Chalet Sanville is one of the very few chalets in Val d’Isère which really are ski-in, ski-out for all of us, not just free-riders and cliff-jumpers, and it has a swimming pool.
Sanville is a proper, solidly built, free-standing chalet, with four very pleasant bedrooms, three bathrooms and an excellent sitting-dining room. The windows are huge, and the spectacular views south-west up the Charvet or north-east across the slopes to the church and old village are fabulous.
The swimming pool is not the sort of plunge pool we were imagining, where you bang your tummy on the bottom and your head on the end. It measures 10m x 3.5m and is 1.45m deep. It’s a proper pool, and even skiers who think that after a day on Val d’Isère’s slopes one should not have any more energy to burn will find it difficult to resist a few quick lengths before dinner. If you’ve come home cold, leap in to warm up. If you’ve come home hot, dive in. And if it’s -20º and you’ve come home frozen, there’s an excellent sauna by the pool.
Chalet Sanville is actually on the side of the M piste. From Solaise it’s an easy ski. The chalet could not be more ski-in. And as for ski-out, you take your skis and boots from the ski room under the house, walk perhaps ten yards, click in, then glide across the M to the Olympique or Solaise rapid bubbles or the Bellevarde Express chairlift. Or perhaps stop off for a gourmet bite at the Étincelle restaurant a mere schuss away.
Being actually on the piste, above the lifts, means that the chalet is not right by the shops, night clubs, church or whatever. It is about a ten-minute walk across the snow from all these, but if the thought of walking for ten minutes through a beautiful valley does not float your boat, worry not: the Rogoney chairlift is the last lift to close, so you can always ski home; the free Train Bleu bus service runs consistently between 8.30am and 9.45pm, and a Land Rover runs a shuttle service from the Tourist Office to the door every 20 minutes between 5.30pm and 8.00pm. For those who want to dance the night away, Chalet Sanville is not far from the Doudoune night club (and its pre-dinner den of iniquity Cocorico), where there’s a free shuttle running until at least 4am!
(Please note that the use of the swimming pool and sauna in Chalet Sanville is at your own risk and that of your party members. The operator cannot accept responsibility for any accidents/injuries that occur during the use of these facilities. Children must be supervised at all times.)
Bedrooms in order of preference
Double (17′ x 9′) on second floor, bathroom with double basin, bidet and wc. French window onto a large balcony.
Twin (15′ x 13′) on first floor with en-suite bathroom. Wc just outside the bedroom (not private to this bedroom).
Double (11′ x 9′) on second floor, sharing a bathroom and separate wc with Bedroom 4.
Twin (11′ x 9′) on second floor, sharing a bathroom and separate wc with Bedroom 3.
(14′ x 9′ sitting room, 18′ x 10′ dining area) on first floor. Two french windows, each opening onto its own balcony. Large fireplace. WiFi.
(Pool and surround 39′ x 18′, sauna room 11’6″ x 10′). On the ground floor, with an extra shower and wc.
Eating and drinking may not be the most important things on your ski holiday. Good snow, fine weather, comfy boots – these are what will make or break the trip.
But food is an obsession with this operator. It is the one thing they control totally. Most guests wouldn’t blame them if it snowed every day, they got sunburn or their spouse eloped with a ski instructor, but if dinner weren’t the perfect end to a good day, or antidote to a bad one, they wouldn’t come again.
They start with a proper breakfast. Fruit juice, porridge, cereals from Rude Health, bacon, eggs, baguettes straight from the famous local bakery, a croissant or pain au chocolat if you like, yoghurt, Twinings tea and fresh coffee from Nespresso machines (with Nescafé and infusions for those who prefer them). If that’s not what you consider a proper breakfast, please see their Serious Breakfast Optional Extra below.
You return from the slopes to find bread and jam, a freshly-baked cake, hot chocolate etc. left out for you.
Dinner is where they pull out all the stops. Their policy on food is straightforward. They start with the best cuts of meat and the best fresh fruit and vegetables, not really counting the cost. Everything they need is available in Val d’Isère. Most people are very happy with their normal formula of canapés followed by a three-course, fixed-menu, dinner-party-style meal. The cuisine is largely French, though with a fusion of other influences – what Londoners call Modern British. (Foreign, in other words.)
But if there is a consensus in the chalet that lighter food or simpler meals or smaller portions would go down well, they’re very happy to adapt. If you want more or less, or hotter or colder, or earlier or later, just tell us. If you require a different diet or have an allergy, for £25 per person per week which goes straight to the cook, those guests who do not eat the same food as the rest of the chalet can take their Different Diet Optional Extra.
This is this operator's twenty-sixth winter, and they honestly believe that their cooking has steadily improved from year to year. They aren’t sure why. More professional chefs work for them, but even the cooks who’ve just learnt at home or on cookery courses seem to master dishes now they wouldn’t have attempted in the past.
Their pre-season in situ training course gives the cooks two to four weeks of hands-on cooking practice – more than they’d do in a year at cooking school. This is indispensable even for experienced chefs, at 6,000 feet, where nothing cooks the same as at sea level.
With dinner, they serve free unlimited quantities of a selection of very drinkable French AOC wine and vin de pays. This is, unfortunately, only with dinner, not breakfast, and they stop serving the wine when the coffee appears.
They also have a wine list from which you can buy everything from slightly smarter wine to Châteaux Lafite-Rothschild or d’Yquem. They sell these wines at less than they cost because you are not drinking the house wine. The more you consume the more you save. Drink enough and you’ll pay for the holiday.
And if you prefer Krug Grande Cuvée to Dom Pérignon, just give the girls the dosh. They’ll be happy to get some in for you.
They are confident that you’ll eat at least as well in their chalets as in any of the local restaurants or hotels. But the toughest comparisons tend to be with previous holidays with this operator. ‘Yes, she’s a wonderful cook, but you can’t beat Josh’s orange and butternut squash risotto, or Drew’s mushroom and port mille feuille.’ It keeps us on their toes.
They do not automatically provide every customer with expensive frills most do not require. Not everyone needs daily linen changes or vintage wine. They provide what most guests seem to want, then let you add any extra touches which are important to you. The most frequently booked is the Different Diet option.
Different diet, packed lunch, hamper, linen and towel change, scheduled flights and taxis are available to individual guests. All other options are for those who are part of a whole chalet booking, though they don’t have to be taken by everyone in the chalet.
Eight Days a week can only be taken by whole chalets if all those booked into the chalet have paid the supplement.
Please discuss your requirements with our staff in the office and book these options before you go.
£25 per person per week
Not everybody wants to eat the same food. Sadly their chalets do not have vast kitchens or teams of chefs to cope with cooking a separate meal for everyone every evening, and they can only cope with alternative diets, on any grounds, including health, religion or dieting, by increasing the cook’s hours or lowering the standard of everyone else in the chalet’s food.
Therefore, for people who do not want to eat the same food as everyone else, they offer several solutions. Individual guests can simply avoid whatever they don’t like. Or the whole chalet can agree on menus acceptable to everyone.
If neither of these options works, the chalet cook can come in earlier to prepare alternative food for each guest who wants different meals from the majority of people in the chalet. They charge £25 per week and this goes directly to the cook. It will be added automatically to the invoice of anyone requesting different meals. Please do not expect different food without paying. It isn’t fair on the chef or your fellow guests.
They are unable to purchase gluten-free ingredients in Val d’Isère. Obviously it is possible to avoid eating wheat in cakes and bread, they rarely serve pasta and your chef can thicken sauces with cornflour. If you wish you can bring gluten-free supplies such as rice cakes etc. Should the chef be asked to cook with these gluten-free ingredients and so have to prepare separate meals for anyone requiring gluten-free meals, they would charge the full £25 per week for this Different Diet.
If you have any other dietary requirement, please do discuss this with us well in advance of your holiday. They will do everything they can to prepare suitable meals but there may be a considerable extra charge.
Please note that they cannot provide a kosher environment and they cannot guarantee that their chalets will be nut-free.
£25 per person per week
This is for proper skiers who eat breakfast at 8am and don’t stop at noon: a substantial snack on six days, including the final Sunday, comprising two baguette sandwiches filled with ham, cheese or something similar, a can of soft drink, a bar of chocolate and a piece of fruit.
They offer a wine list from which you can select fine wines at less than their cost price, since they deduct the cost of the house vins de pays and AOCs you will not require. The list changes from week to week, and cannot really be seen in advance. Please pay the staff in cash.
£25 per person per week
If their normal breakfast of fruit juices, cold cereals, hot porridge, bacon and eggs etc, baguette, home-made marmalade, jams, yoghurt, coffee and tea does not sound like a serious breakfast to you, pay an extra £25 and choose a total blow-out full English (mushrooms, black pudding – whatever) or perhaps a healthstravaganza: fruit salads and smoothies etc. If the ingredients were particularly expensive they might have to charge a bit more than the £25, and not every London food trend has reached Val d’Isère quite yet, so give us some warning if you’re a particularly serious breakfaster!
As a guide group discounts can be applied only in chalets sleeping 12 or more persons, the amount of the discount is dependent on the travel dates, Discounts around £50 per person are commonly available, Please call us on 020 8313 3999 for more details.
Incentives to book this holiday through skiline.co.uk
- Free ski carriage saving you up to £75.
- Option up to 3 days while you get your groups agreement to book
- Free name changes (up to 2 per booking) up to 3 weeks prior to departure.
- Group booking payment management by skiline.co.uk so you don’t have too.
- Fast response to all queries by phone or email, calls are normally answered in 2 rings.
- Speedy booking confirmation, we will email you within minutes of confirming your booking.
- Ski school bookings managed
- Ski passes delivered to your chalet
- Great value ski rental in Val d’Isere, economy prices start at £61 for skis, boots and polls.
- Performance ski rental in Val d’Isere is just £93 for skis, boots and polls
Families with Children
Only when booking the whole chalet are children welcome.
Children under 2 years are charged at £125, this includes, a seat on the coach (not on the flights) Cot with quilt and high chair, proper bedding is not supplied.
Children 2 to 12 years receive a £50 discount or if using an extra bed a discount of up to 50% may apply. Child discounts cannot be combined with an extra bed discount. Only groups booking the whole chalet can utilise any extra beds that are available.
Ski rental is available for ski holidays at this property. Call Ski Line on 020 8313 3999 for further details.
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