This apartment is situated within a central residence in the village of Vallorcine which is only 15km from Chamonix. Vallorcine has great links to local bus and train services and has direct access to the Balme (La Tour) ski area/mountain via gondola.
The apartment is decorated in a contemporary alpine style and has been finished to a high standard to ensure your stay is relaxing as possible.
The living space is open plan with two comfortable sofas and armchairs where you can relax in the evenings. There is a dining table seating six and a fully equipped kitchen with a full-size oven, electric hob, dishwasher, fridge, kettle, toaster and coffee percolator. The room has access through French glass windows to a sunny balcony with mountain views.
For entertainment, the apartment is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and free WiFi access.
Within the Residence Vallocine 5-star eco-resort complex you can pamper yourself to your heart's content by visiting the spa which includes two saunas, an indoor pool and provides massages and treatments by Cinq Mondes.
In addition to the fantastic spa facilities, the residence also has an outdoor ice-rink on-site during the winter months and a mini golf course in summer for you to enjoy.
Whether you would like a relaxing or active holiday, the residence will strive to provide everything you need.
The apartment sleeps up to six in one double room, one twin room, a cabin room with a single bed and on a single sofa bed. The rooms share two bathrooms and two separate WCs.
As part of your package, the residence will provide you with a travel card which will enable you to use the local bus and train services for FREE. Explore the valley and visit the ‘Mer de Glace’ or take the Aiguille du Midi cable car up to the glacier for magnificent views of Mont Blanc and the mountain range.
Who should go...
Familes and groups of friends that are happy to self-cater in quality apartments with easy access to the lifts.
The apartment is let on a self-catering basis. However you can take advantage of some the residence’s services and make sure that your fridge is fully stocked on you arrival by pre-ordering your shopping. You can also include continental breakfast.
Also see: Catering & Private Chefs in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
Families & Kids
The residence has a special play area for children between 0-5 years.
Baby cots and highchairs can be provided in your apartment free of charge for children between 0-2 years.
Babysitting services are available on request from reception
There are a number of family activities available for example ice skating on their private rink in the winter or husky dog rides and there is a mini golf course in the summer.
Also see: Childcare in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
You’ll need to book your own transfers when staying here. Your main options are shared or private transfers, but consider whether you would prefer a door-to-door service or a (generally cheaper) “communal” drop-off point at your destination.
Also see: Transfers to Chamonix, France
You’ll need to organise your own bike hire when staying here. Things to consider are the type of bike you want to rent such as road, mountain, hard trail and/or an electric bike; and whether you’ll need helmets and protective clothing with your rental. You’re best off choosing a shop that is close to your accommodation for ease of access, and making it quicker to return the bike and pay at the end. Some companies may also deliver so it’s worth looking at all the options.
Also see: Cycle Hire in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
Instructors & Lessons
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own ski or snowboard lessons. Tuition is strongly recommended for complete beginners and is always a good idea whatever your level to perfect your technique. Group lessons are a great way for children to learn with their peers whilst giving you some free time on the slopes. Groups are also a generally cheaper option for adults, however, with a private instructor you’ll have undivided attention and be able to progress at your own pace.
Also see: Ski Schools in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
Guides & Tours
When staying here, you’ll need to book your own Guides & Tours, which are a great way to discover Chamonix whilst doing a number of fun activities. During the winter, if you are keen to go off-piste, booking a High Mountain Guide is strongly recommended. Not only do they know the best local spots, these highly trained and experienced individuals are very familiar with the surroundings and can provide loads of insights you won’t get by yourself, as well as helping to ensure your safety.
Also see: Guides & Tours in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
There is one allocated parking space for the apartment
- "What a beautiful hotel! I was lucky enough to win a competition to stay here and have to say it was one of the best holidays I've ever been on. The hotel was in excellent condition, very friendly staff, lots to keep everyone entertained" - Trip Advisor
- "I stayed here for the nearby Mont Blanc race and had such a positive experience. It's in a lovely location and the pool/spa area was wonderful after the exhausting run. :) Highly reccommend this for a group stay-everything was perfect!" - Trip Advisor
- "Self-catering apartment ideal for families with children, friendly and helpful staff, quiet surroundings, close proximity to skiing slopes, incredibly small queues for the gondola and stunning scenery with beautiful snow-covered mountains all around." - Trip Advisor
Vallorcine is a quiet picturesque village on the French/Swiss border, with regular bus and train links to Chamonix and the rest of the valley. It has a handful of restaurants, which tend to be friendly and traditional rather than overly-touristy, and a couple of small shops. It is perfect for a quiet family holiday or for a sports-based break, but if you're looking for lively apres-ski and vibrant nightlife then look elsewhere.
Dining options in Vallorcine are limited but those that exist are very good. Les Trois Ours (The Three Bears) is an old favourite that has evolved from cowshed to cosy restaurant over the years; they have a large terrace beside the river that is wonderful on sunny days. The railway station café has been packing in the locals for years and there's always a few mountain guides and pisteurs propping up the bar in there; the food is simple but satisfying and not too expensive. Café Comptoir is tucked away at the other side of the lift station at the end of the Vallorcine home-run, it is a charming wood cabin serving lunch and evening meals with daily specials.
Also see: Restaurants in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
Being right on the Swiss border, Vallorcine is ideally placed for sightseeing in both France and Switzerland. Just a few stops on the train and you can catch the incredibly steep funicular up to the Emosson Dam, a huge hydroelectric dam surrounded by hiking trails and the famous dinosaur footprints. If you continue your train journey to Martigny you can also visit the Fondation Pierre Gianadda art gallery and the Roman amphitheatre. Vallorcine itself has a small museum of local history, which is fairly interesting but not what you might call a major attraction!
Also see: Sights in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
Things to Do Nearby
Vallorcine's rugged terrain and beautiful scenery make it an excellent hiking base in the summer months, there is a multitude of trails criss-crossing the valley and venturing over the border into Switzerland. Downhill mountain biking is very popular, with the Domaine de Balme trails dropping down into Le Tour and Switzerland; gondola and chair lifts are equipped to carry bikes and there are a number of dedicated bike tracks. For something a bit different from the usual mountain sports, Vallorcine also offers canyoning; splashing your way through icy rivers, sliding over waterfalls and cannon-balling into crystal clear plunge pools amongst the pine forests. Winter is obviously all about the skiing and snowboarding, but it's not just the usual piste-cruising (although there's plenty of that in the Domaine de Balme). The gullies and couloirs of Vallorcine and the nearby villages of Le Buet and Trient make for wonderful ski touring, just be sure to book a mountain guide as avalanches happen all too often. Cross-country ski trails run from Vallorcine to Le Buet alongside the river, or you can tramp through the powder in snowshoes - you can rent equipment for both sports fairly cheaply from most ski hire shops.
Also see: Things To Do in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
The nearest golf course to Vallorcine is the Golf Club de Chamonix, an 18 hole course in Chamonix Les Praz, near to the Flegere lift station. It has a driving range, club house and pro-shop where you can stock up on all the essentials. They hold regular competitions throughout the summer, the course is closed in winter.
Also see: Golf Courses in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
Vallorcine has a high-speed gondola running directly from the train station up to the Domaine de Balme ski area. The ski area links Vallorcine to Le Tour, so you can ski the whole area and access both villages via the lift system. Domaine de Balme is known for its wonderfully cruisy pistes and easily accessible off-piste. There is a large beginners area at the bottom of the Le Tour side of the mountain and plenty of blues and reds to keep intermediate skiers and snowboarders happy. The Le Tour facing side is bathed in sunshine on clear days, while the forested Vallorcine side is great for poor visibility days. Both sides have a multitude of off-piste options that don't require a whole lot of trekking to get to; be aware though that certain parts of this area are notorious for avalanches, book a guide before venturing anywhere unknown.
Also see: Ski Areas in Chamonix, France
Vallorcine is not known for its apres-ski scene, it is far too quiet for rowdy bars and loud parties, but the café at the railway station is a popular place to call in for a drink at the end of the afternoon. They have a small sunny terrace and a cosy dining room that gets packed out with locals and tourists alike, it's particularly busy at lunchtime for its simple but hearty local dishes. Café Comptoir at the end of the homerun is also getting a name for itself for great food and a welcoming atmosphere, they often have live music of an evening.
Also see: Bars in Chamonix - Vallorcine, France
Children of all ages are welcome
Location: Chamonix - Vallorcine
Catering Basis: Self-catered
Property Style: Aparthotel / Residence | Apartment
Special Breaks: Spa Breaks
Run By: Agent/Operator
Vibe / Atmosphere: Family-friendly | Large / Groups
Sleeps: Sleeps 6
Bedrooms: 2 bedroom
Bookings For: Childcare / Babysitting | Lift Passes | Ski / Snowboard Hire
Cleaning: Laundry Service
Access: Lift / Elevator | Pets welcome
Room: Balcony | Hair dryer | Luggage storage | Ski / Boot Room
Car-parking: Parking on property
Families & Kids: Childcare | Highchairs
Entertainment: DVD Player | Games available | Satellite TV | WiFi / Internet
Kitchen/Laundry: Cooker / Oven | Cookware | Dishwasher | Fridge | Microwave
Spa & Fitness: Gym / Fitness area | Hammam / Steam-room | Sauna | Spa | Pool (shared)
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: Chef Lieu
Chamonix - Vallorcine |