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Neilson Hotel Turquoise (Belle Plagne)

La Plagne,
 France
Your holiday includes
  • Flights from Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham
  • Resort transfers
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast & afternoon tea daily
  • 6 evening meals
  • Free guiding & coaching
About the hotel
  • Right on the slopes
  • Large sun terrace
  • 25 rooms
  • Comfy bar & lounge
  • Free Wi-Fi in the bar
  • Childcare for 5-12s
  • 75m to the lifts
About the resort
  • 425km ski area
  • Resort altitude: 2050m
  • Snowsure with a glacier
  • Made for intermediates & advanced
  • Laid-back nightlife
  • Quick lift system

The Turquoise couldn't be more perfectly situated. It sits right on the gentle Belle Plagne slopes meaning skiing from and to the door is a breeze. There are four lifts all within a few minutes walk or ski/board too. The closest is a four-person chair just 70m away.

 

We've refurbished the hotel since taking it on a couple of seasons ago, so there's a fresh feel and contemporary yet comfortable furniture. The open-plan bar and dining area provide a great setting for re-telling your day's exploits with a well-earned drink. Alternatively, grab your glass and head to the terrace for some fresh mountain air and fantastic views.

 

 

Take a stroll up the slope to the heart of Belle Plagne (200m away) and you'll find a good choice of small restaurants and bars offering regional specialities. There's also the usual tourist shops where you can stock up on supplies and holiday memorabilia! Or for even more choice, hop on the cable car (also 200m away) to neighbouring Plagne Bellecôte. It runs right up until midnight.

 

 

 

From the hotel to...

Nearest slopes: On the slopes (Belle Plagne blue run)

Nearest lift: 75m to Belle Plagne 4 person chairlift, 200m to cable car

Equipment hire shop: 200m

Tuition meeting point: 50m (Oxygene ski school)

Resort centre: 200m

 

 

About the resort

La Plagne forms one half of the 425km playground which is the Paradiski area. It really is one of the best ski areas in the world, regularly playing host to speed skiing, freeriding, freestyle and world cup events.

 

The terrain is varied, high and seemingly endless. The La Plagne half of the area is over 200km in itself so unless you're a hardcore mile-muncher, the local lift pass is enough. That said, it's definitely worth a trip over to Les Arcs at least once during your stay just for the cable car ride; the double-decker  Vallandry Express is not to be missed!

 

 

La Plagne is made up of 10 separate villages, all at varying heights and all with a slightly different style. Being a purpose built resort, it may not be the prettiest, but it's well thought out and mostly traffic-free.

The Turquoise is based in Belle Plagne up at 2050m where there's a nice choice of bars and restaurants and a few small supermarkets and touristy shops with the usual fare on offer. Belle Plagne is also linked to the larger and more lively Plagne Bellecôte by a cable car. This runs up until midnight giving you more options for evening entertainment.

 

Resort stats

Area size: 425km in the Paradiski area

Linked resorts: Les Arcs

Resort altitude: 2050m

Skiing altitude: 1800m to 3250m

Number of runs: 242

Range of runs: 32% green, 44% blue, 15% red and 9% black

Lifts: 94 drags, 62 chairs, 12 gondolas,2 cable cars and 1 funicular

Night skiing: No

Cross country trails: 91km

Snowmaking: 22% of runs covered

Resort bus: Yes

 

 

Food and drink

Our club board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. Your daily afternoon tea of warming soup plus freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.

 

Evening meals are a waiter-served three-course set menu with a mix of popular and regionally inspired dishes. You'll have three choices of starter and main and two choices of dessert, all with a vegetarian option. Fresh coffee follows dessert and you can buy drinks to accompany your meal from the bar.

 

 

We provide evening meals on six nights a week to leave you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening. For shorter holidays over New Year 2016/17, you still have one night free to explore the resort and local cuisine.

 

 

Rooms

All 25 rooms are bright and airy thanks to large windows and a balcony that draws you to the pretty impressive piste and mountain views. Each room has a TV, mini-safe and an ensuite with a hairdryer. 

 

There's a great selection of rooms to suit all party sizes. Families will love the mezzanine or interconnecting rooms for their storage and practical sleeping arrangements.

 

 

Families and kids

Our Snowbusters club ski school drop-off and pick-up service is available to pre-book at the Turquoise. It's for five to 12 year olds who are booked into ski or board school. Just drop them off at 9am and we'll get them ready for their lessons. We'll then drop them off with their instructor (making sure they're happy and settled) and meet them again at the end of their lesson.

 

Afterwards, we'll take them back to the hotel, give them lunch and keep them entertained until 2pm. In the meantime, you can have a morning on the slopes, enjoy a lazy lunch and come back to ski with them in the afternoon. 

 

 

Neilson Mountain Experts

Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.

 

Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder. 

 

There's at least one session a day and we guarantee each guest at least two session a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.

 

 

Hotel features

Neilson rating: ***

Open plan bar area with satellite TV 

South-facing sun terrace 

Restaurant

Free Wi-Fi in the public areas

Ski storage with heated boot warmers

Lift servicing all floors

Daily housekeeping with towels provided

Private nanny service available on request

 

 

Extras and offers

Children under 15 can receive a discount when sharing a room with at least two adults

Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified Neilson Mountain Experts

 

 

Travel info

Departure airports: Gatwick, Heathrow, Manchester or Birmingham

Departure day: Saturday

Arrival airport: Grenoble  

Flight time: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes

Transfer time:  approx. 3 hours 30 minutes 

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