If you’d like a bit more space and the freedom to eat what and when you want, you can’t beat a self-catering apartment for your next ski holiday. They range from one-room studios to bigger apartments with multiple bedrooms, plus a full kitchen or kitchenette. And you can still choose to eat out whenever you want to. Some apartment buildings even have their own restaurants, bars and pools, or share them with nearby hotels, so you don’t have to miss out on the facilities-front either.
Fancy a self-catered stay? Take a look at some of our favourites…
Arc 1950 Le Village Apartments, Les Arcs, France
These high-quality apartments are split across seven buildings in Arc 1950, in the middle of the Paradiski. They’ve all got separate bedrooms and living rooms, and the biggest sleep up to 10 people, so they’re great for groups who like to spread out. And the traditional décor and cheery colours are a welcome sight at the end of the day. You’ll get extra perks too – the complex has its own heated indoor and outdoor pools and a range of shops, including a supermarket where you can stock up.
Residence Planibel, La Thuile, Italy
The Planibel complex is a world of its own in one of our favourite Italian ski resorts for families. It’s got a huge indoor pool, entertainment and shops, and our Crystal Childcare is based here too, so little ones can have fun with playtime and skiing while parents hit the piste. There’s a range of studios and apartments to choose from, sleeping from two to six people. And if you don’t fancy cooking, you can try out one of the Planibel’s restaurants.
Constellations Apartments, La Plagne, France
Traditional Savoyard decoration, like wood panelling and splashes of red and orange, give these apartments a real mountain home feel. Pick between a smaller studio or an apartment for up to seven people – whichever one you go for, it’ll have a south-facing balcony, so you can make the most of the sun and views. The Constellations are in a handy location in Belle Plagne, just a couple of minutes from the supermarket, and you’ll have ski-in, ski-out access on a blue run too.
Eberharter Apartments, Mayrhofen, Austria
Get away from the hustle and bustle of Mayrhofen at the Eberharter. The apartments are in a quiet, picturesque part of the resort, still just a short walk from the centre and lifts. And you’ll soon see why they’ve got such a good reputation – they’re super spacious and bright, and all of them have a balcony. The only other facilities are free WiFi and a ski room, but that’s all you’ll need when you’ll be spending most of your day out on the mountain anyway.
Les Crozats Apartments, Avoriaz, France
If you prefer a modern look, go for Les Crozats Apartments. Decorated with light wood and warm colours, they can sleep up to seven people, and some of them are split-level. The kitchenettes come with all the equipment you need, including a dishwasher. And you can make morning mealtimes easier by getting fresh bread and pastries delivered each day. The lifts are a couple of minutes’ walk away, and you can ski right back to the apartments once you’re done.
Poblado Apartments, Arinsal, Andorra
A great-value pick in Andorra’s best beginner ski area, you can’t go wrong at the Poblado. These simple apartments are a couple of minutes from the gondola, so you won’t have far to walk with your gear. If you’ve got kids with you, opt for a bigger apartment so you can put them to bed in a separate room and have some space to yourselves in the evenings. You’ll also have a kitchenette where you can prep meals – or you can feast on burgers, steaks and fondue in the onsite bar instead.
Les Crêts Apartments, Mottaret, France
Another favourite with a classic alpine look, Les Crêts are that perfect blend of modern and cosy. They can fit six people in a mix of double and twin beds, sofa beds and bunk beds, and the kitchenette is well-equipped for mealtimes with a hob, fridge and dishwasher. Or you can skip the cooking and try Les Crêts’ restaurant instead. Then in the mornings, start your day with freshly made bread and pastries delivered to your door.
Ruka Ski Chalets, Ruka, Finland
Fans of Scandi chic will love the Ski Chalets in Ruka. They’ve been decorated to a really high standard, with modern furniture and pops of bright colour, and come with bonus facilities like a washing machine, tumble dryer and even a private sauna – so it’s no wonder they’ve previously been voted the best in Finland at the World Ski Awards. Whether you prefer to cook or eat out, we definitely recommend trying some traditional Lappish dishes at the Ruka Kuksa restaurant.
Les Terrasses d’Eos Apartments, Flaine, France
For a 5-star stay, look no further than the d’Eos Apartments. They’re some of the newest and nicest in Flaine, with a luxury feel and plenty of space for families and groups to spend cosy nights in together. And the complex has also got restaurants, a well-stocked shop, a spa and an outdoor pool with beautiful views. Each morning, you can step outside and ski straight down to the lift that’ll take you to the wider Grand Massif area.
Olympic Village Apartments, Sestriere, Italy
Built for the athletes in the 2006 Winter Olympics, these great-value apartments are in a convenient location a few minutes’ walk from the lifts and ski school. There are loads of facilities here – including a coffee shop, bar, pizzeria, mini-market and indoor pool. The apartments themselves are simple but modern, with space for four people and a basic kitchenette.
L’Altaviva Apartments, Tignes, France
A contemporary pick in the peaceful village of Tignes 1800, L’Altaviva is ideal for the whole family. As well as the spacious apartments themselves, there’s a kids’ club, a huge indoor pool and an adults-only spa. For cosy nights in, borrow some board games or even a fondue or raclette kit so you can have a go at making a mountain favourite for dinner. To top it off, the apartments have ski-in, ski-out access to the Espace Killy area.
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