Having read the three previous reports I was amazed that I actually stayed in the same location that those reports are written about. I'm amazed at what some people expect from their accommodation. For one, if you are going on holiday for Michelin star quality food then why are you staying in a catered chalet?
Everyone is fully aware that catered chalets are hosted by seasonaire's who are usually in their late teens or early twentys. They are catering for numerous guests from all walks of life and are on a limited budget so pleasing everyone is virtually impossible. If you want Jamie Oliver cooking for you and your family every morning and evening then don't go and stay in a chalet, go and spend over £700 extra per person instead. By the way, do you really need new towels, bed sheets and room cleaning every day of your stay? Most people are perfectly capable of spending 30 seconds each day making their own bed, I know I am.
Now for those who live in the real world, READ ON!!!!
I have just returned from a week of skiing in Val Thorens and I stayed at Chalet Noella in this complex, courtesy of Ski Total.
The building is approximately 4 years old and is split into three chalets over 4 floors. The fixtures and fittings are the highest quality I have ever seen in a ski chalet, the owner certainly didn't spare any cash in that department. Very impressed.
Chalet Noella is on the bottom two floors of the complex, with the kitchen, dining and lounge area above the 4 bedrooms. Two of the bedrooms have full sized baths (one corner) and the other two have outstanding showers with shower heads approx. 10" across. The beds are modern and very comfy (memory foam, med / firm). Unlike most chalets the walls are solid and great for sound proofing. The rooms are also comfortably warm. We never turned the heater on once and the room was around 20 degrees all the time, not too warm, not too cool. There is Wi-Fi available in the chalet and this was more than powerful enough, even with numerous guests using it simultaneously.
I hear folks moaning about the food, well, maybe we were extremely lucky to have Jess as out host but her cooking skills were absolutely outstanding throughout the week. Every meal was cooked to absolute perfection and everyone in the chalet left an empty plate for every meal. To give a rough idea of standard, I would have absolutely no issues with paying £40+ per head for a restaurant meal of that standard. I'm in my late 30s and the other guests ranged from late 20s to early 20s and we were all very pleased with the food. NOTE - Jess's post slope cakes are to die for. The coffee is also very good, ground coffee in a percolator. If you want a barista in your chalet then your in need of a reality check.
Spa / Sauna / Steam room:
The above is shared by all three chalets and although I didn't see a spa I did use the sauna and steam room everyday. They are of a standard on par with my local gym, again very high quality and they do what they say on the tin!!
Boot / Ski room:
This is without doubt the best I've ever seen. There are wooden benches to sit on while putting your boots on. The skis / boards are stored in purpose built racks, the boots are stored on purpose built heated drying machines / racks.
Ski in / Ski out?
It depends on the weather, as the way to the slopes is via the main road outside the chalet. On the week I was there the road wasn't covered in snow so I had to walk the 100 metres to the slope. Yes, you read it right, A WHOLE 100 METRES. If this puts you off staying at the chalet then you really need to consider if Skiing / Boarding is for you, both sports will burn over 3000 calories in a day. So if you're going to moan about a 75 second walk at the start and end of the day then maybe it's time to look for a new winter hobby.
I highly recommend this complex (especially Chalet Noella) but only for folks who are living in the real world!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This prestigious new building is being built especially for Ski Total guests, just at the entrance to the Balcons area of Val Thorens, exclusively for our three chalets and the owners’ private apartment. ... more less