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Club Med Aime la Plagne
Ranked #1 of 26 Hotels in Macot-la-Plagne
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Buckinghamshire
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“Excellent location in the La Plagne Area”
Reviewed 27 February 2013

Our 3rd Club Med and the best yet. This is a family friendly resort in keeping with the Club Med tradition so lots of children running around having a great time.
The location - ski in, ski out. Large varied ski area and some less popular but very scenic areas such as Montalbert - great for when the glacier is fogbound.
Ski School - I have an issue with the ESF ski school and the ratio of instructor to child skier (1:15). Club Med has historically washed it's hands of any criticism regarding the ski instruction but given that ESF have the monopoly here I believe Club Med should step up and exert some consumer power on our behalf (even if it means cutting into someone's profit margin). One day at the top of a chair lift we watched an instructor ski past with thirteen 7-8 year olds and I remarked how ridiculous it was for one adult to be taking a large 1 star group on a high blue run. Five minutes later a skier noticed one poor child who had been left behind from the group whilst trying to put on his skis! We told our instructor who eventually reunited the child with the group. Not the fault of the instructors who individually are hugely popular and a big hit with all ages, rather the manager who decides the class sizes. Our adult group also seemed too large and we became quite limited as to where we could ski by the less able amongst us.
Accommodation - we had two interconnecting rooms, small but clean and adequate. We fortunately had great weather but I did not feel there was much to do had we needed to spend a day or so inside. A couple of pool tables was pretty much it.
Restaurant - amazing and varied food
Kids club - sorted out the kids before lessons and help them putting on boots, finding skis. The staff are generally attentive, pleasant and work hard. Any potential causes of stress in a ski holiday are taken out of one's hands efficiently and with a smile.
One family in our ski group had come back to this resort for the last ten years which is a great vindication. I can see us coming back some time but only once we've tried some other resorts and maybe some private ski tuition.

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  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 20 February 2013

This was our 7th Club Med ski holiday. The property is beginning to show its age with tired looking bar and reception areas. Room was basic but clean and fulfilled all you need for a ski holiday. Usual buffet meals as per all Club Meds but only average compared with some of our other destinations i.e. Chamonix, St Moritz. Evening shows were some of the best with regards to costumes and content. One major complaint about this destination on this particular week was the lack of international diversity. We have skied with people from all over the world at Club Med and that is one of the joys of the holiday. However this time the place was dominated by people from Israel. The majority were fine but some including their children were anything but.When one group is in the majority it certainly spoils the ambience of the place. I am not making a criticism of people from Israel in particular as we have stayed in a Club Med full of Turks. Diversity of nationalities is the answer but I dont know how this can be achieved. The skiing this week was superb and we had the best ESF teacher we have ever had. The new ClubMed at La plagne will probably be the better option

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 February 2013

Went for a week with friends. The hotel itself is quite basic but fine for us. But there seemed to be a big varying in the room sizes the people in our group had even though we had all in theory booked the same types of rooms. Rooms were well equipped but mine was tiny. I especially liked the heated towel rail. My room was always well cleaned by house keeping. So no real complaints on the room other than some being very small compared to others having room for a sofa!

The communal areas were a great size. Loads of seating. The theatre seats were turned around in the day to make seating plus there was the bar and two lounge areas to sit in. So even our largish group found areas to sit whenever we wanted to.

The GOs were all lovely. From the bar staff to the restaurant to the reception to the ski room in fact they were all just so nice and friendly. Most spoke fluent English and always were smiling or trying to help you if needed.

I went to ski school (the only member of our group to) and had a fab week. Really installed my faith back into it after a very bad experience last year. My instructor was lovely. Gave me plenty of great advice and confidence especially off piste.

The location of the resort is ok. The ski in/out was great. There isn't really much stuff around though. But if you walk up a bit to proper Aime la Plagne (50m?) there is a cable car that takes you to Plagne Centre so not too bad.

The only fault I found of the resort was that it was really lacking in party atmosphere compared to the other CM resorts I've been to. It seemed much more family orientated which I know is because it is a family resort but even other family resorts I've been to cater for adults too. I think I would only recommend this resorts to families because of this.

All in all we did have a great week. Just could have done with a bit more party atmosphere.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 January 2013

January 2013. My wife and I have just returned from a perfect weeks skiing with Club Med at Aime La Plagne. We both only started skiing 5 years ago from scratch at the age of 55 and both learned to ski with the excellent english speaking ESF instructors at all Club Med resorts and we always hire our equipment at the hotel as part of our booking. All inclusive means all inclusive and we only spent an additional 50 euros all week when we decided, as our ski group, to eat out one day on the mountains, on an extended day long trip.
We now like skiing so much we have been skiing with Club Med some 10 times in the past 5 years so we are able to compare their various resorts in France and Italy.We like Club Med because it is so convenient from booking, equipment hire and professional ski instruction for all different levels, from beginner to expert, good hotel and great food, not least the all inclusive bar, so you know what the costs are before you go on holiday. If you've eaten and had drinks out in France recently it is very expensive, so the certainty of knowing your costs in advance is assuring.
Although one of the cheaper resorts in the Club Med brochure and our first time visiting this one, we found it really good, and the ski locker room and ski in and ski out was very easy. The hotel has a comfortable feel and not so big as to lose its personal feel. The rooms were very clean and well serviced. The bedrooms are adequate in size and functional and the shower room and toilet very good, and as good as you will find in better star rated hotels, even within Club Med resorts.
The staff were all excellent and all go out of their way to make your stay as perfect as you expected it to be when you booked. We had a great time, met many people from different nationalities and all shared some great fun, and most importantly thoroughly enjoyed the skiing in our group. In our 5 years skiing we have become comfortable in tackling any colour graded slope and some off piste with our great instructors. Seeing the hotel mini club children from about the age of 4 enjoying themselves on the slopes with their instructors makes us wish we had started skiing earlier in life. Well done Club Med we will return to this club again!

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Perth
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Reviewed 19 January 2013

As a family we have been going to Club Med ski resorts for the past 10 years and we have now been to 5 resorts with Aime La Plagna I am afraid being not the best.
I can only base my review on our experiences at the resort itself. The actual skiing is fantastic and the runs, instructors and ski room are probably the best we have experienced. The ski in and ski out facility is great.
The organisation of our trip from Paris to the resort and back to Paris by train was very good and we had a taxi organised for us to take us direct to and from the resort from the station. The check in procedure and the organisation of our ski equipment was the fastest we have experienced with everyone being very friendly and efficient.
Unfortunately the accommodation we had was not good at all.
The hotel appears very run down with the common areas really needing an update of the carpet and furniture. We liked to have a drink after dinner in the reception lounge but this was often spoilt by cigarette smoke coming in the front doors every time they were opened as this was where the smokers congregated.
We had booked three Mountain View rooms as we are a family of 5 adults at an extra cost. The view is amazing but the rooms were run down. The first room of ours did not have wardrobe doors or a drawer to the desk. The second room had wardrobe doors but the drawer to the desk fell off when opened the first time. The third room had wardrobe doors but no desk drawer as well. The pillows supplied for the beds were basically sofa pillows which we found very uncomfortable to sleep on. I know these may seem minor issues but In all I feel this is not a very good way to present the rooms/hotel to paying guests and we felt a little insulted.
The carpet in the hallways had large stains on it and even if it was clean it does not do much for the presentation of the hotel. Also for some reason the hallways had that smell of cigarette smoke and cleaning fluid which I would describe as a “Club Med” scent. The particular hallways we had to walk down to our rooms smelt very bad at times. The bathrooms are small but more than adequate with hot water always available and a heated towel rail which worked on and off.
The little radiator in the room never seemed to come on. I did enquire about this and was told it comes on automatically at 11pm each night. Ours never did but it was not really a major problem for us as the quilts kept us warm enough.
On the up side the rooms were clean and the cleaning staff was very good.
The food at the buffets was okay but again the other resorts we had stayed at all had much better food.
Having stayed at other 3 Trident Club Med Resorts I would say this resort is definitely not a 3 Trident Club. The sking is fantastic in this area and I would probably recommend the other Club Med (La Plagna 2100) just up the hill. It looked a lot newer and I believe it is a 4 Trident Resort.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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London
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Reviewed 26 June 2012

Travelled here with a group of 30 friends for a ski holiday in February. It was perfect for a big group and great value for money. While Aime la Plagne is not a quaint ski village, so has no real atmosphere as such, the convenience of being with in such easy reach of so many varied ski runs was worth it. Our group was completely mixed ability from complete beginner to experts up in Group 4 and all had a fantastic time and the skiing surpassed expectations for many.
The rooms were a reasonable size, clean & modern. Unfortunately we had the smell of drains in our room but we were just unlucky as none of the rest of the group had any problems. The all inclusive food was very good with so much choice, the wine with dinner while not amazing was quite adequate and there was a well stocked bar that we all took advantage of. The daily evening entertainment was quite bizarre, so bad it was in a way entertaining but apparently this is par for the course with Club Med. The staff were all fantastic and so helpful. Also friends we made in the hotel that had children would completely recommend it as a family holiday as the Kids Club is a great way for the parents to have a relaxing holiday while the kids are looked after and kept occupied with all sorts of activities besides their ski classes.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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ClubMedUK_official, Manager at Club Med Aime la Plagne, responded to this review, 18 October 2012
Dear Great Member,

Thank you for taking the time to write your comment after your stay in our Resort last winter. We are happy to see that all thirty of you enjoyed your stay and made the most of the ski slopes and the wide range of quality food we offered.

We hope to see you again soon - maybe in our brand new Ski Resort Pragelato.
Kind Regards,

Your Club Med UK Team.
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Reviewed 17 April 2012

Just come back from a weeks holiday at this resort.

Positives: Fantastic food and sociable environment. Service is great, organised and accomodative. The ski area is huge and suits all levels. There are even blues off every mountain top. Lots of great entertainment, if you like that.

Negatives: My 8 year old son was enroled in beginners snowboarding class. The instructor was completely incomeptent, and if you get him (Fabian) be aware. At the end of the first day i found my son waiting by himself at the end of the day on a slope, and this was not the first time i found him left to his own defences. The instructor tried to get him to go up button lifts with the wrong foot forward and wondered why he couldnt do it. then only after a day he tried to force me to pay euro162 for private tuition, even though i had paid up front for a week.I ended up taking a lot of my own time out to teach him. after the 4th day i had him down a red and some off piste, but when it came to test him for his medal which he was so excited about, the instructor said " i don't need to test him i know his level" and awarded him a just pass, i nearly punched the guy. If he took the time he should he would have seen is actual level.

  • Stayed April 2012, travelled with family
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ClubMedUK_official, Manager at Club Med Aime la Plagne, responded to this review, 6 December 2012
Dear Great Member,

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a comment on Trip Advisor about your holiday at our Aime la Plagne Club Med Resort. We’re glad to see you enjoyed the quality of the food, the service and the ski area.

On a different note, we were very sorry to see your dissatisfaction with your son's ski tuition during your stay.

We have noted your comments regarding the ski instructor and that you found the tuition provided not to your requirements. Please note that the ski instructors are provided by the ESF French ski school not Club Med.

Unfortunately, the ski groups are organized during the first day by the ESF ski instructor locally, a process which we have no involvement with. The groups are firstly done in order of the skiing ability, which is the ski instructor’s main priority this is to ensure that the GM’s are placed in suitable ski ability groups.

We understand that following your continued dissatisfaction with the ski instruction you decided to take your son out of the snowboarding class.
Whilst we are very sorry for the disappointment caused to you on this occasion unfortunately, matters such as this need to be addressed at the time of your stay as this cannot be rectified once back in the UK.

All feedback we receive from our clients is sent to the ski school in order to improve the service provided for the next winter season. We can assure you that your comments in respect of the above have been taken most seriously indeed and forwarded to the ski school head of staff and the ski instructors on site for their attention, to establish where improvements can be made for the next winter season.

We hope to welcome you again in one of our Resorts soon,
Kind Regards,

Your Club Med UK Team.
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Property: Club Med Aime la Plagne
Address: 73210 Macot-la-Plagne, Aime, France
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Region: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Savoie > Aime > Macot-la-Plagne
Hotel Style:
#1 Green Hotel in Macot-la-Plagne
#3 Family Hotel in Macot-la-Plagne
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:3 star — Club Med Aime la Plagne 3*
Number of rooms: 17
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
On a mountain-top facing Mont-Blanc, Aime la Plagne looks out over a ring of immaculate ski slopes. The natural setting is complimented by the hotel interior, completely renovated in 2005 : wood, stone and pure lines lend this refuge a comfortable, hospitable feel and stimulate the senses. This Club Village is a real launch pad to the joys of whizzing over the snow, and a paradise for all who love sports and freedom. They'll enjoy perfecting their moves in the snow park or venturing out on skis. ... more   less 
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