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Two In One: Shona Explores Paris & Val d’Isere

Shona Anderson May 20th, 2024

I was lucky enough to attend a fabulous FAM trip hosted by Experimental Group. Experimental are currently in the midst of an exciting new project building the new Experimental Chalet Val d’Isere, which is due to open at the end of the year. For all ski related enquiries, our sister company, Ski Independence are on hand to help create the perfect ski holiday for your clients.

Day 1

After a smooth flight to Paris Beauvais airport, I hopped on a bus and arrived at Porte Maillot. From there I took the metro to the first hotel I was staying in, Experimental’s Hotel des Grands Boulevards. Wow, what a place! The hotel was marvellous and I was greeted with a warm smile by the friendly reception staff. As I was handed a set of real keys to my room, I already started to feel right at home.

After dropping my bags, I strolled along the beautiful Parisian streets and visited a selection of our fabulous featured hotels:

Once I had rendezvoused with the rest of the lovely agents in the group, we wandered around and saw some iconic Paris sites and headed back to the hotel to freshen up for dinner at the hotel. The restaurant has a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere, offering a great selection of dishes and unique cocktails made with ingredients from their very own on-site garden!

Day 2

We had a fabulous continental breakfast with plenty of pastries and had a tour of the hotel. Afterwards, we were treated to a superb food tour run by Through Eternity Tours, which included wine, French onion soup, galettes, chocolate and a lot of cheese!

Very happy and our bellies full, we took the scenic route back to our next hotel – The Grand Pigalle Hotel, a smaller, yet equally sophisticated slice of Paris. The Grand Pigalle hotel had a classically Parisian feel, with chic bedrooms and an elegant interior. My room had a beautiful balcony, perfect for a coffee and watching the world go by in the mornings.

In the evening, we had dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Frenchie Pigalle, restaurant of the one-starred chef Gregory Marchand. The waiting staff were incredibly professional and knowledgeable, offering a description of each dish we had and the food was just to die for!

Day 3

After a blissful sleep in the comfiest beds, we had another delightful breakfast and were all feeling very excited for the journey ahead to Val d’Isere. Experimental will soon be opening new accommodation in Val d’Isere, which will be replacing the current L’Aigle Des Neiges.

We set off to Gare de Lyon and had a very easy journey to Chambery, before being picked up by our transfer to take us to our next accommodation.

When we arrived, snow was gently falling down around us. The resort of Val d’Isere is stunning, surrounded by cosy looking lodges and picturesque mountain backdrops. We stayed in the Chalet Marco Polo, which was absolutely breathtaking. Kitted out with a swimming pool, hot tub, games room and gym, it was a dream!

As the construction works of the new accommodation are still ongoing, we were taken on a tour of the showroom, which was mocked up to replicate one of the rooms at Experimental Chalet Val d’Isere. Equipped with hard hats and welly boots, we visualized what the accommodation will look like.

We were given a presentation from the Val d’Isere Tourist Office and afterwards treated to a mixology class by one of Experimental’s specialist mixologists. We had a private dinner which consisted of a spectacular 3-course meal, which was also to die for!

If you want to find out more about ski holidays with Ski Independence, visit our dedicated travel agent pages here. If you’re already registered with Osprey, that means you’re also registered with Ski Independence, and you can enquire today.

Day 4

After a wonderful breakfast with views of the mountains and gently falling snowflakes, we set off on our final activity – snowshoeing. I had never done this before and it was a great opportunity to get on the slopes and see the Alps in all their glory!

Sadly it was time to say goodbye, and after an incredible 4 days we packed our bags and headed to Geneva airport. The entire experience was the perfect mix of city sightseeing with a glorious alpine setting, and a fair few laughs along the way!

‘Til we meet again!

To find out more about Shona’s trip to Paris & Val d’Isere or if you’re interested in a similar trip,
give the team a call on 0131 243 8098 or send us an email.

New UK Flight Routes for 2018

Sarah Black January 24th, 2018

New flight routes 2018

Below are a list of UK airports and the new flight routes being offered for 2018 if they haven’t started already. Read the rest of this entry »

Europes Best Luxury City Spas

Sarah Black February 3rd, 2016

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Pool at D’Angleterre, Copenhagen. Credit: dangleterre.com/en/spa-fitness/spa

Europe is home to some of the worlds most sophisticated, stylish and luxurious spas. Below is our top pick of five of the best luxury city spas that encompass anything from ‘One of the 25 Wonders of the World’ to some Vogue Magazine recommendations – be ready to become pampered! Read the rest of this entry »

Best Cities for a Sweet Tooth

Sarah Black July 15th, 2015

Always the one to look at the desserts on the menu first? Well we have just the cities to keep those sweet tooth taste buds at bay. From creamy cold Gelato to a warming Portuguese custard tart, these destinations have the best dessert spots waiting for you to explore.

Paris, France – Macaroon’s

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Box of Macaroon’s, Laduree, Paris, France. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

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Win a City Break to Paris!

Sarah Black June 2nd, 2015

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– COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED –

We are giving one lucky person the chance to win a fantastic city break for two to the beautiful city of Paris! Read the rest of this entry »

Our French Riviera Adventure

Sarah Black May 13th, 2015

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Lisa & Emma at the Hotel La Perouse, Nice, France

We ventured to the beautiful French Riviera for three nights – two in Nice and our last in Cannes.

As soon as we stepped off the plane the warm weather hit us – we were officially on holiday! We headed straight to our 4-star Hotel La Perouse in Nice from the airport where we were staying for the first part of our trip. Our sea view room couldn’t have been any more perfect – from the fresh pastel colours to the incredible private terrace overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. We could have stayed here all month! Read the rest of this entry »

Great 2014 City Events

The Team January 21st, 2014

A wealth of exciting events are taking place in the coming year in some of our top city break destinations. While each city offers its own unique appeal, visiting during one of these special occasions can make your holiday even more memorable.

Mark your calendars – here are just a few of the great 2014 events that we are looking forward to. Read the rest of this entry »