Sensations in Val Thorens Win Best Ski Hotel
16th January 2015
I was lucky to be invited to the official opening of Club Meds new Sensations all inclusive hotel in Val Thorens in early December. I joined a prestigious group of journalists from the ski press and a collection of bankers and financiers who help raise the capital needed to build this award winning slope side ski in ski out hotel. All of us eager after the promised opportunity to ski with BBC presenter Graham Bell, who is an ambassador for Club Med.
Entering the main reception area of Sensations is like no other hotel I’ve seen, a huge void with a 50‘ climbing wall and viewing spiral staircase, fantastic lighting effects and brightly coloured walls gives the hotel a unique warm even funky feeling with not a beheaded stuffed Ibex in sight!
Buffet dinning but not as we know it (with a Michelin difference)
The main dining area (Yurt restaurant) is on the first floor. Like all of Club Med hotels, the restaurant is a buffet affair. Buffet dinning doesn’t always conjure up the most pleasant dining experience but this far from the case in any of the Club Med hotels. Two times Michelin star Head Chef Edouagd Loubet was born in Val Thoren, he owns two restaurants in France, one in the mountains and the other in Provence. He created the menu for the second of Sensations restaurants, Epicurious, this is an all-day dining restaurant (located on the 3rd floor) Edouagd also selected the local suppliers for all the dishes that are prepared in the hotel. The standard and quality of the food certainly didn’t go unnoticed by the hungry journalists, nor did the quality of the free table wine served! First time guests to Club Med always comment on the food, Club Med is a French company as we all know food is an important part of French life, so expect Fillet steaks, Oysters and even a lobster or two, Fresh fish dishes, Asian inspired dishes, fresh salads and huge choice of deserts that will shrink your ski pants. The table wine is superb, a choice of reds, whites or Rose or if you wish order of an extensive wine list at additional cost.
All inclusive at Club Med means a free bar, I suspect many of us forget just how much we spend on alcohol on a ski trip, so when it’s your round and every one orders a cocktail, don’t worry, it’s on the house! The Oxygene bar is the heart of the hotels night life with DJ, bands and of course home of the Club Med’s own entertainment team.
Club rooms (bedrooms)
95% of the Bedrooms in the New Sensations hotels have balconies and the funky style is continued here with pink lighting and pink glassed wall between the bedroom and the ensuite Bathroom, most can interconnect to adjoining rooms ideal if you are booking with friends or have children. All the rooms have a bath and shower, his and hers sinks and a separate WC. For skiers who normally book ski chalets will be impressed with the space and the deep soft mattress on the 6’ super king sized bed. These are just the standard club rooms upgrades are available which include the suites.
Spa and treatments
The hotel has sauna, Hamman and hot tub free for use by guests and a full range of massage and beauty treatments are available at addition costs.
Sensations has its own equipment rental on site, the latest ski shapes and boards are available and from the ski room you ski directly from the door (well its 20 paces away) and you’re in the Three Valleys and 600km of pistes.
A package holiday with flights from the UK at Sensations starts at around £1500 but this includes about £924 worth of goodies not available on your standard ski package holidays!
For more information about the new Club Med Sensations in Val Thorens and bookings call 020 8313 3999.