Smith & KidsStylish family travel: child-friendly hotels, family holiday tips and insider guides

It’s that old (roasted) chestnut: where can you take the smaller Smiths to a guaranteed eye-widening winter wonderland, without compromising on chalet chic and post-piste adult-only treats? Whether you’ve only got one little Heidi to keep happy or a seven-strong Von Trapp family in tow, our round-up of powder-snow ski stays has been hand-picked from the Smith collections with family in mind, without skimping on alpine vistas and first-rate facilities.

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Les Servages d'Armelles family-friendly ski chalet Rhône-Alpes France

BEST FOR… Big broods

Les Servages d’Armelle, Rhône-Alpes, France
Style Grand mountain hut
Setting Slopes of Mont Blanc

This family-run Grand Massif getaway has an enviable straight-to-piste location. If it’s indulgence you’re after, check in to the main farmhouse’s generous Prestige suite, which has its own hot tub and hammam. For more independence, opt for the self-contained chalet further down the piste that can house your whole herd in classic Alpine comfort. Babysitting with a local nanny can be arranged if you want to slope off to dine à deux in nearby Chamonix, but with a dedicated kids’ menu, dinner is a doddle at the hotel’s elegantly rustic restaurant. And if you can’t bear to leave your trusty mountain sheepdog at home, you don’t have to – pets are welcome.

Rates Family Suites from €235 a night. Under-10s stay free; extra beds for older children are €50 a night.

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Lagacio child-friendly ski lodge | South Tyrol, Italy

BEST FOR… Doing your own thing

Lagació Hotel Mountain Residence, South Tyrol, Italy
Style Bright and airy apartments
Setting Deep in the Dolomites

These apartment-style lodgings offer the best of both worlds: play by your own rules while letting the attentive staff do all the hard work, such as booking a babysitter or pre-stocking the kitchen with your choice of groceries. Baby-bottle warmers, toys and a buggy are all available to borrow, leaving more room in your suitcases for ski gear – and you’ll need it, with playgrounds, sledging pistes, a ski kindergarten and the world’s largest ski carousel just a well-aimed snowball’s throw away.

Rates Suites from €288 a night. Cots or extra beds are €15 (€50 for over-3s).

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Alpaga family restaurant | Ski chalet France

BEST FOR… Gastronome skiers

Alpaga, Megève, France
Style Stylish mod-trad chalets
Setting Megève’s mountain playground

Little ski-lovers are put in pole position at Alpaga, where the SMALLable kids’ club keeps under-12s occupied with off-piste diversions such as the Little Chef Cooking Studio. If they don’t fancy dining on their own creations they can stuff their rosy cheeks from the kids’ menu, while you sit back and sample mouth-watering mountain gastronomy served against the pinch-me picturesque backdrop of Mont Blanc. Then rest those snow-weary heads in dreamy digs: choose from a spacious Prestige room with a mezzanine, a detail-rich terraced lodge with beds for 12 or, closer to the village centre, the regal Reine des Prés chalet.

Rates Prestige rooms from €249.99 a night. Cots and extra beds are provided free. Pets can stay for €25 a night.

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El Lodge family-friendly ski chalet | Sierra Nevada

BEST FOR… Skiing in the sun

El Lodge, Sierra Nevada, Spain
Style Nordic cool and heated pool
Setting Snow-capped Andalucía

For ski-loving parents, there’s a downside to days spent hurtling down slopes, learning the ropes at ski school or having your pick of the hotel’s classic wooden sledges: when you’ve gathered and dusted off your little ones, you may find yourself in dire need of a family-friendly cosy pine-clad nest to retreat to. At El Lodge on the sunny Spanish slopes of the Sierra Nevada, you’ll all be glad to float in the outdoor pool or flop on a fur-clad deck chair on the terrace (the spa and sauna are tempting, too). With a kids’ club, games room and ski hire all on offer, you’ll just need to pack your sunnies.

Rates Rooms from €365 a night. Cots and extra beds for under-12s are free.

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Leaving the kids back at base camp this ski season? Our pick of the most stylish slopeside stays for Mr & Mrs Smith will put you on the inside track when planning your alpine adventure for two.

*Copy compiled by Isabelle Yates

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