Carefree Skiing at Club Med Grand Massif in the French Alps
The New Club Med in the French Alps
The brand new Club Med at Grand Massif Samoens has just opened and I was really excited to have been invited to test it out shortly before the official opening in mid December. Having enjoyed around 6 Club Med family holidays over the past few years I really like their “all inclusive concept” which is excellent for families, couples, singles and groups.
The Club is located in a superb position in the heart of the biggest ski area in France. Le Grand Massif has a total of 256km of pistes across 5 beautiful resorts – Samoens, Morillon, Les Carroz d’Araches, Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval and Flaine.
With stunning views, 140 different pistes for all levels of skiers and snowboarders, from beginners to intermediates to experienced professionals, it really is an amazing skiing paradise!
Just an hour an a quarter’s drive from Geneva, the hotel with its beautiful modern design is practical and stylish and offers a lot more than just skiing.
With touches of Alpine chic befitting the location – deer, wood, slate and natural stone, it is spacious and well designed with great views over the fabulous ski area below. So let’s start with the skiing – as it really is fantastic!
Easy Arrival Ski Service
The “Easy Arrival” service is fabulous as you simply include your skiing details (for skis: height, weight, proficiency and for boots: shoe size and any preferences) along with your booking. When you arrive your skis and boots are ready and waiting for you in your personal locker (complete with boot warmers).
What’s more, the locker has the same number as your bedroom and is opened by the same electronic bracelet which you wear all the time (so no risk of losing your key!) – such a very practical idea!
The ski room is large and spacious and located next to the Club Med Rental shop and directly next to the piste. You simply walk out of the door (on the same level) straight onto the slopes and ski off. This may seem a small detail but the beauty of not having to lug your skis from the rental shop to your hotel and to have everything ready and waiting for you when you decide to ski is for me worth its weight in gold.
Ski In / Out
As well as skiing straight out on to the slopes you can ski straight back in too. Another small but significant detail is that the Ski Room is equipped with a hot drinks machine so as soon as you get back and even before you’re out of your ski boots you can enjoy a warming beverage. Bliss!
Swim, Spa, Relax
If you don’t ski there is a lovely heated indoor pool, an outdoor hot tub and sauna and steam. There are also plenty of loungers and cosy nooks and crannies (including little teepees) all around the pool where you can simply chill and relax. The Spa offers a whole range of beauty and massage services using the gorgeous Carita products. A perfect end to a great day on the piste!
The gym is equipped with state of the art equipment and as well as regular classes they also have “virtual” classes too.
Excursions and Activities
Fancy exploring the region? Well there is a whole Winter Wonderland right on your door step! A range of excursions and activities can be booked directly with the Club. We went Snow Shoeing in the nearby village of Sixt Fer à Cheval (see article here) and had a wonderful time.
It was really exhilarating and great exercise too – and right in the heart of nature. You can also book snow scooter rides, or even helicopter rides to view the mountains from the sky if you so wish.
In the past one of the big draws for us when our children were younger, was the excellent childcare facilities that Club Med affords. The Grand Massif has colourful purpose built facilities for children and the friendly GO (Gentils Organisateurs as the staff are known) are able to care for, play with and generally entertain children of all ages from a few months to late teens.
Almost everything is included at Club Med (all meals and snacks along with soft drinks, coffees and teas, house wines and many spirits) – and there is abundant choice! Club Med is well known for the high quality of its food and the amazing buffets.
Different stations offer all sorts of international cuisine. We tasted Japanese, Thai, Mediterranean as well as traditional roasts and all their accompaniments, to mention but a few. The cheese boards are amazing and the pizza oven serves up delicious freshly baked pizza. Beautifully arranged platters of desserts are there to tempt you – but there are lots of healthy options too!
In addition to the main restaurant you can also enjoy meals prepared by Michelin star chef Eduardo Loubet in the Gourmet Lounge Restaurant.
There is one thing that Club Med is always good at and that is throwing a party! Every evening there is some form of entertainment and the huge stage and dancing area offers plenty of scope for lots of fun.
Whilst we were there French singer Patrick Bruel was performing and and there was a great band too.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The bedrooms are bright, light and spacious. We had a standard deluxe room but it was equipped with a balcony with a view across the slopes and it had a separate toilet and a generous bathroom which was equipped with a bathtub with a power shower.
Also For Summer
If you don’t fancy a Winter Holiday then why not visit in the Summer? There’s plenty to do for all the family and as well as the spa and pool there is so much to discover with hiking, biking and lots more.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Club Med Grand Massif and had a brilliant time with some great skiing. If you’re interested in finding out more about their great resort please see the details below.
Club Med Grand Massif Samoens Morillon
For more information on visit the Club Med Grand Massif Samoens see here.
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With thanks to Club Med for inviting me to stay at Club Med Grand Massif Samoens. Please note however that all opinions and views are 100% my own.
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