I thought I'd wait a few days after returning from our family holiday in Morzine before writing this review - I didn't want to commit to print whilst still basking in post-holiday bliss.
Ten days on and, if anything, my feelings for this place have only intensified. Imagine your best friends are lucky enough to own a fantastic house in one of the Haute-Savoie's most picturesque towns. They kindly invite you to stay with them for a few days in mid-summer. They cook you great food and serve you wine that tastes like it should be £30 a bottle in Waitrose. You enjoy warm evening chats whilst your children play with their friends in a wondrous garden, and you sample a life-affirming conviviality that very few are lucky enough to experience. Imagine all of that and you've got just a taste of what it's like to holiday at Chilly Powder.
The staff are simply wonderful. Ritchie in the bar, Nick on the front desk and Seb and Carrie at meal times. There's a genuine warmth, a sincerity that characterises everything they do for you. Whether it's Ritchie unloading your car on arrival and taking your bags up to your room, Carrie or Seb taking time to give you recommendations for your days out, or Nick booking your excursions. Each must have done these things a thousand times over yet it feels like you're the first to experience their attentiveness. I travel a lot with my work and I've stayed in many places, good and bad, but the staff at Chilly Powder have no betters. I mean none.
Francesca and Paul, the owners, are open and approachable and take time out to mix with their guests, Francesca regularly joining residents for dinner, their own kids playing with the holidaying children in the garden. As I say, this is more like a break at your mates' than a stay in a hotel. (And if Elouise doesn't end up playing football for England then I'm a monkey's uncle.) And If there are any Hollywood producers out there, Francesca's life story is a nailed-on, Oscar-winning screenplay just waiting to be written.
Morzine itself is delightful in the summer. Plenty going on without the town feeling like it is overrun. There's a breath-taking vista around every corner and you'd need a month there to get through half of everything there is to do. Just speak to Ritchie/Nick/Seb/Carrie and they'll ensure your days are filled with holiday memories that will last a lifetime.
We have a daughter in Australia and plan to go there next summer, but from 2015 until I'm no longer fit enough to climb the steps to an easyJet plane, I don't see me spending my summers anywhere other than Chilly Powder. For a family holiday, it has no equal.
Book now, or at least add it to your bucket-list. The only possible way you won't enjoy your visit is if you're already dead.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chilly Powder is a hotel but with the personal touches of a chalet. We have been operating ski chalet holidays of excellence since 1995. The genuine ski to the door location of our 3 luxury catered chalets with unrivalled in-house childcare facilities sets us apart from other ski chalets in Morzine.The pistes from Morzine Avoriaz descend straight into the garden and the main cable car opposite the chalet takes you to the heart of the Morzine Avoriaz skiing with the best access to the vast Portes du Soleil ski area. There are well over a hundred catered chalets in Morzine but only a handful can boast ski to the door locations. With all en-suite bedrooms, outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, massage and in-house childcare in our crèche, the chalet is absolutely unique in Morzine for small or large groups or families with children or babies. The truly excellent cuisine, friendly staff and relaxing atmosphere of the chalet make it the perfect holiday destination and for our many returning guests it is considered a real home from home. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chilly Powder Hotel Morzine-Avoriaz