Chalet La Giettaz is
funky yet family friendly ski chalet newly converted into 10 simple and stylish
1- 4 bedroom apartments by its friendly owners. There are glorious views from
its scenic setting within a pretty and unspoilt Alpine village, with easy
access to around 400kms of pistes within the Evasion Mont Blanc.
Ex-pat Brits Miranda and Chris clearly have a keen eye on what it
takes to enjoy a successful ski trip ‘en famille’ and supply a host of useful
gear and services to ensure a stress-free break. Parents can travel light,
thanks to a long list of baby and toddler gear supplied (see Fast Facts for
full list) and experience laid back self-catering thanks to daily breakfast
deliveries, twice weekly grocery runs and pre-bookable evening meals in the
cosy communal lounge bar. In fact, apart from knocking up the odd formula feed
or light meal for the nippers, families tend to enjoy the added space rather
than the top notch facilities offered by the apartment’s living areas more
commonly using them for board games or DVD nights than anything else.
As well as well equipped apartments, the Chalet boasts great shared facilities
including a Jacuzzi, sauna and a comfortable in-house lounge bar, which offers
pre-bookable evening meals for adults and junior guests. A raft of baby
monitors are provided so that grown-ups can continue to enjoy sociable evenings
after little ones are tucked up in bed and, trusted local babysitters are on
hand so parents can enjoy a night out at one of the village’s selection of bistros
and bars, although many deliver so parents need not venture out if they prefer
The village is just a five minute drive (transfers provided) from
the local lifts and crèche, but its slightly off the beaten track position has
meant its kept its charm as proper Alpine village and not suffered the ravages
of a purpose built resort. There are several good restaurants and bars, and easy
access by bus to the larger nearby
resorts of Megève, Combloux and St-Gervais.
Each of the Chalet's 10 apartments are light, spacious and simply
but stylishly furnished. They range from one-bedroom to four bedroom, and come
with amazing mountain views, Wi-Fi, IPod docks, Flatscreen TVs, DVD players and
fully fitted kitchens, complete with hobs, cookers, fridge freezers and
dishwashers (most come with a washer/dryer too).
The chalet's ‘spa’ area with its large hot tub
and sauna, perfect for relaxing after a long day on the slopes, can be
reserved for exclusive use.
The Family Room
spacious 1-bedroom apartment, measuring 62m², with a huge family bedroom
room housing a bunk bed (90 cm width) and king-size double bed (182 cm width)
with room for a cot.
or two single beds
(91 cm width). There is one main bathroom with shower (baby bath provided on
request). This apartment has a huge living and dining area, with lovely timber
ceilings and large windows overlooking the valley and a terrace. The living
room has a sofa-bed with memory foam mattress (135 cm width).
To seemore apartments at the Chalet please click here
The pretty rustic
village of La Giettaz, nestling in a breathtakingly scenic valley in the French
Alpine region of Reblochon beneath the iconic peak of Mount Blanc, is perfect
for a family holiday in the winter or summer.
Skiing is the big
draw, and quite rightly so. It's five minutes by chalet shuttle or ski bus to
the lift that goes straight up to the Evasion Mont-Blanc ski domain and over
400km of pistes between La Giettaz and the larger resorts of Megève, Combloux
Parents can drop
off their little ones at the great creche at Le Plan, which operated throughout
the ski season and right next to the lift. It's friendly, English-speaking
staff have received glowing praise from last year's guests.
children can be part of the winter fun. The Chalet supplies sledges for playing
in the snow, and the ESF ski school at
Le Plan offers skiing and snowboarding lessons from 3-4 years upwards.
But there are
other attractions than snow. Alongside two winter sport stores, a grocer, a
baker, a hairdresser and a post office, La Giettaz has a charming little museum
that preserves the life and crafts of the 19th century and a
scattering of cosy bars and restaurants. For little ones, there's a playground
with swings and slides.
such as Megève and La Clusaz are a 20-minute drive away and offer a world of
delights for grown-up gastronomes, with lots of local shops and markets
selling famous delicacies such as
Reblochon, Chevrotin, Tomme, Gruyère and Abondance cheese, as well as the
bread, pastries and meats that are a central part of the regional Savoyard
cuisine. Children will love the swimming pools in both Megève and La Clusaz.
The region is
well worth a summer visit too. Curious under-fives will enjoy visiting the
friendly farmer next to the Chalet who welcomes visitors of all ages, and the
surrounding mountains, valleys, forests, lakes and waterfalls make a stunning
natural warm weather playground for mum, dad and baby too.
Getting There By Air: The Chalet is just 80km from Geneva airport and transfers can be arranged on request.
Getting There By Train: The famous Eurostar Ski Train
runs direct from London to Moutiers, just over 50km from La Giettaz,
overnight on Fridays and through the day on Saturdays in as little as
six and a half hours. The nearest stations served by France’s excellent
TGV network are Annecy and Albertville, both less than one hour’s drive
from La Giettaz. Transfers from all train stations mentioned can be arranged on request.