What is it Like to be a Guest at Chalet Bonjour Athenaise?

Before you book you might want to find out exactly what it is like to stay at this lovely catered chalet Bonjour-Athenaise in La Daille, Val d’Isère – here’s some inside knowledge and information so you can get a really good feel of the chalet, it’s location, delicious food and the excellent service that we offer here at Ski Bonjour.

The Accommodation

Chalet Bonjour-Grande Athenaise sitting room

Chalet Grande Athenaise Twin Bedroom

The Bonjour Athenaise is made up of two 8 person chalets, connected by an external staircase. On the bottom floor is the Bonjour Petit Athenaise. The chalet has 4 bedrooms and an open plan living dining area. The top floor chalet is the Bonjour Grande Athenaise. It has 4 ensuite bedrooms, a dining room and a large lounge with exposed beams and a huge picture window which captures the mountain views perfectly. The Grand Athenaise can also accommodate 2 extra people (10 in total) with built in sofa beds in the lounge area.

The chalets can be rented separately or combined. If you are looking to combine both chalets for one large group, all guests would most likely eat in the upstairs dining room together.

“Can’t fault Ski Bonjour at Chalet Athenaise. We had such an amazing time. We were a group of 17 so rented out the petite and grande sections of the chalet. They catered for everyone to eat together in the grande section of the chalet (middle level).”

“The chalet – Very comfortable and roomy. Bathrooms were very nice with hot towel rails and hot showers always on demand. Upstairs was a massive living room area which was great for having a few drinks or playing games. Lovely views from the massive window at the back looking out onto the slopes.”

Bernard L via Trip Advisor, 12 February 2018

Getting to the Slopes

Chalet Bonjour-Athenaise with ski slopes behind

The chalet is so close to the slopes, it would take you minutes from leaving the chalet to being on the gondola ready for your first run of the day. The Funival, Les Etroits chairlift and the Daille gondola are the most easily accessible lifts and bring you directly to the heart of the Val d’Isère ski area. If you were wanting to head over to Tignes you just take the Daille Gondola followed my Tommeuses. From this point, you can choose to descend to Tignes le Lac or Tignes Val Claret.

“A great skiing chalet in an ideal location, close to funival, bubble lift and ski bus in La Daille. 
We stayed in the Petit Athenaise which sleeps up to 8 and was very comfortable with great food and excellent staff.”

Sessieb via Trip Advisor, January 2018.

“The bus stop is just a few meters away should you wish to go to the other side of the resort for access to the slopes however as the La Daille bubble and Funival Train are also just across the road you have very quick access to the mountains. If any of you are party animals the La Daille bubble takes you straight up to the legendary “La Folie Douce” which everyone should experience at least once even if it’s not usually your type of scene.”

Welshred76 via Trip Advisor, April 2017

“Don’t tell everyone … as this is just the best location for a chalet. Straight across the road for the main lifts up into the largest ski area in France.”

David H via Trip Advisor, March 2016

 

Getting Back to the Chalet

If you are wanting to ski back to the chalet, you can choose to go down either a green, blue or red run depending on your level. If you want off piste, the La Daille trees are great fun, especially when visibility is low (please only do this when you have checked the avalanche forecast and if you have the right equipment). The red run down to the chalet is used for the Women’s World Cup at the beginning of the season, now it’s not very often that you can say you’ve skied a world cup piste, right? For more information, have a look at the online piste map

View from the chalet

Getting into Central Val d’Isère

It is so easy to get into central Val d’Isère from La Daille. Opposite the chalet you will find the bus stop, the only bus that stops here is the ‘Train Rouge’ which is the free bus that takes you through Val d’Isère, up to Fornet and back. The bus comes every 5 minutes during peak times and runs till a very early 3.00am! Just hop on the bus and you’ll find yourself on the high street in central Val d’Isère in under 5 minutes. With this chalet, you have the best of both worlds, easy and fast access to the slopes and high street. If you fancied walking into Val d’Isère to soak up that beautiful mountain scenery, it will take you roughly 20 minutes.

“The bus stop is also opposite the front door so Val d’isere is a 5 minute ride if you want to visit in the evening.”

Penny186411, via Trip Advisor, February 2016

 

Having a Drink After the Slopes?

If you fancy a drink after a hard day on the slopes, you can pop into Le Barillon – La Rosee Blanche which is located just opposite the chalet. Perfect for a sunny day where you can soak up the sun on the terrace. If you finish the day in Val d’Isère then check out our ‘Experience Val d’Isère like a local’ blog with plenty of bar recommendations to suite your mood.

“We loved the chalet location. For those of you that know Val d’Isere well the chalet is in La Daille directly across the road from the Rosie Blanche which is a great place to stop for a drink or snack at the end of the day. As we were there late season the veranda was a great spot to soak up the afternoon sun.”

Welshred76, via Trip Advisor, April 2017

 

The Food

At Ski Bonjour, the food is very important to us! We strive to deliver a high standard of service and catering in all of our chalets. Whether you stay with us in Tignes or in Val d’Isère you will receive the same quality and consistent menu, meaning you can truly relax and enjoy your holiday while we do all the hard work.

“Food – Amazing, amazing, amazing – so much selection and catered to the relatively large array of food allergies our group had. Breakfast provided was great, always continental and hot options available. Afternoon tea cakes were a nice touch. Dinner was very creative with dishes such as duck, rabbit, chorizo risotto were just a few of the options that went down very well with our group.”

Bernard L, via Trip Advisor, 12 February 2018.

“The food we were served was fantastic and varied all week. Our chef Harry definitely knew what he is doing. I found myself eating dishes I would not usually go for and enjoying them immensely. The Chalet hosts Nicole & Rowen are both very nice, friendly and efficient at going about their duties. Mealtimes went like clockwork, the staff always looked busy but never rushed.”

Welshred76, via Trip Advisor, April 2017

Ski Bonjour Food & Wine

Nightlife

With Val d’Isère at your doorstep it is very hard not to sample its notorious nightlife. From chilled bars where you can enjoy live music to clubs that will keep you dancing all night. If you do fancy a low key night then have a look at our ‘Experience Val d’Isère like a local’ blog, and tick off some of our suggestions. If you’re looking for a crazy night out until the early hours of the morning then check out the list below. 

  • Dicks T Bar – Probably the most famous bar in Val d’Isère. A bit pricey but worth ticking off the list.
  • Doudoune – Located underneath Coco Rico (a great après bar). This nightclub has regular DJs and is open until 06:00 am.
  • Victors – Take advantage of their happy hour followed by a DJ which will get you on your feet dancing.
  • Morris Pub – If you’re looking for live bands and lots of shots, this is your place!
  • Petit Danois – Slightly more expensive than other bars in the area. A huge hit with seaosnnaires and tourists.
  • Saloon Bar – Saloon now have their second bar in Val d’Isère. Atracting a clientele that love drinking games and dancing.

Shopping

There is a Casino supermarket in la Daille, around a 4 minute walk from the chalet. You will also find a Tabac/news agents around the corner from it. They have plenty of souvenirs to remind you of your great holiday with us! There is also a skimium shop for ski gear purchase or rental. If you fancy a bit more variation just hop on the bus to Val d’Isère where you can find plenty of further options for clothes, ski gire and souvenirs.

Spa

All adults staying at our Bonjour Athenaise can benefit from free spa access to the Samova hotel just next door. The spa has a pool, Hamam room, sauna and steam room. If you fancy going to the pool with the kids then hop on the bus to the Auqasportif centre, located behind the Olympic gondola and the Bellevarde lift in Val d’Isère. If you have a 6 day pass you can take advantage of 1 free entry to the pool. You can then upgrade to go into the spa.

“Added bonus of free use of spa next door just perfect after a hard days skiing. Looking forward to next year already!”

Gerardmorris1, via Trip Advisor, March 2017

“Complimentary use of the spa next door is just heaven at the end of a long day out.”

David H, via Trip Advisor, March 2016

 

Restaurants

There are some fantatsic restaurants either in La Daille or in central Val d’Isère. Whether it’s a cheese fondue or fine dining cusine, there is a huge choice in resort. Have a look at our Val d’Isère guide for some great suggestions and tips when planning your trip to this world renowned ski resort. 

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Contact us today to start planning your trip with us!

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“EXCELLENT in every respect; location, food, accommodation, ski bonjour happy attentive staff + excellent cooks, after service . . . and no broken bones! first time to val d’isere, great for all levels of skiing. booked again for next year immediately upon returning home.”

Paul f, via Trip Advisor, February 2016

 

Additional Resources

Best Bars in Val d'Isère

Top 5 Ski Runs in the Espace Killy

The 4 Corners of the Espace Killy Challenge

The best Webcams in Val d'Isère

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