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A stay here is simply luxurious. Its slopeside setting provides complete convenience and uninterrupted views of the mountains, particularly from the outdoor heated (30oC) swimming pool. The style is very mountain contemporary; lots of massive wooden beams supported by beautiful local stone for a very earthy feel.
The Village Montana boasts an impressive range of facilities too, including the gorgeous Les Bains du Montana spa, a free children's club on selected weeks, three restaurants and two bars. You're pretty spoilt for choice here!
Don't miss heading to the large terrace with an après drink and chill out watching the landscape of the glacier change as the sun sets. It's just one of the many highlights of this hotel.
Nearest slopes: You're on the slopes
Nearest lift: 50m
Bus stop: 150m
Tuition meeting point: 250m
Resort centre: 200m
Tignes is one of the most snowsure resorts in Europe. It's 2100m up in the high Tarantaise area of the French Alps where the skiing tops out at a breathless 3456m. It also happens to have some of the most exciting and challenging terrain in the world.
The resort is split in to two villages; Le Lac nestles on the shores of a frozen lake with beautiful views of Toviére mountain and the Grande Motte glacier. It's an ideal springboard into the massive Tignes - Val d'Isère ski area and has a good après-ski scene too. Val Claret sits around the other side of the lake at the bottom of the Grande Motte glacier and is probably the livelier of the two resorts.
It forms one half of the vast 300km Tignes - Val d'Isère area and it's just a quick drop over the hill (and a slightly eye-watering chairlift ride) into neighbouring Val d'Isère. The area suits all levels of skier and snowboarder, but intermediates and advanced levels won't be able to stop grinning as it was seemingly carved with them in mind!
It's not just on the mountain where the smiles happen. Try ice driving, paragliding or even ice diving under the frozen lake. For something a bit more laid back, head to the Lagon Aqua and Well-being Centre. It has swimming pools, water slides, hot tubs, saunas - basically everything you need to help you unwind or fill an afternoon off the slopes.
Area size: 300km in the Tignes - Val d'Isère area
Linked resorts: Val d'Isère
Resort altitude: 2100m
Skiing altitude: 1550m to 3456m
Number of runs: 155
Range of runs: 15% green, 46% blue, 27% red and 12% black
Lifts: 36 drags, 43 chairs, 5 gondolas, 4 cable cars and 2 funiculars
Night skiing: Yes
Cross country trails: 40km
Snowmaking: 900 snow cannons
Resort bus: Yes
Les Bains du Montana spa is well worth a visit. Make sure you get good use of the free heated Nordic swimming-pool (30°C), sauna, steam room, hot tub, relaxation room and herbal tea facilities.
It's the perfect way to ease those ski legs. And seeing as you're on holiday, why not splash out on some beauty treatments or a massage too? Spa facilities are reserved for guests over 15 years old. Under 15's may use the pool only.
The half board meals here are extensive, as you'd expect. A breakfast buffet offers hot and cold options and your five-course evening meal is served in Les Chanterelles restaurant.
Alternatively you can choose to dine in one of the three additional restaurants at the hotel for a supplement.
All 79 rooms are beautifully furnished, large and airy with a traditional local style mixed with a modern touch. Each comes with a balcony, free Wi-Fi, flatscreen satellite TV, an ensuite with bath, hairdryer, heated towel rail, dressing gown and slippers and separate wc.
The balconies provide incredible views and are a real treat to wake up to each morning (when it's not snowing!).
For a bit of après-ski chill-out time for everyone, there's a free mini-club for children aged 3 to 10. It runs daily from 5.30pm to 9pm on selected weeks with a mix of French and English spoken in the club. A perfect opportunity the head to the spa or the bar.
For more information on dates and availability, please contact the hotel directly on 0033 426 782 678.
Official rating: ****
Room and laundry service
Free use of spa and wellness area
Free children's club
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Heated ski lockers
Departure airports: Birmingham, 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. 3 hours 30 minutes