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A large apartment with everything you need! Very clean and tidy, modern and tasteful. The apartment is located around a 10/15 minute walk to the bottom of the slope but you can get the free shuttle bus. The bus stop is right outside the apartment.
I would definitely recommend the property & look forward to staying here myself again at some point. Host was accommodatting and communication was good.
Fiona was fantastic to deal with from start to finish. All enquiries dealt with promptly. Very reasonably priced apartment considering its size and location. Our group consisted of a few very inexperienced skiers who were still able to ski out every morning. The pool and jacuzzi in the complex were most welcome after a day of skiing. We didn't try the restaurant in the building due to time constraints, but were told by 4 separate people that it is a fantastic place to eat.
Flaine has the best skiing in the Grand Massif. The nightlife isn't as wild as some other resorts, but there are plenty of restaurants that vary in prices and a few bars.
Whilst the resort is car free, you can take a car through the barriers for a maximum of 90 minutes, which is perfect for picking up skis etc, and going shopping.
Thanks Fiona for sorting us out when we had problems with our dates due to my work, much appreciated and you are a star!
The apartment itself has 3 bedrooms (2 ensuite) and lots of room with nice views and a balcony. It has all the mod cons you could expect. The kitchenette area is quite small, but OK for our needs and we cooked 6 out of 7 nights for a family of 4 so no problems at all. The complex it is in has a beautiful open air heated swimming pool that looks out onto the mountains. inside their is a large jacuzzi and steam room. It really is spot on. Shame there isn't a proper bar in the place, but that should not put you off. They have adequate ski lockers on one of the floors and you can ski from here down to a short lift. Take this up and then the immediate run to your right takes you down to the ski school area. I know people have said it is quite complicated to find your way back to the hotel, but it isn't. Give yourself a bit of time on the first day and follow the map. Once you have done it once it is a doddle and saves taking your boots off in the Ski area and either catching the bus or walking (15-20 mins walk).
We hired our equipment from Skiset which is on the right hand side as you walk from the apartment down to the ski slopes. You can pick up your ski equipment the afternoon before you start your lessons if you wish.
For the family ski lessons (all different abilities) we used the French Ski School ESI. All the instructors apart from the one my missus had were really good.
Their is a Spa Supermarket, Butchers, Bakers and a Delicateson underneath the Skiset ski hire shop where you can buy all of your essentials. The good thing with the Spa is that you can actually buy online, although we didn't manage to succeed due to our poor French. However, go into the shop, fill up your trolley and they will deliver it all within a couple of hours free. This saves humping bags up the bank to the apartments. For fresh bread, nice cakes and croissants then either use the bakers mentioned above or ask the reception in the hotel and they will order bread and croissants for you which are available first thing in the morning.
The ski area is superb and seeing that it was March there were no queues anywhere and the conditions were superb. Hence the reason that we have just booked again with Fiona in her wonderful apartment for 2013. We will use the same ski hire and ESI for lessons. We look forward to returning to Flaine.
Nous avons séjourné dans cet appartement du 26.02 au 03.03.2011.
Excellente semaine, neige fraiche, départ skis aux pieds de la résidence, mais surtout un super confort dans l'appartement et la résidence.
3 chambres de haut standing, 3 salles de bains, 2 WC. Nous avons profité pleinement des structures de la résidence (piscine, sauna ...) un vrai plaisir après une longue journée de ski.
Résidence calme, même en pleine saison. Des gens à notre service.
Que du bonheur, à renouveller sans hésitation.
Côté village, rien de très intéressant, par contre un super domaine skiable.
Just spent a fab Feb half term in the Apartment in Flaine. Apartment was great, exactly as described, clean, well equipped, with great views across the valley. It accommodated 8 of us easily, the three bath/shower rooms were extremely useful when you’ve got 4 adults and 4 teenagers trying to get ready at once, though there was some “discussion” over who was going to sleep on the sofa bed.
The hotel itself was great too, swimming pool was an experience overlooking the mountains, the hotel staff were extremely friendly, helpful and efficient. The free minibus in an evening was great and would take you anywhere you wanted. However, would recommend taking the car into Flaine itself if picking up ski equipment, as it was a bit of a trek back with all the gear, not what we wanted after a 12 hour crawl on the motorways (well it was half term I suppose!). The car park was useful, as we had some heavy snow while we were there, and had great fun watching people digging their cars out of the parking spaces opposite the hotel.
The ski lockers were essential, and the ski in and out was great, though we couldn’t always take advantage of that if we didn’t have a valid pass, as you have to ski down to the nearest ski lift, which takes you up to another run which will take you down to the centre. However, the free bus was a very practical way to get to and from the slopes, though they did tend to get very busy coming back at 5pm (it was half term after all). As beginners, we found the ski pass system very flexible. There are three lifts around the nursery and green runs which are free. They also have a points system for the less adventurous which don’t expire, and the smaller lifts were only a couple of points each. Or you could get full day, 2 day or week passes.
The local supermarkets were a tad expensive, but the Sherpa down in Flaine Forum was indeed better than the Spar. The restaurants were good, we only ate out a couple of times. Brasserie Cimes in the Forum was good, reasonable value, good atmosphere and good for families, L’Ancolie in Le Hameau was excellent, relaxed atmosphere, great food, but more expensive, good for a special occasion. The hotel will ring and book them for you.
All in all, for “debutante” skiers, we had an excellent time, in a great apartment and Fiona was very helpful and patient with all our questions. Would definitely recommend for beginners and intermediates, (not qualified to comment about anyone else!).
7 friends and I hired a minibus and drove the 12 hr journey to Flaine. The roads were fantastic (we spent aprox £500 return on petrol and tolls from the Midlands) ... and the apartment was a pleasure to get to after a long journey. We parked the van aprox 400 mtrs down the road as it was too high for the hotel car park but this was free over new year (4.50 Euros for 24hrs otherwise so very cheap).
The hotel comfortably fitted all 8 adults (with 2 on the sofa bed) It was extremely well equip. and had lovely view of the slopes. We found the hover very useless as we needed to do a mid-week clean and ironing board, iron, shoe rack, sharp knives, microwave etc were great well welcomed home comforts.
The ski out was great - we were all boarders and managed fine on the slopes - get yourselves a lift pass the night before (or weekly one) so that you can ski straight into resort via a small chair lift otherwise there is a short walk (aprox 400 mtrs) after the 1st ski out slope to get to the centre. Ski in was trickier as you needed to get the Grand Vans lift back which could be busy and a bit torn up by skiers!! Free busses only took 5 min’s and were very regular though.
We had some beginners in the group and there were 3 FREE lifts on the nursery slops (something ive not seen before) Flaine also operates a lift 'point' system where you can buy 20 points for 15 Euros - this is great as lifts range from 2 points -16 points and last all session so again perfect for beginners or for a quiet day. Full day lift passes were 36Euros for Flaine and 40 Euros for Grand Massive. (It is very easy to board over to the other resorts however some of the linking paths are VERY tight and hard for boarders)
We ate at Le White Bar on New Year - they do a happy hr 5-6 and 9-10pm where pints are 3.70Euro and long drinks 5.70Euro - wine at all times was 19 Euros a litre. Food was 12-15 euros for excellent burgers - steaks around 16-18Euros.
We also ate at La Perdrix Noire on the last night and it was just AMAZING 13 of us all agreed and had fab service.It was 38Euros for a 3 course set meal (choice of duck, venison, steak etc) -i had snails and suckling duck and it was out of this world!!
Serpa was alot cheaper than the SPAR supermarket and they did own brand products as well as recognised brands.
Overall i would highly recommend Flaine to beginners - intermediates and can not speak more highly of Fiona and her beautiful apartment which is great for groups, couples or families.