Winter’s just around the corner, triggering an irrepressible impulse to frolic in the snow. But it’s not always easy to satisfy the whole family. Here are fi ve hotels for your clan’s mountain adventures.
1. The Jagdhof in Austria
The Jagdhof hotel in the Stubai Valley offers everything you need to fl y down the Austrian ski runs as a family. The Kitz and Teens Club are open to children ages 4 to 12 during school vacations. Teenagers have a dedicated games room with TV, PlayStation, Nintendo Wii, darts, and pool. The littlest can be cared for by the trustworthy in-house babysitting service. Après ski, dive into the indoor pool or be pampered in the Spa with treatments for kids and parents. The Top of Tyrol viewing platform with its amazing views of 109 mountains is a snowball’s throw away.
2. Les Barmes de l’Ours in Val d’Isère
Opened in 2003, the Les Barmes de l’Ours hotel combines a family feel with an extremely cozy setting. Book one of the 11 dedicated family suites: Your kids will fi nd cuddly toys and goodies waiting on their beds! Younger children can enjoy hours of fun in the toy-fi lled playroom, while their older siblings have games consoles, pool, and foosball on offer. During school vacations, a mini-club is open to all kids age 3 and up from 4:00 to 9:00 pm. After dinner, there’s nothing better than getting together for a friendly competition in the resort’s bowling alley or playing one of the hotel’s many board games by the fireside!
3. Bellevue in Italy
At Cogne in the Aoste Valley, the Bellevue is a paradise destination for mountain lovers. The hotel is a former hunting reserve and combines tradition with works of art and the authentic spirit of the mountains. There’s no kids’ club here, but there is a magnifi cent playroom with antique school desks and heritage toys. After a great day’s skiing, the entire family can dive into the pool or have fun in the whirlpools. Between December and March, there’s a small skating rink in the village square, but you can also enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride. All the hotel restaurants offer a kid’s menu and personalized menus for babies. And if you fancy a night out, babysitters are available!
4. Au Cœur du Village in La Clusaz
With five interconnected mountain ranges, La Clusaz is an enormous playground for all ages, and the Au Cœur du Village hotel is a family paradise. Its suites are specially designed for families, the wellness center welcomes children at prearranged times, and the children’s area is open to entertain the kids after a day’s skiing (until 10 p.m.!). To leave you free to fully enjoy the hotel’s divine fine-dining experience, a kids’ buffet is served in the children’s area every evening! Group ski lessons leave from a point just opposite the hotel and, for individual lessons, ski instructors collect your children at the ski room. Who could ask for more?
5. Le Chalet d’Adrien in Verbier, Switzerland
When you arrive in your rooms, you’ll find kids’ bathrobes and, depending on their ages, complete baby changing kits, strollers, changing mats, baby baths, and more. Your children will love the buffet breakfast: pancakes, waffles, cereals, drinking yogurt, Petit-Suisse cheese, fruit juices. The ski instructors are available to organize the day’s skiing for your kids and can take your children to and from the ski school. You can also enjoy a snack served by the fireside. You can reserve a babysitter for the youngest, while older kids can spend hours in the game room with Xbox, ping-pong, foosball, etc. The hotel restaurants serve a children’s dinner menu from 6:30 p.m. on, so they don’t have to wait too long after an appetite-building day of fresh air.