We have just returned from a week at Residence Hameau des Airelles. We had to fly from Gatwick to Turin which was a bit of a pain as we live in Bristol, however the transfer to resort was only 1.5 hrs. and not the usual scary windy bus trip.
On arrival at the apartments just before midday, there was quite a large queue at reception. We were aware that we may not get into the apartments till 5, which is a bit of a pain. We paid the 36Euro to get into 1 room early which made a huge difference as we were able to collect our equipment, ski passes and get some shopping.
We had booked a 1 bed with a cabin room with Bunk Beds. The apartments are spacious and clean, we had a fantastic view of the resort and slopes as we were at the front. The only drawback with being at the front was slight traffic noise. Other members of our party had the 2 bed apartments, which had even more space so great for families.
As mentioned before the Wi-Fi was a bit annoying as you had to go down to Reception to pick the signal up. However our rep has said that this is going to be fixed for next year’s season. The swimming pool and sauna area is lovely and clean, however as it doesn’t open until 4.30, so it can get quite busy. The first couple of visits the pool wasn’t too cold, however, after 2 days of solid snow, the water was freezing. If you are lucky enough to be in the main building it is only a short walk, however we had to go outside to get to the main building, only a very small gripe, but it is a bit chilly walking back.
The location of the apartments is fantastic. You only have to go out reception and you are on the ski slopes, really ski in-out. If you have booked lessons there is a little yellow bus that stops directly outside the residence, and takes you to the main slope. It only takes about 5 mins, which is great for families as it would be a good 15 mins walk with all your equipment. They are quite regular, starting just after 8.30 am and is then every 15 – 20mins. The bus driver was really friendly, which is quite unusual we found. Don’t panic if you take different routes, as Residence Hameau des Airelles is always the last drop off!!
There is a little supermarket just next to the residence which sells most basic things, they also do cooked chickens, however you have to order them the day before and they cost 16 euro. We did not buy one so cannot give feedback on that. There is also a pizza place next door, again you have to order the pizza earlier in the da y for that night. Price was quite reasonable. Next to this is a Twinner ski hire shop, we booked all our equipment on line before hand and just picked it up. All staff was very friendly and helpful.
Just along from this is a lovely bakery, selling fresh bread and cakes daily. All very reasable.
The village itself is one of the best we have been to. We found everyone really friendly and helpful, it is a very family orientated resort. Not sure if there is much night life as we were in a big group of families we made our own entertainment. One very snowy afternoon we did the walk over the border into Italy to the village of Claviere. It is only just over a mile but felt further as there was thick snow to walk through. We ended up in the main bar next to the ski lift for a hot chocolate. The staff was lovely and made us feel really welcome.
There are 2 ski schools in the village, we used Apeak, not ESF. Both instructors were brilliant, they pride themselves with having smaller classes but still charge the same as ESF. My lesson only had 3 people in it, whereas the equivalent in ESF had 12. The instructors adapted the lessons to your exact needs and therefore we got so much more out of the lessons. We booked 3 private lessons for some of our party, on the last one the weather was so bad that she rearranged it for us to ensure we got the most from the lesson.
So to summarise – Loved the Village, loved the accommodation, Loved the ski school, and yes we are already looking to go back next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Winter : 110km of ski pistes - all levels - connection between France and Italy + 400km of ski pistes with the via Lattea connectionSUMMER : charming village and exceptioanl environment New SUMMER 13 !> 2 x 1/2 days for free at the mini club> Animation, activities, leisure for free and for the entire family. (only during summer)A new residence made out of wood and stones, with outdoor heated swimming pool. Spacious and comfortable appartments. Ô pure Spa area (150m2) dedicated to wellness and care. ... more less
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