Sublime skiing at one of the most charming resorts in the Alps…
We catch up with entrepreneurial Richard Kwiecien, Managing Director at Hyatt Centric La Rosière, to find out more about the breathtakingly beautiful resort…
Perfectly placed between France and Italy, nestled in the secret Tarentaise Valley, you can find the exclusive ski resort of La Rosière. Here, you can gain access to over 160km of scenic slopes, beginner slopes and 15 black runs, including an 11km piste.
There are 69 luxurious rooms, including 22 suites, 12 of which have been specifically designed for families. All rooms showcase impressive and unrestricted mountain views. And, with in-house professional childminders, a top-notch concierge service, plus a ski boutique to accommodate all equipment hire needs, it’s hardly surprising the resort prides itself on paying particular attention to the wellbeing of their guests for an exceptionally carefree stay.
Lucky Richard now gets to call this blissful base home and spends most of his time at the sunny ski resort. He manages to come back to the UK every two weeks for a couple of days.
“I miss my family, especially my kids – I’m not sure my wife misses me too much though,” laughs Richard.
But the climate sure does make up for it. “Our resort is truly one that has the most sunshine, as we’re south facing – we actually have a record of enjoying the same number of sunshine hours as the Côte d’Azur,” Richard tells us. “We also have brilliant snow from November right through to the end of April, and there is a huge choice of runs for skiers and snowboarders of all standards.”
Richard worked for Manchester’s Eclectic Hotel Group for over 15 years and thanks ex-mentor Eamonn O’Loughlin for preparing him for success at La Rosière and in other aspects of life:
“Without Eamonn’s coaching, I wouldn’t have gained the skills I needed to set up my own company RK hotels management. I wouldn’t have been able to do all this without his experience and knowledge.”
Richard tells us that La Rosière is also one of the few resorts in France to offer Heliski:
“Experienced skiers can carve virgin snow off-piste in secluded spots only accessible by helicopter, including the foot of majestic Mont Blanc.”
Other adrenalin adventures available include dog sledding, kite skiing, ski touring, freeriding and paragliding.
After a day out on the pistes, you can unwind in the resort’s stunning Summit Spa, which is home to a large heated pool, multiple heated hot tubs (one is outdoor with a panoramic alpine backdrop, making for the perfect Instagram post), sauna and steam room. Sensational spa therapists are on hand to provide a whole host of treatments designed to relax and recharge your batteries.
In the evenings, guest can enjoy some time in the stylish bars and eateries the retreat has to offer. La Tavola is a delicious refined Italian, the charming H40 Brasserie boasts its own bar, and the Surus Lounge has a cosy atmosphere with vast views of the valley.
“Hyatt Centric La Rosière is absolutely a hidden gem, which needs to be visited by all who have a passion for travel, luxury and snow sports,” Richard concludes.
Prices start from 135 euros per room per night
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