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Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Les Fermes du Soleil
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“Ideal Ski Apartment”
Reviewed January 30, 2012

Stayed at Les Fermes du Soleil in mid January for a week's skiing holiday. Myself and a skiing buddy took a 2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment so that we could have separate facilities. With the sofa bed in the lounge area the apartment claims to be for 6 people; personally I would not recommend more than 4 adults in the apartment as the kitchen area gets crowded with just two!
Nice friendly welcome on arrival and our bags were stowed until we could check in (2pm). The ground floor allocated apartment (No 3 in Chalet A) was nice and clean. I chose the double bedded room and the bed was very comfortable. My ensuite comprised a fantastic shower with plenty of hot water and a mirrored wash basin area; I had to trek through the kitchen for my WC, a minor inconvenience.
There is a good Spar store in the complex and we ordered baked products some evenings at Reception for delivery after 8am the following morning. Pool, jacuzzis, steam room, sauna all very good and, because we were in Chalet A next to Reception, we didn't have too far to travel to access them.
All in all an excellent stay in a great apartment with great facilities. My buddy checked us out and says that the receptionist on check out duty wasn't as friendly as the rest of her colleagues were during the week. Personalities I suppose or the stress of changeover Saturday in the French Alps.

Room Tip: Choose Chalet A or B if you don't want to walk too far outside in your bathrobe after your swim.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
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Orange, France
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Reviewed November 4, 2011

This is the perfect place to enjoy mountains & spa : indoor swimming-pool, hammam and sauna. The flat was beautiful, clean and functional. You're welcomed by friendly receptionnists. They lend appliances for typical meals, you can also ask for a caterer service.
The village is also beautiful, you can go everywhere by walk, you have many restaurants and bars. We really enjoyed the time spent there.

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
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Geneva
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

We stayed for half-term ski week with two kids (7 & 5) in the "3 piece 5/6 person appt". The apartment was small, but neat, clean and comfortable - although there was a sleeper couch, I would suggest not using it - another 2 people in this size appt would be difficult.

Location was excellent, with a 2 minute walk to the village central square and grocery store attached to the complex. Kids enjoyed the ice rink and I could sit on the balcony and watch them skate. Ski bus (running every 20 minutes) stopped right outside the front door. I would suggest to budget in an extra €60 and reserve an underground parking space for the week - there was not a lot of on-street parking available.

Pool and hot tubs were an excellent facility and we used them every day....kids (not just ours) generally bombing and splashing about, so if you're hoping for a nice relaxing dip, probably not the place to go. I'm informed the spa treatments were excellent too.

Free wi-fi was offered in the reception and rooms, although connection was extremely unreliable. It was certainly good enough to keep email updated, but I would not have been pleased if I had paid for the service.

We found the staff to all be courteous and helpful.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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Birmingham
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Reviewed March 3, 2010

We were due to go to Montsoleil in Flaine but our reservation was cancelled by pierre vacances with 4 weeks to go. Needless to say we were very angry with PV and have never had an explanation. That said they offered us Les Carroz and with some reservation we accepted their solution. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised. les Carroz is full of character and with an abundance of snow. The skiing through the trees was a real pleasure and a change from some of the snow bowls in higher resorts. The lift system was efficient although the pistes were extremely busy as it was half term. I would recomend you have a car, we drove from Birmingham, and it made a real difference as most accommodation is some distance from the lifts and there is a good car park system. There are buses but it looked really hectic given the holiday period. ESI for ski school was excellent - good mix of french and english kids and our 9 year old got on really well with his teacher.

The accommodation was ok - not as luxurious as we had been anticipating in Flaine but the beds were comfortable and there was plenty of storage space. 2 English channels on the TV but we took our own portable DVD and that made a difference. The set up around an ice skating ring was good and the proximity of a local well stocked supermarket was a bonus.

All in all given we had pretty low exectations given it was not the holiday we booked, we would certainly recommend the Grand Massif area, we may go back to Les Carroz and the MGM would be a reasonable choice.

  • Stayed February 2010, traveled with family
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London
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Reviewed January 18, 2010

Really pleased with our stay at Les Fermes du Soleil. The "5/6 bed" apartments were perfect for our groups, albeit with 2 students on the sofa beds. Nice kitchen, good seating and nice pool / jacuzzi / sauna - great for relaxing after the slopes.

Staff not terribly friendly - don't expect to check-in early - but a good 4 days in all.

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with friends
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Dublin
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Reviewed July 6, 2009

We chose this location for its amenities and its proximity to Geneva airport. The facilities and rooms themselves are of a good standard, however the overall MGM offering suffers being a little bit too ungenerous and rule-laden. For example, on the morning of our departure, the spa was "closed for cleaning" in the hours approaching checkout. I thought we had paid for it for our entire stay! Also, we had availed of bathrobes during our stay, and were surprised to learn on checking out that these had been charged as an extra, even though we ! When I questioned this, the Directrice was downright rude and uncompromising. Rationale: we had to pay for them as their price list was on the internet! Overall little things like this (the 'non' (as in French for 'no') mentality), and the unprofessionalism and unfriendliness of the management, ruined what would otherwise have been a good stay. (Making sure you collect revenue that is due is one matter, but dealing with real customer issues in a totalitatarian way is another). If it had not been for this experience, I would have recommended this to a friend and possibly even returned, spending thousands more euro with them. If they worked on these kind of issues, they would have an excellent offering.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled as a couple
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UK
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Reviewed May 26, 2009

We stayed for a week at Easter with Grandma, a teenager and a 4 year old. Although the season was dawing to a close and the weather very warm, the snow was still good with excellent Spring ski-ing condtions in the mornings

The Apartment had 2 bedrooms, a double with shower and and a twin. They were compact but perfectly adequate in size. There were 3 big wardrobes and plenty of hooks etc for ski stuff

The kitchen had everything we required to self cater most of the time. Fridge was huge with freezer and microwave was very useful. More pots and equipment than we could use including a filter coffee maker. The living area had a sofa ( under which the little one slept perfectly on a pull out bed) and a table, chairs, TV and loads of storage

We had a lovely big, sunny balcony overkooking the town which we used a lot given the hot sunny weather. We were 3 minutes walk from the town centre

Reception were very helpful and friendly. The pool, jacuzzis, saunas and steam rooms were excellent - we used them every day after ski-ing

The town is great for families, a few small bars and restaurants, lots of little shops for Grandma to wander round in the day. A great kids park and some low key entertainment in the square - clown, vin chaud, games etc

Ski-ing is accessed by telecabine quickly from just above the town ( free bus from the apartments) We skied with children happily all week on Massif lift pass and didn't need to go to Flaine at all ( Grand Massif pass )

The ESF Jardin de Neige was absolutely fantastic. What wonderful people - looking after tiny children and instilling in them a love of skiing . My daughter at just 4 loved every minute and there were younger children than her. Can't praise them enough. The other ski school were not set up to deal with non ski-ing tinies at all . The lessons are 3 hours the beginning and end of which are spend in a heated club house ( and there is toilet on the slope for emergencies!)

It is 40 minutes from Geneva ( make sure you turn the right way onto the A40 as we didn't !) Really easy drive. The car was invaluable but it would have been perfectly possible using the ski bus

A great family holiday with a 4 years to 80 years age span. Would definitely return

  • Stayed April 2009, traveled with family
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Property: Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Les Fermes du Soleil
Address: 172 Rue du Val Renand, 74300 Les Carroz-d'Araches, France (Formerly Pierre & Vacances Premium Résidence Fermes Soleil)
Location: France > Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes > Haute-Savoie > Grand Massif > Les Carroz-d'Araches
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Les Carroz-d'Araches
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence Les Fermes du Soleil 4*
Number of rooms: 107
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
An authentic village resort in the heart of the Grand MassifA residence in the traditional architectural style, located in the centre of the lively villageA residence offering relaxation areas and ‘Deep Nature Spa' by Algotherm services. ... more   less 
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