We have stayed in a fair few chalets in France and Italy before and this was by far the best. From our first enquiry to the day that we left, Snowcrazy could not have been more attentive and accomodating.
Laura at Snowcrazy was in constant email contact and answered all of our queries. She organised lift passes at a great price and ski hire for those who needed it.
Chalet Mont D'or is luxury at a fair price. We stayed in Jan 2013 and we were a group of 6 adults and one baby.
We occupied rooms 1 and 2 on the ground floor, plus 7 on the top floor. If you're picturing typical chalet rooms with pine beds suitable only for dwarfs then think again. Think luxury hotel rooms, with clean modern bathrooms, hot showers, bath, fluffy towels, bath robes, slippers, hair dryer, straighteners and complementary toiletries. The beds are firm but comfortable with plenty of pillows. Our room was number one on the ground floor which was a triple room. This was massive - we had a cot alongside our bed as well as the spare third bed and there was plenty of room to swing a number of cats (if thats your thing!) The room was always warm - we turned the heater off and most nights had the window open to get some fresh air. The room had a patio door onto the deck which leads to the hot tub. next to our room was the sauna and shower room with door out to the hot tub (his may explain why our room was so warm and didnt need heating!) The TV didnt have signal but had a dvd player which we used to entertain our 18 month old on occasion. The chalet have a number of DVDs you can use in the lounge.
The hot tub was a luxury that was a brilliant way to soothe the aching limbs at the end of the day. Plastic cups provided - take some duty free spirits with you!
We didnt use the sauna but it looked, well, like a sauna.
Room 2 was smaller with less room around the bed but with all the same provisions. The photos and video on the snowcrazy website give a very good idea of the quality.
The lounge is large and comfortable with 2 sofas and enough chairs to fit every one in. Sky TV and DVD player if you take an afternoon off to rest.
Canapes and Champagne each evening followed by a 3 course meal and then cheese to follow - we were spoilt and came back a few pounds heavier. Wine provided with the meal was lovely and replenished as required. Breakfast was croissants, cereals, french bread and a different cooked option each day. Not a full English every day but plenty of variety and who could think of as many ways to cook an egg? Chef James cooks beautifully despite looking like he should still be in school :0) There is an honesy bar stocked with beers and soft drinks, crisps and chocolate. Baguettes available to take for lunch at 3 euros which is a good option on the odd day as the restaurants are sooooo expensive these days. Afternoon cakes (always 2 options) and tea provided. Boot room with warmers.
Transfers provided from the airport (about a 2 hr drive from Geneva) and the staff transport you up the mountain to Meribel in the morning (about 10 mins drive) and back again between 4.30 and 5pm. The bubble lift is only about 10 mins walk down hill if you decide to come back earlier and the free bus goes to the same place so this is an option if you decide to stay on much later into the evening. There's a couple of restaurants about 10 mins walk from the chalet for the staff night off, one also does take away pizzas.
Snow crazy provided everything we needed for our little girl - Car seat, high chair, travel cot with bedding, and even baby monitors which is really handy when you have so much kit to lugg around anyway. James cooked our daughter a separate meal each evening at about 5.30 pm, we just had to shield her eyes from the cakes! They provided cows milk for her bottles. We had struggled to find chalets that would accept a child without booking the entire chalet or being a family ski company where the chalet could be over run with kids - not ideal for our friends travelling with us. This was the perfect solution.
Snowcrazy can organise a nanny to come to the chalet in the day or in the evenings for babysitting. This would be a good option if there was more than one child but more expensive than the nursery for just one child.
We used the ESF nursery in the centre of meribel at Le Chaudanne which is just next to the drop off point. The staff were brilliant, kind, attentive and I had no problem settling her in there. It's about £300 for a full week (6 full days including lunch) or you can do different options. They only take from 18 months old.
The staff, (Rob and Justin) were really friendly and nothing was too much trouble. Thankyou for a wonderful holiday.
The only negative would be the distance from the slopes, as you may be put off staying for apres ski if you have to get the bus back. However its downhill from the bus stop so perfectly do able! This place closer to the slopes would be far more expensive.
I would absolutely recommend this chalet (and Snowcrazy in general) to others. We will definitely use them again. Now after that essay I need to book the next holiday...
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