This was our first Esprit holiday and we were not disappointed. In fact it exceeded all expectations ! We were 2 families travelling with 3 children aged 4,4, and 2 .
The childcare was exceptional and the staff made every effort to ensure the childrens every need was catered for. My 2 year old daughter would play up at practically every drop off but soon settled down thanks to the efforts of the nursery staff esp Sophie and Natasha and my 4 year old still talks about Lewis and Amy from snow club and his ski lessons and what they did in Snow Club. There is a member of the Esprit team accompanying the children to the ski school so their needs are catered for including transport of skis. At the end of the week there is a show where every child regardless of age is awarded a certificate which was nice. Mini cocoa club in the evenings was a godsend- we could actually dine in peace and have a conversation and the kids loved it their time in the club.
I was worried re kids food as mine can be fussy but it was good. 2nd helpings and more allowed and my kids were never hungry. We took along lots of snacks for the whole week in case but was never really needed.
The hotel is well positioned for the yoghurt pots and Eclose ski lift 50 m away from which you can access the massive ski area. The ski hire shop is literally on your doorstep and they were very helpful as well. Cashpoint 20 m away and a free shuttle bus for beginners takes you and the kids to their lesson meet place. The buses run every 15 mins or so.
We were lucky as we had 2 interconnecting rooms which was spacious for our family of 4 but have heard some rooms can be quite tight for space. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis and fitted our needs. Yes they can be a bit outdated but how much time are you going to spend in them anyway. Small details such as missing hanging rails and more storage eg chest of drawers could be improved but minor detail in the scheme of things.
There is a spacious bar with wi fi while our kids played in the nursery area which we could access at any time it seemed. Elliot the bar manager is knowledgeable and very helpful - thanks for the recommendation for Edelweiss restaurant on the staff day off . lovely food.
The meals were excellent in our opinion. Canapes w a drink followed by 4 courses of well presented, imaginative and delicious dishes. Portions were ample for me . The desserts were all heavenly and couldn't fault much . I am not a big drinker but there were no complaints amongst our group about the house wine. Service was exceptional from all members of the catering team.
All in all a really wonderful holiday !!! Holidaying w kids is never easy but can truly say we had a stress free family holiday which was enjoyed by all . Thank you to all the staff at Hotel Le Mariandre . We will only be booking with Espritski for our ski holidays now and looking forward to our next trip with you.!!
- Also Known As:
- Chalet Hotel Mariandre France/Rhone-Alpes