The brand new Club Med Les Arcs Panorama opens in the French Alps – Meanderings through France n° 170
By Annick Dournes & Frederic de Poligny
The opening of a new Club Med resort always is a great event in the world of top-level all-inclusive family resorts. This is especially true for the Club Med Les-Arcs Panorama, the largest one in the Alps, built in a forest clearing in the middle of the second largest French ski area, facing the impressive Mont Blanc massif. A unique setting for a unique holiday experience designed by Club Med!
The curves of the resort’s buildings melt into the mountainous background and their facades face a striking view over the Alps. All rooms have a balcony and even in wintertime sunlight flows into them through the large floor to ceiling windows. Don’t expect a traditional chalet-like decoration. The interior designer deliberately chose a colourful ambiance with 70’s looking furniture. The “Theatre” is the central meeting point for all where you will enjoy a hearty afternoon tea, later on a drink while watching the evening show and even later party all night long.
Food has always been a major asset at the Club Med resorts. There are three different restaurants in the new Club Med Les-Arcs and they live up to this reputation. Whether for breakfast, lunch or dinner the buffet is amazingly tempting. Cooks prepare all kinds of fish, meat or vegetable on the spot in many different ways that will fulfil all appetites. Vegetarian and vegan diets are not forgotten and gluten free and lactose free food are also available. At bars, soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktails are also included, except for premium wines and alcohols.
At Club Med Les-Arcs Panorama everything is done to make you feel free of any concern. On your arrival you won’t have to go to a ski shop to get skis and ski boots for the whole family, then go to the ski school to book ski courses and end your day queuing to buy your ski pass… Once you’ve booked your ski holidays you can connect to the Club Med website and reserve all the ski equipment suited for your ski level, enrol your kids at the Kid Club and reserve your ski lessons in just a few clicks. On your arrival your free ski pass will be waiting for you in your room and all your ski equipment will be ready for you in your personal locker that you can open with the same e-key you use for your bedroom. The ski run is less than 10 metres from your ski locker.
You can also get the “My Club Med” app (on the App Store or Google Play) to learn everything you need to know about the resort and choose any sport or leisure activities available.
You are now ready to enjoy Paradiski, one of the largest ski areas of the Alps. With 425km of thrilling slopes it is an outstanding skiing destination offering spectacular views over the Alps and the Mont Blanc. The slopes will meet your expectations whatever your ski level. The different slopes will take you to the different resorts of the area, from Les Arcs to Peisey-Vallandry and even to La Plagne ski area. Each one with its own atmosphere will offer a different experience and an opportunity for a mid-morning “refuel”. Ski pass and group lessons by professionals from the French Ski School are included in you holiday package and you will be able to discover these slopes guided by skilled instructors.
Kids club and childcare are also included. From 4 months to 17 years old, all children are welcome. Ski lessons of all levels start from 3-year old and young champs can have dedicated courses to challenge themselves. Meanwhile parents can relax in the Wellness area and its Cinq Mondes Spa or enjoy the heated pools, the whirlpool bath, the Turkish bath or the fitness and cardio facilities.
In order to book your stay in total peace of mind, the Club Med offers a “snow guarantee”. In case of lack of snow it proposes holiday cancellation or compensation.
More information: www.clubmed.co.uk/r/Les-Arcs-Panorama/w
Text ©Annick Dournes
Photos ©Frederic de Poligny