Chalet Nepenthe, Val d'Isère
Val d’Isère, France
A delightful three bedroom chalet apartment situated in the exclusive Les Carats area of Val d'Isère, just 200 meters from La Face piste. Perfect for a family, Chalet Nepenthe comes with a Scott Dunn chef/host. Sleeps 5+1.
At a Glance
Luxury family chalet apartment of 110m²*
Located in the private Les Carats enclave, just 200m from La Face
Comfortable living space with open fireplace
Chef/Host offers delicious tailored menu for adults and children
Scott Dunn chalet service
In-resort driver service
Scott Dunn nanny or our exclusive Explorers kids club
Nepenthe's "den" is a favorite with the kids, giving them a grown up free zone to themselves!Oliver Evans
A super apartment chalet just a few moments from the slopes. If you're brave enough to ski down "La Face", then you can almost ski to the door.Katherine Gotla
For the more advanced skier, walk to the end of the road and join La Face piste, any easy 100m walk to the slope!Charlotte Carter
Meet our specialists
To start planning your vacation to Chalet Nepenthe
‘Nepenthe’ is an ancient Greek word meaning something that chases away sorrow. We think this is a pretty fair reflection of what skiing vacations are all about. This delightful three bedroom apartment is snug but makes an ideal retreat for a family to enjoy a thoroughly relaxing week. It's located in the exclusive private enclave of Les Carats. The famous La Face piste is only 200m away, making Nepenthe nearly ski in / ski out. Although the bedrooms are small it is stylishly decorated and feels much like an authentic Alpine chalet inside.
Chalet Nepenthe is on the second and third floors of the Topaze building and is accessed by the lift. On the lower floor there is an open plan living area with a fireplace, huge sofas that you sink into and a large south facing balcony which looks onto the forest behind which is ideal for soaking up the sun in the second half of the season. The kitchen is open plan so that you can see the chef host at work and discuss your skiing plans at breakfast.
The master double bedroom has a partially open plan bathroom and a balcony with a view of the Eleina mountain. The second double bedroom is on the same floor and has an en suite shower room.
Up the internal staircase is a small twin room which is ideal for children. It has a balcony and a small shower room. Just next door is the “den” – a separate TV and games room that gives the children some of their own space.
A ski/boot room with boot warmers is located on the ground floor with access to the chalet via a lift or stairs. All of our chalets are non-smoking inside.
The entire apartment has been finished to a high standard with a mixture of tiled and wooden floors. For a family wanting a skiing vacation with privacy and peace and quiet, the combination of ‘Nepenthe’ and our chalet service is hard to beat.
Chalet Nepenthe features two double bedrooms and one twin bedroom, all with bathrooms, open plan kitchen/dining/living area with open fire and south facing balcony.
|Twin with ensuite shower||
This room has an en-suite shower room with sink and the WC is located just next door to the bedroom.
|Double with ensuite shower||
Small double bedroom with its own shower room next door.
Scott Dunn pioneered skiing vacations with childcare, allowing parents the freedom to ski whilst their children are expertly looked after by a qualified private nanny. Our handpicked childcare team are qualified professionals, whose enthusiasm and nurturing abilities are in abundance, so much so that both parents and children often ask to take them home. In Val d’Isère our chalet guests have the choice of a private nanny or our exclusive Explorers kids club .
We look after children from as young as four months, making sure the entire family has a relaxed, fun and memorable vacation. Our team organize age appropriate activities and can take the older ones to and from ski school, allowing you to spend all day on the slopes. A nutritious lunch is served each day, as well as healthy snacks, with any dietary requirements taken into account and your child’s routine will be strictly adhered to. We can also provide a wide range of equipment for babies and toddlers on request, including nappies and wipes, usually free of charge. And if you’d like to go out in the evening, we can provide babysitting.
|Explorers kids club||
Run by qualified nannies, our purpose built kids club in Val d’Isere is available exclusively to Scott Dunn guests and is open seven days a week. Each day promises an imaginative and entertaining program of both indoor and outdoor activities, so parents can spend the day on the slopes knowing your children are in expert hands. Snacks and lunches are freshly made each day and we also operate a driver service that can take your children to and from ski school.
All our Scott Dunn nannies are fully qualified (CACHE trained or similar) and are carefully selected for their natural ability with children and their nurturing and fun approach. We provide rigorous pre-season training which includes a paediatric first aid course, water safety and spending time with our chefs learning how to prepare nutritious snacks and lunches. Available for five days a week, they ensure your children enjoy a range of activities, whilst adhering to their home routines. They can also take children to, and collect from ski school each day.
Babysitting can be arranged in the evenings and is chargeable by the hour (€20 for the first hour, then €10 per hour until midnight, and €20 per hour thereafter).
The lounge has a large flat screen TV with UK channels, DVD player and Apple TV. Nepenthe has WiFi.
On the ground floor is a small ski room with boot warmers.
Large flat screen TV with UK channels, Blu-ray DVD player and Apple TV,
Private ski/boot room with boot warmers and space for ski and snowboard equipment and personal belongings.
|GoPro HD camera||
All our chalets come with a GoPro HD camera. Film your exploits on the pistes and watch the results on screen in the chalet at the end of the day. Attached to a chest harness, these devices are really easy to use, and are a fun way to see where you've skied that day, or how your children are now skiing better than you! We can also provide you with a memory stick (at a small charge) for you to edit your own film after your vacation.
Val d’Isère is a mecca for downhill skiing for good reason. It has enough to keep skiers of all standards challenged and entertained for a lifetime, let alone a week. The off piste potential is limitless and the snow record enviable.
Val d'Isère has plenty to offer less enthusiastic skiers too. The Centre Aquasportif has fantastic facilities including 2 swimming pools, climbing wall, multi activity sports hall, fitness suite, gym, squash courts and a Wellness area with sauna, steam bath, spa, cold baths and hydro-massage.
Designated walking trails are a great way of appreciating the scenery and there is an ice rink, husky riding, parapenting, skidooing, cross country skiing and much more.
There is a wealth of quality restaurants in the village and on the mountain (many of which are accessible to non skiers). The shops and galleries offer some great shopping (both the window and the real varieties).
Chalet Nepenthe comes with our renowned chalet service. Our team pride themselves on ensuring that service is seamless and anticipating your every need. Your private chef/host will serve mouth-watering dishes from a menu tailored to your tastes and manage your whole vacation, from restaurant bookings to ensuring a smart 4 wheel drive vehicle is ready to take you skiing and keeping your glass topped up with a carefully chosen wine or a perfectly mixed gin & tonic.
Breakfast and afternoon tea is served daily with pre-dinner champagne and spirits followed by gourmet dinners on six nights with wine. Our driver service offers a fleet of vehicles to whisk you to and from the slopes. Our driver service offers a fleet of vehicles to whisk you to and from the slopes.
Above all, our chalet service is personal and we will do everything we can to make your stay perfect.
Our combined chef/hosts are carefully chosen for their ability to provide exactly the kind of service a family will need in our smaller properties. They combine the ability and experience to prepare delicious dishes tailored to your tastes with the ability to provide seamless unintrusive service in your home from home.
Your Chalet Manager will be an experienced hospitality professional who will take responsibility for ensuring that your skiing vacation meets and exceeds your expectations. They will arrange transfers, lift passes, ski guiding and tuition, advise you on where to ski, where to have lunch and where not to and address any problems that come up.
Our trained drivers offer a prompt and pleasant service delivering you to and from the slopes each day to start your skiing in style. On your chef's night off the driver can collect you from your restaurant until 11.00pm. Our 4x4 vehicles are the most comfortable and safest means of transport available.
|Beauty treatments and Massage||
Qualified physiotherapists and beauty therapists, can come to the chalet to provide treatments.
|In chalet ski fitting service||
On arrival, our recommended supplier will come to the chalet or look after you at their shop. They are specialists in ski equipment and will provide high quality skis and boots together with the best possible service and advice to guarantee you the most comfortable and most appropriate equipment to enable you to get the most from your skiing.
|Ski lessons & guiding||
Years of experience have enabled us to identify the best ski schools and guides who combine local knowledge, technical expertise and excellent communication to enable you to make the most of your skiing vacation, whether you are a beginner seeking confidence, an intermediate wanting to improve or an advanced skier looking to go off piste or heliskiing. NB book early in school vacation weeks.
*NB: m² of chalet is an estimate and excludes terraces, garages, store rooms and cellars, but may include areas with low headroom.
Location & Directions
Val d’Isère, France
Chalet Nepenthe is in the Topaze building in the private enclave of Les Carats with secure access. It is 200m from the La Face piste and a 10 minute walk from the village center. Geneva 170km, Chambery 135km, Lyon 234km.
When to go
Val d'Isère boasts one of the longest ski seasons in the world because, unlike other resorts above 1800m, 80% of the skiing happens above 2000 meters. As a result, early and late season offer reliable great conditions. Being high, it is cold though and we think March and April are the best times to visit Val.