Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Le Marquis is located in one of the best areas in Courchevel Moriond (formerly known as 1650), right in the heart of the resort, close to the main Tourist Information Office, and very near to the main Ariondaz gondola. It is probably better suited for those with young children, as everything is virtually at the doorstep, and the slopes are just 50 metres away, making this ideal if you're having lessons, as ski school starts here!
This is also an ideal location if you wish to go back to the apartment for lunch, rather than eating out on the slopes. Our apartment is on the valley side of the building, so you don't get any noise at all from the resort, making this an extremely quiet location.
If arriving by coach, get off at the first stop in Courchevel 1650, opposite the Tourist Office. Le Marquis is about 100 metres away, just past the Hotel du Golf.
The apartment contains almost everything you will need to enjoy your self-catering holiday. Please note you will need to bring your own bed linen, towels and tea towels—duvets and pillows are provided for each bed.
Our apartment is located on the top floor (4th floor), and is a 'duplex' apartment of 30m2, including a mezzanine floor, which comfortably sleeps 4 people. There are two further single beds in the living area, and a double sofa bed, providing room for up to 6 people. We have a well equipped kitchenette, including two electric hobs, an oven and dishwasher by De Dietrich, and a Whirlpool washing machine. A flat screen LCD TV/DVD also has connections to enable you to play your MP3/iPod through the set.
There is a separate toilet, next to the bathroom. The bathroom has a bath, shower and handbasin, with a heated towel rail. The apartment is centrally heated, and there is a permanent supply of hot water—no waiting around for baths or showers!
Upstairs on the mezzanine floor are two single beds, which can be pushed together to form a double bed if required; although the photo suggests the mattresses are on the floor, these are actually beds, just low! There's a spacious mirrored wardrobe, and a 2nd TV/DVD upstairs. A CD/Tape player is also provided.
There is a small balcony, facing east, with superb views of the Dent du Villard mountain range, and further afield you can look out to the resort of La Plagne.
We have three ski lockers for you to use, which have plenty of space to hold all of your skiing and snowboarding equipment. On the ground floor of the building you will find Gilbert Sports shop, where you can hire your ski and board equipment at a discount of 15% for our guests. However, we would always recommend that you use Skimium which is a 5 minute walk away, the last shop as you walk up towards 1850, just past the Club Hotel. Skimium is one of the best value shops in Courchevel, and provides our guests with great discounts for online booking off their already low prices.
All in all, therefore, this property is perfect as a self-contained apartment throughout the year, with everything required to make your stay as comfortable as possible.
Although there is no designated space for car parking, you are able to park in the Cîmes Blanches underground car park, just 50 metres away, which has space for over 400 cars, at a cost of about €60 per week. The car park has a height limit of 2.15 metres.
We respectfully ask that you take responsibility for keeping the apartment clean during your stay. All we ask is that you ensure the apartment is clean when you leave. It would also be helpful if you could replace any breakages—we do not charge for these, but rely on you to ensure there are enough things for the next user.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||1 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Chambery 100 km, Nearest railway: Moutiers 20 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
The Rhone/French Alps region
Outside of the winter season, there are numerous places of interest to visit, within reasonable travelling time.
Annecy — Well worth a visit! Takes about 1½ hours to drive there, depending on road conditions. Take a boat trip on one of the most beautiful lakes in the Haute-Savoie region. The boats operate between April and October. The town of Annecy itself is a fascinating place to visit, with numerous street cafes and restaurants situated alongside the river, which flows through the town. Trust us—you'll find this one of the most beautiful places to visit. Cruises of the lake are available with 'Compagnie des Bateaux du Lac D'Annecy' as well as many smaller boat hire companies.
Pralognan — At the heart of the Tarentaise region, and only 30 minutes' drive from Courchevel, Pralognan-la-Vanoise is the capital of the Vanoise, and is one of the main entries to the Vanoise National Park. Here, you'll find Europe's most extensive ice cap, more than 30 summits above 3,000 metres, and Savoie's highest mountain. Some of the region's most popular trails also start from this popular resort. We've taken the 'Mont Bochor' gondola from the town centre, which takes you to a height of 2,000 metres. From there, the mountain offers a wide range of interesting walks, of varying degrees of difficulty and length. Alternatively, one can start walking from further up the valley, including 'Le Petit Mont Blanc' (3 hours) which takes in views of the Courchevel valley.
If you're looking for something less energetic, then Pralognan is also home to the Olympic Skating Rink, and swimming pool. These are both open daily. Nearby, children may be interested in horse riding, whilst those aged between 3–8 will love the pony rides. All in all, Pralognan has something to offer everyone, and you could easily spend a day or two in this area alone. For more information, visit their website, which you'll find on our Links page.
Chamonix, Mont Blanc — Welcome to the fantastic world of high mountains! You can visit the 'Aiguille du Midi', at a height of 3,842 metres, in the highest mountain in the Alps. Let the cable-car take the strain, for some breathtaking views and scenery. Don't be deceived by the sunny weather down below, the temperature usually falls to ?10°C, so you should take some warm clothes.
The Sea of Ice, Mont Blanc — The 'Mer de Glace' is the largest glacier in France, on the Chamonix glacier. It has a surface area of 40Km2, is 7Km long, and is 200m thick. On arrival, you have a quick and easy access down to The Ice Grotto by cable car. The grotto is chiselled out of the glacier each year, and includes many ice sculptures and period characters. You can also see the permanent exhibition of The Alpine Wildlife, a world frequented by numerous alpine species. Finally, discover some of the most beautiful specimens of cristal at The Cristal Gallery, on show in a gallery hollowed out of the rock face. Well worth a visit, if only for the spectacular ascent up the mountain by alpine train.
Courchevel also hosts the annual Académie Internationale Festival, called Music Alp, running high-level music courses for many instruments, supported by world renowned music professors. Courses run from July to August, including several concerts. Details can be found on their website www.festivalmusicalp.com
Courchevel has a reputation for being one of the most glamorous and chic resorts in Europe. It has excellent facilities for everyone, which will keep the whole family occupied after you have finished skiing. Courchevel provides the most direct access from the gondola lifts to the rest of the Three Valleys.
Facilities include an ice-skating rink, a ten pin bowling alley, an indoor climbing wall, and a floodlit luge track. There are also numerous shops to suit all tastes.
Courchevel Moriond (formerly known as 1650) is only a 5 minute bus ride down from Courchevel 1850, and is a quieter and less expensive resort. There are three minimarkets in Moriond which are always well stocked; two are close to our Ariondaz apartment, the third is very close to Le Marquis, which stock just about everything you could possibly need during your stay, including a wide range of good wines and beers at reasonable prices. There are several boulangeries and pâtisseries, where you can buy mouth wateringly fresh bread, croissants and pastries.
Various other interesting shops will provide you with an almost endless source of ideas for buying presents and souvenirs of your holiday. You will find several bars and restaurants, including traditional French cuisine, as well as other nationalities. Remember to visit the weekly street market where you can buy local produce, such as Savoie meats, cheeses and wines. It is a good idea to pick up some brochures from the Tourist Office at the beginning of your holiday—this is located near the roundabout, at the centre of the resort.
If you travel down from Courchevel Moriond towards Courchevel Village (formerly known as 1550), you will find a sporting complex (Les Grandes Combes) which is only open during the Summer season. This includes a lovely outdoor swimming pool, 10 tennis courts, and a basketball court. Swimming costs about £10 for a family of four. There is no shortage of activities for both children and adults—you can have a go at archery, under the expert supervision of friendly English speaking instructors. Children will be particularly interested in having a go on the 'zip ropes', which traverse the stream, and are great fun. In the winter, you can try go-karting on ice.
Formerly known as Courchevel 1300, Le Praz is the first of the Courchevel resorts you get to as you drive up the mountain road. Being the lowest resort, it lacks snow towards the end of the season, but you can still get a gondola to take you higher up the mountain. However, it is the largest of the villages, and does have its own attractions. These include the ski jumps, which were originally built for the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics—remarkably, they have been designed for use even in the Summer, and you can often watch the French teams training throughout the year. They regularly play host to a round of the European Championships, when top class jumpers will thrill you with their amazing jumps!
In the Summer, Le Praz comes alive to an array of activities to suit everyone's taste. The lake is well stocked with trout and salmon, and a half day's fishing permit only costs about £5. You can try your hand at parascending too. Le Praz has a delightful number of small street restaurants and bars, and some interesting shops and restaurants amongst its narrow streets.