Absolute luxury from the time we arrived in the three chalets we rented through Marmotte Mountain. We had a group of 33 (16 adults and 17 kids) for an epic Spring Break trip. We took over Zenith 1, Zenith 2 and the Mountain Retreat. We never had an empty glass or an empty stomach during our stay. Our chefs, Sam and Niels, made us feel like humans being prepped for fois gras in that they continually filled our bellies with the must amazing and beautifully prepared meals. The four-course dinners with the upgraded wine flights were on par with the meal we had at Albert 1er, a Michelin two star restaurant, and La Remise. Jon took care of every one of our needs from arranging our transportation, ski gear, instructors, masseuses, etc. for our large group. He even brought in a wine specialist for the week, as he knew our group was made up of some serious foodies who like their wine just as much.
Everything about the stay was completely seamless. It was a true vacation in that we all felt totally relaxed and pampered. The night the chefs had off, our entire group converged on Courmayeur for what ended up being one of the highlights of the trip...taking snow mobiles to dinner on top of the mountain which culminated with everyone dancing on the tables. Jon was always available for any questions and checked in on us nightly to make sure we were all set for the next day. While we used every bed in each of the three chalets, no one ever felt cramped. There was plenty of space for everyone and then some. The movie theaters, hot tubs and saunas were highlights for our 17 kids (ranging in age from 8-16). If you want a vacation that you will be talking about for years, I highly recommend going with a group of friends and/or family to Zenith 1. We are already trying to determine when we can get back.
Occasionally we have been disappointed that VRBO selections are not as represented online, but this experience was the opposite - it was terrific and more than met expectations! Despite some construction going on adjacent to the property, we felt no infringement on our privacy, and the property could not have been better. There were thirteen of us, which meant separate bedrooms, all with bath and shower, for most.The huge, well equipped kitchen more than met expectations and provided flexibility for all of our needs, and the dining table was perfect for everyone. We had a chef catered meal one night, and the chef said that it was her favorite kitchen in the area. There was virtually every amenity you could think of in the house, and the hot tub got plenty of use. The house was clean and set up for functionality. The view was great, with Mont Blanc staring at us as we had coffee (or drinks!) on the outside patio. Parking for three vehicles was no problem, and the location was perfect for a quick walk into town, or exploring many of the attractions.We were fortunate to be able to extend our stay two additional nights (wish it could have been more), for a total of 6 nights. The management group was terrific as well (Mountainbase), professional, communicated well, and extremely helpful. Dealing with the owners was also a very positive experience, as responses were timely, and they really made us feel like we were welcomed guests in their home. We had a wonderful experience, and would hope to return some day from the States.
Thank you everyone for helping to make our family memories unforgettable!
Larry and Cindy Squire 7/28 - 8/2/2018