Chalet Belina in the Ourson Chalet building sits in the middle of the resort's nursery slope.
The kids can walk to lessons (20 yards) and adults can ski down the nursery slope to the tows up the hill.
Balconies to all the rooms means it is easy to sit in the sun (we were lucky!) and watch the kids skiing.
it's a 5 minute walk into town at most, to the shops and pubs.
As far as location goes, it is hard to beat.
We were there on an Esprit family ski holiday. We were there with family friends, and sharing with a third family.This can be a bit random, but everyone got on well.
The food was excellent. I came home heavier than when i left, despite hours of skiing each day. Portion control is a bit of an issue for Esprit it seems! I think the standard Esprit menu (or the cooking) was not quite as good as 2011, but still excellent.
The free flowing wine included was reasonable, but not as good as the 2011 selection. The whites this year were poor, i thought.
Hopefully the above two comments are not a hint of things to come for the company.
The rooms were compact but comfortable. kids always love a bunkbed.
The communal living and dining area with its generous balcony was spacious enough for all 12 guests, including kids running about without being cramped. Very comfortable.
The French desire for a separate WC from the bathroom is commendable, but one would have thought that a sink might be a pre-requisite for a WC! Only a small point!
The chalet has an excellent boot and ski room with boot drying facilities.
Esprit's seamless childcare system, with pick up, bring back, accompanied lessons etc worked very well again, although i thought the resort staff generally lacked a managerial head. There were a few issues with rotas, availability etc, and one or two guests in the resort did not have some, admittedly minor, issues resolved satisfactorily.
Value for money? great. We booked relatively last minute which saves on the base holiday price, although none of the lessons or childcare are ever discounted.
My advice, book very early, or very late, and never at full brochure price, and you'll be happy.
Last year we stayed in the Chalet Romeo which was marginally cheaper (no balconies, and an extra 100 yards from the lifts!) but equally comfortable.
In short, i'd go to La Rosiere again, i'd stay with Esprit again, and i'd stay in the Chalet Belina again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Chalet Belina is proving immensly popular as the property is close to our chalets Le Braconnier and Ferme dElisa in the heart of the "Esprit Enclave" in La Rosière. ... more less