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Esprit chalets and Chalet Hotels come in all shapes and sizes, from cosy one or two-family chalets, through larger chalets, ideal for extended family groups, to the much larger scale and range of facilities.
The informality and family-friendly camaraderie of a chalet makes an Esprit holiday with children relaxed and stress-free.
Choose from classic Alpine style chalets such as the Charline in Tignes or the Braconnier in La Rosière, convenient apartment-chalets like those in Les Arcs, complete with an on-site swimming pool, or stylish and modern properties built especially for families, such as the six Peisey chalets, or the Corniche in Tignes.
You are welcome to join a chalet as an individual family, or you can book the whole or a part of a chalet for your group.
There are two ‘Xtra’ chalets, the Pepi Gabl in St Anton and the Alpenblume in Obergurgl, both of which have been refurbished allowing Esprit families that little bit ‘Xtra’, to enhance the chalet experience.
The extras here include a residents’ bar run by Esprit staff, cakes and a savoury option with afternoon tea, rosé wine as an additional wine choice and a local cheeseboard as a fifth course with dinner.
The Xtra chalets also have Baby Listening/Child Patrol Service from 7.30 to 10.30pm every evening.
Many Esprit chalets have the added bonus of a log fire, sauna, hot tub, or sometimes all three! Some even have an in-house swimming pool, or free access to the resort leisure centre specially for Esprit guests. They have also introduced FREE Wifi in all of the chalets for your families’ convenience.
In the smaller chalets, your Chalet Host takes care of all the guest care arrangements, from the cooking to the cleaning.
Larger chalets will generally have an experienced Chef to run the kitchen, with a Housekeeper to take care of cleaning duties, and depending on the size of the chalet, an Assistant Host or two to help keep the chalet spick and span.
On the chalet hosts’ one day off, they will leave out a simple breakfast for you, and that evening you and your family have the chance to eat out in one of the local restaurants.
Esprit Child Care
For parents, Esprit Classic Child Care means being able to leave your accommodation after breakfast to head for the first lifts, only needing to return after the last one shuts. We look after your children completely throughout the ski day if you wish. While the babies and toddlers go to our Nursery, Esprit staff take the older ones to our partner ski-school, collect them, give them lunch, run activities to keep them happy and stimulated and then take them back to their chalets for their high tea, giving you our super-convenient ‘Seamless Service’ throughout the day.
Nursery: 17 weeks - 40 months All day care with qualified Nursery staff
Spritelets: 3 – 4 years Half-day ski-play - a toddler’s introduction to the fun of skiing page 13 Sprites 5 – 12 years Sub-divided into morning ski lessons for a range of different ski abilities and age group levels
Sprites Xtra: 6 – 12 years As above but including afternoon ski lessons as well as morning, for maximum time on the slopes! Supervised Lunch 3 – 12 years Children’s lunch with staff supervision 12-2 pm
Sprite Guided Ski Fun: 6 – 12 years Afternoon guided free-skiing sessions for children ready to explore the mountains
Snow Club: 3 – 8 years Action-packed half day activity club with our Snow Rangers, including lunch
Mini Cocoa Club: 3 – 5 years 7.30–9.30pm - A quiet time for pre-bed stories and play.
Cocoa Club: 6 – 12 years Supervised evening club 7.30-10 pm
Cocoa Club Plus: 8 – 12 years Evening club including après-ski activities
Esprit Childcare Extras
To make life as simple and as comfortable as possible for parents and infants alike, the following items are all included in our infant prices:
Pushchair carriage on the flights plus for maximum convenience, you can keep your pushchair all through the airport, right up to boarding the aircraft.
A travel cot and cot linen will be ready in your room on arrival.
Quality baby food always available, including jars for different age ranges, and freshly made purées at Nursery lunch and high tea.
Your chalet or Chalet Hotel will also have all the following available for your use:
Baby changing mat
The popular Baby-Listening Service every night in all Chalet Hotels and selected larger chalets and in all other chalets on your Chalet Hosts’ one evening off
Use of the Esprit Playroom at Chambéry Airport, for your homeward journey.
Why Choose Esprit?
34 years experience as the UK’s leading family ski specialist
The biggest choice of child care services in skiing
Flexible child care options, from half-days up to our ‘Seamless Service’ from 9am-6pm
‘Esprit Family Saver’ deals in every resort to help you save £££s
All the chalets and Chalet Hotels* are Esprit-exclusive
Strict ratios of nannies to children in all of the Nurseries
All nannies are properly qualified and English-speaking
Snow Club fun for children over nursery age
All child care staff are subject to the new Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced Check (formerly the 'CRB' check) in line with the UK's legal requirements for anyone working regularly and closely with children.
All appropriate child care and catering staff trained to the City & Guilds Level 2 in Food Safety or equivalent
Strict signing-in/out procedures whenever responsibility for children passes between Esprit staff and parents or ski instructors
Exclusive Esprit-only ski classes, with the best English-speaking instructors H Maximum 8 children in a class, and only 6 per class for 3-4 year-olds
Guided Ski Fun afternoon groups available
Family Ski Guiding on your last day available
FREE evening Baby-Listening/ Child Patrol Service every night in the Chalet Hotels, Xtra Chalets and larger chalets and in all properties on the staff’s one night off per week