We made a late booking for the Chalet Aigle Royal in January 2011. After a delayed flight and a slow exit from Grenoble Airport, we arrived at the Aigle Royal tired and grumpy, but were soon cheered by the warmth of our welcome at the Chalet Royal. The first meal of the week set the standard. Delicous, professionally prepared four course meals emerged from the kitchen with smooth and speedy service. With pre-dinner aperitifs and canapes, and a choice of two red and two white wines every night, we realised that this was definitely a cut above most of the chalets we had stayed in before. Our chef and two chalet hosts were attentive and friendly throughout the week, as was the rep who called every evening to make sure that we were happy and that all our needs were met. Our en suite room, though advertised as having a "sloping ceiling" was vast and comfortable.
The chalet had direct access to the pistes, invloving a short climb up a slope, with the return at the end of the day being equally easy. What's more, after a full day's skiing, followed by tea and cake, we could wallow in the hot tub outside, admiring the night sky as we sipped the first beer of the evening. With the added bonuses of a sauna, steam room and heated boot racks, this chalet deserves its regal name. We'll be back next year.