Best family-friendly resorts in La Plagne

Family-friendly options abound in La Plagne, including the Mark Warner hotel at 1970

Wondering which resorts, hotels, catered chalets or self-catering apartment to stay in at La Plagne? Here’s our quickie guide to the most family-friendly resorts for a great family ski holiday in La Plagne! The towns and villages that make up La Plagne are connected by a free bus service plus a network of lifts. There are 11 villages and purpose-built resorts in the area.

Our guide describes the vibe of the different villages and which one you should stay in, depending on what you want, level of ski ability and age of children.

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See the cool things to do as a family while skiing in La Plagne, including a fun slope, world-class bobsleighing, dogsledding, a family spa, torchlist descents and more.

Stay in an igloo

How cool is this (literally)? Eat a locally-sourced meal including Savoyard fondue in an ice-restaurant and then stay overnight in a private Blacksheep La Plagne igloo that fits up to 6 people. You share one big bed side by side, snuggled down with individual sleeping bags and duvets in a carved snow interior. You could even book the ‘Hot Igloo’ which sleeps 2 (or 3 including small child) and features a wood stove! Black Sheep is above the village of Plagne Soleil and next to Plagne Village.

2050 metres – family resorts at the highest level

La Plagne Centre

This 1960s purpose-built resort has a Brutalist design vibe and an array of shops, restaurants and bars for a lively après-ski scene. Great if you want to be in the middle of things. The 4-star Araucaria Hotel and Spa, a contemporary hotel located on the slopes at Plagne Centre, has a swimming pool, sauna, children’s pool, playroom and a highly rated restaurant. See what The Daily Mail had to say about it.

Belle PlagneFAMILY FAVOURITE

A family spa experience at Les Bains and Spa de La Plagne

Located just above Plagne Bellecôte area, Belle Plagne is known for its family appeal. You’ll find chalet-style accommodation and a rather quiet village-y feel. It’s good-value and in addition to its connections to La Plagne, it has links to Les Arcs via the Vanoise cable car. The family-friendly spa Les Bains and Spa de La Plagne is located in Belle Plagne. The Telegraph recommends the Residence Les Constellations for being ‘very well located, not just for the slopes but for ski school meeting points and the rental shop too.’ All accommodation there faces south with balconies for good sun. HO36, part of a chain of chic budget hostels, has dorm rooms for up to 10 people plus bedrooms for sleeping from two to eight and four self-catering lofts for six to eight people.

2100 metres

Aime La Plagne (known as Aime 2000)

Aime 2000 is a large purpose-built resort offering ski-in, ski-out accommodation in apartments and hotel rooms. It has a bit of nightlife, and is well placed to make the most of large Paradiski ski area. Club Med La Plagne offers all-inclusive stays here. The rooms and suites are chic (some are interconnecting or mobility accessible), they provide the Club Med Baby Welcome (upon request, they provide equipment like baby bath, bed, simple stroller, bottle warmer and more), family show time and deck chairs by the slope for people-watching and relaxing. When you book with Club Med, your lift pass is included.

A family in deck chairs in front of Club Med La Plagne
Relaxing in front of Club Med
A bedroom in the Club Med La Plagne hotel

2050 metres

Plagne Soleil and Plagne Villages

Looking for good value accommodation piste-side and a quiet scene? Book into a small chalet or self-catering apartment here. Les Granges du Soleil apartments has a traditional Savoyard look but with modern facilities, including baby bed and highchair loan, indoor swimming pool, sauna, cardio training room, elevator and fireplace in reception.

1970

La Plange Centre – FAMILY FAVOURITE

Like the name says, La Plagne Centre is at the centre of things, with an array of lifts and slopes fanning out from it. It has several beginner zones, shops and accommodation that’s just a hop away from the lifts. Mark Warner’s Chalet Hotel Christina offers family suites, interconnecting rooms and extra beds that are well-configured for families of 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Mark Warner Hotel Christina La Plagne
A Mark Warner Hotel Christina family suite (inset: twin room)

1800

La Plagne 1800 FAMILY FAVOURITE

This rather smaller, pretty resort, a former mining village, is set among the trees and offers mainly catered chalets, some of which can accommodate larger groups. There are some gorgeous luxury chalets here and a family-focussed atmosphere. You have easy access to lots of blue slopes and in the village you’ll find a bowling alley, natural ice-skating rink, mining exhibition room, plus tobogganing. La Plagne 1800 is popular with British holidaymakers and has good lift connections to La Plagne Centre.

Plagne Bellecôte

When you book into Plagne Bellecôte you can be among the first to hit the slopes. This car-free resort has got access to 3 chairlifts and a gondola. When you’re not shushing down slopes, you can also find a good array of restaurants, shops and bar alongside self-catering apartments. We like the look of the groovy affordable apartments at Residence Bellecôte from Pierre & Vacances.

A slide in front of Residence Bellecôte

Les Coches FAMILY FAVOURITE

These family-friendly villages on the edge of La Plagne, where the Vanoise Express links La Plagne and Les Arcs, are affordable, pretty and have an Alpine feel. Montchavin is practically car-free. You’ll be able to find some chalets with extras like hot tubs, saunas and terraces with mountain views.

1350 – good family resorts with young children

Montalbert FAMILY FAVOURITE

This north-facing village has a traditional look (read: low-rise buildings) and creates a distinct family vibe in inspired ways. The Piou Piou club for 3- and 4-year-olds mixes skiing with games, adapting activities according to the weather and children’s energy levels. We also love the free activities like the Snakegliss (think, a bendy line of sledges connected to make a train), the Snowskate (a mountain skateboard), the Airboard (inflatable sledge) and the Snowbike (just…yes). You can find a range of lovely accommodations here. We’re a little bit in love with Chalet Juliet.

The double-height sitting room in Chalet Juliet

Champagny en Vanoise – FAMILY FAVOURITE

A charming Savoyard village with buildings of wood and stone features south-facing slopes that get maximum sun. It has a Baroque church, two children’s ski gardens and lovely little streets. Here you’ll find bargain and mid-range budget hotels and chalets for a more traditional experience. The main ski area is accessed by a gondola lift.

1250

Montchavin FAMILY FAVOURITE

This charming rustic mountain village has traditional accommodation, three large beginner areas, long blue and red runs and award-winning childcare services. Besides skiing, husky trips are a popular activity here, and it’s close to the Vanoise Express.


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