January 13 2012
Club Med (www.clubmed.co.uk) has arrived with its biggest ski resort yet in the French Alps. Called Club Med Valmorel (pictured; from £1,499 per person for seven days all inclusive), the attraction, as always, is the childcare – in this case, available to four-month-olds and up – as well as chalets with full hotel services.
Such competitively priced, all-inclusive resorts are a long way from Courchevel 1850, where chalet rental prices can exceed £100,000 a week. This is where Grandes Alpes (www.grandesalpes.com) has reopened, turning 45 hotel rooms into nine ski-in, ski-out apartments that sleep six to eight (from £4,400), with a piste-side restaurant and spa, all located at the foot of the resort’s three main runs. (Second picture shows Beryl Suite at Grandes Alpes Private Hotel in Courchevel 1850.)
Nearby Megève might not have much by way of reliable snow with its relatively paltry altitude, but it offers many a good meal in recompense, for this is one of the most gastronomic of European ski villages, where three-starred Marc Veyrat ran his La Ferme de Mon Père for years. In 2007, Veyrat closed up shop, and with it went the syringes of jus that customers were instructed to inject into langoustines. Now Veyrat’s two chalets have been turned into Le Chalet Zannier (www.lechaletzannier.com; from €450), comprising 12 suites and an eight-room chalet, with a spa, pool and restaurant.