The all-out truth about the all-inclusive Club Med La Rosière. Our adrenaline girl, Penny Lee Brown, took to the slopes to find out more.
Let’s just start with the important fact. Club Med isn’t what you think it is.
After spending time in the French La Rosière ski resort, I can assure you that Club Med is the absolute luxury you’ve been looking for from an all-inclusive hotel in the mountains.
If you think otherwise, then you’ve been watching too much ITV and reading too much Daily Mail. Delete the app, and block the site, now.
All- inclusive doesn’t only mean leather skinned, motability-scooter-riding, smoke-encrusted elderly ladies by the pool, not when it’s Club Med all-inclusive.
Club Med take all-inclusive holidays to the next level. From the ever-attentive reception staff with whom nothing is too much trouble, to the dining room of a foodie’s dreams with multi-national cuisine and ever flowing wine.
Let’s think about the fundamentals of a damn good ski or snowboard holiday.
Okay, so maybe it’s not essential that you enjoy the buzz of the sport to be able to enjoy a Club Med snow holiday, but you’ll love it.
Included in your packaged price is ski or snowboard lessons for any age at the Alpine Ski School. There is a snow garden for children right outside of the ski locker area and there is a beginner area for adults that you could use on your own after lessons just to build that confidence.
Once you’re up to speed you can explore the Espace San Bernardo which spreads across the border of France and Italy. On your first ski or snowboard holiday, you could be skiing or snowboarding in two countries.
Powder, preferably, but snow in any form will do. The resort sits above the tree line at a height of 1850m and offers 180km of pistes.
As the resort is so close to Mont Blanc and the Little Saint Bernard Pass (Col du Petit Saint-Bernard) you’re more or less guaranteed snowfall from December to the end of April.
The heart of Club Med La Rosiere is the huge yet cosy sofa-lined lounge bar. Alpine vibes all-round, snacks laid out ready and bar staffed for Après.
This south facing resort also benefits from plenty of bluebird days out on the balcony. With views over the valley, there’s no better spot to share a cheers and chat about butt-hurt-bails.
Every great day out on the slopes ends with a tipsy swim. At Club Med La Rosiere you can do this indoors, or outdoors with mind-blowing 180° views.
Sooth those aching muscles in the outdoor whirlpool, ease your wind-burned skin with a Cinq Monde facial, and relax in the Hammam.
Every Club Med restaurant goes above and beyond when it comes to food. What are you normally eating on a ski or snowboard holiday? Tartiflette every day? Mountain fries? You know the ones. Expensive disappointments but great with your mountain beers.
The dining area, Le Mont Valaisan, within the Club Med La Rosiere is like a food festival every single meal. Food from all over the world and regional specialities at specific stations and you can eat as much as you like.
A little tip… Club Med pizza is dangerously good. Approach with caution. Get it early otherwise you’ll eat an entire other delicious meal but still crave the pizza and you will eat it and leave yourself full and vulnerable!
For a special dinner you can book the San Bernardo Gourmet Lounge which offers a classier meal from a luxury menu à la carte, low lighting, live music, and a more intimate experience.
You are looked after at a Club Med resort, you are welcomed, and you are part of a club. A club that feels exclusive, yet at £1,334 per person all-inclusive or around £3,300 per couple including flights and other transport, is a very reasonable week away on the slopes.