Thomily is quite unique. How many chalets have their front door at the top, their bedrooms below their sitting room, and a dining room practically on a ski run?
The top-floor sitting room is roomy and high, with huge windows and a wrap-around balcony giving wrap-around views of Bellevarde and the Charvet. When the sun goes down, there are canapés and a log fire.
On the next level down are the five excellent bedrooms with their rather opulent marble bathrooms. Three bedrooms have balconies with lovely views, while two have extra beds for up to four children, or a maximum of two extra adults who pay just 50% each with a minimum price of £450.
The lowest floor is where the amazing dining room is. If you are the keen sort who’s on the first and last lifts, you’ll miss the slightly surreal experience of waving your toast at skiers as they glide past just a few feet away.
Next to the dining room are the kitchen, where one of our top chefs will be getting hot and stressed, and the sauna, for you to get hot and de-stressed.
If you’re coming to Val d’Isère for the nightlife, art galleries or church, we do have chalets in more convenient locations. The main village is twelve minutes’ walk across the nursery slopes or fifteen by road, though the free Train Bleu bus stops just by the chalet and runs until dinner time.
But if you’re coming for the skiing, look no further: Thomily is very well situated. Confident skiers collect their skis and boots from the ski locker and boot warmer on the top floor and ski down the steep little hillside past the dining room, hoping not to cause amusement to anyone still at breakfast. The rest of us just walk the hundred metres or so to the M piste, whence we zoom down to the village centre, nursery slopes and main lifts.
At the end of the day, perhaps half of the guests take the Train Bleu home, while the rest ski back across the M piste from the Rogoney chair, always the last lift to close. Guests at Thomily certainly get their money’s worth from their lift pass…