At first, it appears as a mirage.
From the valley, you can see a white building, round like a ship, blending in with the surrounding backdrop of the mountain.
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Nestled in the heart of an alpine forest in the French Alps, near the family resort of Arc 1600, Club Med Arcs Panorama, which opened in December 2018, is perched at 1,750 metres above sea level and dominates the entire valley Tarentaise.
Not just for winter fun, the resort is open in the summer, and we got a better look at it over the weekend.
Rooms with a view
Once we arrived on site, it was immediately clear as to why Club Med named this place 'Panorama'. From the terraces and bedrooms, the property offers an exceptional view, more than 180 degrees, on the valley and surrounding mountains, including Mont Blanc, 4,810 meters above sea level, the highest point of the Alps.
Club Med Arcs Panorama (4 Tridents) is one of the largest mountain villages in the world, with 433 contemporary rooms. All of the rooms, regardless of category, are done up in bright, cheery colours, and have their own balcony.
There are three room categories:
- Superior; single, or communicating, for two to six people, with a surface area of 24 to 58m2
- Deluxe; single or communicating, for 2 to 6 people, with a surface area of 29 to 58 m2
- 24 suites with two bedrooms, a living room and a balcony, present only in the Espace Exclusive Le Belvedere Collection (5 Tridents)
The luxurious 5 Tridents area offers access to a 390 m² terrace with a jacuzzi and a splendid view of Mont Blanc; a lounge with a bar and snacks (champagne included) and offers room service, continental breakfast, and a concierge service to personalize your stay.
It takes a village
Club Med Arcs Panorama is perfect for families. Those with smaller children will find the following amenities included in their stay:
- A warm and friendly atmosphere, a "club spirit" provided by the GO (the Gentil Organizers)
- A wide variety of included activities
- Supervision of children, from four months to 17 years included, within the various clubs
"Between 70 and 80 per cent of our clients are families," said Gilles Meyer, village manager, Club Med Arcs Panorama. "It is important that each of them can flourish, with also moments of reconnection. We try to create experiences where the whole family will have a good time together."
There are numerous spaces to escape to, based on a client's age, like the Passworld, a den for teenagers, or La Cachette, an adults-only lounge.
Stay and play
Les Arcs Panorama offers several guided activities that allow guests to keep busy, while also enjoying the beautiful surrounding scenery.
- Hiking, through many themes, including: the discovery of fauna and flora, yoga in nature, and Nordic walking.
- Mountain biking: traditional, or in its electronic version (this lets you tackle those hills without tiring out your legs).
"Our mountain offer in summer is rich and not limited to hiking," Meyer explained. "All of our activities are grouped under the slogan: "Feel Good". We want to emphasize the well-being of our customers to enable them to reconnect with their families and with nature."
The village is also equipped with:
- Two pools, one indoor (with steam room), the other outdoor (with jacuzzi)
- A spa that offers (additional charge) several ranges of treatments, treatments and massages
- A training room and bodybuilding area
Additional activities can be arranged for a cost, including rafting, golf, tree-top trekking, and paragliding.
After a day spent in the mountains, comfort foods are a must.
The region is full of culinary delights, like cheese with Beaufort or Reblochon, sausages, and the wine of Savoy.
All of these products are offered at the main restaurant, the Pierre Blanche, which with its refined and varied buffet, shines a spotlight on regional and local gastronomy like tartiflette and crozets, but also offers a cuisine with international flavors. The entire time, diners catch a panoramic view of the valley from the terrace.
In the evening, two floors above, the 1790 Gourmet Lounge takes the culinary experience one step further. The end result resembles a gourmet à la carte restaurant, in an intimate and refined atmosphere, but always with fresh, local product on offer, like the Savoyard fondue!
Good to know
Club Med Arcs Panorama is a two-and-a-half-hour drive from Lyon and Geneva International Airports. The shuttle is included in the price of the stay.
For more information on Club Med Arcs Panorama, click here.
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