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This Italian-run hotel sits right in the heart of Deux Alpes so getting to the local bars and lifts takes no time at all.
In keeping with its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, the Belle Etoile also has a hot tub and sauna to unwind in. The nearest lift is the Super Venosc, 100 metres away.
Ski lift: 100m to Super Venosc, 150m to Diable
Ski school meeting point: 300m (outside Neilson Hotel Aalborg)
Resort centre: In the centre
Ski bus stop: 25m
A great example of an all-rounder. Long hours of sunshine (when it's not snowing) and snowsure slopes certainly help, but Les Deux Alpes is all about the variety of things to do, both on and off the mountain.
A superb resort for families (one of our top 10), groups and all standards of skier or boarder. Beginner slopes near the resort and on the glacier make it a great place to learn whilst enjoying the glorious mountains rising up all around you. Intermediates have plenty of choice while experts should hire a guide and test their freeriding ability on the legendary off-piste runs of ominously name La Grave.
The resort is large and well laid out with two main roads; one in, one out. Along each road you'll come across an excellent range of sports shops, gift shops, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and budgets. The après-ski is as lively as you want it to be with over 40 bars, restaurants and nightclubs on your doorstep.
Area size: 220km
Linked resorts: Not linked, but your lift pass covers one days' skiing or boarding in Alpe D'Huez, Puy, St Vincent, Serre Chevalier, Montgenèvre or Sestrière. Transport is not included.
Resort altitude: 1650m
Skiing altitude: 1300m to 3570m
Number of runs: 75
Range of runs: 20% green, 40% blue, 21% red and 19% black
Lifts: 19 drags, 23 chairs and 7 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 20km
Snowmaking: 20% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
A breakfast buffet will set you up for a day on the slopes. Your evening meal includes a selection of hot and cold starters followed by a choice of main courses with fruit and desserts to finish. You can also enjoy an alpine-inspired meal once a week.
There aren't any frills in each of the 29 rooms, but they're all very comfortable. Single, double or triple rooms have satellite TV with a small number of English language channels, mini-safe, bathroom with a hairdryer, shower and wc. Some rooms also have a balcony and mountain views.
Official rating: ***
Bar with pool table
Free use of hot tub, sauna and fitness room
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Free welcome cocktail on arrival
Departure airports: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours