My best kept secret is finally out! For one week of the year I get to do what the rest of the family do all year round at mealtimes - absolutely nothing. We been coming for 5 years now to Jana & Raphael's chalets and this Easter once again, it was pampered luxury for the entire week. The services they offer are so good, the only effort you have to make is to roll out of bed each morning and go ski.
Matt is already waiting at the chalet on our arrival to kit us out with his ski equipment, often making several return trips to cater for our large, ever growing family of 6. Any ski lessons are booked and lift passes have already been arranged, a delicious afternoon tea is laid out and of course, our hosts ready to greet us with their wit and warmth. The only thing you have to do is unpack before enjoying a week of complete pampering.
La Rocade is directly opposite Les Perrieres ski lift, so there is no queuing whatsoever. You can walk into Les Gets but there are free buses to and from Les Gets centre (10min ride) right outside the chalet and a minimarket yards from the front door. The chalet is clean and spacious with plenty of storage and warmth so everything dries easily overnight. A well stocked fridge keeps everyone happy and a boot warmer room in the basement is excellent for drying out the boots and gloves. And of course the hot tub is a welcome treat after a long days ski.
If the snow is low in Les Gets (which by the way is the most charming chocolate box family village with an outdoor ice rink), Jana and Raphael lay on free transport to and from the nearby slopes of Ardent or Avoriaz. Of course, the skiing is excellent with easy access to Switzerland so it's well worth getting a Portes du Soliels lift pass which allows you to ski pretty much anywhere. The hosts are always on hand to explain where all the runs and lifts lead to, along with the daily weather updates.
We have stayed in several of their chalets and each one is fantastic. It really feels like a home from home. The hosts we have had are always so nice and helpful, with just the right amount of input during meal times and an uncanny knack of being invisible if there's any squabbles at the dinner table. And the food - to say it is 5 star is probably an understatement. Raphael is an excellent chef and has trained his hosts very well. It is just so delicious, filling and amazing. The hosts are happy to pretty much fit in around your timetable for mealtimes whether you are early or late risers.
I really can't praise it highly enough. Because of Jana & Raphael's fantastic hospitality and their attention to detail, it has made us return year after year. They are the most genial, funny and entertaining hosts I was ever lucky to stumble across and their little boy Leo is just adorable. If you are ever lucky enough to meet him, pucker up because he loves to give kisses. Just remember to bring some mint sauce with you - it's Raphael's favourite....!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chalet La Rocade is a wonderfully flexible chalet offering catered chalet accommodation for those needing 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms or 5 bedrooms. It's in the Perrieres region of Les Gets, about 200m from the high speed 6 man Perrieres chairlift. It boasts a brand new hot tub, it's fully ensuite, balconies, free wifi and much more along with many other new improvements for the 2013/2014 ski season! ... more less