There is still enough time to arrange a last-minute festive break to the Alps this year with Pierre & Vacances, so why not swap a day of watching Christmas television and squabbling over a turkey for a set of skis or a horse-drawn sleigh? With residences all over the Alps, and dramatic savings, the opportunities for a dreamy Christmas or New Year stay are endless.
What is it that makes skiing over Christmas and New Year so great? Families, friends and couples set off to the mountains for quality time, with a backdrop that inspires them to appreciate their shared experiences more than what presents lie under the tree.
It’s a magical time of year to visit the Alps, whether you are a ski veteran or whether you are venturing into the mountains for the first time. Waking up on Christmas morning to a twinkling wonderland of snow-laden fir trees and piping hot pastries is a special moment. Even the sound of winter boots squeaking in fresh powder is a novelty to non-skiers who haven’t yet grown accustomed to the mountains. To give their apartment that extra bit of Christmas sparkle, guests arriving from 18 to 24 December can create a home-from-home atmosphere with Pierre & Vacances’ Christmas Tree and decoration kit, available for just 1€ when booked before 30 November.
New Year’s Eve fireworks are spectacular in a scenic environment, and those who are concerned about spending the evening alone can celebrate in a vibrant resort where the vin chaud keeps flowing.
Pierre & Vacances recognises the struggle of coordinating a group during the run-up to Christmas so the friendly holiday apartment company has made it as simple and versatile as possible. As well as flexible arrival dates and durations, Pierre & Vacances now offers flight packages to those travelling from the UK, making it even easier to squeeze in a short break over the festive season, or use up some last-minute holiday allocation.
Read on to discover some of Pierre & Vacances’ latest and greatest ski residences that offer superb festive deals, as well as offers on child lift passes and ski rentals. Plus, don’t miss out on saving an extra 10% on trips in December and January using code OFFERW18PV. Keep your eyes peeled for even bigger savings during Pierre & Vacances’ Black Friday sale from 24 to 27 November.
Save 33% on a pre-Christmas stay at Les Fermes de Méribel, Méribel
Les Fermes de Méribel is a tranquil retreat, with warm Savoyard décor and timbered ceilings; a beautiful residence to return to after a long day of skiing. Whilst the apartments are traditional in their style, the well-being area, gym and Deep Nature Spa® are sleek and modern with all the best facilities, making the residence ideal for couples looking to escape the city and destress. Méribel is a lively hub of activity in the French ski area of Les Trois Vallées, which encompasses Val Thorens, Les Menuires, La Tania and Courchevel. Experts can choose from 30 black runs as well as the fabulous off-piste skiing at Mont Vallon, and intermediate skiers can carve down the blues of Les Menuires. The resort is even popular with non-skiers who are happy to soak up the town’s vibrant atmosphere whilst sipping a ‘vin chaud’ at the side of the piste.
A seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to three people, arriving 16 December, is priced from £200 pp / £601 for an apartment (was £897, saving 33%). Transport not included.
To include flights, a seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to five people with return flights from London Luton to Geneva, arriving 15 December 2017 is priced from £490 pp / £980 per apartment.
Save up to 24% this Christmas at Residence Atria-Crozats, Avoriaz
The 4* Atria-Crozats is a set of three ski-in, ski-out residences in the pedestrianised resort of Avoriaz which sits at 1800m. On top of the excellent assortment of winter activities available in resort, children are entertained throughout the week at the Pierre & Vacances Kids Club for a small supplement, and the sauna and hammam keep parents feeling zen. The rooms are modern and stylish, offering panoramic views of the resort and the Morzine Valley.
A seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to five people from 23 December is priced from £358 pp / £1791 per apartment (was £2086, saving 14%). Flights and transfers extra.
Receive one Portes Du Soleil child lift pass when an adult pass is bought. Valid for durations of five, six and seven days from 23 December.
Save up to 36% this Christmas at Residence Les Bergers, Alpe d’Huez
For guests who prioritise location over anything else, 4* Residence Les Bergers is the ideal base from which to discover the sunny resort of Alpe d’Huez. The residence is a stone’s throw from the Children’s Village, shopping centre and brand new all-season rail toboggan ride. The closest lifts are within 100m of the entrance, so little legs won’t have to travel far to have some winter fun. As well as children’s clubs, Pierre & Vacances offers a Kids Ski programme involving a flexible combination of ski lessons and other supervised activities. So, with children entertained between the hours of 9am and 5pm, parents are free to discover the area’s 250 km of piste at their own speed.
A seven-night self-catered stay in a studio apartment that sleeps up to 4 people, arriving 20 December is priced from £162 pp / £648 per apartment (down from £877 per apartment, saving 26%). Transport not included. Add on Kids Ski from £271 per week.
To include flights, a seven-night self-catered stay in a studio apartment that sleeps up to four people with return flights from London Luton to Geneva, arriving 15 December 2017 is priced from £200 pp / £798 per apartment. Add on Kids Ski from £271 per week.
Get a free list pass and save 11% this Christmas at Premium Residence Arc 1950 Le Village, Arc 1950
The ski village at Arc 1950 provides ski-in, ski-out accommodation with great access to the Paradiski area which encompasses Les Arcs, La Plagne and Peisey-Vallandry. For guests at Le Village, Pierre & Vacances offers a Kids Ski programme that consists of half a week of ski lessons, daily lunches and snow activities. Ski lessons can sometimes be a wash-out depending on weather or children’s fluctuating energy levels, but with the Kids Ski programme, the entertainment is flexible between lessons and other activities. Parents can be out on the slopes all day knowing that their children are in capable hands from 9 am to 5 pm. The residences have a warm and cosy ambiance and fantastic facilities, including four pools. For guests at Le Village a Christmas stay can see Santa delivering Christmas presents to your apartment, even if he can’t fit down the chimney.
A seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to four people, arriving 23 December is priced from £2577 per apartment (was £2602, saving 11%). Transport not included.
To include flights, a seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to four people with return flights from London Luton to Geneva, arriving 14 April 2018 is priced from £285 pp / £1139 per apartment.
Receive one free Domaine des Arcs Pesey / Vallandry or Paradiski child lift pass when two adult passes are bought. Valid for durations of six and seven days from 23 December.
Receive one Mini Kid or Espoir ski pack when one adult Pack Excellence is bought. Valid for 23 December stays.
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Save 31% this New Year’s Eve at Premium residence L’Amara, Avoriaz
At the foot of the Avoriaz cliff sits the contemporary L’Amara residence offering views over the Morzine valley. Heated arcades link up the five buildings of spacious apartments. The splendid 5* luxury hotel has a cardio-room, heated indoor pool, sauna and hammam all free of charge. The ski-in, ski-out accessibility and shuttle service to the ESF ski school limits the stress of getting a family or group of friends organised and out onto the slopes in the morning. Each self-catered apartment contains a fully equipped kitchen, plus the hotel offers restaurants with board options and meal cards extra. Pierre & Vacances offers special rates on a range of well-being, aquatic and other pursuits; it’s Non-Skier Pass includes access to the resort’s water-sports centre, access to a spa centre with full use of facilities (excluding spa treatments), and one leisure activity such as snow-shoeing, ice-skating or dog-sledding.
A seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to six people, arriving 30 December is priced from £3216 per apartment (was £4632, saving 31%). The new Non-Skier Pass must be booked prior to departure and inclusions and prices vary by residence.
Save 22% at New Year at Residence Temples du Soleil, Val Thorens
Residence Les Temples du Soleil in Val Thorens makes a fantastic choice for groups and families. From spa treatments to play spaces, the residence offers an extensive range of facilities. As well as easy access to the slopes, ski-in, ski-out Les Temples du Soleil boasts exquisite mountain views. Why not bring the grandparents, non-skiing friends or even the dog so that they can enjoy the buzz of central Val Thorens?
A seven-night self-catered stay in a studio that sleeps up to four people, from 30 December, is priced from £1269 per apartment (was £1618, saving 22%). Transport not included.
To include flights, a seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to 4 people with return flights from London Heathrow to Geneva, arriving 30 November 2017 is priced from £189 pp / £756 per apartment.
Save 21% this New Year’s Eve at Premium Residence Les Haut Bois, Aime-la-Plagne
Ski fanatics and their families can take their festivities over to family-friendly Aime-la-Plagne this Christmas, staying at Premium Residence Les Haut Bois, which is both great value and ideally located. At an altitude of 2,100 m, the residence offers impeccable views across the Isère Valley with Mont Blanc as the star of the show. Guests can set off from their door on skis and discover both the extensive Grande Plagne and Paradiski areas. The residence has a Deep Nature Spa® so guests can spend their New Year’s Eve feeling pampered and stress-free.
A seven-night self-catered stay in an apartment that sleeps up to eight people, arriving 30 December, is priced from £241 pp / £1931 for an apartment (was £2447, saving 21%). Transport not included.
To include flights, a seven-night self-catered stay in a studio apartment that sleeps up to six people with return flights from London Luton to Geneva, arriving 15 December 2017 is priced from £178 pp / £1069 per apartment.