03 Jul Self-Catered Ski Chalets versus Catered Ski Chalets
Self-Catered Ski Chalet or Catered Ski Chalet: How to choose?
To cater or not to cater? A question that we get asked a lot!
At Alpine Escape we know that the personal touch is what makes our loyal guests return to us every year, and that’s something that we offer to both our catered chalet guests, as well as those staying in self-catered accommodation.
With our chalet collection now offering a handpicked selection of both styles of ski accommodation, we wanted to explain the difference in service and show that with a flexible approach and bespoke service, our guests will feel just as welcome whether opting for a catered or self-catered chalet.
Catered chalet ski holidays are:
– Relaxing: it’s an opportunity for everyone to have a break from cooking and housework
– Welcoming: your hosts will be on hand to ensure everything’s just the way you like it
– Good value: all you need to pay for in resort is lunch and drinks
– Family-friendly: with early tea for children and dietary requirement meals included
Self-catered ski holidays are:
– Flexible: choose what you eat, when and where you want to eat it!
– Good value: Cooking for yourselves? Use our shopping service to benefit from larger supermarket prices or order oven-ready meal delivery.
– Luxury touches: Enjoy our extra services: 6-day housekeeping, concierge service, driver, and choose from our luxury chalets
– Get to know the resort: Courchevel is a foodie heaven, with fabulous restaurants dotted around each village.
Why choose an Alpine Escape self-catered ski holiday?
The chalets: our self-catered chalet collection offers our usual boutique-style accommodation (rather than a more traditional cramped apartment with fold down beds and a microwave!), with all the home comforts and laid back luxury you’d expect from an Alpine Escape catered chalet. Four of our five self-catered chalets have hot tubs so you won’t even miss out on the ultimate chill out time after a day on the slopes!
The service: our self-catered ski chalets enable those who want flexibility and freedom during their ski holiday the opportunity to enjoy luxurious accommodation and eat whenever and wherever they feel like eating! Our self-catered holidays come complete with our dedicated pre- and post-arrival concierge service
Why choose an Alpine Escape catered ski holiday?
The chalets: our catered chalets are located in the fab resorts of La Tania and Le Praz. Expect boutique-style chalets sleeping between 8-15 guests, furnished with all those little extras such as robes and slippers. We have hot tubs, games consoles and cinema rooms meaning there’s plenty to do away from the slopes.
The service: Relax and enjoy being looked after: our fab hosts will ensure you have everything you need and your chef will prepare a delicious breakfast, daily afternoon tea, canapés and a 4-course evening meal with gorgeous wines.
The Alpine Escape experience
All our guests benefit from the following service:
Expert booking advice
With our local knowledge and as an independent operator, you can rest assured we’ll choose the best chalet for your group, and offer you the best price.
Once you’ve confirmed your booking through our easy-to-use booking system, our concierge is available to make sure everything is in place for your arrival: transfers, restaurant bookings, ski school and lift pass delivery.
Have the daily support of the Alpine Escape team
We are just a phone call away during your stay. If you need a restaurant booked or recommendations on where to ski then all you need to do is ask.
Transport to and from the ski lifts
We understand that this can be a real game changer on a ski holiday. In La Tania, an in-resort driver will be available during the day to take you to and from your self-catered ski chalet to the ski lifts or village. No lugging your skis in heavy ski books after a hard day on the slopes!
Minimum Meal Planning
Of course by booking an Alpine Escape catered chalet there is zero meal planning! However, we will ensure that a self-catered ski chalet holiday is also hassle free. Here’s how…
No busy supermarket shopping at the start of your holiday for our self-catered guests. We offer a full supermarket shop and delivery service. We will even unpack it and put it away for you.
We can organise a range of tasty baked treats to be brought to your door each morning with our bakery delivery service.
If you don’t want to cook or go out we can organise homemade oven-ready meals, fine dining takeaways or Savoyard fondue, raclette and pierre chaud (hot rocks for cooking meat) delivered to your door. We can even arrange your own private chef to cook for you.
Our self-catered chalets also have a welcome pack with all the essentials you’ll need to get you started.
Flexibility, freedom and privacy
By choosing a self-catered chalet you can be as spontaneous as you wish. Stay for that extra beer at après- ski or have a lie in and a later breakfast. If you discover a mountain restaurant and can’t resist a big lunch… No problem: you can eat something lighter that evening.
What’s included in your chalet holiday?
The checklist – whether catered or self-catered:
- Daily housekeeping (6-day service) and mid-week towel change
- WIFI, Sonos sound system, smart TV, DVD,
- Green & Spring toiletries, Albus & Flora lip balm
- Hairdryers, quality bed linen, towels and bathrobes
- Nespresso coffee machine
- Pre-concierge service for help with booking transfers, ski lessons, passes, ski hire etc.
- In resort concierge service
NEWSFLASH: We have added a new 5 bedroom self-catered ski chalet in Le Praz to our portfolio for winter 2018/19. Chalet Ellanar combines a smart townhouse vibe with mountain views and only a 3 minute walk to the ski gondola through the pretty village.