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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.

Sarah’s Icelandic Adventure

Sarah Black February 1st, 2019

After a quick 2 hour flight from Edinburgh to Reykjavik we had arrived! There is no time difference between the UK and Iceland, which is great especially for a short break. It was about 7pm so we dropped our bags at our beautiful hotel, the Reykjavik Konsulat Hotel Curio Collection By Hilton and headed straight out for dinner. Read the rest of this entry »

Luxury Scottish trip to Trump Turnberry

Sarah Black November 23rd, 2018

We took six travel agents on our Luxury Scotland trip to the beautiful Trump Turnberry – A Luxury Collection Resort near Glasgow with Lisa our Senior Short Break Specialist, Jennifer our Agency Sales Executive and Sarah our Marketing Manager. Read the rest of this entry »

Our Favourite Christmas Markets

The Team October 17th, 2018

Plaisirs d’Hiver – Winterpret – Winter Wonders
© visit.brussels – Eric Danhier – 2017

We are getting into the true festive spirit here at Osprey Holidays as we feel the colder weather and dark nights drawing in. So it’s time to get snug, enjoy the magic and visit a Christmas Market!

The team have chosen their favourite ones to visit this year and here’s why. Read the rest of this entry »

Cracking Krakow!

Sarah Black January 12th, 2018

Christmas Markets, Main Square, Krakow, Poland

After arriving into Krakow it was great to have our transfer driver waiting for us ready to whisk us off to the hotel. After check-in we decided to have a quick wander round to get our bearings and check out the Christmas Markets Read the rest of this entry »

Our Ladies in Prague!

The Team November 27th, 2017

Diane & Irene in Prague

After a speedy transfer from Prague Airport we dropped off our bags at the K&K Hotel Central, our base for our two nights in Prague. First stop was lunch, we stumbled upon a market in Republic Square just minutes from the hotel, we each a had delicious hot pulled pork baguette from a street food stall. There are lots of interesting food stalls dotted all around the city with their tempting warm steamy aroma. Read the rest of this entry »

Travel Agents – Win an Osprey Experience!

Sarah Black August 1st, 2017

– COMPETITION HAS NOW ENDED –

We are offering agents a new incentive for any booking that includes an Osprey Experience.

All travel agent bookings made during the month of August that include any added tour, excursion or visit  Read the rest of this entry »

New Flight Routes for Winter 2017

Sarah Black June 15th, 2017

Whats not to love about winter, with over 30 new city routes having been announced from the UK to some of our favourite European destinations all starting this winter – it really is making it easier and cheaper to start ticking them off the bucket list! Read the rest of this entry »

Hollie is our Icelandic Experience Winner!

Sarah Black March 8th, 2017

Nicole Graham (Osprey Holidays) and Hollie Leighton (Spa Travel) at Spa Travel, Wetherby

Nicole Graham (Osprey Holidays) and Hollie Leighton (Spa Travel) at Spa Travel, Wetherby

Congratulations to Hollie Leighton from Spa Travel in Wetherby! After completing her booking and entering via email Hollie’s winning entry was chosen at random. She has won our ‘Ultimate Icelandic Experience’ in conjunction with Icelandair. Read the rest of this entry »

Top 5 Must See Cities for 2017

The Team January 25th, 2017

Cityscape panorama of Arno river, towers and cathedrals of Florence

Cityscape panorama of Arno river, towers and cathedrals of Florence

With over 60 destinations to choose from how do you pick where to visit in 2017? We’ve compiled a list of our ‘Top 5 Must See Cities’ for the year ahead, including some of our newest additions such as Porto and Tromsø! It covers a bit of everything from the picturesque and cosmopolitan to the historical and vibrant. Read the rest of this entry »

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