Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Take a Leap to the Top of the Heap; Hitting the Ski Slopes for Half Term? Here We Pick Three of the Best Family Hotel Deals

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Take a Leap to the Top of the Heap; Hitting the Ski Slopes for Half Term? Here We Pick Three of the Best Family Hotel Deals

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Byline: FELICE HARDY

Hotel Cavallino Bianco Ortisei, Italy This has the best child facilities of any world-class ski resort.

Each spacious family room has a double bed, sofa bed, and sliding doors to a room containing yet more beds and a cot with a baby-listening device that keys into your mobile phone.

The resort: Ortisei in the Val Gardena is the much prettier alternative to nearby Selva. You can ski towards the 40km Sella Ronda or enjoy the scenic and less crowded pistes of the Alpe di Siusi. Both are served by the 450-lift Dolomiti Superski pass.

What's for children: indoor swimming pools, swimming lessons and baby massage. Ski rental shop and a ski school for three- to 11-year-olds.

Baby, Mini and Junior clubs for ages one month to 12 years operate 8.30am-10pm, seven days a week. Children's restaurant, an indoor funpark with tunnels and slides, and a children's theatre.

What's for parents: a kitchen for preparing children's food, and a laundry room. Parents can relax in the Theresia spa.

Cost: from [pounds sterling]65pp per night half board in a family room (during April), including childcare, babysitting and all soft drinks.

Hotel Cavallino Bianco +00 39 04 717 83333, www.hotel-posta.com.

La Cachette Les Arcs, France One of the top family hotels in the Tarentaise, with comfortable bedrooms, including family rooms with twin or double bed plus sofa bed and pullout bed.

The resort: Les Arcs was developed in the 1960s, and it still embraces all that is new in the sport. In 2004 the ski area was linked to La Plagne's to create Paradiski, an immense ski area with 245km of mainly blue and red pistes.

What's for children: excellent facilities include the Kids Club, open daily from 8.30am-6pm, for four months to 12 years with skiing for older children.

What's for parents: sauna and gym. The restaurant serves international cuisine and Savoyard specialities, and the bar is set around an open fire.

Cost: Erna Low (0870 750 6820, www.ernalow.co.uk) from [pounds sterling]524pp half-board, including ferry crossings, and six-day lift pass. Ages three to 12 years from [pounds sterling]268, including six-day lift pass. …

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