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Résidence Les Ancolies

Résidence Secrets Les Ancolies is a beautiful small-scale residence, a short walk from the bustling centre of Val Thorens. Boasting a fantastic ski in ski out location you can ski straight back to your door using either the blue slope 'Castor & Pollux' or the green slope 'Combe de Thorens'. The location offers convenience as well as stunning views over the mountains.

Résidence Les Ancolies offers spacious, attractively furnished apartments. The decor is traditional, with a lot of use of wood, offering you a cosy warm feeling. Comfort is paramount at Résidence Les Ancolies, you can tell by the excellent mattresses with crisp white sheets and thick duvets on which you can fall asleep after a day of skiing. If you want to relax your muscles and completely unwind and take a trip to the wellness centre and spend time in the sauna and hammam. That way you ensure will be fresh on the slopes the next day!

A charming extra to the residence is the in-house restaurant 'Rendez-vous' and the intimate piano bar. Here you can relax after a day of skiing with a superb dinner and a delicious glass of French wine. The chef prepares traditional Savoyard dishes but also Italian specialities for you to choose from.

  • Charming traditional accommodation
  • Directly on the piste
  • Easily walk to the centre
  • Next to the Pionniers chairlift
  • Free use of steam room and sauna

Room types

3-room apartment (2 bedrooms) cabin
for 4 till 8 persons
  • surface circa 75m²
  • Number of beds: 8
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Balcony
  • French balcony
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Heating (free of charge)
  • Electric heating
  • Open fire place (wood included, wood for sale)
  • Kitchen
  • hotplate
  • (mini)oven
  • microwave
  • coffee machine
  • Senseo coffee machine
  • kettle
  • toaster
  • dishwasher
  • Television (satellite television, free of charge)
  • (Living) room(s): 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons sleeping couch), dining corner, couch
  • Bedroom(s): 2 bedrooms
  • 1st bedroom: 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons bed or two single beds)
  • 2nd bedroom: 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons bed or two single beds)
  • Cabin(s) (cabin 1: 2 sleeping places (1 bunkbed (2 x single bed)))
  • Separate toilet number: 1
  • Bathroom(s): 2 bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1: bath, sink
  • Bathroom 2: bath
  • wireless internet available in the room: (free of charge)
  • baby package: on request (free of charge) (to be mentioned at reservation)
  • linen package (bed linen and bath towels): (included in the package price)
  • extra bath towel package: 8,00 € per piece per day
  • final cleaning: circa 150,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort)
  • extra cleaning: 30,00 € per unit per hour(s)
  • safe available in the room: (included in the package price)
  • beds made on arrival: (included in the package price)
  • deposit: circa 1.000,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort, obligated)
  • tea towel packet: (included in the package price)
  • extra breakfast: circa 14,00 € per person per night (to be paid at resort)
  • tourist tax: circa 2,53 € per person per day (to be paid at resort, obligated)
6-room apartment (5 bedrooms)
for 6 till 10 persons
  • surface circa 110m²
  • Number of beds: 10
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • French balcony
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Sink
  • Open fire place (wood included, wood for sale)
  • Kitchen
  • (mini) fridge
  • hotplate (4 burners)
  • (mini)oven
  • microwave
  • Senseo coffee machine
  • kettle
  • toaster
  • dishwasher
  • dryer
  • washing machine (dining corner)
  • Television (satellite television, free of charge)
  • (Living) room(s): 2 sleeping places (2 x one person sleeping couch), dining corner, couch
  • Bedroom(s): 5 bedrooms
  • 1st bedroom: 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons bed or two single beds)
  • 2nd bedroom: 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons bed or two single beds)
  • 3rd bedroom: 2 sleeping places (1 bunkbed (2 x single bed))
  • 4th bedroom: sleeps 1 (1 x single bed)
  • 5th bedroom: sleeps 1 (1 x single bed)
  • Separate toilet number: 1
  • Bathroom(s): 4 bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1: bath, sink, toilet
  • Bathroom 2: bath, sink, toilet
  • Bathroom 3: shower, sink
  • Bathroom 4: shower, sink
  • wireless internet available in the room: (free of charge)
  • baby package: on request (free of charge) (to be mentioned at reservation)
  • linen package (bed linen and bath towels): (included in the package price)
  • extra bath towel package: 8,00 € per piece per day
  • final cleaning: circa 150,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort)
  • extra cleaning: 30,00 € per unit per hour(s)
  • safe available in the room: (included in the package price)
  • beds made on arrival: (included in the package price)
  • deposit: circa 1.000,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort, obligated)
  • tea towel packet: (included in the package price)
  • extra breakfast: circa 14,00 € per person per night (to be paid at resort)
  • tourist tax: circa 2,53 € per person per day (to be paid at resort, obligated)
4-room apartment (3 bedrooms) cabin
for 4 till 10 persons
  • surface circa 95m²
  • Number of beds: 10
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Sink
  • Heating (free of charge)
  • Electric heating
  • Open fire place (wood included, wood for sale)
  • Kitchen
  • Television (satellite television, free of charge)
  • (Living) room(s): 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons sleeping couch), dining corner, couch
  • Bedroom(s): 3 bedrooms
  • 1st bedroom: 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons bed or two single beds)
  • 2nd bedroom: 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons bed or two single beds)
  • 3rd bedroom: 2 sleeping places (1 x two persons bed or two single beds)
  • Cabin(s) (cabin 1: 2 sleeping places (1 bunkbed (2 x single bed)))
  • Separate toilet number: 2
  • Bathroom(s): 3 bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1: bath, toilet
  • Bathroom 2: bath
  • Bathroom 3: bath
  • wireless internet available in the room: (free of charge)
  • baby package: on request (free of charge) (to be mentioned at reservation)
  • linen package (bed linen and bath towels): (included in the package price)
  • extra bath towel package: 8,00 € per piece per day
  • final cleaning: circa 150,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort)
  • extra cleaning: 30,00 € per unit per hour(s)
  • safe available in the room: (included in the package price)
  • beds made on arrival: (included in the package price)
  • deposit: circa 1.000,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort, obligated)
  • tea towel packet: (included in the package price)
  • extra breakfast: circa 14,00 € per person per night (to be paid at resort)
  • tourist tax: circa 2,53 € per person per day (to be paid at resort, obligated)

Boardtype

For a surcharge of €24pp per night you can book half board. If you stay at Résidence Les Ancolies over Christmas, a one-off € 15pp extra will be charged. If you stay at Résidence Les Ancolies over New Year's Eve, a one-off €35pp extra will be added. Paying for the Christmas or New Year's Eve dinner are mandatory if you opt for half-board during this period.

For children from 4 to 11 years there are reduced rates of €14pp per night. For the Christmas dinner a one-off €7.50pp extra will be charged and for the New Year’s Ever there is a one-off €17.50pp extra charge.

Half board comprises of a breakfast buffet and a 3-course dinner and is served at Restaurant La Grange, which is approximately 300m away.

Self catering

Tip!

This property is only available for families; it is not allowed for young people and groups of friends to stay here.

If you travel with your own transport, you can reserve a parking space on https://www.valthoparc.fr/. See also the heading 'transport info' under the destination information.

Location and surroundings

distance to centre: approx. 200 metres
distance to old center approx. 200 metres
distance to airport approx. 200 kilometres
distance to bus stop approx. 10 metres
distance to atm approx. 200 metres
distance to ski piste approx. 0 metres
directly next to the ski piste.
ski bus right next to hotel
distance to ski lift approx. 50 metres
distance to ski school approx. 50 metres
nearest shops approx. 50 metres
nearest (mini) supermarket approx. 50 metres
nearest restaurant approx. 0 metres

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Facilities

General Information
  • Official classification: no classification
  • reception (open from 08:00 till 19:00 o'clock, open: saturday from 08:00 untill 19:00 o'clock)
  • no elevator
  • safe available (in the room: free of charge)
  • lounge
  • bread delivery service
  • parking approx. 200 metres (upon availability)
  • wireless internet in the room (free of charge)
  • deposit
  • tourist tax
  • bed linen included, change 0 times per week: no change during stay; extra change on request
  • bath towels included, change 1 time(s) per week: extra change on request
  • mini supermarket (close to accommodation)
  • supermarket (close to accommodation)
  • bakery (close to accommodation)
  • hairdresser (close to accommodation)
  • wash room facilities: washing machine, launderette: close to accommodation
  • discotheque (close to accommodation)
  • nightclub (close to accommodation)
  • pets not allowed
  • wireless internet available in the room: (free of charge)
  • baby package: on request (free of charge) (to be mentioned at reservation)
  • linen package (bed linen and bath towels): (included in the package price)
  • extra bath towel package: 8,00 € per piece per day
  • extra cleaning: 30,00 € per unit per hour(s)
  • safe available in the room: (included in the package price)
  • beds made on arrival: (included in the package price)
  • tea towel packet: (included in the package price)
Optional facilities
  • final cleaning: circa 150,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort)
  • extra breakfast: circa 14,00 € per person per night (to be paid at resort)
Mandatory additional costs
  • tourist tax: circa 2,53 € per person per day (to be paid at resort, obligated)
Deposit
  • deposit: circa 1.000,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort, obligated)
Restaurant/bar
  • food establishment: restaurant (reservation necessary), à-la-carte restaurant (reservation necessary), italian restaurant (reservation necessary), pizzeria (reservation necessary), brasserie, tapas bar, take away possible
  • drinking establishment: bar, piano bar, outdoor bar
Children
  • cot (upon availability)
  • children's chair (upon availability)
Spa facilities
  • hamam (free access)
  • sauna (free of charge)
Health & Safety Measures
  • obligatory presentation of qr code on arrival
  • cleaning will be done more days
  • no air conditioning available
  • check in between 17:00o'clock and 19:00 o'clock (check in from 17.00 o'clock)
  • check out 10.00 hour at the latest
  • reception open
  • take away available
  • no breakfast buffet
  • no dinner buffet
  • guests are assigned to a table (no free choice)
  • sauna limited opening

There may have been changes in Covid-19 services and facilities between the time of booking and upon departure. All measures are subject to change and therefore no rights can be derived from them.

Val Thorens

Val Thorens is without a doubt one of the most unique ski destinations in France. Since it is one of the highest ski villages in Europe, it explains its popularity with visitors over the years. The lifts in Val Thorens start at your doorstep and this is where your ski day ends as well, which makes skiing in Val Thorens a perfect ski to door destination.  Val Thorens is part of the bigger ski region of Les Trois Valées, which also includes the ski areas of La Valée La Courchevel, Les Menuires and Méribel. 

Besides being an excellent ski resort the lively centre of Val Thorens also offers great après-ski and nightlife options. Both at the pistes and in the centre of Val Thorens you will find many lively terraces, bars and nightclubs like the Veronica Snow café, Le Monde, Malaysia and the Swedish bar Snesko. Val Thorens and Les Deux Alpes are both very well known for their apres-ski possibilities.

Skiing in Val Thorens

Next to skiing in Val Thorens, there are many other activities you can undertake. There are also two large shopping malls, a cinema and a bowling alley. The sports centre has a fitness centre, two swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, three saunas, two Jacuzzis, a Turkish steam bath and you can even treat yourself to a lovely massage or book a beauty treatment for yourself. There is even a fun park here complete with slides and trampolines. If you feel like experiencing something truly spectacular we recommend you to sign up for an evening tour on a snow scooter!

Book one of accommodations or packages for your ski holiday in Val Thorens now, and don’t miss out on some of the extra services that we offer for free!

Val Thorens

  • Highest ski resort in Europe
  • Guaranteed snow!
  • Best après ski options in France

Location and surroundings

distance to centre: approx. 200 metres
distance to old center approx. 200 metres
distance to airport approx. 200 kilometres
distance to bus stop approx. 10 metres
distance to atm approx. 200 metres
distance to ski piste approx. 0 metres
directly next to the ski piste.
ski bus right next to hotel
distance to ski lift approx. 50 metres
distance to ski school approx. 50 metres
nearest shops approx. 50 metres
nearest (mini) supermarket approx. 50 metres
nearest restaurant approx. 0 metres

Val Thorens

Skiing in Val Thorens

Val Thorens is the highest located French ski resort and the city center is at an altitude of 2300 metres! From here there are many ski lifts to even higher located slopes. The village of Val Thorens is located in the ski resort with the same name, Val Thorens. Together with the ski areas Les Menuires, Méribel and La Vallée de Courchevel, Les Trois Vallées is one of the largest contiguous ski areas in the world. Overlooking several glaciers, the Val Thorens ski area offers a variety of routes so that skiers of all levels can enjoy this beautiful area.

 

Lift pass

When you book a ski trip to Val Thorens including a lift pass for Val Thorens, you can choose to extend it to the ski area Les Trois Vallées. For the not so advanced skier, a lift pass to Val Thorens is usually enough.

For those who want to discover more and make long journeys, it is best to buy a lift pass for the entire Trois Vallées area. Les Trois Vallées is the largest adjacent ski area in the world. With 185 lifts and 600 kilometers of beautiful slopes, you will go on a true journey of discovery here. We recommend that you choose to extend your lift pass already when booking, as you will pay significantly more for it in Val Thorens. (Please note that no lift passes for Trois Vallées are sold during the early or late season).

 

Lots of activities beyond skiing

If you are tired of the long skis or your snowboard, then you can choose between one of the many other activities that the ski area has to offer. How about discovering different hiking trails, a helicopter flight, soaring at 100 km / h on the zipline "La Tyrolienne" high above the slopes or mountain biking over the snow?

Travel information relating to the Coronavirus 

This information has been carefully compiled by Sunweb based on information provided by the local authorities. Since the measures mentioned are subject to constant change, no rights can be derived from this and Sunweb accepts no liability for any damage resulting from the use of this information.

Regulations per destination

Important information regarding mandatory documentation
Yes
Read the FAQ page here
Distance required in public areas (in metres)
Yes
2 metres
Mouth mask
Yes
Mandatory in public areas and in lively places; such as markets (from 11 years).
Max persons together outdoors
N / A
Allowed to share a room with someone outside your household?
Yes
Certain hours not allowed to be outside?
No
Restaurants
Open

100% open - Health pass required from 12 years. You meet the requirements for a French health card if:

- You are completely vaccinated

- You have proof of recovery from Covid-19

- You present a negative PCR or antigen test, that is not older than 24 hours

Bars / Apres-ski
Open

100% open - Health pass required from 12 years. You meet the requirements for a French health card if:

- You are completely vaccinated

- You have proof of recovery from Covid-19

- You present a negative PCR or antigen test, that is not older than 24 hours

Club/Nightlife
Open

100% open - Health pass required from 12 years. You meet the requirements for a French health card if:

- You are completely vaccinated

- You have proof of recovery from Covid-19

- You present a negative PCR or antigen test, that is not older than 24 hours

Supermarkets and pharmacies
Open
A mouth mask is mandatory
Activities, attractions and sights
Open
A mouth mask is mandatory
Events open air or indoor
Yes
With vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or PCR test / rapid antigen test (max. 48 hours old).
Transfer
Yes
A mouth mask is mandatory
Public transport / taxi / skibus
Open
A mouth mask + vaccination certificate, recovery certificate or PCR test / rapid antigen test (max. 48 hours old).
Slopes
Open
Skilifts
Open
A mouth mask is mandatory, health card is needed for a lift pass - probably from 18 December.
Ski rental
Yes
Mouth mask
Ski lessons
Yes
Mouth mask obligatory at the gathering at beginning/end of each lesson
Wellness
Open
Additional measures per ski region
No

Practical information

Capital:
The capital of France is Paris

Time:

France is one hour ahead of the UK (GMT+1).

Language:

The official language is French.

Money:

The euro (€) is the official currency of France

Emergency number:

The local emergency number is 112.

Service charge (tip) in restaurants and bars :

It is not likely that the service charger will be added to the bill automatically. If you are pleased with the service you can round off or leave a tip of 10%.

Power:

The voltage is 220 and the socket is different compared to the general UK sockets. You can buy an European adapter in most airports and supermarkets.

Mobile:

A UK mobile phone should work in France. The setup for this may differ per provider, so it is best to inquire about this before hand.

Safety on the slopes:

In France, wearing a helmet is not mandatory but recommended (especially for children). In ski classes (for all ages), it is often compulsory.

Travel documents:

You must be in possession of a valid passport in order to travel to France.

Food and Drinks:

Cheese, croissants, baguettes and wine! It is possible to drink tap water.

Opening hours:

As a general rule, the shops are open on Monday/Friday from 09:00 to 19:00. However, some shops may close over lunchtime. On Sunday and Monday, a selection of shops are closed. Some supermarkets are open on Sunday mornings.

Public Holidays: 

Christmas Day:  25 December, 2014 (Thursday)

Boxing Day: 26 December, 2014 (Friday)

New Year’s Day:  1 January, 2015 (Thursday)

Good Friday: 3 April, 2015

Easter Sunday: 5 April, 2015

Easter Monday: 6 April, 2015

 

Travelling by car:
Most motorways in France require you to pay a toll fee. The Pas Piccolo San Bernardo is closed the whole winter (November - June). Always check the locat weather reports before departing.

In some cities and towns it is obligaroty to have a "environmentsl sticker". It is not possible to buy these stickers en route. You will have to order them online before you leave home. French authorities advise you to print out the form and the confirmation of the sticker if it does not arrive at your home in time. You can find the form on:
https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/demande-ext/cgu

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Flight information

You fly with easyJet or Jet2 to Geneva. This flight takes approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes. Meals and drinks are not included during the flight.

 

Departures from regional airports

Please note that with departure and/or arrival from a regional airport you may have a stopover on the outward and/or return journey.

 

Transfer

The transfer is included in the tour price. The average transfer time to Val Thorens is approximately 2 hours. You are allowed to bring the following standard luggage: 1 bag/suitcase per person & 1 ski/snowboard bag per person. Other extra luggage is always on request.

In step 2 of the booking you can also choose "no transfer". You will receive a discount for this. You can see the amount of the discount in step 2 of the booking. For additional information about the transfer click here.

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Lift pass, lessons and material

In step 2 of the booking process it is indicated for which days the lift pass is valid. If you want to use the ski lift on a different day than indicated in step 2 of the booking process, please contact our contact centre by telephone. It is not possible to change the days of the lift pass once you have arrived at the destination. If you wish to extend the lift pass, it can often be booked as an extra. The price for extending the lift pass can be found in step 2 of the booking. If you choose “no lift pass”, the discount can also be found in step 2 of the booking process.

Discounts:

The lift pass for children up to age 4 and senior citizens from 75 years is free. Children from 5 to 12 years old and seniors aged 65 to 74 receive discounts on the lift pass. These discounts are automatically calculated in the package price. When you are entitled to the free lift pass, choose 'no lift pass' when booking. The free lift pass and discounted lift passes can be picked up at the resort upon presentation of your ID.

Deposit:

On site you do not have to pay a deposit for the lift pass.

The above fees and discounts are valid only when booking with Sunweb. Other rates are used at the resort.

If you want to book lessons, you can report this directly at your reservation. When you book your lessons, you will give an indication of your level, this way the ski school can make a proper schedule.

Ski and snowboard rental can be specified immediately upon booking.

When you book ski equipment of the class 'Gold' or 'Diamond' you can exchange it once a week for free for snowboard equipment or free ride skis (not on weekends).

Children up to and including 11 years old get a free helmet.

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