An amazing week in Val d’Isere

24th February 2014

A quick blog from F&P HQ down in finally dry Devon.  We had the most amazing week in Val d’Isere back in January staying in Santons Solaise and Santons Isere.  Sam, Sherie, Mark and Lex were absolutely fantastic – looking after not the easiest of groups!  One pregnant sister, 4 children 3 and under, 1 non-skiing mother plus the boss!

Our week had everything, snow (lots!) and sun (enough!).  Here are a few of the highlights of the week…

An amazing day skiing to Tignes les Breviere where we met non-skiing mum and pregnant sister and all had a lovely lunch, safe in the knowledge we had cover plenty of km to burn off the calories.  The snow at the top of the Grande Mott on the way over way as perfect as I have ever seen it, they runs in Tignes are lovely big motorways allowing for some hero skiing by us all.

Our nannies – the children had the most fantastic time with Rachel and Pippa from Jelly and Ice Cream.  They  built cardboard box towers, snowmen, been on the bus, been to the farm, been to soft play.. the list is endless and I can honestly say the children really had the best holiday!  Jelly and Ice Cream allowed for flexible hours meaning we could take them swimming some days in the morning, or sledging, and then have time ourselves for a post-ski drink at the Blizzard Hotel (a MUST do in Val d’Isere, their cocktail list is amazing!).

A big birthday bonanza dinner!  I was lucky enough to celebrate my birthday while in Val, and as Holly’s (the Fish) mum also had a birthday to celebrate the team arranged a big birthday for the whole group.  The Fisher clan were staying in Chalet Killy, so on Tuesday night Lex arranged for a big table in Santons Solaise, with the whole team on board, Ben and Amber from Chalet Killy coming to help out, and 15 of us round it, there was a big party atmosphere and a couple of delicious birthday cakes.  Sherie even produced a ‘Dory’ cake (for those not in the know, Dory features in Finding Nemo, which is a current obsession in the Hartley house by those under 3!!)

The F&P team looked after us like royalty.  The food was delicious, the chalets spotless and their company interesting and enjoyable.  My Dad loves hearing stories of Mark’s bike trip round Europe (I think wishing he could do it himself!).

Thank you team for another great year!  We look forward to the next…

Pips, Jim, Ned, Clemmie and all the family xxx