This was my first Club Med holiday, and I'm really, really impressed. Club Med run a very smooth operation - everything ran like clockwork.
I guess it depends on what kind of "package" you take, but ours (a group of 5 friends) was the "all-in" ski package, and it was an absolute pleasure to literally not have to pay extra for a single thing. EVERYTHING was included in the up-front price. Air tickets, airport transfers, accommodation, unlimited eats and drinks, all meals, ski pass, ski equipment hire, ski shuttle to/back from town, EVERYTHING.
We were met on time at the airport, transported to the resort by a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide and received a friendly welcome at the hotel.
There were one or two really, really minor things I think could have worked a little better - but (like in some of my other reviews), I'm grasping at straws to find *something* to complain about:
The 1st is that on the same day of your arrival (which can be quite late in the afternoon if you've flown in), you have limited time to go and sign for, and pick up your ski equipment. Being 1st time skiers, we would have appreciated it if the staff could speak a bit more English, and had spent a bit more time with us making sure we got the right size ski boots, etc. This process felt very rushed.
The 2nd was the quality of the coffee! Strange, coming from an Italian resort, but the coffee really wasn't great. It was hot and sweet, which was great, but it was very weak and watery. If you enjoy your coffee, you may be a bit disappointed.
3rd and lastly, the wifi access was a paid for service. Sure, it was only e20 for the whole week, but it would have been the cherry on the top if it was included in the package .... because absolutely everything else was.
Ok, now on to the good stuff ... and where to start!
The location of the hotel (at the base of the Mt Cervino/Matterhorn) blew my mind. There was nowhere you could look that didn't look like a post card. Absolutely stunning.
The 2nd thing that blew my mind was the quality, variety and quantity of food. I though that the standard Club Med offering would likely be bulk-catered food for the masses, but it wasn't at all. I can only describe it as brilliant - the selection, the variety, the quality and the quantity - and that goes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Actually - *amazing*. 5 stars to the catering team.
3rd, the quality of the ski instruction. This of course may vary depending on who you instructor is, but if you're a beginner, and you're lucky enough to get "Dino" as your instructor, I guarantee that not only WILL you being skiing confidently in a few days time, but you'll have an absolute blast in the process.
The quality of the ski equipment. Even though we arrived quite late, and it was a bit of bun-fight to go and get kitted out, there was plenty of equipment, and it was all in excellent condition - in fact, it all looked almost brand new.
The regular (free) shuttle service to and from the hotel to Cervinia and the ski lifts. Friendly drivers who always helped you with loading and unloading your skis.
The surprise Christmas gift in our rooms - a pandoro, lots of different chocolates and a bottle of bubbly. Totally unexpected - a very nice touch.
Overall, I cannot recommend Club Med Cervinia enough. Definitely one of the best holidays I've had, and we all agreed - AMAZING value for money. There is NO WAY we could have organised our own trip for anything close to what we paid ...
Will most definitely be back - not only to Cervinia (where I small part of me stayed behind), but looking forward to trying other Club Med destinations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the shadow of the alpine giants, Cervinia draws its inspiration from the glorious past of the mountaineers who conquered the Mount Cervino, and blends into a magnificent panorama. The hotel, with its original decoration and authentic materials, is a luxurious mountain refuge, a cosy, convivial setting for relaxing at Club Med Spa*, and reuniting the family at the end of the day. From a sun-soaked terrace, the view of the ski domain, tempts one and all to revel in the delights of snow. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Cervinia Hotel Breuil-Cervinia
- Club Med Breuil-Cervinia
- Breuil-Cervinia Club Med