Avoriaz improvements

8th August 2011, by Chris Gill

Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil  [(c) Alexandros Panayiotou]

Avoriaz, Portes du Soleil [(c) Alexandros Panayiotou]

When three new apartment buildings open in Avoriaz for 2011/12, they will mark a new dimension for the Portes du Soleil resort, being among the first ‘new build’ residences since its conception in 1967. But it doesn’t stop there … joining them later should be a big leisure pool complex, extension to the Falaise area and an ice rink.

A new district, Amara, forms part of the development at the entrance to the resort. Here, you’ll find one of the newly categorised 5-star French apartment buildings – the very smart Pierre & Vacances Premium L’Amara residence.

Following the revision of the classification standards of French hotels recently, a new category was developed for apartments: 5-star ‘Tourist Residences’ – and this is similarly awarded to properties that give just that little bit more in terms of service and facilities.

L’Amara is a set of four slope-side buildings, with a total of 100 apartments. They vary in size from one to four bedrooms, the latter sleeping up to ten people. As well as the usual smart apartment facilities, L’Amara will offer guests a pool, luxury spa centre, fitness room and day nursery (for kids aged six to 12 years). Services such as a concierge make it a hotel-like experience too.

Also new will be the 4-star Les Crozats, another Pierre & Vacances property. This one has 195 apartments, of one or two bedrooms. There’s a sauna and hamman, but no pool. A one bedroom apartment sleeping 4-5 people in January 2012 (7th-14th) will cost £585 approx, reduced from £740 on the early booking offer.

At the cheaper end of the market, the 3-star Electra is due to open for December 2011 too. The Electra falls under the Maeva tag and is also in the Crozats area of Avoriaz, on the hill above the resort. Lifts link it to the resort centre. This smaller building has 74 apartments (one and two bedrooms). Prices next April 2012 (under the current special offer) start at about £500 (reduced from £630) per one-bedroomed apartment, sleeping up to five people.

Avoriaz will remain car-free though, with a new car-park at the entrance of the resort and an underground one below the new L’Amara buildings.

Many of the leading French self-catering operators are offering holidays to these new apartments (Pierre & Vacances, Erna Low, Ski Collection etc).

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