Club Med’s Grand Massif Samoëns – Expectations Surpassed Once Again
20th December 2017
Having been lucky enough to see Club Med’s new all-inclusive flagship hotel in Samoens back in June three quarters finished and in 30 degrees I knew it was going to be special. Nothing however could prepare me for what unfolded on an exceptionally snowy Dec 14th as we rounded the last corner, 1,600 metres up in the Grand Massif to see the magnificent property under a blanket of the white stuff. An imposing presence whilst at the same time managing to blend well into its position on the plateau, with the main lift up from the pretty village resort of Samoëns sitting just to its side. Ski in/out has never been more perfectly executed, exiting the spacious ski storage and hire area a short ski in one direction takes you to a fast six man chairlift up and into the Grand Massif system or the other way a sublime blue down through the trees to Samoëns itself. Location is often key for our clients and once again Club Med have delivered with this unique mid-station position in one of France’s largest and best ski areas.
Inside, the wow factor continues with immediate and attentive GO’s and front of house staff to welcome with a drink and the simplest of checking in procedures carried out on a comfy sofa in the large pleasant reception area whilst luggage is taken to rooms. Gone are the classic fabric wristbands and I’m presented with a stylish disc on a bracelet which I learn is my room key, always looking for simple ways enhance clients experiences it’s a wonderful innovation. And so to my room, a classic Club which is both spacious and pleasant on the eye. Whilst there are touches of the contemporary, alpine charm is apparent and the décor both in the room and the communal areas I pass contain a wonderful use of wood giving it a true mountain feel.
Back to reception and I pass into the main bar and theatre area, the staples of the Club Med Experience which is buzzing with activity and happy skiers. Huge glass frontage opens out to a terrace with comfortable seating, views up the mountain onto the slopes, a static chairlift for photos and I find later that evening a permanent light show which after dark illuminates the slopes and looks stunning especially in heavy snowfall. As you’d expect from a 4 Trident Club Med the wellness and spa areas (in conjunction with Carita) are just as impressive and inviting, a full range of spa treatments is available (my massage was sublime) and its sauna, hammam, indoor / outdoor pools and hot tub just the thing after a long day on the slopes. The resort will be open for the summer season in addition to the winter and with the backdrop of the Grand Massif as company in snow or sun it’s a wonderful place to relax.
And so to the food. Often an issue discussed in great length with our clients contemplating a Club Med experience for the first time. Those who have not done a Club Med holiday often assume it will be re-heated offerings and limited in the same vein as other operators properties they may have experienced but nothing could be further from the this. The main restaurant is buffet style but with the classic Club Med chefs stations preparing dishes in front of you and the variety and quality is simply stunning. There are four dining areas to choose from, a dedicated family space and even private dining in old reclaimed ski bubbles perfect for couples. A more a la carte experience is available at the Gourmet lounge on the top floor with a 360-degree wrap around terrace also available for breakfast and lunch. Dinner in the lounge is prepared by renowned French chef Edouard Loubet, with 2 Michelin Stars and 5 Gault & Millau Toques under his belt. This together with the restaurants a la carte wine cellar make for foodie heaven.
Never overlooked at Club Med, children are well catered for with an entire floor of dedicated rooms for play and relaxation in addition to their own interactive restaurant. Having three smallish children myself the quality and scope of childcare spaces and facilities were excellent and further cements Club Med’s reputation as a family-friendly ski option. All in all, the consensus was that Club Med really have done it again, upping the level beyond what was already an exceptionally high standard and creating what is now the very best all-inclusive winter resort in Europe, and there’s more to come! Moving forward a brand new Tignes resort is coming with further opening in both Arc 1600 and family favourite La Rosiere. Club Med just keep getting better and better and are without a doubt the jewel in the ski holiday providers crown.
Blog written by Mal who’s been working with us for 13 years.
Mal can be contacted on 020 8466 3463 or firstname.lastname@example.org