OK, cards on the table from the start. This was our 4th Club Med skiing holiday, which I suppose proves that we are perfectly happy with the strongly Gallic style, primarily francophone staff and (by British tastes) somewhat quirky entertainment and dining room socialisation which are all part and parcel of the Club Med experience. To my mind these elements add to, rather than detract from, the holiday experience.
Comparing Serre Chevalier with the other Club Med resorts we have visited in France, Italy and Switzerland I have to say that our party were all very impressed. The place was well sited to ski out from for virtually all abilities but I suspect that it would be a bit daunting to ski into for beginners and early intermediates, this should not be a problem as the resort has it's own ski bus arrangements in addition to the main ski bus. The ski lessons were exceptionally good (our instructor was Luca taking a "tranquile" level 3a), these lessons were conducted bilingually with equal use of both French and English and I'm sure that my French improved as much as my skiing.
The resort was spotless, very efficiently run with staff who were attentive without being intrusive. We were there when the place was not full, so cannot comment on how it feels during a very busy time, but it was far from empty and the many people there all appeared to be having a good time. The GO staff are multinational and multilingual, as are the guests, so we never had any significant linguistic difficulties and met and spoke with some very interesting and pleasant people.
The quality of the catering was very high, and the quantity and choice was more than you could wish for.
The Chef de Village (Abdul) takes a great personal interest in the running of the place, he was frequently to be seen "walking the floor" personally checking that all was as it should be and that the guests were happy and being treated well, indeed I can't recall a single day when he did not greet us and enquire as to how our stay was. His work ethic and professionalism was echo'd by the other staff and reinforced by the other senior staff (such as Cristel).
Without wishing to detract from the other Club Med ski resorts we have stayed in, I would have to say that Serre Chevalier is my favourite to date, certainly for skiing in early to mid January. The only problem it has given me is the question as to whether to return next year or whether expand my experience and to ski at other centres, it is very tempting to return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The resort of Serre-Chevalier is home to the Village, designed as a large hamlet of about fifteen chalets. Its typical rooftops and facades in wood and stone, is in total harmony with the decor. Inside, the spaciousness and warm decoration of the lounges in the style of family rooms create a holiday location. Everyone can thoroughly devote themselves to their favourite activities, whether in the Snow Garden, on the slopes of the ski domain, in the indoor swimming pool or in the Club Med Spa*. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Serre-Chevalier Hotel
- Briançon Club Med
- Club Med Briancon