Always start with a positive - this 'village' is very well presented and the standard of the apartments is very high ... but ...
This is very important. It takes you about half an hour to get anywhere in this complex. And complex is the right word.
It is a series of apartment blocks on a steep hillside that are interconnected by lifts and walkways. Boy, does this get boring. If you reside at the top, the reception and spa are close but your skis and the slopes are miles away. Stay at the bottom and you'll be on the slopes in no time, but collecting your morning bread and visiting the pool is a huge chore.
The staff are very friendly, the pool area is good (although hit and miss as to whether it will be warm or the spa baths are working) and the reception area is good for meeting friends, with a pool table and kids area with toys, tv and Wii.
One other thing to remember is there is no restaurant - so you either have to eat out in the village (book early and visit Le Bournerie Restaurant) or cook for yourself.
The apartments are very high quality, if a little on the small side. We stayed with Peak Retreats in Valloire and the apartments were at least twice as large. Also see if you can get one with a larger balcony - some have very small ones which a family of four will struggle to get on!
For goodness sake, make sure you've got everything when you leave your apartment or you'll never get to the slopes! Another tip is not to try and walk around at times when everyone else is - waiting for the small lifts is frustrating to say the least!
My final comment is about the ski locker room. Don't leave anything wet in your locker. The room's heating is on the wall, and I guess the theory is it will dry everything in the whole room - it doesn't. The boot racks are not air-blast drying and everything in the locker stays damp. Plus it is roasting in the room so take your coats off!
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