Club Med Val Thorens Sensations: Ski, Wellness & Parties


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Bright mountain and slope views 

from the bedroom for my first wake-up at Club Med Val Thorens Sensations (picture above)! The club is next to the slopes. After visiting the various facilities, I go to the Ski Room, trying “my” ski boots, skis, poles and helmet provided by the Club Med throughout the stay.

I am unable to know in what shoe I feel more comfortable. Thanks to the Skiing G.O.s for the perfect organization! And the material is brand new! On photo montage, the fourth and last fame: the locker with my equipment.

In the early afternoon, I start my ski lesson for beginner with Gaëlle, the instructor of the renowned Ecole de Ski Français (ESF). We are five adults (let’s face it) slightly stressed by what’s going on (LOL)!

Finally, I can fully enjoy the breathtaking panorama, blue sky and pleasant temperature. To my surprise, I’ve quickly had lots of fun to slide, turn and slow down for two hours. We go back the Ski Room really tired but a bit euphoric. Then we’ll drink and relax on the Epicurious couches.

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A Really Deserved Turkish Bath!

Day 2: in the morning, I agree to join a more experienced group that will ski on a blue slope, without understanding the concept of blue slope! For my first time on the chairlift, I am captivated by the view and don’t imagine what awaits me …

At the top: mild panic, the slope is … yes, steep! I take too much speed and can’t control my right turns! Do I need to specify that Val Thorens is the highest ski area in Europe?

A skier friend helps a girlfriend and I (we are the same beginner level). And he suggests us to use the chairlift going down to the station. Ok, we go back to the chairlift (that never stops) while our expert skier friend goes skiing.

And here we are taught it’s impossible to get back to the station with the chairlift. What? Here’s the choice: skiing or walking on the green slope, “the green not the black one”. Seriously? “It will be a half hour walking.” Oh yeah, we had 1:30 by skiing to get back to the station, L-O-L! Okay the view is stunning from the top …

I couldn’t see the end and me and my muscles were fed up. We arrive so exhausted that we take a light lunch to the Main Restaurant, where we find our anxious group! Then we head to the Turkish Bath of the Club Med Wellness Center. We dreamed of steam bath on slopes! And I continue with a back & legs massage at the Club Med Spa by Carita

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Party time baby!

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Beautiful fireworks for the opening night 

of the Club Med Val Thorens Sensations (picture above and last picture)! Needless to say, I am much more comfortable on a dance floor than on a blue slope! LOL!

As always, after the shows: the disco. On the photo montage below: the neon evening. And a picture of the team with torches to welcome us the evening of our arrival, enjoy : )

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Many thanks to the whole the team of Club Med for this invitation and as always these are my opinions! Thanks to Isaline, my new BFF for this epic skiing experience!

Club Med Val Thorens Sensations: Ski, bien-être et soirées


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Vue lumineuse sur la montagne et les pistes 

depuis la chambre, pour mon premier réveil au Club Med Val Thorens Sensations (photo ci-dessus)! Le club est au pied des pistes. Après la visite des différentes installations, je file à la Ski Room, pour essayer “mes” chaussures de ski, les skis, piquets et casque mis à disposition par le club Med tout au long du séjour.

Folklo l’essayage, incapable de savoir dans quelle chaussure je suis le plus “à l’aise”! Merci aux G.O. Ski pour l’organisation nickel! De plus le matériel est tout neuf! Sur le montage ci-dessous, quatrième et dernière image : le casier avec mon équipement.

En début d’après midi, cours de ski débutant (hé oui mon niveau est néant!) avec Gaëlle, monitrice de la très réputée Ecole de Ski Français (ESF) : nous sommes cinq adultes (avouons-le) légèrement stressés par ce qui nous attend (LOL)!

Enfin je profite du superbe panorama, ciel bleu azur et température agréable. A ma grande surprise, je prends très vite du plaisir à glisser, virer, freiner durant deux heures non stop. Lorsque nous gagnons nos casiers, nous sommes tous crevés, un rien euphoriques. Nous finirons affaler au lounge de l’Epicurious.

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Un hamman bien mérité!

Jour 2 : j’accepte de me joindre le matin, à un groupe plus expérimenté qui va skier sur une piste bleue, sans trop comprendre le concept! Ma première fois en télésiège, subjuguée par la vue, je ne me doute pas de ce qui m’attend…

Au sommet : légère panique, la pente est… oui, raide! Je prends trop de vitesse et ne maîtrise pas mes virages à droite! Est-il besoin de préciser que Val Thorens est le plus haut domaine skiable d’Europe?

Le pote très bon skieur, super patient qui nous chaperonne, une copine débutante et moi, nous propose de redescendre à la station, par le télésiège. Ok, nous remontons vers le télésiège qui ne s’arrête jamais, tandis que notre ami, le skieur émérite s’éloigne.

Et là, on nous apprend qu’il est impossible de descendre en télésiège. Plait-il? Au choix : skier ou marcher sur la piste verte, “la verte pas la noire” : sans déc.! “Vous en avez pour une demi-heure en marchant“. Ah ouai, nous avons mis 1h30 en skiant, LOL! C’est vrai la vue est splendide en haut…

Je n’en voyais plus la fin, fatigue musculaire. Enfin arrivées : déjeuner rapide et léger (tellement crevées) au Restaurant principal, où nous retrouvons notre groupe inquiet. Puis direction le hammam, à l’espace bien-être du club, dont nous rêvions depuis des heures! J’enchaînerai avec un massage dos/jambes au Club Med Spa by Carita.

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Party time baby!

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Superbes feux d’artifices pour la soirée inaugurale 

du Club Med Val Thorens Sensations (photo ci-dessus et dernière photo)! Inutile de préciser que je suis nettement plus à l’aise sur une piste de dance que sur une piste bleue de ski! LOL!

Comme toujours, après les spectacles : les soirées disco. Sur le montage photo ci-dessous : la soirée fluo. Et une photo de l’équipe avec des torches pour nous accueillir le soir de notre arrivée, enjoy : )

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Merci à toute l’équipe du Club Med pour cette invitation et comme toujours ce sont mes opinions. Merci aussi à ma new BFF, Isaline pour ce périple ski!

Club Med Val Thorens Sensations: Great Restaurants & Bars

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What about a ski weekend in Val Thorens?

Sorry for the long silence, I had some technical issues on the blog. And I just returned from a wonderful ski weekend at the new Club Med Val Thorens Sensations 4 tridents (in Savoy, France), where I was invited to the inauguration. I haven’t set foot in a Club Med for ages (yes I was DJ in another life)!

Still the same winner formula: as soon as you are in the Club, you feel good. Arrived around 11:30 p.m. (after a trip with 3 hour bus), my first discovery was the main restaurant. 

The Main Restaurant

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User-friendly graphic Yurts

I really discovered the main restaurant at the breakfast, the next morning of my arrival (above photo montage). 

Big crush for the yurts scattered in different rooms of the restaurant. They create a sort of intimate cocoon, where I really like to eat and chat under a subdued light.

The dishes are nicely presented. And as always there is many choice and something for everyone. During my short stay, I really enjoyed fresh or dried fruits, ice creams and Kusmi Tea. Shame on me : )

On the photo montage below: No. 3, fish stew in a small red pot, so chic! No. 2, a set of starters elaborated by star chef Edouard Loubet. No. 1, owls gallery at reception and No. 4, the bench of the Canadian (woodcutter) cousin at the gourmet lounge Epicurious. 

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Breakfast At The Epicurious, Gourmet Lounge

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Cozy Atmosphere At The Epicurious

When I finished my first ski lesson in the late afternoon, I joined a part of the group for a drink at the Gourmet Lounge: Epicurious. The outdoor terrace offers panoramic views of the snowy peaks (first photo).

Almost sleepy in a comfortable armchair, while listening some music (photo 7) … when I notice that there’s a live musician and not a soundtrack (LOL!). The space is dedicated to the restoration and local products, including a really nice wine cellar. 

The Epicurious restaurant and wine cellar are decorated by Sophie Jacquemin, in charge of the interior design of the whole Club Med Val Thorens Sensations. The tasting dinner is designed by the chef Edouard Loubet, a native of Val Thorens, with 2 Michelin stars, 5 Gault & Millau toques and chef of the year in 2011.

The morning of departure, I take a late breakfast with a view of the mountains. There is less choice than in the main restaurant, but it’s the quieter and more exclusive, with a great service. On the photo montage below: a plate made of cheese, smoked ham and fresh cereal bread. 

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Tea time At The Main Bar

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Yummy break at the main bar: few snacks after skiing! We lazily laying in the lounge, with a choice of excellent macaroons, chocolate cakes etc … Before getting ready for dinner, LOL!

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Many thanks to all the team of Club Med for this invitation and as always these are my opinions!