Feeling sand-weary? Karen Iley checks out some cool destinations for family fun with the white stuff
Sainte Foy, France
A relatively new resort, Sainte Foy has been charmingly developed to blend in with the original Alpine style of its surroundings. Close to posh Val d’Isere, this is a great spot for families simply because it’s so quiet – even, apparently, during the school holidays. Ski passes are cheaper than nearby areas (165 euros per week), and kids under seven ski for free. Two nursery slopes are perfect for little ones and learners, and the Ecole du Ski Francais (ESF) offers a morning ski school for kids at a lovely, central beginner’s ski slope, with a restaurant nearby where proud parents can watch their kids’ first ski holiday steps. Skiers are unlikely to get bored, but husky sledging, snow shoeing, snowmobiling and horse riding are all available nearby. Luxury tour operator Premiere Neige offers top-notch, spacious chalet accommodation, complete with log fires, hearty breakfasts, delicious afternoon tea and gourmet dinners. Kids can enjoy their own special menu and are well-looked after at ‘Cub Club’ a crèche and club for newborns up to 12 years, with indoor and outdoor play areas, private nannies and babysitting. The firm can also provide all sorts of kiddie stuff, including cots, car seats and strollers – even monitors, sterilisers, games and DVDs, so you don’t have to lug loads of kidde paraphernalia. All accommodation is within close vicinity to the crèche and ski lifts, so there are no shuttle bus headaches, just a pleasant stroll to the slopes.
Getting there: Fly Etihad from Abu Dhabi to Geneva from Dhs3,185 per adult. Accommodation in a luxury chalet with Premiere Neige, including breakfast, tea and dinner, costs from Dhs3,890 per adult per week. Self catered apartments cost from Dhs4,300 per week.
+44 870 383 1000; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.premiere-neige.com.
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