5 Top Reasons to Choose Self Catered Ski Holidays

Residence Plein Sud, Val Thorens Apartments

Skiworld have been providing catered chalet holidays for three decades. We know they represent a really great ski holiday experience, but we also know they’re not for everyone. A self-catered ski holiday can provide many benefits, which is why Skiworld doubled our offering of Self Catered Ski Apartments from 2017 to 2019. Read about the top 5 benefits of a self-catered ski holiday in this blog.

1. Ski holidays with the most flexibility

Having your own space, privacy and freedom is what apartments offer over a catered chalet – especially if you are in a couple, small family or small group. There’s a huge variety of size and configuration options including conjoined apartments, bunk beds, sofa beds, separate bedrooms, studios and lofts for example. If you’re in a large group you can opt for one big apartment sleeping 10-12 people or you’ll find it easy to book 2, 3, 4 or more ski apartments next door to each other.

2. The freedom of your own ski holiday schedule

In a catered chalet, mealtimes are set. Unless you have made a whole chalet booking and develop a great relationship with your host so that they tailor mealtimes to you, your mornings and evenings revolve around getting fed at a certain time. Knowing that you can go anywhere at any time and build your own schedule is a great advantage of a self-catered ski holiday. It also enables you to sample the many dining options on offer in resort at your leisure

Top Self Catered Ski Holiday Tip #1: Find out from your Skiworld Resort Host (rep) what night the chalet hosts have off so you can avoid having to battle with chalet guests for restaurant bookings. Instead, opt to dine-in on those nights and eat out when the resort is less busy.

3. A great range of apartment facilities

A basic kitchen, private bathroom and enough beds or sofa-beds for your group is the bare minimum for what a ski apartment should offer. Skiworld have chosen a wide range of apartments so that you have the variety and choice to suit your budget and taste. For the first-and-last-lift skiers, a basic apartment with a great location for the lifts will be all that’s required. Whereas for a family with children a spacious apartment with a ski hire shop on site, a swimming pool and a full kitchen will be much more appealing. In recent years a whole plethora of facilities have evolved in self-catered ski apartments to ensure that no matter what you need, you’ll be able to find an apartment to fit.

 

Wellness at Residence Plein Sud, Val Thorens

Wellness at Residence Plein Sud, Val Thorens

 

4. Eat the food you like best on your ski holiday

There is nothing like a morning visit to the French bakery to pick out breakfast pastries and a fresh baguette before heading back to your ski apartment to prepare breakfast and a tasty packed lunch to eat on the mountain. The choice of food in ski resort supermarkets is surprisingly vast; many with a butcher and deli as well as an array of fresh and preserved produce on offer. Another great aspect is being able to choose the wine you most enjoy for dinner – or maybe beer instead.

Top Self Catered Ski Holiday Tip #2: Try the new food delivery service. Order online from a fantastic choice of easy and convenient meals for any number of people, priced cheaper than if you bought from a supermarket, all delivered to your ski apartment for when you arrive

5. Self-Catered ski holidays are cheaper

It’s important to be in control of your holiday spending. With self-catered facilities in your ski apartment you can save money on breakfasts, lunches, dining out and après ski by making the most of your apartment. Quite how frugal you want to be only depends on the length of your shoestring. The value of apartments is also great if you want to sleep more in a small space. Most studio apartments sleep 4 for example, with the canny use of sofa-beds and day-beds which double up as seating during the day. With a little bit of sacrifice, you can really make some savings.

Skiworld have a growing selection of self-catered ski apartments in the best ski resorts

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