Just back from a great week at the Hotel Manali. We were originally choosing between the Manali at level 1650 and some of the pricier options up at 1850. We definitely made the right choice!!! While still expensive - we certainly got our money's worth - without all the fake glitz. I have never had an easier ski vacation. EVER! The hotel is ideally placed right on the beginner slopes - and within a 2 minute walk to the gondola. The slopes were blissfully uncrowded - no lines, no waiting. We had two connecting deluxe doubles - one with a balcony - overlooking the sun terrace and the slopes. The rooms, though not overly large, were quite comfortable and cozy - and the bathrooms were very well designed. The hotel restaurant was quite good - and very pleasant. The morning breakfast buffet in particular was delicious. The equipment rental in the ski room was incredibly efficient and stress-free, skis were set out for us in the morning and the staff helped us put our boots on...... we didn't have to do a thing. They also had a great selection of merchandise for sale - picked up a super pair of gloves!
I had organized two private instructors for our children - one for my boys (ages 15 and 12) and one for my daughter (age 8 - never skied before - she was skiing blues by week's end). The instructors met us on the hotel's sun terrace every day. I split my time between both lessons and It worked out quite well. My husband is a non-skier and spent his days in the spa and exercise room. After our morning lesson - we met up with him for lovely lunches on the terrace or a stroll into the small town for some pizza. Most afternoons were spent in the indoor pool. And once the lifts closed - the kids took to the beginner slopes for sledding. Dinner was equally pleasant - and we topped off each evening with a game of pool. All in all - a very relaxing time!
One caveat - this hotel is ideal for a family trip - especially for families with younger children. However - I'm not sure it would be as relaxing for couples - as there are children EVERYWHERE! Level 1650 is also a great mountain for beginner and low intermediate skiers - and great for kids as well.
For us - it turned to be an ideal family ski vacation!
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