La Rosiere is growing and improving all the time, with more and more luxury accommodation being built in traditional Savoyard style. The 2017/18 season saw the opening of the Hyatt Group’s first mountain hotel, the four-star Hyatt Centric at the foot of the San Bernardo ski area. It has 71 bedrooms, a bar called H40 Bistro Bar, and an all-day dining restaurant, La Tavola, open for both guests and non-residents. La Rosiere now has another luxury hotel opening for 2018/19: The Alparena is a four-star hotel with 58 bedrooms and suites, as well as a spacious spa of 1000m2 with a swimming-pool, paddling pool, saunas, steam rooms and a whirlpool. It also has a fitness room and a massage room.
The four-star MGM Le Lodge Hemera are luxurious apartments with their own leisure centre, private swimming-pool and a superb O des Cîmes Spa centre. Les Cimes Blanches is another luxury residence, with an indoor heated swimming-pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and cardio-training room free to guests.
Le Ruitor is “cosy and comfortable, 350m from the lifts – but there is a free shuttle service”, says a reporter. The hotel also has some four-bedded family rooms. Le Relais du Petit-St-Bernard is well placed at the foot of the slopes. Chalet le Refuge is a smart Savoyard-style residence in Les Eucherts. It houses 11 luxury apartments. Even the ‘smaller’ apartments sleep six to eight and are both spacious and extremely comfortable. The location is calm and the views across to Les Arcs are simply hypnotic. A couple of hundred metres gets you to Euchert’s nearest lifts, and you can almost ski back if the conditions allow. The apartments share a swimming-pool.
Some delightful chalets to stay in
Chalet Matsuzaka is a couple of seasons old. The family-run chalet has 10 spacious bedrooms (some with futons and tatami mats) with Japanese-style spa with outside hot tubs and saunas. The menu blends Japanese, Savoyard and British cooking. Chalet Schatzi sleeps 30-31 and is ski-in ski-out. It has spacious family suites and a free babysitting/child patrol service from 7.30-10.30pm daily. The property is run by UK tour operator Esprit, who has another 12 chalets and chalet-apartments in the resort – all of which are family-friendly. Chalet Perdrix is one of Ski Beat’s nine catered ski chalets here – three are in Perdrix which is in Les Eucherts, and six are in nearby Papillon. The chalets have an in-house creche and are about 200m from the Eucherts Express six-seater chair, the ESF ski school meeting point and nursery slopes.