Last year the British public spent £43.8 billion on visiting overseas holiday destinations. In light of the EU referendum in June 2016, and the dramatic fall of sterling against the Euro that followed, the cost of travel to Europe has shot up. The hike in prices will be felt by people looking to book a trip to their favourite destinations in 2018, with the average family of four expected to pay an eye-watering £2,851 to travel abroad.
An upward trend in the popularity of luxury ski holidays among UK holidaymakers might well be threatened by these rising costs. The team at Les Rives d’Argentière, a five-star luxury ski resort in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, have a simple solution for those reluctant to give up on their dream holiday: invite extended family.
Martin Bromley, General Manager of Les Rives d’Argentière, said,
“We know the majority of British visitors prefer to stay in chalets when they go skiing, as opposed to hotels, but with the weakened pound this is likely to become more expensive.
“As such, we’re encouraging families and larger groups to make bookings together. The financial impact of hiring a private chalet will be drastically reduced by dividing the costs of catering and accommodation between more people.”
When it comes to travelling with extended family, the financial incentive alone might not be enough for some – luckily, there are plenty of other perks to bringing relatives on a ski chalet holiday. Parents who have tried to arrange holidays in the past will know just how important it is to have entertainment for the children and having other children in the party offers a new avenue of possibilities.
Whether it’s a snowball fight, ski lessons on the slopes, or an evening of board games, the children can entertain each other while the adults take a well-earned break. And it doesn’t just have to be the extended family; the same benefits apply to a group of friends looking to travel together. Additionally, having family members or friends so close by could equate to sharing childcare.
If a volunteer can’t be found from within the group, Les Rives d’Argentière also offers childminding services, provided by fully trained chalet managers, which offers a level of freedom and flexibility.
Of course, Chamonix Mant-Blanc is best known for its world-class skiing, and holidaymakers of all ages and abilities who head to the region during the ski season will not be disappointed by the range of routes and top-notch training on offer. However, for those that want to reduce the cost of their family holiday even further, booking ski chalets during the summer off-season can result in savings of up to two thirds across flights, accommodation and activities.
Martin Bromley adds, “With temperatures consistently above 20°C between June and September Chamonix makes a great option for summer holidays, without the rush of the crowds.