Self-catered holidays are becoming more and more popular among groups and families looking for a cost-effective trip to the mountains that offers complete flexibility. There are brilliant options available that offer you all the benefits of a hotel with the freedom to enjoy your own space – and we’re seeing many new luxurious apartments opening. So, what are the benefits of choosing self-catering ski holidays?
Whatever your motivations are for your holiday, there’s no mealtimes to stick to. Treat yourself to a lie in, without the worry of missing breakfast, or stay at après without being late for your evening meal. The beauty of an apartment is that you can do what you want, when you want.
Enjoy complete privacy for the week; with no communal dining and dedicated social areas for your friends and family to share, you can do things your way. Whatever your group size, our experts can help choose an apartment with the right living space and bedroom configuration to suit everyone’s needs.
Many luxurious apartments across the Alps have superb facilities, including indoor heated pools with hot tubs and saunas, gyms and treatment rooms. Le Ruitor in Sainte-Foy has a fantastic indoor pool, sauna, spa and bar. Alternatively, enjoy a massage or dip in the pool at the Spa Ô des Cimes at Le Cristal de l’Alpe in Alpe d’Huez.
Apartments with concierges are common across the Alps, so you can expect hotel-standard service without the price tag. Order a bakery delivery with your newspapers in the morning, have your room cleaned while you’re out, and even premium meals delivered for dinner. Le Centaure in Flaine has a welcoming reception with space to relax on sofas by the fire, plus daily newspapers and billiards.
One of our favourite partners for apartments in the French Alps is CGH Résidences, who offer luxurious accommodation in prime locations. With fantastic facilities – many residences have a wellness centre and pool – these apartments range in size from two people to twelve and are a superb option for a winter break.
Opposite Mont Blanc in the heart of the Paradiski, Les Granges du Soleil has a central location in Plagne Soleil. Book your skis and pass in advance, picking them up in the residence and then it’s just a short walk to access the slopes. Complete with pool, spa and an on-site restaurant, you’re well looked after.
At the foot of the slopes in La Rosière, Les Cimes Blanches is a stone’s throw from the Eucherts Express and the ESF meeting point. Within the San Bernardo ski area, you can cross the border into Italy and ski to La Thuile. There is also a shuttle bus stop outside the residence that runs between Les Eucherts and La Rosière.
New for this season, these luxurious apartments are well located in Tignes 1800. From here, you can easily ski down to Tignes-les-Brevières, or take the lift up to Tignes Le Lac. After a day’s skiing, unwind in the Le Lodge des Neige’s wellness centre, warming up in the hot tub or indulging in a massage.