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by Nuala Gorham

Winter Ski Deals

Posted by Nuala on Wednesday, October 26, 2016

My next ski destinations - Madame Vacances Hotel Ibiza Les Deux - just look at that terrace! 

Many of you will remember I went on my first ski trip last March and after only a few days on the slopes we had decided we were going to make a ski trip an annual winter holiday. We absolutely loved it. We travelled with Madame Vacances and couldn’t have been more pleased with the entire trip. It was so well organised from airport transfers to ski passes and ski hire. When we checked into our room, Madame Vacances had sunglasses, lip balm and even a selfie stick left for us which we thought was such a nice touch. The selfie stick definitely came in hand and with the cold temperatures and sunshine - the sunglasses and lip balm were necessities.

If you’re on the hunt for ski or winter boots, look no further than HERE!

We stayed in Hotel Le Mottaret in Mottaret-Meribel last March which I’ve written about in more detail below but this year we decided to book a different location within the French Alps. There is quite a lot to think about when booking a ski trip - the location, accessibility of airports and transfers, the accommodation, ski hire and ski passes, etc. so I really wanted to book with Madame Vacances again as it was great value and stress-free last time. There are also a few airports you can travel to from Dublin which is important as the more options you have the more likely you are to get a good deal. I would also strongly advise booking your flights as early as possible! You can read about my last ski trip to Hotel Le Mottaret HERE

So this year we’ve book five nights in Madame Vacances Hotel Ibiza in early January. We’ll actually be there for my birthday and this time we’re going with some close friends of ours which is going to be so much fun. There were so many ski resorts to choose from but I loved the look of Hotel Ibiza. It’s a beautiful hotel with a large south facing terrace, balconies in the rooms, hot tub, Turkish baths, indoor swimming pool and sauna. The resort also has a lot to offer in addition to skiing including ice-skating and trips to ice caves.

 Hotel Ibiza

Where I plan to spend my evenings after a day of skiing - drinks and board games is my ideal evening! 

Hotel Le Mottaret

We stayed in Hotel Le Mottaret last March, a cabin style hotel located in Méribel-Mottaret, a bustling ski village and only a 10 minute free shuttle bus journey to the town of Méribel. The hotel and area is suitable for both families and groups of friends / couples. There are a few bars very close to the hotel which are very busy and have a good buzz during the day, and if you wanted more of a night-life in the evenings, Méribel is much busier and as I mentioned, there is a free shuttle bus which brings you in. I loved the area and being a beginner, I can’t comment on the location for advanced skiers but we found it ideal for us.

You can now get 16% off your stay in any Madame Vacances resort with the discount code DECEMBER.

Below are a few more deals Madame Vacances have at the moment that may be of interest!

Ski Deals from Madame Vacances this Winter!

Kids ski free in France in December, with Madame Vacances
Families can enjoy an early Christmas gift this festive season, with children under 18 entitled to a free snowy escape on the same basis as their parents this winter, whether on B&B, half board or all-inclusive rates. And Madame Vacances is even throwing free ski hire for the under 18s into the bargain. Anyone enjoying an Alpine adventure to the high-altitude resorts of Méribel-Mottaret and Les Deux Alpes – before 28 December – can take advantage of this family-friendly offer when staying at two of the operator’s most well-located properties: the recently renovated ski-in, ski-out Hotel Le Mottaret and the stylish Hotel Ibiza in Les Deux Alpes, complete with family suites and an indoor pool. To ‘unwrap’ the promotion simply quote code ‘KIDS’ when booking. Prices for a family of four taking advantage of this offer at the Hotel Ibiza start from €128 pp (€509 total). The price is for seven nights’ B&B, arriving 10 December 2016. Return flights (from Dublin to Geneva) cost from €132 pp with Swiss. Transfers, lunch and dinner, lift passes (for parents) and ski hire extra. 

Enjoy 16% off selected properties throughout December, with Madame Vacances

Using the promo code ‘DECEMBER’ when booking, entitles users to a 16% discount on stays in Madame Vacances’ managed accommodation throughout December (until 28 December 2016). Make the most of this offer when booking three-star Résidence Les Terrasses de Veret in Flaine, France. Situated in a convenient location, with lift access just across from the residence directly connecting guests to Flaine-Forum in the centre of the resort, the accommodation is also next to the Grands Vans chair lift and the lift pass office, as well as the ESF ski school. Supermarkets and a regional food market are both 300 metres away, and the many bars, restaurants and shops are within easy reach. A week’s stay, from 10 December 2016, costs from €107 pp (€214 total) for two people sharing a one-bedroom apartment (using the code ‘DECEMBER’). Return flights (from Dublin to Geneva) cost from €132 pp with Swiss. Food, transfers, lift passes and ski hire extra. 

Stay at Hôtel Le Mottaret in Méribel-Mottaret, France, for a top-value ski break with Madame Vacances
Hôtel Le Mottaret offers guests ski-in ski-out accommodation in the centre of Méribel-Mottaret (1,750 m) in the heart of the Three Valleys, the world’s largest ski area, with 600 km of pistes. Situated close to many amenities, including a ski school and a ski-hire shop, there is also a free shuttle bus that connects visitors to the hustle and bustle of Méribel Centre. Owned by Madame Vacances for more than 20 years, the hotel has been renovated recently and features a sunny terrace, bubbling Jacuzzi and a cosy lounge bar with an in-house DJ. Plus, the lower terrace is home to Café del Mott, a barbeque restaurant where skiers and snowboarders can enjoy a hearty but affordable lunch overlooking the mountains. A week’s stay, from 7-14 January 2017, costs from £529 pp including half-board accommodation. Return flights from Dublin to Geneva cost from £206 pp. Transfers, ski pass and ski hire extra.

So if you are thinking of a ski trip this winter (and you should!) - I hope you found this post helpful. Also, I’m travelling to one of my favourite cities in the world next week - Chicago! So be sure to follow my social channels and my travel tag #NualaTravels to see some updates from my trip.

Until next time,



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5 responses to “Winter Ski Deals”

  1. Charlotte says:

    You look so perfect!Each picture in your post is amazing.

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