Chalet Nepenthe / Val d'Isère
Nepenthe (Greek) meaning something that chases away sorrow. We think this is a pretty fair reflection of what skiing holidays are all about. This delightful 3 bedroom apartment is snug but makes an ideal retreat for a family to enjoy a thoroughly relaxing week. It is located in the exclusive private enclave of Les Carats. The famous La Face piste is only 200m away, making Nepenthe nearly ski in / ski out. Although the bedrooms are small it is stylishly decorated and feels much like an authentic Alpine chalet inside.
Chalet Nepenthe is on the second and third floors of the Topaze building and is accessed by the lift. On the lower floor there is an open plan living area with a fireplace, huge sofas that you sink into and a large south facing balcony which looks onto the forest behind which is ideal for soaking up the sun in the second half of the season. The kitchen is open plan so that you can see the chef host at work and discuss your skiing plans at breakfast. The large flat screen, satellite television, X Box 360 and DVD player will keep you all entertained.
The master double bedroom has a partially open plan bathroom and a balcony with a view of the Eleina mountain. The second double bedroom is on the same floor and has an en suite shower room.
Up the internal staircase is a small twin room which is ideal for children. It has a balcony and a small shower room. Just next door is the “den” – a separate TV and games room that gives the children some of their own space.
A ski/boot room with boot warmers is located on the ground floor with access to the chalet via a lift or stairs. All of our chalets are non-smoking inside.
The entire apartment has been finished to a high standard with a mixture of tiled and wooden floors.
Separate TV room
X Box 360 and DVD player
Booking price includes
A chef and one host
Tailored gourmet meals
Six pairs of carefully selected wines with dinner
Laurent-Perrier Champagne served with canapés on six evenings
Complimentary drinks cabinet and Sipsmith cocktails
Breakfast 6 days a week
Afternoon tea 6 days a week
Childcare available on request
Driver service (08h00-20h00 daily)
Chalet manager on hand
Morning tea in bed
Daily newspapers available on chalet iPad
Fresh towels mid-week
From about £1,605
per person per week in mid season
All prices are subject to change and will be confirmed at time of the booking.
It lies 5 km from the border with Italy, on the border of the Vanoise National Park created in 1963. During the 1992 Winter Olympics, the Face de Bellevarde was the site of the men's downhill race. Other alpine skiing events held during those games included men's giant slalom and alpine combined. Val d'Isère regularly hosts World Cup alpine events, usually for the men in early December, and hosted the World Championships in 2009. The western and central areas of Val d'Isère are most recognizable by their "chalet" architecture, while in the eastern part of the town high-rise architecture dominates the landscape. Along with nearby Tignes the area forms part of the "l'Espace Killy", the self-titled "Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World". The town received parish rights in 1637 and the parish church, which is still a landmark in the town centre, was built in 1664. Val d'Isère: It is the better-known part of Espace Killy one of the best ski destination. Val d'Isere, in the Savoie area of France, is a colourful winter sports haven that began as a farm community in the years BC. The huge skiing domain, shares itself with purpose-built Tignes. The area is named for Olympic hero Jean-Claude Killy, who grew up in Val d'Isere. The charming village finds its 1,800 residents outnumbered 15 to one by guests in winter. Espace Killy has 300 kilometres of maintained slopes cut through vast snowfields that stretch to the horizon. With ninety-nine lifts! Indulge yourself in our luxury winter ski chalets. The western and central areas of Val d'Isère are most recognizable by their "chalet" architecture, while in the eastern part of the town high-rise architecture dominates the landscape. Along with nearby Tignes the area forms part of the "l'Espace Killy", the self-titled "Most Beautiful Ski Area in the World".
The Val d'Isère village is long and thin at the bottom of a deep v-shaped valley. As you approach the resort you pass by Lac du Chevril, under which the old town of Tignes (sunk in 1952) is found. You then enter Val d'Isère via La Daille where the Olympic downhill run finishes. This is a very popular way for skiers to leave the mountain on Val d'Isère holidays, as it is directly below the greatest après ski party in France at Folie Douce. The ski down at closing time is riotous but only recommended for strong intermediates and above. The Pissaillas Glacier offers summer skiing, as well as the usual winter fare. Snow cannon are placed on certain slopes to accommodate heavy skiing. The ski slopes themselves are equipped with a high-volume gondola, able to transport standing skiers, the funicular Funival from La Daille via a tunnel to the top of Bellevarde, traditional chair lifts—some with windshields and many detachable, button/disc-pulls and tow-ropes. There are both groomed slopes and backcountry (off-piste) skiing. The slopes' difficulty levels are particularly high. However, as in Tignes there are grand, easy motorway pistes as well to let rip on. It is first class off piste country for powder addicts and there are many good guides available.
Summit: 3550 m
Vertical Drop: 1700 m
Acres of ski: 2471
Trails (Pistes): 124
Terrain Parks: 1
X-Country: 44 km
chair lifts 24
surface lifts 21
Gondolas / Cable Cars: 6
situated in the exclusive Les Carats area of Val d’Isère, just 200 metres from La Face piste.
Distances to airports:
Chambery (CMF) 140km
Grenoble (GNB) 160km
Geneva (GVA) 220km
Lyon (LYS) 220km