Accommodation is spread out between each of Les Arcs separate villages. Each has their own bars, shops and restaurants, plus gentle slopes for beginners and early intermediates. Well connected by pistes, they are also linked by free shuttle buses.
Apartments are the most common form of accommodation in most Les Arcs villages. They vary widely in style and comfort, with the newest ones being very comfortable indeed. Several UK tour operators have apartments which they run as catered chalets; most stand-alone chalets are in Peisey-Vallandry village. There are very few hotels.
Base Camp Lodge
Eco-friendly Base Camp Lodge is just a short walk from the funicular connecting guests to Les Arcs/Paradiski ski area from the town of Bourg Saint Maurice. The hotel and hostel has 106 rooms suitable for all types of guests: singles, doubles, suites, family rooms and capsule pods, designed for low-budget solo travellers. There’s also five dormitories, with kitchenettes, suitable for large groups wishing to self cater. The modern reception, restaurant and bar are all combined and are decked out with an array of chic furnishings. The bar hosts music, concerts and festive events throughout the year and there’s an outdoor drinks terrace.
A ski-in, ski-out four-star hotel with just 12 rooms, L’Aiguille Grive is a modern wooden and glass building just above Arc 1800. All the rooms have a balcony and spectacular views of Mont Blanc. It also has five chalets varying in size from two to six bedrooms. There’s a sauna too.
Chalet La Foret
A lovely ski-in, ski-out chalet hotel with 28 rooms just above the village of Vallandry, Le Foret is an ideal base if you want to explore the La Plagne ski area as well as Les Arcs. It is run by Ski Olympic, which offers flights from Gatwick and Manchester and in-house ski and boot rental.
Book it: Chalet board from £975 including flights and transfers, with Ski Olympic.
Hotel Club Les Mélèzes
Located in the centre of Arcs 2000, this club-style hotel has lots of features – including a spa, in-house ski shop and large terrace. The kids club caters for children from 18 months to 17 years old and offers such family-friendly activities as geo-caching in the snow, picnics on the slopes and evening torch-lit parades.
The ski-in/ski-out Taj-I Mah hotel in Arc 2000 is Les Arcs’ only five-star. It has all the trimmings, including very comfortable rooms, two restaurants (one run by a Michelin-starred chef) and a 400sqm spa area with indoor pool, sauna, steam room and hot tub.
Book it: From £1,540 with Crystal.
Just one of Club Med’s properties in Les Arcs, Club Med Panorama is spectacularly set with views over the valley on the piste at the top edge of Arc 1600. It has 410 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, hot tub and gym. For even more luxury, there’s the ‘5 Trident’ section, with 24 luxury suites, its own concierge service, bar and lounge area and 390sqm terrace with hot tub.
Book it: All-inclusive from £1,557 including lift pass and lesson, with Club Med.
Chalets and apartments
Reasonably priced ski-in/ski-out accommodation, Residence Edenarc is located in a car-free area above Arc 1800, accessed by resort shuttle bus (and by the Le Dahu lift until early evening). It has a large swimming pool and an on-site restaurant.
Book it: Self-catering from £699, with Inghams.
Prince des Cimes
Of the residences in the charming and convenient Arc 1950 village, Prince des Cimes is probably the best. The apartments here are more spacious than the French norm, well furnished and reception is staffed 24/7. As well as a large indoor-outdoor pool, there’s a hot tub, sauna and steam room.
Book it: From £699 pp self catering (based on six sharing) with Inghams.
Booking.com rates above are guide prices per person per night, please note that packages can differ across accommodation.