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Lashes and Little Ones…

It’s about babies, beauty and everything in between is a blog written by mother of two, Alexandra Geddes…

A couple of weeks ago, we nervously headed off on a skiing vacation, booked through family friendly travel company Scott Dunn. I’d heard good things about them, and having had so many disasters, decided to put my faith into the hands of a company who had experience of making family vacations a success. Included in our trip, were flights, transfers up to Courchevel, a private chalet, a nanny for 8 hours a day, a chef and a chalet host. It all sounded a bit too good to be true, but I was still nervous. We’ve tried vacation nannies before, and never been that impressed, and catered chalets can be a little hit and miss sometimes.


A week before we were due to fly out, I had a call from a resort manager and chef, who wanted to talk through what we needed to be organized for our arrival, from ski passes to nappies (brand, size, how many) and what sort of cots or beds we would want in each room. The chef wanted to discuss dietary requirements and preferences of Mr G. and I, and our kids. I finished the phone call slightly euphoric, I had never encountered such attentive service on a vacation, before I’d even packed.

We arrived after a long flight (it was only an hour, but with two over tired children, anything more than 5 minutes feels long to me), and were quickly ushered onto a smart coach, with my choice of car seats for the children already strapped in, a huge hamper of food for all of us and was offered a glass of wine, which I readily accepted. Although a long transfer, the children slept, Mr. G and I ate and drank, and actually started to relax. We arrived at our beautiful chalet, and were greeted by the lovely Ev (the chef) and Ellie (the host), who were so welcoming and friendly (freshly baked cake helped).


The cake was good!

The week progressed in the same tone, amazing service, food and, snow. Our nanny, Denise, was so wonderful with the children. Arthur got a bit poorly, and she was so caring and kind, and had limitless enthusiam to keep Fifi entertained all week. Ev’s cooking was incredible, from chocolate fondants to fillet of beef, our food was mind blowing. And Ellie was the sweetest chalet host, helping with everything from playing with Fifi, to topping up my wine glass (and mopping up Arthur’s sick with a smile on her face, a miracle in my book!). Gabi, a resort manager made sure our lunches up the mountain were nothing short of sublime, and that we wanted for nothing.


Fifi at ski school

We arrived home from our trip, happy, relaxed and sadly missing the wonderful people who made our vacation so special. Scott Dunn vacation’s are definitely not the cheapest option, but with young children, sometimes you need more than a basic vacation to be able to relax and have fun. We had a wonderful trip, and have already requested their summer brochure!


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