Part of the L'Amara complex, we stayed in room 204 of the Chandra apartment block. It is superbly appointed, in every way.
General comments, in no particular full order.
You can ski-away from the door right onto the very close beginners green runs and to blue runs.
Good ski lockers with effective boot dryers
Missing towels and bed linen. I was not impressed by the cleaning staff who appeared disorganised and on one occasion quite rude.
Ignore reception, the horse drawn taxis do not stop at 6pm or 7pm and can still be called at 11.30pm number is 04 50 74 01 55 and the charge in Feb was €9 or €10 from L'Amara to the lower part of Avoriaz where most shops and restaurants are. The white caterpillar tracked Avoriaz Transport taxis are still operating at 11.30pm and they charge €8 flat rate for the same journeys; and they are heated, which the horse sleighs are not! Restaurants will happily call a taxi of one type or another for you after dinner.
Best pizzas in town definitely from La Falaise Pizzeria in the Falaise area very close to L'Amara complex.
Fabulous bakery even closer to L'Amara in Falaise area, very close to the three sparkling Christmas trees (yes, in february!) on the same side as the Chapka bar.
Short cut from L'Amara reception to the Falaise area; go 150 yds down the alley to right of L'Amara Skiset sports shop, enter second apartment block on the right (up a slight incline first) walk along the ground floor walkway with open an side, so snow on floor, walk straight ahead as far as you can and at the far end of walkway, which can be dark at night, turn left thru swing doors, up lift to 4th floor, then exit building at ground level of Falaise area. It saves you a long trudge through the deep snow the long way round.
If you walk from the Falaise area down to the main shops and restaurants down the hill; as you leave Falaise turn right immediately before you cross the bridge. Walk down pathway, then turn diagonal left and cross snow covered ground diagonally toward ice rink and shops. It can save you 10 minutes!
Modern kitchen equipment, but no instructions for using the appliances though:
Induction hob only works if you use the correct size pan on each ring, so large pan for large ring, small pan on small ring. Mix them up and nothing happens.
Dishwasher settings not obvious and we never found a reliable way to operate it. Suggest you download user instructions for Whirlpool Power Clean dishwasher if you are booking L'Amara.
The combo microwave and grill took some fathoming. Turn left knob to choose whether grill or microwave or both (knob helpfully marked as "F" ?) the knob on the right marked "+/-” which sets cook time. In between are touch screen buttons , triangle symbol is "stop cooking" one marked "OK" which we couldn't fathom and one marked "!" Which starts cooking. (Again a Whirlpool appliance.).
The extractor fan above the hob only works if it is pulled out, like a drawer.
Well stocked kitchen, proper plates large and small, mugs, dishes, glasses both tumbler and wine, plenty of cutlery, inc sharp bread knife and sharp steak knives plus lots of other things including cork screw, but no breadboard! Electric kettle too!
There is a Sherpa supermarket in the Falaise area but the larger Carrefour down the hill next to the ice-rink is larger and better, stays open till 8.30pm.
TV has USB and HDMI input, but if you want to look at photos or videos you took with your camera you need to select "portal" on remote and choose the source to display them.
Nice big fridge; simple as that!
Wifi speed varies from 7Mb to 12Mb but very good. You need login and password from reception then you Must save page as bookmark for ongoing access to internet.
When you need to empty the swing bins in the apartment you need to carry them to a skip outside the reception or Amenda buildings, see location diagram on wall inside the lifts. (you can cheat if it’s belting down with snow and go down to floor -1, straight ahead and into the car-park. There is a large lift-lid bin on the wall immediately to the left of the door you just came through.
Reception is linked underground to all the apartment blocks. From Chandra building go down in the lift to floor -2, then ahead and left to find the corridor thru to reception building, lots of doors! Then when you get to the reception building go up two floors to get to the reception floor. You can get there thru the car-park from Chandra floor -1 if you prefer.
A Bottle of Heineken beer in reception bar is just slightly under 5€
My advice would be to avoid the skidoo ride excursion. Sold in such a way that you are expecting to ride around the 25 kilometres of the resort, but in reality it was just a series of short and tight circular circuits around the area where the skidoos are kept. It was a follow-my-leader crocodile at low speed, but with an abusive oaf riding at the back screaming and bellowing at anyone who hung back and then accelerated above 20mph to catch up. Worst of all was the requirement when we arrived, to sign a contract which made us each liable for any and all costs of damage , without limitation of cost! By then you have been driven out of the resort to the skidoos so I'm guessing if you say no to signing the unexpected and fierce contract you would be having to walk home as well as lose your €50 per person fee. I feel that Neilson, who I have come to respect greatly over the years from yachting holidays, need to investigate this feature of their Avoriaz holiday and soon; it just isn't good enough in terms of fun, good practice or value for money. Please have a heart to heart with the people running the excursion about why we are paying them money! (it was just the guy at the back who had no manners!)
So what was the Neilson rep like? Pretty poor really....only joking, John was an excellent rep, available when you needed him but not in your face all the time. Nice bloke, patient and with a good knowledge of the resort, a desire to help and support coupled with a good attitude….very much a Neilson rep! (thanks John!)
All in all a really nice break! Oh yes and the skiing as brill!
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