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“Great time at Simon Butler Skiing” 5 of 5 stars
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Chalet d'Antoine
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   187 Route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120 Megeve, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 39 Hotels in Megeve
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
1 review
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“Great time at Simon Butler Skiing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

Chalet d'Antoine is ideally place for all the amenities in Megeve, free ski buses, everything you need for an excellent holiday. Ski instruction is brilliant, all the instructors are good fun and help you to learn new skills no matter what level you are or think you are. Our accommodation was splendid with the chalet staff friendly and courteous.First class food and wine with a good selection at breakfast, packed lunches available, back after a good days skiing for tea and cakes in the afternoon followed later by dinner three courses with wine. Next morning it all starts again if you ski or wish to learn you will not find a better place than Simon Butler Skiing we will be back again!

Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

I have just returned from my third trip to the d'Antoine and have booked again for next year. The ski tuition was superb and the chalet very comfortable. Pete is an excellent manager - nothing is too much trouble - and all the staff our lovely. Toby's cooking is first rate and he is wonderful in preparing special diets when requested. A big bonus this year was the fantastic snow which made for excellent skiing.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Notts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

I have just returned from a very successful ski holiday staying in the Chalet d'Antoine. We were made to feel most welcome and were well cared for throughout our visit. Pete (manager) is delightful and nothing is too much trouble. The evening meals are superb. We enjoyed the ski tuition and the company of the rest of the folk in our group.All in all a good time was had by all!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Just returned from a week with Simon Butler staying at the Chalet d'Antoine. I had a really lovely holiday, the ski school is excellent the chalet is very cosy and comfortable with a friendly atmosphere. All the staff are delightful and so willing to help with anything you might need. Brilliant area to ski and we were lucky to have 4 sunny days with plenty of snow!

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We've stayed with Simon Butler Skiing in both the Antoine and the Soleil d'Or. Both offer great bases to take part in the ski packages (with lessons) that Simon and his team provide. Although the Antoine is a tad more luxurious (and therefore more expensive) than the Soleil, I have no complaints about either. The food in both is excellent.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Having heard from Friends about the Simon Butler skiing, I thought I ought to try it out for myself. What a find.The hotel is friendly, clean, inviting, and the restaurant is manned by an excellent staff - absolutely delicious food. The bedroom was not huge, but big enough given that we were out on the slopes during the day and in the comfortable lounge and in house bar at night. The hotel manager put himself out to make our stay as comfortable and relaxed as possible.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I have been taking my two children to Simon Butler in Megeve since they were 3 yrs, and they are now 10. There really is nowhere better for a family ski holiday. All the reasons have been stated many times here before, but I will summarise my own experience:

You are made to feel part of a big family on a Simon Butler holiday. The staff obviously love working for Simon, and it is great to be welcomed by familiar faces (Pete, Alex, Mark...) year after year. The guests are mostly repeat visitors as well, and so you get to make long term friends there even if you only see them in Megeve. It really is the most welcoming atmosphere imaginable.

The accommodation is functional, comfortable, and extremely reasonable considering you are staying in the middle of an extremely expensive resort. Easily within the reach of skiing families, even at peak times. Antoine is a cut above Soleil D'Or in terms of general comfort and furnishings etc., but Soleil D'Or is perfect for families with younger children who do like to run around a bit more, and has all the facilites which the younger ones need - creche, playroom, etc. Both are of a high standard in terms of cleanliness and facilities (bathrooms, beds, public areas, relaxing seating areas, bar, etc)

The daily skiing lessons are what make the massive difference. Whether you are a youngster making your way up through the ISF grade levels, or a more experienced skier in lessons with Simon or Jay, there is no better tuition available (and I have been skiing in the French Alps for more years than I care to remember). It is a million miles away from the cursory "bend ze knees" which is so familiar with some of the bigger organisations out there. The standards of ski tuition are superb - Simon must be one of the finest and most experienced ski intructors anywhere in Europe and a couple of hours a day with him or Jay takes you to levels you never knew existed. If you find yourself in one of their advanced groups you will often be skiing with BASI instructors who come to Simon to advance their own skills, and so you really do feel part of the elite (even if, like me, you are plainly not). Groups are small and perfectly matched in terms of age, ability, and personality, and I can honestly say that all the people in the groups are really nice people. By the end of the week a real sense of cameraderie develops, and you genuinely feel like you have made a new bunch of friends. It is a perfect blend of hard work and fun.

The kids' ski lessons are brilliant. All the children ski in groups of of ability and work towards the relevant ISF grade (1-9) depending on their level. This is not just "mucking about on the mountain", the kids really do work hard and learn how to ski properly, and they absolutely love it. At the end of the week there is a big award ceremony where all the kids get recognised for their hard work and if they have earned the next ISF level, they get awarded their new badge. Each week a number of kids do not "make the grade" for the next step up and this is hard evidence that these badges are not just handed out - the kids really have to earn them and so they are bursting with pride when they get handed that new badge in front of everyone. The really great thing is that the kids who don't quite make the grade this time around are often the ones who applaud their successful comrades the loudest, and so they are also learning some powerful lessons about peforming in groups. I simply cannot praise the system enough.

Evening meals are a very social event for everyone. The younger kids eat earlier so the grown ups can enjoy a few hours each evening over a glass or two and a fantastic dinner. If you are thinking "chalet food", you can think again. These are stonking 3-course dinners cooked by a serious professional chef to very high standards, with plenty of wine to help the conversation. Every evening is great fun, with a really nice bunch of people, talking about the day's skiing and getting to know each other. The bars in both hotels are the perfect place to share a beer or two and get to know the people that you may not have been skiing with during the day. It always feels more like a big house party rather than a hotel.

The Megeve ski area is truly awesome, especially when skiing with Simon or Jay or one of the other instructors. They have an amazing knowledge of the various areas (there are 3 or 4 different areas you can ski, so the options are pretty much endless) and so every day you get to see something new, and learn about some of the less travelled bits of the mountain. Whether you are a blue run fan, or seek out something a bit more steep deep and challenging, Simon's team will find it for you. I have been skiing Megeve for almost 15 years and I still find myself skiing completely new runs every time I return.

The only thing which mars it a bit is the prices of the restaurants on the mountains. For the last few years the prices have been going up and up, to the point where it can be quite painful now if you have a family of 3 or 4 all wanting to eat. One solution is to meet your ski instructors at their "chosen restaurant" for lunch (whether you have morning or afternoon lessons), as they usually negotiate some sort of deal with the restaurant on price (not always).

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 187 Route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120 Megeve, France
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Location: France > Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Megeve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 39 Hotels in Megeve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Chalet d'Antoine 3*
Number of rooms: 23
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Great value 3 star wooden chalet accommodation, specially adapted for skiers in winter and cyclists in summer. ... more   less 
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