We stayed here in March 2009 our first skiing trip as a family given that although my husband and son ski I don't so I thought it was finally time to learn!
The apartments themselves are fairly well located within Nendaz they are situated not too far up the hill from the telecabine (cable car) and slightly away from the main central area. Whilst it is a bit of a trek uphill at the end of the day to get back to them it isn't too bad and you can hire lockers at the cable car and leave your skis & boots there and obviously doing the route in normal shoes is a lot less trying!
The apartments are fairly small but well equipped and everything is in good order and there were plenty of dishes and cooking utensils, there is a dishwasher but take tablets as you only get a few complimentary ones and you don't want to buy them in switzerland.
The beds were fine although the fitted sheets are a bit small and make the thin-ish mattresses curls up. This might of interrupted my sleep if I hadn't been exhausted from skiing. The only reservations I had was the service which was fairly brusque and on the last day they tried to charge us for every item that was in the dishwasher as they couldn't count them. This despite the fact the dishwasher was not on and the door was open so they could clearly see what was in there. Also the heat cannot be individually controlled in each apartment which was frustrating and finally the apartments had an odd very strong smell of onions. All in all they were fairly good value and I would consider going back. They do have ski lockers in the basement but the ski in ski out is only suitable for very experienced skiiers.
That said I would only go back to Nendaz as an experienced skiier, despite the fact it was rated excellent for begineers and familys we found it anything but. As two families travelling together there were various obstacles. There was a lack of nursery slopes and the access to them was terrible. After arriving at the top of the cable car the only way to get to the nursery slopes is down a blue run, no good if you or you kids don't ski! Or a very steep, very long and very icy set of wooden steps the top of which is not even a flat platform but a 2 - 3 feet of very compressed icy snow which slope steeply down to the top step not ideal when you're wearing ski boots why don't they just add a few more steps on at the top?!. At the end of the day you either tackle the steps with the steep snow at the top in reverse or go down a blue run from the nursery slopes which then leads to a button lift back up to the main cable car but again if you don't ski or have kids this blue run is a no go. It's all very badly thought out. My son has previously skiied in Italy and thought it much superior and much more easily accessible to beginners. That said the staff in the area were very friendly and helpful.
We did not eat out as everywhere was just so expensive and would not return unless we were full board of had cokking facilities as eating out several times a day would be excruitatingly expensive, the best supermarket in the area is a large co-op right at the bottom of the resort.
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