It’s that time of year again – the season to head to snow-capped mountains with skis in hand and family in tow. This month we’ve looked to sibling site Mr & Mrs Smith, and asked Travel Team consultant Ellis Fuller to select her top three child-friendly ski hotels. Having completed five seasons in Val-d’IsÃ¨re and Austria’s Zillertal valley, she’s fully qualified to show us the slopes…
DV Boutique Hotel in South Tyrol, Italy
This cosy, cabin-chic ski lodge is located right next to the piste, in mountain-surrounded Madonna di Campiglio. The hotel has a fantastic relationship with the ski school – instructors will even come back to the hotel with you to analyse a video of your skiing lesson! For families with older children, rooms 105 and 106 – with wooden floors, animal hides, and luxurious throws and blankets – interconnect. The super-soothing spa specialises in Thalassotherapy (seawater-infused therapies) so you can soothe your ski-embattled muscles.
Doubles from £100 a night
Le Lodge Park in France
Le Lodge Park hotel is located at the famous MegÃ¨ve resort, and it’s conveniently set mere steps away from the ski lift, for an effortless bed-to-slope transition. I’m really keen to head to this hotel myself; it offers alpine opulence at its best, with beautifully adorned rooms decorated with fur trimmings, leather and dark wood. The restaurant, which also has a lovely children’s menu, is excellent; and the luxurious spa offers treatments that run the gamut from warming massages to a frosty snow-crystal body scrub – brr!
Doubles from £123 a night
The Cambrian in Switzerland
The Cambrian is located in a great skiing area in Adelboden, in the heart of the Alps. The ski area stretches up to 2,400 metres so you can be confident of spot-on snow conditions. It’s great for families; there are slopes for every level of ability, and it’s an ideal base for hikers who want an alpine adventure too. Unwind after a day on the slopes in the hotel’s soul-soothing hydrotherapy pool, which is sleek and modern with awe-inspiring panoramic views. I love the Family Suite, which is decked out in animal hides and has cream ceiling beams. One of the two rooms is on a mezzanine level so it offers privacy as well as peace of mind.
Doubles from £165 a night including breakfast
To book visit Mrandmrssmith.com or call 0330 100 3180.