Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Enjoying the Delights of La Plagne

One word comes to mind whenever La Plagne is mentioned: variety. From the pistes to the catered chalets to the snow-sureness of the runs, it is always a sure bet that you'll have a blast of a good time here. This variety arises organically from the fact that La Plagne consists, of eleven distinct, separate villages, each of which has its own character and operates in its own way. Of course, what this implies is that the runs and pistes will also have the same character of diversity.

The Villages

If your concern is premium accommodation, then find a gaggle of catered chalets in Plagne 1800. However, all the villages that make up La Plagne have their own hotels, apartments or chalets (did we mention each is self-sufficient?), so that should not be a problem. Despite their distinctions, however, you can basically group the villages into two general categories: seven villages were built for the purpose of exploiting the broad bowl to create on-or-above the tree line ski runs, whereas the other four were actual villages that were only subsequently expanded to accommodate.

The Dining Scene

Again, there is a good variety when it comes to the matter of where to eat while in La Plagne. Of course, aside from the obvious fact that catered chalets take care of everything, meal-wise, there is also a diversity of casual dining choices in La Plagne. In Hotel Carlina's restaurant, simply called 'C', a sumptuous three-course meal awaits the discerning diner. In Plagne-Centre, there is a bunch of good places, such as the aptly named "The Refuge and Maison". There are also pizzerias and places that serve tasty grilled meats. The bottom line: eating out is reasonable and does not leave a gaping void in the pocket. And as for apres-ski choices, let's just say people in La Plagne simply love having fun.

Child-Friendly Accommodation

Many good catered chalets are available throughout La Plagne, most of which are family-run, so you can be sure of a more intimate setting or efficient service. Moreover, there seems to be a conscious, concerted effort to make the whole place more accommodating to kids. This is evident in how each of the self-sufficient villages that make up La Plagne goes to great lengths to provide services that target children. What's more, several chalet operators, such as Esprit, also provide childcare services, or at least a semblance of it. Having facilities where you can leave the kids may be important, especially due to the fact that the pistes in La Plagne are usually crowded, which may pose a certain concern, if not hassle, for people who come with their children. Regardless of hotel, apartment or chalet you choose, however, it is fairly known that La Plagne is home to high-quality accommodations.

Danielle Hodges is the Marketing Manager for Ski Amis, a specialist ski travel agency and booking service offering bonded holidays staying in catered or self catered chalets in La Tania and other fantastic destinations. For a luxury or good-value skiing holiday and the best catered chalets call Ski Amis.

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