hotel in the French Alps for... accessibility
Terminal Neige Totem in Flaine
Flaine is part of the Grand Massif ski area, which is one of the nearest to Geneva Airport. So if you’re thinking of flying to the Alps and want a short transfer time but a big ski area (265km) then Flaine would be a good option. If you’re planning of driving to the Alps, Flaine is 550 miles from Calais which can take between 8 and 9 hours – doable as a day journey or easily split into two small trips. The nearest train stations to Flaine are Cluses (30km) and Geneva (70km).
We offer half board packages which include breakfast and dinner. The hotel has a Pure Altitude Spa area with three treatment rooms and a range of massages and beauty treatments, a fitness room, outdoor Jacuzzi, saunas and a relaxation area.
The best hotel in the French Alps for... the cosmopolian life
Hotel Avenue Lodge in Val d'Isere
5* Hotel Avenue Lodge is a highly fashionable boutique hotel, in an unbeatable central location on Val d’Isère’s main street, just 150m from the Solaise and Bellevarde lifts and ski school meeting point.
The hotel offers 54 guest rooms which have been decorated in a chic, contemporary style, beautifully appointed. The rooms benefit from the central location, so guests have village views as well as immediate access to the resort’s bustling atmosphere. We highly recommend this hotel for couples and friends.
Guests of the hotel can enjoy the hi-tech spa with indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi; a spacious lounge/bar with fireplace, and a very highly regarded bistrot-style restaurant where an exceptional hot and cold buffet breakfast (included in our prices) and 3 course dinner are served(book and pay for dinner locally).
The best hotel in the French Alps for... food lovers
Hotel Pashmina le Refuge in Val Thorens
5* Luxury Hotel Pashmina le Refuge is quietly located at the top of the resort, right on the pistes offering ski-in/ski-out access, yet just 150m from the centre of Val Thorens. This beautifully designed and stunningly decorated hotel offers a true luxury experience, with a choice of very comfortable accommodation, superb facilities and several attractive dining options.
One of the hotel’s restaurants is Les Explorateurs, run by Executive Chef Romuald Fassenet (Meilleur Ouvrier de France and starred Michelin chef) and the Head Chef Josselin Jeanblanc. Here you can try one of their unique ‘discovery experiences’. There’s also Le Base Camp, a more casual yet traditional restaurant. For lunch and apres-ski, there’s Le Deck which is the hotel’s terrace.
Other facilities here include a lounge bar with an open fire place, 400m2 wellness/spa area with indoor pool (and superb mountain views), indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room; three treatment rooms, a fitness centre, library lounge, and a separate smoking room with panoramic views.
The best hotel in the French Alps for... spacious apartments
Hotel Hameau du Kashmir in Val Thorens
4* Luxury Hotel Hameau du Kashmir is ideally located at the entrance of Val Thorens, just meters from the mid-station lifts, offering ski-in/ski-out possibilities. The resort centre, shops and sports centre are a 5 minute walk away. We sell 5 different self-catered apartment types at the hotel, from a 2-bedroom apartment sleeping 4 at c45m2, to a 4 bedroom apartment sleeping 8 at c104m2. All of the luxurious apartments are decorated in the traditional colours of the Kashmir region. They all have a living area and many of the bedrooms have their own en-suite bathroom. The kitchens come fully equipped with built-in appliances including 4-ring ceramic hob, extractor fan, traditional oven, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, dishwasher, kettle, filter coffee maker and toaster. There is also a telephone with direct line, flat-screen TV in the living area, safe and a balcony.
The hotel has a stylish lounge area, bar, spa with three saunas (traditional, infra-red & Russian), indoor heated swimming pool, two 'Le Spa Nohèm' treatment rooms offering a range of body, facial and beauty treatments as well as massages and a Savoyard catering service. Le Hameau du Kashmir also boasts a Steakhouse formula restaurant, two dining rooms and its terrace with great views and direct access onto slopes.
The best hotel in the French Alps for... families
Club Med Peisey Vallandry in Peisey Vallandry
The 3-Trident Club Med Resort of Peisey-Vallandry is near to the foot of the slopes by the Vanoise Express cable car. The resort is a perfect base for keen skiers with children because it has easy links to the Paradiski ski area (via the cable car which links Peisey-Vallandry to both La Plagne and Les Arcs), but it’s quieter than nearby alternatives. The village has an authentic village charm and often hosts family-friendly events.
Included in these all-inclusive holiday packages is the option for kids’ clubs for ages 2 to 17. Club Med’s Peisey Vallandry Kids’ Clubs offer fun in the snow for all ages, under the care of qualified staff. Even if they can’t or don’t want to ski, there is sledging and other fun-filled activities in the snow. For those that do want to ski, there’s 5 full day ski lessons for ages 4+ and snowboarding lessons for ages 8+ (lift passes are included in the Club Med package). We offer three different room types sleeping up to four people, but there’s the option of interconnecting rooms for larger families or those with older children.
All-inclusive packages are a great way to ensure that your children are fed and entertained whilst you enjoy your holiday. Learn more about our all-inclusive holidays or see our price comparison page.
The best hotel in the French Alps for... those on a budget
Hotel les Balcons de Belle Plagne in Belle Plagne
3* Superior Hotel les Balcons de Belle Plagne is slope-side, at the entrance to the resort, with panoramic views. A perfect position to access both the resort’s amenities and the slopes. The traditional village resort is in a tranquil setting, yet has easy access to the Paradiski ski area and a excellent well-equipped snow park.
We offer half-board packages to the hotel, where guests can make the most of both the hotel’s location and the facilities. These include the onsite restaurant, ‘l’Auberge des Balcons’ serving traditional Savoyard specialities; the cosy lounge, sun terrace, bar, and free access to the leisure facilties at Les Balcons de Belle Plagne, opposite the hotel, including the swimming pool, sauna, fitness room and Thalgo Spa.
This is just a small selection of the hotels that we feature on our programme. If any of these catch your eye, or you'd like to discuss what else we have to offer, please give our friendly team a call on 023 9283 9310.