Expert guide to Les Arcs
Accommodation is spread out between each of Les Arcs separate villages. Each has their own bars, shops and restaurants, plus gentle slopes for beginners and early intermediates. Well connected by pistes, they are also linked by free shuttle buses.
Apartments are the most common form of accommodation in most Les Arcs villages. They vary widely in style and comfort, with the newest ones being very comfortable indeed. Several UK tour operators have apartments they run as catered chalets; most stand-alone chalets are in Peisey-Vallandry village. There are very few hotels.
The ski-in/ski-out Taj-I Mah hotel in Arc 2000 is Les Arcs’ only five-star. It has all the trimmings, including very comfortable rooms, two restaurants (one run by a Michelin-starred chef) and a 400sqm spa area with indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub.
Base Camp Lodge
Eco-friendly Base Camp Lodge is just a short walk from the funicular connecting guests to Les Arcs/Paradiski ski area from the town of Bourg Saint Maurice. The hotel and hostel has 106 rooms suitable for all types of guests: singles, doubles, suites, family rooms and capsule pods, designed for low-budget solo travelers. There’s also five dormitories, with kitchenettes, suitable for large groups wishing to self cater. The modern reception, restaurant and bar are all combined and are decked out with an array of chic furnishings. The bar hosts music, concerts and festive events throughout the year and there’s an outdoor drinks terrace.
Hotel Club Les Mélèzes
Located in the centre of Arcs 2000, this club-style hotel has lots of features – including a spa, in-house ski shop and large terrace. The kids club caters for children from 18 months to 17 years old and offers such family-friendly activities as geo-caching in the snow, picnics on the slopes and evening torch-lit parades.
Chalets and apartments
Prince des Cimes
Of the residences in the charming and convenient Arc 1950 village, Prince des Cimes is probably the best. The apartments here are more spacious than the French norm, well furnished and reception is staffed 24/7. As well as a large indoor-outdoor pool, there’s a hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Just one of Club Med’s properties in Les Arcs, Club Med Panorama is spectacularly set with views over the valley on the piste at the top edge of Arc 1600. It has 410 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, hot tub and gym. For even more luxury, there’s the ‘5 Trident’ section, with 24 luxury suites, its own concierge service, bar and lounge area and 390sqm terrace with hot tub.
Book it: All-inclusive from £1,591 including lift pass and lessons, with Club Med.
Reasonably priced ski-in/ski-out accommodation, Residence Edenarc is located in a car-free area above Arc 1800, accessed by resort shuttle bus. It has a large swimming pool and an onsite restaurant.
Very conveniently located in Peisey-Vallandry, Chalet Sermoz is close to the Vanoise Express cable car to La Plagne as well as a fast chairlift into the Les Arcs ski area. It has an open plan living/dining area with a central fireplace, a big hot tub on the balcony with great views and seven bedrooms.
Book it: Chalet board From £689, with Ski Amis. Excludes travel.
Chalet Les Cascades
Standing in splendid ski-in/ski-out isolation on the piste at 2,140m, just above Arcs 2000, Chalet Les Cascades combines traditional and modern in a striking designer interior featuring original artworks. It has seven well-appointed bedrooms, and a wellness area with sauna and small pool with bubble jets and a current to swim against.
Book it: Chalet board from £1,426, with Flexiski.
Booking.com rates above are guide prices per person per night, please note that packages can differ across accommodation. Owing to the current coronavirus pandemic, these rates may change. Please check the properties’ websites for further information on what’s included.
Unless stated otherwise, package prices are per person, based on two sharing a double or twin room half-board for seven nights, including flights and transfers.