We enjoyed a lovely self-catered ski week with kids in Les Montagnettes/Chalets de la Mouria in Courchevel 1650 in February 2014.
The complex comprises a number of apartments on a quiet road below the main part of Courchevel 1650. We booked a four bedroom room apartment to sleep 8/10 (apt 16), which comprised one double bedroom and three twin rooms . The extra two beds would have been on a fold-out sofa, but we didn't use them.
The apartment itself was lovely. It was split over three levels with a balcony looking over the valley. The stairs going down from the main living room might make it inappropriate for very young kids. The living area was spacious with a wood fire. Kitchen was fine and contained a fridge/freezer, electric hob, dishwasher, microwave, coffee machine (bring your own filter paper) and basic crockery/cutlery/glasses/pans/utensils. Bedrooms were comfortable enough with wardrobes for storage, and there was one bathroom per bedroom (two en-suite, two separate).
There is a central reception from which you can order bread to be delivered or various extras (we borrowed the raclette machine for dinner one night, which was a great success). There is also a laundry room for EUR 8. There is a spa in the complex which you can rent for a session (45 minutes for sole use by your chalet, if I recall correctly), but we didn't try it. There is a towel change mid-week and toilet paper was provided.
The underground parking is great, if you self-drive (pre-book once you've made your reservation). We were very pleased not to have to clear ice and snow from the car before we left given the weather we had.
Location isn't bad, but it was still a good 5 minute walk to the lifts and lesson meeting point. You walk maybe 300m down the road and then up an escalator to get to the centre of town and base of the pistes. It wasn't particularly difficult to do, but location wouldn't be a selling point as such either.
There is a ski locker in the complex, but it wasn't convenient for our apartment so we didn't use it. You can rent one by the lifts, but we ended up with a lot of ski gear lying around near the doorway, which wasn't ideal.
Courchevel 1650 seems like a nice resort with a good mix of shops (including ski rental, supermarkets, pharmacy), bars/restaurants and amenities. The Three Valleys ski area is amazing, and I particularly liked the mountains near 1650. Getting further afield to Meribel and beyond is possible, although we were limited by having to collect kids from ski lessons so we didn't get out of the Courchevel valley much. Courchevel 1650 is not as centrally located as other resorts in the Three Valleys.
What we liked:
* Great resort
* Nicely furnished apartment
* Warm, comfortable, lots of hot water
* Open wood fire
* Underground parking
* Quiet location - no night-time disturbances.
What we didn't like:
* Nowhere convenient to store skis and boots.
* Little bit of a walk to get to the slopes.
* Not enough hooks or places to dry clothes. Not enough power points in the bedrooms.
* A bag of wood was provided for the fire, but no kindling or matches
Things to remember that aren't provided (although easy to acquire from the supermarket):
* Washing up liquid, dishwasher tabs, cloths, bin bags (some provided, but not enough)
* Kitchen towel
* Filter papers and ground coffee for a coffee machine.
* Matches, firelighters, kindling (or an axe to make some?)
Overall it was a very good apartment and we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday. Would definitely consider booking here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Residence enjoys a calm, away from it all environment with an open view of the massifs and the Bozel Valley. A place of relaxation with spa, sauna and hammam.This tourist residence has been designed as a small mountain hamlet to enable the guests to enjoy a stay in a friendly, convivial Savoyard ambience. ... more less