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Genuine Comments from our wonderful Guests over the past years

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“Matt Turnbull and the Boarder Boys - Mar 2014 - On behalf of myself and all the lads we would like to thank you and your team for making our holiday truly amazing. From the moment we arrived to the time we left we all felt as though you couldn't do enough for us and the laid back approach and flexibility of your chalet staff enabled us to relax and feel at home. Nothing was to much for them. Please pass on our thanks and compliments to Joe for the amazing food. Also we wish to thank you for showing us around the area and for a great day out on the boards. The off piste and powder was great fun. I think that we will all be recommending you to anyone who asks and I know that we will be booking again very soon. It is quiet obvious that this is more than just a money making business for you. You all really enjoy what you do and this shows through in your attitude, approach and professionalism. Again, a very big thanks, Matt

“Catherine Holley and the Girls - Jan 2014 - I have just returned home after spending a "perfect week" at Chalet Lac de Vonnes as part of a group of 5 girls. From the moment we were collected by Darren at Geneva airport until we returned there a week later the service we received was first class and totally relaxed. Darren was the perfect host and along with the team which made our week truly memorable and fun. The Chalet itself is beautiful, clean and comfortable making it a real home from home with the hot tub being an added bonus. We shared with other people and made new friends in a happy relaxed atmosphere. The food prepared by Juliette and David was excellent and catered for our every need. Chatel is truly a beautiful place with amazing scenery and it is the closest thing to paradise for skiers and non skiers. This was my first snow holiday and it exceeded my expectations. With the level of customer care shown to us by Darren and his team we will definitely be back. I would highly recommend Darren and his Alpine Breaks team to give you an unforgettable holiday experience.

“Paul Carrington - New Year 2013/14 - My wife and I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Lac De Vonnes over the new year period, WOW sums it up perfectly but heres a bit more. After landing in Geneva Darrens transfer team whisked us away into the mountains. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by the excellent chalet team. The chalet was warm well equipped and full of character with its log fire and balcony over looking the mountains and village of Chatel. We were provided with fluffy towels and super soft warm bathrobes which were great when in and out of the hot tub. Darren as great local knowledge which he uses expertly to ensure your stay runs as smoothly as the red wine provided with dinner. From walking, snowshoeing, sledging and skiing, beginner to advanced Darren and his team will ensure you will have an holiday to remember . I 100% recommend Lac De Vonnes and will certainly be back.

“Craig Sherburn - Passporte du Soleil July 2013 - Our first time in the Alps with the bikes was made a fantastic experience by Darren & the Alpinebreaks team. We were a group of 8 with mixed abilities and the guided riding helped the better riders get a grasp on the location and the others a grasp on the terrain they were riding. The food was excellent and yes we are greedy sods.. We hope to see you all next year!

“Dom, Janice and Murray - Feb 2013 - Good to meet you and thanks for a great skiing holiday. We're now converts to catered chalets in no small part to team efforts - do pass on our thanks to them for being excellent hosts. Mark was a great instructor for the boys and I know you made Tom and Mike's break with the last day off piste. We're also taken by Chatel and the wider Ports du Soleil ski area so I'm pretty confident we'll be back next year. All in all an amazing holiday.

“Tracy Edwards, Chalet Linga - Feb 2013 - I just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail to say a big thank you to you and your team for a great week in Chatel. The Boys looked after us all really well and the cooking was first Class. I will definitely be recommending Alpine Breaks to all my friends.

“Catherine Holley and the Girls - Jan 2014 - I have just returned home after spending a "perfect week" at Chalet Lac de Vonnes as part of a group of 5 girls. From the moment we were collected by Darren at Geneva airport until we returned there a week later the service we received was first class and totally relaxed. Darren was the perfect host and along with the team which made our week truly memorable and fun. The Chalet itself is beautiful, clean and comfortable making it a real home from home with the hot tub being an added bonus. We shared with other people and made new friends in a happy relaxed atmosphere. The food prepared by Juliette and David was excellent and catered for our every need. Chatel is truly a beautiful place with amazing scenery and it is the closest thing to paradise for skiers and non skiers. This was my first snow holiday and it exceeded my expectations. With the level of customer care shown to us by Darren and his team we will definitely be back. I would highly recommend Darren and his Alpine Breaks team to give you an unforgettable holiday experience.

“Paul Carrington - New Year 2013/14 - My wife and I had the absolute pleasure of staying at the Lac De Vonnes over the new year period, WOW sums it up perfectly but heres a bit more. After landing in Geneva Darrens transfer team whisked us away into the mountains. On arrival we were warmly welcomed by the excellent chalet team. The chalet was warm well equipped and full of character with its log fire and balcony over looking the mountains and village of Chatel. We were provided with fluffy towels and super soft warm bathrobes which were great when in and out of the hot tub. Darren as great local knowledge which he uses expertly to ensure your stay runs as smoothly as the red wine provided with dinner. From walking, snowshoeing, sledging and skiing, beginner to advanced Darren and his team will ensure you will have an holiday to remember . I 100% recommend Lac De Vonnes and will certainly be back.

“Craig Sherburn - Passporte du Soleil July 2013 - Our first time in the Alps with the bikes was made a fantastic experience by Darren & the Alpinebreaks team. We were a group of 8 with mixed abilities and the guided riding helped the better riders get a grasp on the location and the others a grasp on the terrain they were riding. The food was excellent and yes we are greedy sods.. We hope to see you all next year!

“Dom, Janice and Murray - Feb 2013 - Good to meet you and thanks for a great skiing holiday. We're now converts to catered chalets in no small part to team efforts - do pass on our thanks to them for being excellent hosts. Mark was a great instructor for the boys and I know you made Tom and Mike's break with the last day off piste. We're also taken by Chatel and the wider Ports du Soleil ski area so I'm pretty confident we'll be back next year. All in all an amazing holiday.

“Tracy Edwards, Chalet Linga - Feb 2013 - I just wanted to drop you a quick e-mail to say a big thank you to you and your team for a great week in Chatel. The Boys looked after us all really well and the cooking was first Class. I will definitely be recommending Alpine Breaks to all my friends.

“James McLean & Family - New Year 2012/2013 - Many thanks for a great week, everything was 'top notch' from the chalet itself, the lovely food cooked and your patience taking us around Super Chatel. Have a great season and we hope to join you again soon. Best James, Gerry and Lauren

“Ben Morris & Family - March 2012 - Thank you for looking after us all and doing some great guiding – all very much appreciated. What with the hospitality, the food, snow and weather we all agreed it was one of our best ski holidays ever.

“Jo Huckle, from London - January 2012 - Myself and 7 friends (all mid-twenties) had an absolutely fantastic holiday here with Alpine Breaks – the consensus was that it was the best chalet holiday we'd been on. Great value for money with prompt and efficient airport transfers included, -guiding (including off-piste) for all abilities and great home-cooked food in generous portions served with good quality wine. Marcella and Peter (our chalet hosts) made us feel at home in every possible way in our cosy chalet, and Darren was very organised, helpful and lots of fun! Added extras such as a slalom competition made the holiday memorable, and we all enjoyed the hot tub and games room! I would have no hesitation in recommending this chalet, and hope to be back there before too long!

“Ali Cuthbert from Edinburgh - January 2012 - This was simply our best ever ski holiday, which is no mean feat considering we were a 2 family party with 4 young kids (9, 8, 6 & 4 year olds), so were probably not the easiest group to look after... We were very well looked after right from our initial enquiry and throughout the week. Every day Darren made himself available to help with new rentals, different ski areas, finding instructors, shopping trips and even one medical emergency (!) - really nothing was too much trouble. In particular we really enjoyed Darren's company on the slopes, as he took the time to show us pistes, forest tracks and off piste areas that we never would have found without him, we really got a great deal of skiing done thanks to his help. And on top of that we had a real ball in the process, especially the kids, who thought he was great fun (maybe he should take up babysitting too?!) The chalet was very comfortable and well appointed (they kids especially loved the hot tub) and we were very well looked after by Peter and Marcella who cooked fantastic food for us and played the perfect hosts. It was great to have wi fi, iPod dock, TV etc too. All in all, I don't think we could have topped this holiday overall or improved any aspect (except for not having the medical incident!) and I'd thoroughly recommend Chalet Lac de Vonnes to anyone. Just don't book please when we want to go back ;-)

“Jane Sale - New Year 2011/2012 - Thank you for organising everything and we really enjoyed Chalet Voirons. It was such an easy position for everything which was great for the cooks, visiting bars, skis etc. Glad there is lots more snow. I've never seen it snow like that! Thanks for everything. Happy New Year!

“Russell & Vicky from Newcastle - Christmas 2011 - Arrived home safe and depressed after a fabulous week with great hospitality, we can't thank you enough for a fantastic holiday - Mollies best ever!

“John Wilcox from Surrey - June 2011 - Just wanted to thank you for a great weekend in Chatel. Over the years, I have experienced a number of Chalet based skiing holidays and was intrigued to see how it would work on two wheels. Suffice to say, it exceeded all my expectations. The Location, the set up, the quality, the service, and your attention to detail were spot on. The ride on Saturday including the lunch, swim in the lake and great trails will rank, for me, as one of the most enjoyable days in the saddle. I will return.

“Paul and Mel from Brighton - Mar 2011 - Hi Darren, thought I’d drop an email to say a massive thanks to you and Tracy for last week. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and from the feedback on route home, I reckon we’ll be back next year. You provided us all with an experience and service we wont ever forget.

“The Murphy's & The Binnie's - Feb 2011 - Hi Darren Tracy and Lewis. Thank you all for making our holiday so smooth and like home from home. We are sure there will be a next time. There were many highlights to the week and the hospitality from you all was remarkable.

“Keith Powell - Feb 2011 - Darren and Tracy - we had a superb week, thanks for everything and in particular pointing David in the right direction. He said he had his best skiing ever so thanks again...

“Sean Hynes - Jan 2011 - Stayed at the 'Chalet Lac de Vonnes' in Chatel, with hosts Darren and Tracy. Six of us altogether and have stayed in few catered chalets. This was the best hosted chalet. Every day Darren accompanied us and guided superbly, it's great not having to stop at every chair and think "where next" as Darren did all this for us. Tracy came out too and she's no mean skier either. There's a wide mix of skiing covering all standards. The town is a good mix of bars and restaurants - not really set up for the 18 ~ 25 yr old clubbing set - and all are really friendly too. All in all, we had a fantastic time and will definitely go back to stay with Darren and Tracy. Darren, you're gonna need a bigger place for next season!

“Tony Merrell and the Boys - Jan 2011 - Thankyou Darren and Tracy for a superb break, the best hosting ever!! Sorry we let you down on the slalom, but you know the reason why, we just had to win the Pernod. Promise we will try properly next year! Stuart says: Great holiday, Great hosts, Great mates, Quality! Sean says: Just to repeat a BIG thank you for the great stay we have just had with you. Sure to see you both again in the future!

“Glynis, Claire and Tim Blackham - New Year 2010 - Thankyou both for an amazing week. Thanks also to Peter and Marcel for their very lovely food. You are the perfect hosts and make it almost impossible to leave! We are getting our diaries together so we can rebook asap! Hopefully see you before the summer!

“Sean Turner Group from Manchester & Edinburgh - July 2010 & Jan 2011 Skiing - I can't possibly recommend this place highly enough - we go away biking every year and this has been the best set-up yet. Darren and Tracy have a superb set-up here and were perfect hosts to our group of nine hairy arsed mountain bikers. They really do go out of their way to make sure you have a good trip. The Chalet is comfortable, clean and well-equipped, with great food and only a short wander into the village to the nearest bar. Darren is as much into his biking as we all are and as a result he knows where to go, has the place set-up for bike cleaning/maintenance and was happy to come out and show us around the trails at whatever level of biking we fancied. We liked the place so much we are going to come back and give it a go in the winter for a skiing/boarding holiday. My only worry with putting a glowing reference on here is that when we come to book again they will be full. Thanks again to you both

“The Seamer Family from Lincoln - March 2010 - What a fantastic week for us all, a huge thank you to both of you for making our first venture into the world of skiing utterly brilliant. The chalet was lovely, the food delicious and your company together with Richard and Rebecca's was just great fun. During the entire week, home and the stresses of work seemed a million miles away but yet the Chalet felt like a real home from home. We feel very lucky and privileged to have been part of your holiday experience where nothing was too much trouble. Thank you for the brilliant skiing days for Barney and Lolly too, without you they would have been sadly disappointed with the sedate green run option from us! We most certainly hope to be back, if you will have us! With best wishes and enormous thanks, Emma, Paul, Barney, Lolly and Maddy.xxxx

“Kemsley & Kerr Families from Scotland - February 2010 - Fiona - Just a quick ‘Thank You’ for looking after us all so well last week. We all had a fantastic holiday and will have some lovely memories of our week in Chatel. Natalie - Just wanted to thank you all once more for a truly fantastic holiday.We were all very sad yesterday and talked about our weeks events all the way home! Darren has become a hero with all the kid's! Many thanks for the photo, it will remind us all of what a great time we had - the most relaxing, stress free ski holiday ever!!

“Caroline Webster from Bath - January 2010 - Thank you so much for the best skiing week we've ever had, it was truly amazing and that was only made by yourselves, Richard and Rebecca being so hospitable and helpful.

“Barry and Joss Lewis Family from Dubai - Christmas 2009 - When we as a family of six decided to go on our first ski holiday with friends, we wanted it to be organized from A to Z and that is exactly what we got when we booked our Alpinebreaks holiday with Darren and Tracy. They provided a wonderful place for us to stay, delicious meals and made sure we all got to our various ski lessons on time, all we had to do was have fun! The highlight after a day’s skiing was undoubtably the hot tub! We had a fantastic time and will definitely be going back again to enjoy the hospitality of Darren and Tracy at Chalet Lac de Vonnes. Thanks guys!!

“Mike, Amanda, Christopher and Stephen John Family - August 2009 - Thanks for a Fab Holiday, we had been struggling to find holidays that would keep our two teenage sons occupied. We have taken them as far as Sydney & Brisbane (bodyboarding & surfing) but they announced after the first day in Chatel that this was the best holiday that they had ever had ! Thanks to Darren for a fabulous day guiding us on the mountain & thanks to Tracy for making us so welcome in a fabulous chalet. Darren is now a legend in our househould (even though he had a small "off" and got slightly injured) I can thoroughly reccommend this as a "Family Holiday"

“Claire Blackham” March 2009 - I just wanted to say a HUGE Thankyou for the best snowboarding/sking trip we could have ever asked for. You exceeded our expectations in all areas and made us feel so warm and comfortable in the chalet, the food was amazing as was your hospitality. Thankyou so much for your guided tours of such a beautiful area. All the best this year and we all can't wait to come back again!

“David Benedict” March 2009 - I'd like to thank you both for a truly special week's holiday. You both went out of your way to make the holiday great for all of us and we had a marvellous time. After the great ski-guiding and all the beautiful food, the slamon on Saturday was unforgettable. I wish you very well and I hope to holiday with you again soon. Feb 2010 - I just wanted to say a big thank you to you, Rich and Becks for another lovely week's holiday. We all had a great time and it was good to catch up with all of you. The flambee and the slalom were absolutely superb.

“Louise Goodley” February 2009 - Just wanted to say a big thank you for ensuring that we had a perfect week in your lovely chalet. If you asked me to suggest a few things that could have made our stay even better, I wouldn’t be able to think of a single thing… you’ve got the perfect host/location/entertainment thing utterly covered!! Please pass on our regards to Anthony & Siobhan, who also did a first class job… although I do have one complaint - despite all the energy I expelled on the slopes, I managed to come home 3lbs heavier, thanks to all their scrumptious food!! :-( Thank you for giving us our best skiing holiday to date… I’ll be sure to recommend you to everyone!!

“Bris Lightowler” February 2009 - From the moment I booked my holiday with our hosts, Darren & Tracy, I knew that I had made the right choice: All correspondence was quick, informative and hassle free. Our transfer to the airport by private organised minibus took no more than 90 minutes. On arrival at our Chalet we were met by our charming hosts. Our rooms were spacious and very comfortable, the roaring fire and drink very welcoming. The first evening meal did not disappoint and this set the standard for the rest of the week – the standard did not slip and the varied menu was just perfect - as was the unrestricted amount of wine served with each meal, although my waistline did suffer as a result! The fact that the ski area was large was certainly one of the attractions in booking this holiday; however they can be quite daunting given the amount of kilometres covered. This is where Darren & Tracy proved that they are not only terrific hosts in the chalet but also on the slopes. Each and every day they took us to the slopes and collected us when we were ready. Better still, one or the other (and sometimes both) skied with us. Showing us where to ski and giving clear, sound advice as to which slopes were best suited to our abilities; often proving they knew our abilities better than us! – They even highlighted which restaurants offered the best value for money drinks and food. This was an excellent differentiator from previous skiing holidays and certainly one that will cause me not to hesitate to looking to book with Alpine Breaks again in the very near future.

“Roger Wyborn & his Family” January 2009 - We have all returned to our various mundane lives and are missing the Chatel slopes already! Despite a mixed bag of weather conditions, we all had a wonderful week, due to a great extent to your help, organisation and hospitality. Your chalet certainly gave us a "home from home" experience, which was particularly important with two young children onboard. They loved the atmosphere - as did we all.

“Debbie Smith” Christmas 2008 - I wanted to thank you for an absolutely wonderful week, it was far better than I expected, having been all around the world and I can honestly say that this was one of the best holidays. The chalet was beautifully situated , skiing just blew me away, but most of all was the wonderful people I met. You all succeeded in making us feel welcome, informed, well-fed and generally looked after like royalty. We couldn't have picked a better place than Chatel, it has just about everything you could wish for, without losing any of its picturesque charm, it really is a grown-ups playground!

“Tim Farmer” July 2008 - Thank you Darren and Tracy for an awesome holiday. We had an amazing summer break mountain biking in Chatel and neighbouring valleys. The routes are well marked and cater for all abilities. Darren and Tracey made our stay all the more enjoyable for their hospitality and taking us out on our first day to guide us around the mountains and suggestions of bike routes for us to take. The views are breathtaking. Whether you like extreme sports, biking, walking or just relaxing by the beautiful mountain lakes - this resort has got it all. Enjoy!!

“Sally Dance” March 2008 - Thank you so much for such a fantastic week. We all had such a great time. Mark and I totally switched off, relaxed and enjoyed the great hospitality. If you will have us, we will definitely be returning one day! We enjoyed the skiing area immensely as it catered for all our needs.

“Paul and Clare Hooper” March 2008 - Hi Darren and Tracy, Just wanted to thank you for a fantastic week. The whole group had a great week and our only real aim for the holiday was for Alice and Olivia to want to go skiing again. Mission accomplished, but the big added bonus was your wonderful chalet, great cooking and faultless hospitality. We look forward to returning next year.

“John Malpass” February 2008 - A big thank you for a great week from all of us. The skiing was superb, the chalet excellent, the company stimulating and you even managed to organise terrific weather! Again, many thanks to you both for turning your chalet into our home from home for a week. Have fun, all the best for the rest of the season and the future. Hopefully we'll see you again soon.

“Carolyn McLaughlin” January 2008 - Just want to say we all had a fantastic week. Couldn't have been any better. The Chalet was just gorgeous. Thank you both for your hospitality and for all your help throughout the week. We'd all highly recommend you to all our friends and hope to see you again in the future. Best Wishes, Carolyn and Friends!

 

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Chalet Lac de Vonnes,
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