The chalet was clean and well laid out, beds very comfortable indeed, kitchen basic (but no more so than other appartments in the alps), ski locker facilities excellent. Location half way between the ski lift and the village did mean everywhere is in easy reach but you had no chance of finding a space on the ski bus as it went by so had to walk but it isn't far and meant you could get to the lift before the hoards get off the bus. Village is quaint and worth investigating. There are some excellent shops but unfortunately for the self caterer who has flown there (rather than driven and picked up provisions at Carrefour just down the road) the local supermarket on the corner is very limited. And don't expect to be able to buy much on the evening of transfer day, its all gone! You can preorder lovely breads from the local boulangerie to be delivered early every morning to reception. The very best bit is the spa. The pool and two jacuzzis get busy between 4.30 and 6pm but actually quite empty beforehand so if kids get tired early in the afternoon, give yourself a treat and come back sooner and have it all to yourself. The saunas and steam rooms are excellent. Kids are welcome in every bit of the spa. A truly fantastic way to end each day. Beware that the restaurant next door is lovely but absolutely extortionate. We didn't have good luck with restaurants - the Louisianna was below average, the Savoire just OK, so we gave up looking for better than average tourist food and cooked at home most of the time. Afterall the prices for lunch up the mountain are so high, you can't afford two overpriced meals a day! The manager was extremely helpful and nice, as were his staff. Not everyone at the front desk spoke English so brush up your french.
Overall loved it. Met a few people who had stayed in other CGH residences before and were hooked. Will do like them and try out others. Its a great concept. And we're considering returning in the summer for our first summer alps holiday.
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