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Self-Catered Luxury? The Best Kept Accommodation Secret

These days, us skiers and snowboarders benefit from a huge wealth of accommodation options when booking our winter holiday. However, the amount of choice can be slightly overwhelming and it’s easy to make assumptions about what an accommodation will be like. Because of this, many people miss out on one of the best accommodation options; the luxury self-catered apartment.

It’s not uncommon to see ‘self-catered apartment’ and immediately envision boisterous students, cramped spaces and limited ‘cooking’ facilities. However, by doing so, you overlook some of the mountains’ most impressive accommodations right under your nose.

Luxury self-catered apartments are not only beautifully decorated, with fantastic facilities and impressive views, but they give you a flexibility that no catered chalet or hotel can. You can eat what you want, when you want, with no set menus or mealtimes. Feeling like a cheesy feast? Enjoy sampling the local cuisine in a cosy mountain restaurants. Exhausted from a long day’s skiing? Simply stick on some pasta, put your feet up and relax with a glass of local wine.

Cooking facilities are often on a par with what you might enjoy at home and the added extras in many apartments are a godsend after a day on the slopes. Whether it’s a swimming pool, sauna, steam room or hot tub, you can enjoy high quality hotel-style pampering on your own terms.

3 of our favourite luxury self-catering picks that tick all the boxes:

Val Cenis – Les Chalets de Flambeau

An epic ski area with the longest green run in the world (so they claim). Val Cenis sits in the Haute Maurienne Vanoise, boasting north facing slopes, plenty of varied terrain and a traditional village feel.

Stay at Les Chalets de Flambeau CGH Residences & Spa, at the foot of the slopes by the ski school meeting point. Everything you need is pretty much on your doorstep here (bars, restaurants, boulangerie, mini-market, ski hire shop and the Pré Novel lift. With an indoor pool, baby pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, games room and spa.


Montgenèvre – Le Napoléon

One of the world’s oldest ski resorts and the only French resort in the huge 400km Via Lattea (Milky Way) ski area. Montgenèvre benefits from snow-sure sunny slopes and the option to ski into Italy for lunch or a Bombardino – a warming winter cocktail reminiscent of egg nog! For a few après ski thrills, dare yourself to ride the Monty Express toboggan track, where you will speed down a 1400m track, slaloming through the forest, over wooden bridges and through tunnels.

Stay at Le Napoléon CGH Résidences & Spa, with a fantastic central location, in the heart of the resort right opposite the slopes. Stylish comfortable apartments with private balconies and facilities including an indoor pool, hot tub, saunas, steam room and fitness room. There is also an O des Cîmes spa at the apartments.

Les Carroz – Les Chalets de Léana

Only an hour from Geneva and one of the shortest drives from Calais, Les Carroz d’Arâches is a charming traditional mountain village, perfect for families. Set in the Grand Massif ski area, it is linked to resorts like Samoëns and Morillon, with 245km of slopes to explore! Les Carroz has the lovely lived-in feel of a traditional mountain village so there is plenty to keep non-skiers happy as well – including the resort’s outdoor pool, where you can swim surrounded by snow capped peaks and overlooking the slopes. The resort has been awarded the French ‘Famille Plus’ label, with many activities both on and off the mountain for children and adults alike.

Stay in Les Chalets de Léana CGH Résidences & Spa, luxury apartments in traditional chalets in overlooking the central village square, a short walk from the slopes. Facilities include indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, fitness room and an O des Cîmes spa.


Peak Retreats is an award-winning French Alps specialist featuring a selection of handpicked luxury apartments, including those featured above, in traditional resorts across the French Alps. Peak Retreats won The Times Travel Editor’s Award in 2018. Their expert team know its resorts inside out and love finding clients their perfect Alpine holiday destination. Holiday packages include a Eurotunnel crossing, with a free upgrade to FlexiPlus at most dates but clients can also book accommodation only if they wish to travel independently. All holidays are ABTA bonded.

Find out more at peakretreats.co.uk or call their team of Alpine experts on 023 9283 9310.