Snowed under by northern winter holiday deals

Skiers thinking ahead to vacations in 2012 have  new choices at Club Med Resorts in Europe and Sahoro, Japan where the season was partially affected by the quake and tsunami of March 11. But judging by the packages, Japan is getting in early to lure skiers back.

For Australians, ski package prices have been reduced again because of the strength of the Australian dollar, and are the most competitive they have been for some time. From the French Alps to the slopes of Switzerland and the winter playgrounds of Italy, Club Med offers choices from romantic couples oriented luxury resorts, to family friendly resorts. Also on the snow radar for late 2011 is a new luxury chalet and apartment development in the stunning French Alps at Valmorel, opening December 18, 2011.

This  resort features a  luxury space, which is a private area and high service zone offering complementary benefits, and offers intimate lounge areas, executive check-in, private transfers, concierge service and complimentary continental breakfast room service. The Valmorel chalets feature from two to four bedrooms. The resort features all the benefits of the Club Med with all inclusive dining, open bar, ski activities and school, sports and tuition, entertainment, kids club – and spa facilities and excursions.

The chalet apartments will be the first snow chalets in the world for Club Med, and follow the successful launch of the villa concept in the Resort of La Plantation d’Albion in Mauritius in 2010.

For those who love the Club Med experience, but don’t require the luxury tag, the most affordable resorts of Tignes Val Claret or Peisey-Vallandry in the French Alps beckon with the best value for money.

In Japan in 2012, when guests arrive at the Sahoro Resort, in the mountains of Japan’s famed powder snow region, they will be treated to a refurbishment of the public areas including the main restaurant into a vibrant Japanese brasserie style eatery. The Mina Mina Specialty Restaurant will have a new concept – serving “Nabe” style cuisine. Nabe means ‘pot’ and is a popular winter cuisine in Japan, sharing the entire process from preparation to eating of vegetables, fish and meat with friends and family.

Guests of the Sahoro Resort will be always be under the instruction of Club Med’s ski team of GOs – responsible for the all-inclusive ski lessons and ski school. The GOs are employed fully by Club Med, not outside operators. Many other ski resorts in Europe outsource instead.

Club Med offers a premium product, where everything is included, in a one-off, up-front, pre-paid (in Aussie $) package for kids and adults. This includes all lift passes, all ski lessons (except private lessons) and ski school, upscale accommodation, three gourmet meals a day, all day snacking, open bar, kids club (4 to 17 years of age) nightly entertainment and activities around the resort.

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Package prices from Australia are now available as follows:

– Sahoro, Japan – 7 nights, adult from $A1860 child (4-11y) from $A1110 (departure date March 17, 2012)
-Tignes Val Claret, France – 7 nights, adult from $A1860 child (4-11Y) from $A1530 (departure date January 15, 2012)
-Peisey Vallandry, France – 7 nights, adult from $A1923 child (4-11yrs) from $A1580 (departure date January 15, 2012)
-Valmorel, France – 7 nights, adults from $A2279 child (4-11yrs) from $A1775 (departure date January 15, 2012)
-Package prices are land only and include membership for adults. No flights or transfers are included.
-Prices are in AUD for Sahoro, and offers for Tignes Val Claret and Peisey Vallandry include the current promotion of save up to $A600 per adult, which is valid for sale until July 3, 2011.

To book your ski holiday please visit your travel agent, call Club Med 1800 258 263 or visit www.clubmed.com.au

Book your seat on a spectacular train journey through the glorious Swiss Alps with Tempo Holidays’ new rail packages. The three-day Glacier Express Experience travels from St Moritz to Zermatt on the world’s most famous railway, via the Landwasser Viaduct, 291 bridges, 91 tunnels and the Oberalp Pass from $A652 per person twin share.

Deals on this blog are quoted in Australian dollars. Links for Tempo Holidays worldwide are listed at the bottom of the post. The travel deals are the same. Just the currencies are different.

The package includes two nights in some of Switzerland’s most popular resorts. The package is valid for sale until December 18, 2011 and can be done in reverse. Tempo also has a four-day Swiss Mountain Peaks package departing Interlaken which includes excursions to Schilthorn, made famous by the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and Mt Titlis, home to the world’s first revolving cable car.

The package starts from $A761 per person twin share and includes a three-night stay in a three- star hotel,  breakfasts, first class train travel using a Swiss Transfer Ticket with four transfers and excursion to Schilthorn/Piz Gloria and Mt Titlis. Swiss Mountain Peaks is valid for sale until  December 31, 2011.

Contact your local travel agent or Tempo Holidays at www.tempoholidays.com,  or www.tempoholidays.co.uk For more details email info@tempoholidays.co.uk or  info@tempoholidays.com.

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