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The family ski holiday specialist is promising more choice, good deals and better services for guests next season.



Esprit Ski has been organising family ski trips for 35 years and offers dedicated and flexible childcare from the age of three months to 12 years.

Next season there's a return to six-night chalet catering from the five nights introduced last winter, an upgrade for Esprit's flagship chalet hotel, and new hotels in Austria and France.

Here's the lowdown.

Chalet catering - back to six nights

Next winter all Esprit's chalets and chalet hotels will provide breakfast on seven mornings (six of them with a cooked breakfast) afternoon tea and cake on six days and a varied set dinner menu with complimentary wine on six nights. There'll also be a pre-dinner glass of prosecco.

High Tea will be provided at 5:30pm for children under 11 years old*.

In addition, if you stay at Esprit's chalet hotels you will get an extra savoury treat at teatime and pre-dinner canapés.

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Upgrade for flagship chalet hotel

Hotel Des Deux Domaines (previously, Chalet Hotel Des Deux Domains) in Belle Plagne, France, is currently undergoing an upgrade for the Winter 2019/20 season. A firmly established Esprit family favourite, next winter the hotel will be run by MMV, one of Esprit's trusted partners, which already successfully manages a portfolio of hotels in the French Alps.

Whilst the hotel will still be exclusive to Esprit families (and some guests from Esprit's sister company, Inghams, on the upper floors), the MMV local management team will provide all the catering and housekeeping. All childcare services will still be staffed and managed by the Esprit in-resort team.

Some of the improved and enhanced new services and features include:

  • Catering: guests will now enjoy seven nights' on full board including buffet breakfasts, dinner with complimentary wine, and picnic lunches which can be ordered from reception the previous evening. Afternoon snacks are also provided after skiing and a supervised children's High Tea is served at 5:30pm (parents must accompany any children under three years old)
  • All the suites are being converted into spacious interconnecting rooms, with proper beds replacing the double sofa beds in the old lounge areas
  • An extension of the dining room and lounge, creating more space for childcare and Snow Club rooms. The dining room offers spectacular views across the valley
Hotel Des Deux DomainesHotel Des Deux Domaines, Belle Plagne

Other facilities include:

  • Well-equipped, dedicated nursery and Snow Club rooms
  • Indoor swimming pool and wellness area, with adult-only zone
  • Superb location in the heart of the Paradiski area. The hotel is very close to the slopes and 350m from the village centre
  • The children's ski garden is also within very easy reach (approx.150m from the upper exit of the hotel)

Esprit Ski is offering a seven-night ski holiday at the Hotel Des Deux Domaines in Belle Plagne, France, from £4,676 per family (based on two adults and two children sharing interconnecting rooms), departing on 23rd February 2020. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick to Chambery, airport transfers and seven nights' accommodation on full board. For childcare options, visit or call 01483 938 240.

New Hotels In Austria & France

Esprit is introducing several high-quality hotels and apartments in Obergurgl, Austria, and across France. They will be locally-run with guests still being able to benefit from Esprit's award-winning childcare services.

Hotel Alpina Deluxe, Obergurgl

• Traditional Austrian hospitality
• Superb, on-piste location
• Extensive leisure facilities and spacious family bedrooms
• Seven nights' catering on half board (with four-course evening meals)
• Esprit childcare located in nearby Chalet Hotel Alpenblume (approximately a three-minute walk away)

Hotel Alpina Deluxe, ObergurglHotel Alpina Deluxe, Obergurgl










Chalet Obergurgl Luxury Apartments

• Luxury, spacious and well-equipped apartments
• Self-catering for seven-night stays
• Indoor swimming pool and adult-only wellness area
• A three-minute walk from nearest supermarket and five-minute walk to resort centre
• Esprit's Chalet Hotel Alpenblume, which houses the resort childcare, is next door.

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Hotel Les Mélèzes, Les Arcs 2000

• In the heart of the pedestrianised area of Arc 2000
• Super quick access to the lifts and ski runs
• Modern facilities, large communal areas and entertainment
• A four-minute walk from Residence Chalet de l'Ours, where Esprit's resort childcare is based
• Seven nights' catering on a full board basis including buffet breakfasts, lunch, after-skiing snacks, and buffet dinners (for the Easter weeks - departing 29th March, 5th and 12th April - the hotel is all-inclusive, with a number of drinks included throughout the day)

Hotel Les Mélèzes, Arc 2000Hotel Les Mélèzes, Arc 2000











Hotel Les Bergers, Alpe d'Huez

• The base for Esprit's Alpe d'Huez childcare programme
• Skiing to the door, with ski school meeting point for Sprite and Spritelet classes and the beginners area a short walk away
• In-house Esprit childcare for children from three years old
• The hotel's own non-skiing clubs, and Baby Club for children from 18 months to three years (free outside of French and Belgian school holidays but must be pre-booked), pre-bookable Baby Kits for children under two (include a cot, high chair, changing mat and potty) .
• Large south-facing sun terrace
• Family bedrooms including interconnecting rooms
• Adult-only wellness area
• Seven nights' catering on a full board basis including buffet breakfasts, lunch, after-skiing snacks, and dinners with complimentary wine, as well as the option for adults to enjoy either a traditional Savoyard raclette or fondue once a week. A children's High Tea is served and supervised by Esprit childcare staff at 5:30pm. Picnic lunches can also be reserved the night before and taken out onto the slopes (for the Easter weeks - departing 29th March, 5th and 12th April - the hotel is on an all-inclusive basis with a number of drinks included throughout the day)

Hotel Les Bergers, Alpe d'HuezHotel Les Bergers, Alpe d'Huez











The Season's Big Discounts
  • Baby And Toddler (BAT) Weeks. These offer significant reductions on the usual prices for babies and toddlers aged from 17 weeks to four years old, with extras tailored especially for this age group. A full list of BAT Weeks reductions and dates can be found here.
  •  Free children's ski & boot rental In all Esprit resorts when parents also pre-book their skis/snowboard and boots
  • Free lift passes for the youngest children

Some of these offers are exclusive to Esprit and not available locally with the lift pass companies - so check when you book.

  • Savings for children including free child places
  • Free child places** are available across all chalets and chalet hotels, as well as substantial price reductions for multiple children when booked on the same trip
  • 15% Discount at Snow & Rock, Cotswold Outdoor, Runnersneed, Cyclesurgery when customers book an Esprit Holiday; offer ends 31st December 2019
  • 20% off pre-booked car parking at Southampton Airport for travel between 1st October 2019 and 30th April 2020 (for Saturday or Sunday arrivals/departures only)

New Departure Days For Austrian Family Favourites

Holidays to Austria will now depart on Saturdays (aligning with the Italy chalet programme); there will be new flights from Edinburgh to Innsbruck (Saturdays), giving easy access to the top-notch Austrian ski resorts of Obergurgl and St Anton; and furthermore, for the Scottish half term holidays, there will be even more capacity from Scotland, with flights departing on 8th February 2020 from Glasgow.

*If a party has booked a chalet for sole occupancy use, then children can upgrade to the adult menu for a supplement of £39. Everybody eats together on Christmas Day.

**The free child places apply to the youngest child in that room and are limited to one per family (i.e. one place per two full paying passengers) on charter flights only. Subject to availability.

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