Renting a self-catered chalet for a ski holiday is growing in popularity for many reasons. Guests have the freedom to come and go without set dinner times, there's more flexibility for eating times and eating out, there's more privacy, and the money saved on chalet staff can be spent on a higher-quality chalet.
There are so many restaurants in the French Alps, including some with a Michelin star or two, so you can savour haute cuisine in world-class restaurants located in ski resorts such as Manigod/La Clusaz, Megève and Val d'Isère as well as Annecy. Many guests enjoy the experience of walking up to one of the many restaurants hidden off the beaten track or with a view of Mont Blanc, where they can dine on delicious local dishes before tobogganing back down to town on a snow-covered road or piste — fun for all the family or for a group of friends. Such memorable experiences are possible when renting self-catering chalets in France.
Booking a self-catered ski chalet doesn't mean you have to cook. There is now a wide variety of meal delivery options to choose from, such as traditional Savoyard meals (raclette with charcuterie meat, for example), as well as gourmet frozen meals that we've tried and tested (and loved). There's also a choice of breakfast options, or just a simple pizza delivery. Ask us for our latest recommendations when you book!
And if you would like to cook, why not request a grocery delivery upon your arrival so you don't have to bother with shopping. Groups or families with special dietary requirements, such as coeliacs or someone with nut or dairy allergies, can cook their own meals for extra reassurance that the meals are suitable for their needs.
Without the cost of chalet staff, guests can choose from ski-in/ski-out chalets by the piste, a log cabin hidden away with a hot tub on the terrace (or perhaps a swimming pool!). You may long for a chalet with a cinema room or quiet area where you can curl up with a book, or perhaps a crackling log fire to warm you up after that toboggan ride home from the restaurant. With ski resorts around an hour away from Geneva airport, choose convenience with self-catered chalets in Les Gets or self-catering accommodation in Morzine, Then, you can enjoy your short transfer time and get started with your perfect ski holiday right away!
Choosing a self-catering chalet also gives you the flexibility of choosing the ski area that suits your group best. You can find OVO Network self-catered accommodation in popular resorts such as Morzine and Les Gets in the Portes du Soleil, as well as more typically French resorts, like La Clusaz, Le Grand Bornand, Chinaillon, Cordon and Valmorel. You're no longer restricted to the Grand Massif or the Three Valleys!
Short breaks are rarely catered, meaning chalet holidays are often out of reach for those on a three-day stay. A selection of OVO Network chalets offer short break deals during low season in winter and at other times of the year too, so your group can enjoy its own living areas rather than being stuck in individual hotel rooms.
And don't forget about summertime in the French Alps. As well as the ski resorts, which typically offer plenty of activities for the entire family with spectacular scenery in every direction, there's also Lake Annecy, which is touted to be the cleanest lake in Europe. Here, you can enjoy water sports such as swimming, scuba diving, wakeboarding, waterskiing, sailing and pedalo boats, as well as mountain biking, paragliding for the more adventurous, hiking and scenic lakeside walks. There's also plenty of shopping in the gorgeous old town of Annecy, delicious restaurants and cafés to stop at, plus the obligatory photo on the bridge overlooking the old chateau in the canal. Take a look at our range of self-catering accommodation in Lake Annecy for more inspiration.
OVO Network ski chalets are fast and simple to book online right away. You can also book ski hire, lift passes and even gourmet food delivery online, so if you don't want to cook, you don't have to!