Mr & Mrs
Patrick & Mari, Wilna & Christo
From: South Africa
Date de publication: Thursday, 2011-Mar-10
Date du séjour: Saturday, 2011-Jan-1
If ever there was a holiday to remember, it must be our 2010/2011 New Years’ holiday at Chalet Shangri-La, Chamonix.
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Our hostess, Trudi, assisted us prior to our trip with all the arrangements. On her recommendation, we decided to fit in as much as possible – an impossible task without her planning. From recommendations, to advice and finally all our bookings, Trudi planned and arranged our entire stay. From Ski passes, instructors, Panda club for our young son, baby sitting, a helicopter flight over the 3 countries bordering the Mont Blanc, husky sledding, wine tasting, to New Years day on the Italian side of the mountain – everything was pre-planned and booked – including our New Years eve dinner and daily menu.
Excited, but with a touch of apprehension, we left South Africa on Christmas day. Even the highest expectations would have fallen far short of what we were to experience. What an absolutely amazing week. There cannot be a more stunning chalet on the ski-slopes in Europe!!
Our ski instructors were professional, friendly and fun to be with. Thanks to Jean-Luc, Nicholas & Audrey (a snowboard babe for the boys). Then we had the most wonderful New Years’ eve party at the Chalet – accompanied by a dazzling fireworks display and a 9-course dinner.
Philippe, our chef, although guilty of causing us all to loosen our belts by the end of the stay, was an absolute star. Words cannot do justice to his culinary skills. From breakfast, through the après-ski canapés and drinks, to our lavish dinners – every meal was a masterpiece and delight, and of a consistently high standard. Nothing was too much trouble – whether making pizzas with our 5 year-old son, whipping up a last-minute lunch, or preparing our favorite meals (accompanied by superb wines). Eating was an absolute treat.
The accommodation was luxurious, beautiful and spotlessly maintained. Every conceivable luxury and accessory provided for – TV projector, movie & games room (with Wii games for the kids and movies on demand), bar, steam room, sauna, etc. etc. Nothing was too much trouble for our hosts – such as taking our young son to his club in the morning, fetching him at lunchtime, feeding him in our absence, catering for last minute requests. The list goes on and on….
We have always had a policy that we never visit the same holiday spot twice. We are now prepared to break this rule….