Every winter it’s the same maths test for parents as they try to calculate the best overall price for their family ski holiday. Most child discount deals come with provisos, blackout dates and other small print, so it’s great news that Ski France are offering that kids go free all winter at two of their most family-friendly hotels.
Hotel Le Mottaret in Méribel Mottaret is in the world’s biggest ski area, Les 3 Vallées, and Hotel Ibiza is located in Les Deux Alpes, another huge ski area with one of the world’s biggest lift-served verticals together with glacier skiing up top for the ultimate snow guarantee. Both resorts have great facilities on the slopes and off for families, so the main problem is choosing which hotel to stay in.
Ski France’s “Kids Go Free” all winter deal is refreshingly simple – offering free board to all children up to the age of 18 on the same board basis as their parents, be it bed and breakfast, half board or all inclusive. Yes, that’s right up to age 18, not the usual random “no longer a child” rule that some travel providers decide applies when your kids hit 16, 14 or even 12.
Ski France’s Hotel Le Mottaret and Hotel Ibiza are both rated 3★ and both can offer flexible arrival dates and various lengths of stay (rather than the standard Saturday-to-Saturday week) if you need it.
Family rooms are available at the Hotel Le Mottaret, which is located very close to all the facilities you might need including a ski school and a ski-hire shop. The hotel had a full renovation last season with 22 brand-new rooms and suites created, bathrooms upgraded in many parts of the hotel and plush new carpet fitted in a selection of bedrooms. There’s a sunny terrace, sparkling Jacuzzi and a recently extended, welcoming lounge bar where live music acts perform.
Alternatively you can stay in a large northern or duplex room at the Hotel Ibiza, where most of the rooms are south facing with huge windows to take in the stunning views towards the protected Écrins National Park. After your day skiing in Les 2 Alpes you can then chill out in the spacious lounge or on the large, south-facing terrace, or just head straight for the indoor heated pool, sauna and hammam.
Free coffee, tea and doughnut stands are situated around the hotel, and babysitting services are also available on request, as are private transfers for families from the airport to the hotel to minimise stress.
Ski France (tel: 0203 475 4756) runs upscale hotels, Alpine chalets and self-catered apartments, catering for all needs and budgets at 40 mountain destinations.
A week’s stay, during the Christmas holidays, for two adults and two children (age 17 and under) at Hotel Le Mottaret costs from £241.50 pp (£966 total, with the Kids Go Free deal) or the same party at Hotel Ibiza on the same dates costs from £326.50 pp (£1,306 total with the Kids Go Free deal) on a half-board basis. Return flights and transfers are extra.
To learn more about Les 2 Alpes or Meribel, check out our resort guide pages.