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Time for a different type of catered chalet holiday?

It is time to plan your next ski holiday and the perennial dilemma arises; opt for the lavish indulgence of a catered chalet, where meals are prepared and served throughout the week, or choose the more economical route of a self-catered chalet, requiring thoughtful meal planning. How about experiencing the best of both worlds with a contactless catered holiday.

What Is A “Contactless Catered Chalet”?

In essence, the supplies you’ll need for breakfast every morning, afternoon snacks, pre-dinner nibbles and dinner for six evenings are supplied to your chalet. So, you can skip the hassle of meal planning and resort supermarket shopping, and simply enjoy the dishes with just a little bit of cooking, and of course setting the table.

This innovative concept emerged during the COVID era, primarily to minimise contact between guests and staff. The success of this approach led to its continuation, giving birth to the contactless catered chalet.

First Hand Experience

Recently, Suzy from our team had the privilege of embarking on a contactless catered chalet holiday, and it turned out to be a delightful surprise. In December, along with enjoying a few days’ skiing in Val d’Isere Suzy got to try it out first hand during her stay in Chalet Les Sources de I’Isere.

Initially, I harboured concerns about the quality and amount of food and snacks available, but those worries dissipated upon discovering the well-stocked cupboards and full fridge. Meals were pre-labelled for the next day or two and are replenished every couple of days ensuring freshness throughout the stay. All meals are created and cooked by professional chefs, so quality of food is not compromised.

So How Does It Work?

Each day’s menu is accompanied by straightforward cooking instructions, minimising the preparation required for evening meals. Each night one or two people in our group prepared and served the meal, meaning you still got to enjoy being served for most of the holiday. On my designated night, following the instructions was a breeze, resulting in us all enjoying delicious food with the accompanying wine flowing.

Menu examples showcase culinary delights such as chicken liver parfait, duck confit, and white chocolate cheesecake, followed by a generous cheese platter and after dinner chocolates. With advanced notice, dietary requirements and allergies are also catered for and clearly labelled.

Breakfast is a continental feast with a variety of cereals, fresh bread, pastries, fruits, plus a supply of eggs, bacon, and yoghurts, and on one morning smoked salmon. Chocolate and energy bars are available for those hitting the slopes, while afternoon tea snacks feature a selection of biscuits, mini cakes, and fruit.

Freedom To Dine Whenever You Want

What sets this experience apart is the freedom it offers. There’s no strict timetable to adhere to, allowing for leisurely enjoyment of après-ski activities or flexibility for early or late meals. Support is available if required with resort managers on call for restocking needs if you would like to purchase any additional beer or wines, and a midweek chalet clean and towel change provides added convenience.

Your Private Chalet

Our group relished the privacy of our chalet without a team of staff, as well as enjoying scrumptious and abundant meals without the time-consuming need of meal planning and shopping. In essence, a contactless catered chalet provides the flexibility of a self-catered holiday but the luxury of professionally prepared meals without the additional cost associated with traditional catered chalets. It offers the perfect blend of freedom and indulgence for a memorable ski holiday.

A Contactless Catered Chalet For All Group Sizes

We have a selection of contactless catered chalets available in Val d’Isere, Meribel and Alpe d’Huez catering for all group sizes. Take a look at a few of our varied chalet options in these resorts:

Chalet Arda in Val d’Isere

In Val d’Isere is Chalet Arda, a modern chalet with mountain views, sleeping 8 with 4 en-suite bedrooms and an outdoor Nordic hot tub. This chalet has return transfers to the slopes and you can walk to the resort centre.

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Chalet Etienne in Meribel

Chalet Etienne in Meribel Village is a large traditional ski chalet, sleeping 15, so great for a group of friends or several families. Located a short easy walk from the Golf chairlift, this chalet also has an outdoor hot tub and barrel sauna and with everyone all able to sit together at the dining table, it is a great option for large groups.

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Chalet Woodpecker in Alpe d'Huez

For even bigger groups, in Alpe d’Huez we have two great chalets that can be booked independently or together. Chalet Woodpecker sleeping 14+1 and the neighbouring Chalet Nightingale sleeping 6, are suitable for big group gatherings.

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Chalet Nightingale in Alpe d'Huez

Chalet Woodpecker and Chalet Nightingale both offer ski in ski out convenience, are a 5-minute walk to resort centre, and have a shared wellness area with hot tub and sauna.

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