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If you're looking for boutique style and convenience, the Trois Valées is for you. The slopes are only 50m away, the views are wide-reaching and there's a lovely wellness area to help you relax in style.
This is a spacious hotel with well-deserved reputation for being laid-back yet luxurious. There's plenty of faux-fur for warmth, comfortable furniture and, of course, the much needed delicious French cuisine from an Olympic-themed restaurant that boasts stunning panoramic views while you eat.
hotel also regularly organises a 'Soirée Savoyarde' evening at their mountain restaurant, the Chalet de 2 Lacs. This is then followed by a night-time torchlit descent down the mountain - a real night to remember!
Nearest slope: 50m
Nearest lift: 100m
Tuition meeting point: 50m
The highest ski resort in one of the largest ski areas in the world, Val Thorens is a reliably snow-covered area with swift lift access right at your door. It's the most southerly of The Three Valley resorts, and most of the nursery slopes are close to the village centre, making it the perfect ski holiday for families and beginners looking for a good time.
A huge variety of pistes make it an excellent choice for all levels, and the nightlife is fun and lively, with a fantastic après-ski scene. The die-hards looking for some off-piste mileage will also love the freeriding between Val Thorens and Mottaret.
Since it's a purpose-built resort it's got a good mix of activities, although it's not the place to be if you aren't going to be on the mountain. Because of the resort height and layout, it's ideal for both skiing and boarding.
There's a great range of bars, restaurants, creperies and pizza joints all huddled together in the centre of the resort, so it's easy to find something to do in the evenings. On top of that, there's a sports centre, which has a load of activities for kids and adults.
Area size: 600km in the Three Valleys area
Resort altitude: 2300m
Skiing altitude: 1260m to 3230m
Number of runs: 275
Range of runs: 21% green, 33% blue, 35% red and 11% black
Lifts: 78 drags, 68 chairs, 34 gondolas and 6 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Snowmaking: 41% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Comfort and relaxation are really important to the owners of the Trois Vallées. There's a lovely little wellness area with a dry sauna, steam room, hot tub, relaxation area and showers.
The half board meals here are delicious and extensive. There's a breakfast buffet waiting for you when you wake up in the morning, with both hot and cold options to suit your mood and help you fuel up.
When you make it back from the slopes you'll sit down to a gourmet evening meal made up of four courses, including a choice of main dish and a tasty finishing cheese course. Your Christmas and New Year meals are included too.
The rooms at Hotel Des Trois Vallées are just as luxurious as the rest of the hotel. You have a choice of standard rooms, large double rooms and family rooms so all party sizes are catered for. The décor throughout is luxurious and comfortable, with deep reds and greys in the curtains and bedding, mixed with beautiful hardwood trim.
All rooms come with a flat-screen satellite TV, radio, free Wi-Fi, a safe, and a bath or shower. Some of the standard rooms have a balcony, while some of the double rooms have a piste view. The family rooms must be occupied by four people, and they come with a double bed and a set of bunks in a separate sleeping area.
Official rating: ****
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Bar & lounge area
Wellness area with sauna, steam room, hot tub, relaxation area and showers (bookable on the day locally)
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