This is an excellent hotel. An army of friendly British youngsters work all hours to make guests' holidays as pleasant as possible. Rooms are large and very clean and food is of a high standard. There is an excellent indoor pool, sauna and hammam and outdoor hot tub.The hotel retains the ski chalet tradition of communal meals at a regular time with free wine till the coffee is served, as well as afternoon tea, a large buffet breakfast and a packed lunch. All included in the price. The result is that all guests eat and drink too much. The practice of sitting strangers together at dinner, though initially unnerving, in fact works to make the whole hotel much more sociable and the holiday more enjoyable. Jamie takes time to try to match up compatible guests and runs the restaurant operation with military precision befitting his army background. But the atmosphere remains friendly and relaxed among staff and guests alike. There is not a lot to do after dinner though Brad the barman devises his own 1980s obsessed quizzes with amusing quirky charm.
The hotel guests are mainly families with younger children and sometimes older guests who are keen walkers so there are not too many heading out after dinner to the handful of bars in Belle Plagne a few minutes walk away. It must be very different in the ski season.
As for the resort, we read the info from Inghams and reviews on here without getting a clear idea of how far we would be from things to do. In fact you are pretty isolated at 2100 metres up and it's difficult/expensive to get down to the valley where the temperature is 10 degrees higher and you can swim in the lake etc. Some people travel from the UK by car which is probably a smart move. For those without cars you are confined to the organised trips, of which the white water rafting is a stand-out must do, or to activities in the la plagne resorts which are all linked by free bubble lifts and buses. This includes mountain biking, walking (including watching the sun rise over Mont Blanc guided by the excellent Emmanuel and his pet dog Rusty) a high ropes adventure park and a huge zip wire, kayaking, horse riding and archery and a trip up to the glacier to see the ice caves, easily accessible by bubble lifts a few minutes from the hotel. We found a ten day holiday just right - if you plan to go for longer you might run out of things to do a bit unless you are a big walker.
The weather in our stay was changeable but by and large was pleasant and quite hot when the sun was out. Once or twice we were in cloud while the valley below baked in the sun (so we heard later). Maybe Inghams and Esprit could look at some sort of minibus or coach service to the valley in the future.
But all in all a fabulous hotel and hugely enjoyable holiday
- Also Known As:
- Des Deux Domaines Hotel