Following on from Dave Moisley's guest post earlier in the week, we have another post from an Iglu customer. Andy Cuthbert is a self-confessed Club Med addict and a long standing Iglu customer. Here are Andy's thought's on his favourite Club Med resort, Peisey-Vallandry.
We have just returned from our fourth stay at Club Med Peisey Vallandry, and once again I have been reminded why this is the jewel in Club Med's crown.
For those of you who have not tried a Club Med holiday before, the whole package is all inclusive — including flights, transfers, ski carriage (if you have your own gear) on some airlines and more food than you can shake a stick at.
Given they are a French company, the food is always of a high standard, if not exceptional at times. The quantity of food and drink lends to our saying: "Club Med - where food is never more than two hours away!" Whether it be the huge breakfasts catering for every taste under the sun, or the fantastic evening spreads — which have a theme each evening. There are always staples such as meat, fish, pasta, endless salads and vegetable dishes on offer too. This year I put on 8lbs! That will be due to the patisserie chefs, who go out of their way to tempt you...
Within the hotel is a team of GO's — Club Med's staff who are there to mingle with the guests as well as performing various roles within the hotel. Vincent was the English speaking GO and Gold Member GO, he provided an outstanding holiday for us. In fact the whole team this year was pretty fantastic, making it one of the best Club Med trips we have had to date.
The hotel is laid out in a series of large chalet-style buildings all linked together — which is very much in keeping with the local village — and is set in one of the prettier French resorts. Despite the fact the complex is quite large, there are many nooks and crannies to stow yourself away in, to unwind after a day out on the slopes. The log fire in the bar area is always a favourite haunt of ours and we seem to be very lucky, as there is always space for us to relax with hot chocolate (a drop of Baileys in it and it's heavenly!).
There is a gym, swimming pool, sauna and steam room and though you can swim outside too. There is also a spa for those who want pampering and kids clubs for those with children. It's all covered.
The hotel is positioned right next to the Vanoise Express cable car and it's ski in/out. The ski service is in house and can provide all your requirements, but book in advance as the prices in resort are often higher! The boot rooms have individual lockers with boot driers and a toilet which is always useful if, like me, you always find that once you have your boots on nature calls!
They stagger the departures of the inclusive ski school and ski hosting, so it never becomes too much. Yes... the ski school & hosting, along with your full area ski pass are included in the package [Ed - full area lift passes are included in 4* resort, local area passes are included in 3*]. Club Med always have an English speaking guide or instructor too.
We skied from La Plagne over to Les Arcs, though this time whilst we had loads of snow (5 days in total), the visibility was poor so we tended to stay in the Peisey area and I am glad we did as we found some great blues and reds. The slopes around Peisey Vallandry were virtually deserted during the day, as most people had gone along the valley to Les Arcs or over the Vanoise to La Plagne. There really is a huge ares to ski and in four visits we still find new runs we have never skied before.
The only problem with CLub Med Peisey Vallandry, is some of the other resorts don't seem quite as nice, as it really is that good.!
Would we go again? We are already talking with Nick at Iglu about booking next year, as he does such a great job sorting everything out for us. I would suggest you use Iglu rather than go to Club Med direct as Iglu provide better information than Club Med and can tailor your regional flights better than Club Med do.
I cannot recommend Club Med Peisey Vallandry enough and hope to meet other Iglu customers there in the years to come, as we will be going again and again...