Deciding where to stay in the French Alps is a tough decision. Club Med has several resorts in the French Alps to choose from and they each offer a different holiday with slightly different facilities. Let’s figure out which Club Med Resort in the French Alps is best for your next family holiday.
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What is a Club Med Resort?
For those of you thinking of having your next holiday at Club Med, you might be wondering what it all means and what the hotel chain can offer you. One of the biggest points of difference between a Club Med holiday and a chalet holiday is the All-Inclusive factor.
Club Med pioneered the idea of all-inclusive holidays over 70 years ago, it’s obviously been very popular with holidays goers all around the world.
What does “all-inclusive” Mean?
All-inclusive ski holidays make your holiday more enjoyable because they include pretty much everything you need in order to have a great stress free holiday.
Accommodations, and lift passes to access the slopes are the big-ticket items that are included in your package. but it doesn’t stop there. All-inclusive Club Meded ski also includes some great extras such as ski and snowboard lessons tailored to all levels and ages with English-speaking instructors.
Also included are the gourmet meals within the resort and in selected altitude restaurants, a full open bar, relaxation options, après-ski activities, for the adults, and a fun and well-structured Children’s Club for the younger members of your family.
There is also free wifi and all gratuities are included.
Each ski resort will often have its own range of extra services designed to make your stay stress-free.
Club Med Les Arcs Panoroma Hotel
What makes Les Arcs Club Med special? If you are an avid skier, you will love that over 70% of the ski runs are above 2000m, giving you some of the best views of the french alps, and some of the nicest powder to ski and snowboard in. Not only is Paradiski one of the largest ski resorts in the entire world, but it is also super accessible with international flights landing just a few hour’s drive away at Lyon or Geneva airports.
Club Med Les Arcs offers ski-in ski-out facilities and ski lessons included for the whole family, even the littlest ones at 4 years old can learn to ski. The ski instructors are all English speaking, with many also speaking French if you prefer.
Aside from the skiing facilities, Club Med Les Arcs Panorama hotel offers spacious rooms with incredible mountain views- you can enjoy a 180° sunrise over the Tarentaise valley. In the distance, you can see Mont Blanc and its surrounding mountain range.
In the hotel, there are two restaurants with all-day service so you be flexible with meal times. Unwind in the excellent wellness facilities, including an inside/outside pool, fitness and weight room, sauna, hammam and hot tub.
Travelling to the French Alps over summer? No worries, the Club Med Les Arcs is open during summer too, offering some great alpine hikes and activities.
Club Med La Rosière
La Rosière is part of the Espace San Bernardo ski area and has great links with neighbouring Italian ski resort La Thuile and the Petite St Bernard Pass.
There is 160km of pistes to enjoy in the area. Intermediates and family skiers are well suited for the La Rosière resort. It is commonly commented that La Rosière has kept its rustic alpine charm regardless of the modern developments that have happened in the region.
Club Med La Rosière overlooks the Tarentaise Valley, and sits at 1900m. The balcony attached to rooms has spectacular views of the surrounding mountain landscape. This is another fantastic resort that offers ski-in ski-out skiing and snowboarding. Enjoy the all-inclusive bar and dining and put your feet up near the log fire after a day on the slopes.
The resort also features an indoor pool and a resort igloo! Families with children of all ages are very well accommodated here, with on-demand babysitting services and kids clubs to keep the little ones occupied.
Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon Resort
Located just over an hour from Geneva, the Club Med all-inclusive Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon Resort is the only Club Med property in the French Alps offering chalets, apartments and hotels rooms. Choose from a mountainside chalet with private butler service, or a regular hotel room style holiday.
The resort has taken inspiration from a large architect’s villa, with a 360° panoramic view across the Giffre valley. Its design blends in perfectly with the curvy incline and preserved natural surroundings. Admire the majestic views of the mountain from the pool’s large bay window, bordered by contemporary sculptures.
All of the Club Med facilities you have come to know and love are available at the Club Med Grand Massif Samoëns Morillon Resort. Three restaurants and two bars offer an all-inclusive experience of stunning Savoie and international foods. Dine on fondue and Croque monsieur and wash it down with a glass of chabalis or mulled wine.
Families with babies will be happy to know they can pack a little lighter, as the Grand Marris Samoens Morillon resort includes a baby welcome kit. If you book this in advance, a bathtub, bottle warmer, changing table and stroller can all be arranged to be ready for your arrival. Babies from 4 months of age can be looked after with on-demand babysitting (and an additional charge)
Club Med Val Thornes Sensations
Val Thorens is the highest ski resort in Europe and offers incredible access to 600km of slopes in the Three Valleys ski area. Sitting at 2,300 metres of altitude, the Club Med all-inclusive Val Thorens Sensations Resort is one of the most popular high mountain retreats on offer.
Val Thornes ski area has a 183 lift system that connects neighbouring Méribel and Courchevel. The resort has pistes suited for all levels of skier and the snow reliability is very good with its high altitude. It is one of the few resorts that is guaranteed snow during the winter months. Named “The World’s Best Ski Resort” for two consecutive years at the World Ski Awards, there are slopes ranging anywhere from expert level runs for thrill seekers, to beginner ones for the newbies.
The kids will love the indoor climbing wall when the snow gets too much for them- and dining in the yurt is definatly going to be a highlight they talk about for years to come. While the Club Med Val Thornes doesn’t offer a kids club (one of the very few that doesn’t!) it does have group lessons for kids available at an extra charge.
Club Med Alpe d’Huez Resort
Tucked into the mountainside of the Savoie ski area, Alpe d’Huez resort is a popular choice for families of all ages and ski abilities. One of the reasons for its popularity is the fact that the resort offers such a wide range of activities. As well as skiing and snowboarding, there is also dog sledding, snowshoeing and Nordic walking. For those who want to take a break from the slopes, there is a well-being centre with a range of treatments on offer, as well as a yoga studio.
It offers ski-in ski-out access to over 250kms of piste. There are plenty of other activities in the resort too, other than skiing.
There are few places in the world that offer such stunning natural beauty as Alpe d’Huez. This small village, located in the Southern Alps, is surrounded by some of the most incredible scenery on Earth. Visitors to Alpe d’Huez will be treated to jaw-dropping views of the mountains, valleys, and rivers below.
In addition to its natural beauty, Alpe d’Huez is also a great place for foodies. There are a wide variety of restaurants and bars in the village, offering something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a gourmet meal, you’ll be sure to find it in Alpe d’Huez.
After a long day on the slopes, après ski lovers will also find plenty to do in the village. There are a number of bars and clubs that stay open late, offering a great place to relax and socialize. Whether you’re looking for a quiet night out or a wild night of dancing, you’ll find it in Alpe d’Huez. There’s no doubt about it, Alpe d’Huez is a truly magical place. From its breathtaking scenery to its vibrant nightlife, there’s something for everyone in this unique village.