A national newspaper’s recent ‘Top 10 Picture Postcard Ski Resorts’ ranked charming St Martin de Belleville highly and, taking in the breathtaking view from Abode’s panoramic balcony, it is not hard to see why. What is hard though, is not feeling more than a little bit smug about the cosseted luxury in which you find yourself in this truly exceptional 4-bedroom chalet, available by the room or for exclusive use during the snow-sure period from Mid December – Mid April.
For the past two years, chalet has been a labour of love for owners and expats Helen and Chris who have pooled their joint talents in architecture and hospitality to transform the traditional Savoyard home into a charming blend of original character and contemporary style, adding a heavy dose of boutique hotel luxury along the way. It’s not just the interiors that make Abode special; it’s the whole experience from pre-arrival concierge service to on call driver and the amazing meals created by the talented in-house (non-resident) chef, including dedicated kids suppers.
The spacious 2-bedroom family suite is perfect for Baby-Friendly Boltholes families since it combines style, space and luxury with practicality. Best of all, guests can relax in the knowledge that Helen will take care of everything from stocks of nappies, formula, wipes, etc. to pre-booking crèche, ski school, nannies and ad hoc requirements for restaurants, spas, babysitters etc. when in resort. All of which ensures that families with young children can be confident that everything will run as smoothly as the low-traffic slopes they’ll be skiing on.
Abode is surprisingly good value for money too as, included within the £745-£1195pp (see prices tab for exact prices) rates are delicious breakfasts, afternoon teas crammed with freshly baked cakes, pre-dinner canapés and 5-course dinners, plus an on-demand driver service to and from the ski lifts (4mins drive) until 10pm nightly, and a complimentary bar stocked with soft drinks, mixers and medal-winning wines. Not to mention the invaluable concierge service.
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