Morzine prepares for the 2019/20 ski season with a flurry of new accommodation options

The beautiful French Alpine resort of Morzine has a wide choice of accommodation, catering to just about every taste and budget, with great options for families, couples and groups of friends alike. Whether a winter or summer break, holidaymakers can pick from a range of superb hotels, apartments and chalets, spanning modern and traditional, from the affordable to the ultra-high end. Increased demand, especially from the luxury market, has led developers to build several new properties this year, all of which will open in time for 2019/20 ski season.

The award-winning Boutique Chalet Company operate some of the finest ski chalets in the Alps, with an existing portfolio of five stunning properties in Morzine. This winter the company will open Chalet Tataali, which will boast luxury and modernity in a beautiful mountain setting. Situated in the Vallée de la Manche, 200 metres from the Nyon télépherique and snuggled in the forest next to a small river, the chalet will offer guests a feeling of being alone in the mountains, while being just minutes from the centre of Morzine. Refined, and innovative, the seven en suite rooms will accommodate 14 people in a very spacious 1000m2 property. The chalet will feature a toboggan that will leave from the entrance hall to descend into the games room two floors below, where guests will also find a cinema room. In addition, Chalet Tataali has an impressive well-being area with hammam, sauna, outdoor hot tub, pool with massage jets, water cascade and a counter-current system for swimming. To relax after skiing, holidaymakers will find a bar with pool table and a fitness room, and each evening, meals worthy of a top-end restaurant will be prepared, with a menu worked out in advance with guests. A 24-hour chauffeur service will be available, allowing clients to access the village centre in just three minutes and the closest lift in just two minutes. Staff, including an on-site barman, will always be on hand to provide anything that is needed, ensuring a perfect stay and allowing maximum time to enjoy Morzine. A seven-night stay at Chalet Tataali is priced from £26,637.

Chalet Tataali
Hunter Chalets is owned and operated by husband and wife team Wendy and Finlay Hunter, who have a shared passion for Morzine and a wealth of experience in the global luxury hospitality industry. This winter the company will be adding two new impressive properties to the existing portfolio of seven boutique chalets and apartments in Morzine, with the opening of Lodge des Nants and Chalet Genepi. Complete with an indoor swimming pool, hammam, spa treatment room, sauna, cinema room and stunning roof top hot tub and deck overlooking Morzine and Avoriaz, Lodge Des Nants is the perfect chalet for a truly lavish escape. Designed by Hervé Marullaz, an architect from Morzine, the seven en suite rooms can accommodate 15 guests in comfort and style. A chef will be on hand to prepare all breakfasts and dinners and a concierge and driver service will be made available 24 hours a day. Meanwhile, Chalet Genepi is a spectacular new property in the heart of village, with six double bedrooms all carefully decorated to accommodate 12 guests. From the majestic lounge, visitors can enjoy an almost 360° view of the surrounding mountains, before relaxing in the outdoor hot tub, that is next to the bar and pool table. A seven-night stay at Lodge Des Nants is priced from £20,000, while a seven-night stay at Chalet Genepi is priced from £3,750.

Alikats Mountain Holidays are a Morzine specialist operator, run by a small but dedicated team, headed up by husband and wife co-owners Al and Kat Judge. They offer an excellent range of catered and self-catered chalets and apartments in and around the village centre. This winter, the company will expand with two new luxury properties, Chalet Melodie and Chalet Harmonie. They are being built next to each other in the middle of Morzine and both will feature stylish interiors, an outdoor hot tub, and open plan living spaces with breath-taking views. What’s more both chalets will boast state of the art green credentials, with Alikats placing as much importance on the environment as the quality of service it provides. This includes sustainable heating systems, the use of renewable electricity, chemical free and organic cleaning products and free transfers for any guests arriving by train instead of plane. Chalet Melodie will sleep 11 in five en suite rooms, while Chalet Harmonie will sleep ten in four en suite rooms, and for those travelling in larger parties, Alikats will provide the option of renting both chalets together. A seven-night stay at Chalet Melodie is priced from £2,805, while a seven-night stay at Chalet Harmonie is priced from £2,280.

More Mountain was created and set up by Sam and Jon Dredge in 2006 and offer laid back luxury in the Alps. With a portfolio of more than 30 properties in Morzine, they have a reputation for first-class levels of service and a love for contemporary style and modern interiors. This winter they will open a new catered chalet in the centre of town opposite the Pléney lift and at the base of the pistes. Right in the heart of the action for both skiing and après-ski, Chalet Le Stade will feature seven en suite rooms for up to 15 people, as well as a spa with jacuzzi and a large lounge and TV room. Split over two levels, the property will benefit from a real log fire, boot dryers and heated ski room, a bar area, undercroft parking and a high-tech SONOS Surround Sound System. Guest can also expect to unwind in comfort with Egyptian cotton bed linen and towels, and luxury MALIN+GOETZ toiletries. A seven-night stay at Chalet Le State is priced from £12,586.

Independently owned and managed by the Marshall family, Simply Morzine has been offering a range of unique high-quality Alpine holidays in Morzine for nearly 25 years. They have a small portfolio of superbly located, handpicked, high-quality catered and self-catered chalets and apartments, and this winter will open Chalet Zormine. The new property is ideally situated next to the Super Morzine lift, tucked away on a quiet side street and benefits from majestic views over the Parc des Dérêches, the suspension bridge and the surrounding mountains. Sleeping 12-17 guests in six spacious en suite bedrooms, the chalet is spread over four floors and fuses elegance, modernity, comfort and Alpine tradition throughout. The property benefits from a welcoming open-plan kitchen-dining area with a log burner and floor to ceiling windows, as well as a games room with table tennis, a sauna and a hot tub with jaw-dropping views. A seven-night stay at Chalet Zormine is priced from £9,730.

What else is new in Morzine?
Infrastructure news: An improved connection between Morzine-Avoriaz and the Swiss resort of Champéry – Les Crosets will open for the 2019/20 season. The €15million construction project of two six-seater chairlifts will allow holidaymakers to travel more seamlessly between the villages and in turn the wider region. The work includes the replacement of the current triple chairlift La Léchère with a high-speed detachable model, alleviating the uplift of skiers and riders, and increase capacity from 1,800 to 2,700 skiers per hour. The base station of the “TSD6’ Léchère is being built 80 metres up, with a view to reducing queues, while the arrival station of the new chairlift will be located 630 metres upstream than at present, at a place called Vautna, which is less exposed to winds.

Ski news: For those wishing to make the most of their time on the slopes, one convenient Portes du Soleil ski pass is available, providing access to the whole region, giving Morzine holidaymakers complete freedom to ski where and when they please. The 2019/20 prices have now been announced, with adult passes set to cost €57 per day and €43 a day for children. Six-day adult passes will cost €285, while six day passes for children will cost €215. There will also be options for longer duration tickets and discounts on family bookings and for bookings made online. For anyone wishing to book an entire season pass, for access to the slopes from mid-December through to mid-April, they are currently available at the heavily discounted price of €774 if purchased by 30 September 2019, or €871 when purchased between 1 October to 15 November 2019. Further discounts on season passes are available for those under the age of 26 and those over the age of 64.

Event news: Dates have been announced for the tenth edition of Rock the Pistes, the original music festival in the mountains and the only event of its kind with concerts on the slopes. With more than 28,000 music fans expected to descend on Morzine and the wider region 15-21 March 2020, it is the largest music festival in the Portes du Soleil. The festival will comprise five live concerts and more than 30 après-ski concerts across multiple resorts, with Morzine acting as the perfect base for anyone wanting to rock out this winter. Past acts have included Rag’n’Bone Man, the Klaxons and Pete Doherty, with this year’s anniversary line-up is being hotly anticipated. Festivalgoers can literally ski from one performance to the next, and with entry to the concerts free to lift pass holders, revellers can enjoy the freedom to rock out where they please.

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