Chalet Les Hirondelles, large chalet , sauna, outdoor hot tub, massage room

Chalet in La Clusaz with Jacuzzi / Hot Tub, Sauna, Log fire, Wi-Fi, Childcare available, Airport Transfers available

Chalet 2726

Catered, Sleeps 20+ - 12 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms

Facilities: Jacuzzi / Hot Tub, Sauna, Log fire, Wi-Fi, Childcare available, Airport Transfers available, Satellite / Cable TV, DVD, Parking Available, Cot Available

Suitable for: Family / Child friendly, Short breaks

Location type: Mountains, Ski resort, Village

Chalet Les Hirondelles is set in the small hamlet of Les Lombardes in La Clusaz. Extensive grounds, glorious views and what has to be one of the top chalets available in the French Alps. The ski lifts at La Clusaz or Grand Bornard are within a 5 minute drive and the chalet has its own fleet of minibuses available between 8am and 11pm every day available as a private free taxi service to all our guests staying in Hirondelle.

Chalet Les Hirondelles is huge (760 square metres of living space over 4 floors) and truly luxurious with upgraded facilities and plenty of space to relax and unwind. Log fires, cosy lounges (three, two of these have log fires), stunning location, sun terrace and peace and quiet make this chalet the ideal Alpine getaway location. Add to this the attentive personal service and chauffeur driven vehicles to take you to and from the skiing you have the perfect luxury holiday retreat. If we said that the guest list has included Sting and family then you will get the idea.

During the summer of 2009 the whole chalet was renovated and the sauna and the massage rooms were moved out of the chalet and into the unique Dorset shepherd caravans - the balconies were extended to give access into the grounds and lit snowy pathways to the huts and the new 9 seat Jacuzzi and Swedish fire pit installed. Massages and therapies are varied and extensive and available to suit requirement. The chalet has had new oak floors, fitted carpets, upgraded bedrooms and extended living space to both the two large sitting areas. The open plan kitchen with larger dining and bar area and now winter access to the terraces has put Chalet les Hirondelles back at the top of the game.

Unobtrusive luxuries set in a warm and welcoming atmosphere, without airs or graces. Plenty of lounge space, log fires in all sitting rooms, bedrooms in suites and en-suite bathrooms all with power showers, all individual. All bath and shower rooms have high velocity pressure showers, constant hot water, towels, hair dryers and Molton Brown toiletries supplied. Bathrobes and additional towels for sauna users are also supplied. All of the bedrooms have deep firm mattresses on old pine beds, fresh crisp linens, duvets and eiderdowns.

Chalet Facilities:
- TV (Sky), X-box, Wii, beamer projection screen, i-Pod docks
- Sauna, outdoor hot tub and massage rooms
- Three sitting rooms (two with log fires). In house bar
- Private shuttle service in exclusive chalet minibuses
- Massage & exercise area. Beauty treatments available
- Meeting rooms.
- Wi-Fi throughout the chalet. i-Mac computer

The Chalet Accommodation Layout:

Ground floor (sleeps 6 - 9):
• 1 x suite: double with single room annex. En-suite shower room
• 1 x suite: double with bunk annex. En-suite bathroom
• 1 x small double with en-suite shower.

Second floor (sleeps 10):
• 1 x twin/double with en-suite bathroom and separate wc
• 1 x twin/double with en-suite shower and separate wc
• 2 x large twin/doubles with en-suite shower room
• 1 x large twin/double with en-suite shower room

Penthouse (sleeps 7):
• 1 x king double with en-suite bathroom and stunning views
• 1 x twin with en-suite shower room
• 1 x small double. En-suite shower room
• 1 x double with en-suite shower room

General information

Property type Chalet
Catered Catered
Holiday theme Cycling holiday, Sight-seeing, Ski Holidays, Summer holidays, Walking holiday

Accommodation information

Bedrooms

12 bedrooms, sleeps maximum of 20+ people

Bathrooms

12 bathrooms

Dining room

Seats 15+

Living room

Seats 15+

On-site facilities

Entertainment CD Player, DVD, Game Console, Satellite / Cable TV, Television
Communications & IT Computer, Internet access, Wi-Fi
Leisure Jacuzzi / Hot Tub, Sauna
Heating Log fire
Household Cot Available, Highchair, Towels/linen provided
Parking Parking Available
Other facilities Airport Transfers available, Balcony / Terrace, Childcare available, Cross Country Skiing, Garden, Panoramic views, Skidoo - ATV rides

Car is not necessary

About La Clusaz

La Clusaz is a traditional alpine ski resort not commonly known amongst the British skiing fraternity but is very popular with the French. With 220kms of marked pistes linked with an efficient network of 53 lifts, it is a lively but laid back resort.

La Clusaz is a tradition Alpine resort situated in the heart of the Aravis mountains yet just under 1 hour from Geneva Airport. 220kms of marked piste are linked by an efficient network of 53 modern lifts covering a ski are ranging in height from 2600m down to 1100m all on what is perhaps one of the best value ski passes in The French Alps.

La Clusaz likes to think of itself as being laid back yet lively resort! As the village has developed with skiing since the 1950’s it has managed to maintain the original charming mountain character. The village has a wide range of shops, bars and restaurants. There is a stunning heated outdoor swimming pool for those who still have the energy after a day on the slopes.

The Skiing in La Clusaz
The two resorts of La Clusaz and Le Grand Bornard for the Aravis ski area which is made up of 5 mountains and 53 lifts connecting 220kms of marked piste. With a 1500m difference in altitude the skiing here is fabulous. Also being one of the closest resorts to Geneva Airport, La Clusaz is an ideal resort for short ski breaks. The ski area is open from mid December right through to the end of April. 90 snow cannons ensure that the lower runs remain open all season.

The area is not just about downhill skiing and snowboarding; they have developed the Scandinavian art of Ski Joering which involves being pulled along by a horse – shorter skis are worn as you hang onto a long bridal and carve your way though the pastures; The Radikal Mountain Event brings together the World’s craziest extreme skiers for the annual extreme ski contest; Le Grand Bornard is the French Alpine home to adaptive skiing for the disabled with many lifts able to transport the new range of sit skis that are opening up the slopes and joys of skiing to everyone no matter what their respective disabilities are. Cross country skiers – so often forgotten about in the larger French resorts have over 150 kms of prepared tracks in two separate Nordic ski areas and 1 dedicated Nordic ski school.

Beginners - Under the careful eye of the ski school beginners will soon master the art of turning and more importantly stopping. This will allow them to explore the gentler slopes around Cret du Merle above La Clusaz, as well as taking the bubble lift up Beaugard to head over to Manigod and Belvedere.

Intermediates - Take the Beaugard Bubble lift then ski down towards Croix Fry; a series of lifts brings you out at The Tete de Cabeau. Some gentle blue runs then open up the Domaine de Merdassier. This all provides a great warm up before tackling the red runs on Belvedere. The Aiguille massif opens up long red and blu runs from 2300 m back down to Combe des Juments or La Clusaz. Just below Cote 2000; take the red piste Fernuy down to La Balme. Here take the lifts up to either Col de La Barme or Torchere – exhilarating wilderness skiing that intermediates can revel in on marked pistes! To get home either the new Fernuy bubble lift back to Cote 2000 or there are a choice of 2 wooded green runs from La Balme right back to the heart of La Clusaz.

Unique to la Clusaz is moonlit skiing on the Crete du Merle slopes – open on clear full moon evenings, ski by the light of the moonlight between 9pm and 1am – a wonderful experience with DJs and parties to help you through the evening!

Take a day or two to explore the Grand Bornard ski area. Well worth the short bus trip from La Clusaz.

Advanced - Surprisingly advanced skiers and boarders are well catered for in the Aravis ski area. Each of the 5 massifs have technically difficult black runs as well as shoots and gullies where fresh tracks can be found well days after the last snowfall! Start on Beaugard with a fast run down La Neve – jump on the drag back up to the top then it’s La Noire back down to Champ Giguet. We’d head back up Beaugard then over to Croix Fry to check out any off piste away from the Crete Blanche or Tete de Cabeau lifts. Then use the blues down to Col de Merdassier (quick coffee in L’Etale first!). The Grand Chamois drag opens up some steep terrain off to the right, or head left down the black before picking up the lifts to Belvedere. From Belvedere there are a choice of either a red or a steep black which connects eventually into the Aiguille sector.

The Aiguile sector has primarily reds and blues runs , but don’t miss out La Mur Edgar – it’s not called Edgars wall for nothing short but steep! Jump on the Aiguille quad chair to the summit then head into Combe du Fernuy – either follow the black all the way down to La Balme or head right for some great freeride terrain.

At La Balme there are 2 upper combes that have to be explored – take the quad to Col de Balme at 2477m – two red pistes make their way down either side of the combe, the off piste under the chairlift is fabulous – take care not to face plant or suffer the consequence of abuse from the chairlift! Torchere the combe to the right of La Balmeis accessed by a steep drag. Here a choice of two reds back to the bottom of the drag or a long steep knarly black which eventually ends up down at the bottom of La Balme beckon.

If you are prepared to hike then there are endless off piste possibilities. Don’t neglect Grand Bornand – even though it is a short bus ride away it is well worth a day to explore.

The skiing in Le Grand Bornand
The Grand Bornand is definitely worth the short ski bus ride for intermediate and advanced skiers and snowboarders. The ski bus stops in the original Grand Bornand village at 1000m right by the bubble lift.

Take the Rosay bubble lift (the one on the left) at the top you have a choice of a gentle ski down towards Grand Bornand Chinaillon – the new modern village at 1300m or alternatively head up to Roc de Arces at 1800m for a lovely warm up down the Col du Chatillon blue. Then up the Lachat chairlift to the highest point in the Grand Bornand area – Mont Lachat at 2100m.

Off the back of Mont Lachat there is an off piste freeride zone down to the Annes or Duche chairlifts. Alternatively there are a choice of two long reds or the black off the summit. A choice of chairs or drags opens up a delightful open back bowl area – predominantly blue runs but stunning scenery – The Annes Chairlift takes you up to Tete de Anne (1870m) then a lovely blue run follows the ridge down to the Col des Annes before heading back down to the bowl.

The Duche chairlift brings you back into the main area. The main runs down the fall line from La Floria to Grandbornand Chinaillon are demanding and worthy of their status (red and black along with the race piste) though the Absondance blue piste is an easier option for those with tired legs!

Heading back to Grand Bornand and the ski bus home the Lanchers red run brings you to La Cote – the top of the Rosay bubble lift – this is a lovely area to have an warming Vin or Chocolat Chaud before the final long Envers red run back down.

Activities near La Clusaz

Local sports activities

On-site: Walking

Within 15 minutes: Mountain biking, Swimming, Climbing, Fishing, Cycling, Skiing, Tennis

Local leisure activities

Within 15 minutes: Food shop, Restaurant, Shopping

Great for Cycling holiday, Sight-seeing, Ski Holidays, Summer holidays, Walking holiday

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