When it comes to family holidays, every parent dreads the moment when their child sighs heavily, “I’m bored”. As you kids get older and outgrow the simple amusements of toys and games, it becomes harder and harder to keep everyone entertained while on holiday.
Luckily, the right location can remedy this age-old problem. Avoriaz, an all-season resort in the French Alps, offers activities to please parents and kids alike, whether it’s speeding down the ski slopes or mountain biking along the trails. A modest-sized, self-contained resort, Avoriaz allows kids to have a little independence from their parents – while also not letting them stray too far. At any time of year, families will find Avoriaz has everything they need to keep everyone happy.
Aquariaz – This indoor water park is an oasis of fun both winter and summer. A huge artificial river winds through the whole of the facility, adorned with tropical greenery, rock pools, bubble-massage seats, and water games. The kids will love the Slidewinder, a half-pipe water slide perfect for adrenaline seekers, while mom and dad might prefer the outdoor Jacuzzi.
Winter opening times (December – April): Monday to Friday from 14:00 to 20:00 and Sundays from 14:00 to 20:00. Closed Saturdays.
Summer opening times (July & August): Open daily from 10:30 am to 7:30 pm.
Rates: €4 – €8 depending on season and time.
Helicopter Rides – See Avoriaz and the Alps from above with a helicopter sightseeing tour. Capable of flying almost anywhere, helicopters can give you a bird’s eye view of the mountains. If you come in winter you’ll see snow-capped peaks. Go for a ride in summer and you’ll see rocky summits and lush grassy slopes
Indiana Adventures – Located just eight kilometres away from Avoriaz, in Morzine’s Dereches sports area, this adventure company offers a range of outdoor activities in both winter and summer. From zip-lining to snow-shoeing, river rafting to paintball, everyone in your family can find something fun here
Prices and opening times vary by activity. Find out more here.
Bowling Bar – For some more relaxed family activities during the afternoon or evening, try the Bowling Bar. Besides bowling, this venue offers pool tables, video games, and driving simulators. Don’t forget the bar snacks!
45 place des Dromonts 74110 Avoriaz
+33(0) 4 50 74 06 77
Rates for bowling are €9 per game, shoes included.
How to Get There
The closest international hub to Avoriaz is Geneva Airport on the Swiss-French border, only a 90-minute flight from major London airports. Swiss, easyJet, and British Airways all offer nonstop flights for very reasonable fares.
Once you’ve arrived at Geneva, you’ll have to make your way up into the Alps to Avoriaz. As no public transport links are available, consider booking an airport transfer for you and your family. Shuttle Direct offers speedy transfers from Geneva airport with drivers that are familiar with the mountain roads. Don’t fret about the details on your family holiday – let us handle it.
Where to Stay
Hotel Le Mont Jorat – For some authentic Savoyard flavour, this cosy chateau fits the bill. With mountain views, alpine wood accents, and rustic French menu offerings, the Hotel Le Mont Jorat immerses you in mountain culture. The hotel offers adjoining rooms, so kids and parents can have their separate spaces but still enjoy some togetherness.
Hotel Le Grand Tetras – This hotel is tucked away in the little village of Morzine, about three miles from Avoriaz proper. It offers rustic-chic mountain living in both summer and winter, so you can enjoy the glory of the Alps all year round. Reasonably priced and comfortable, the two-star Hotel Le Grand Tetras offers a welcoming bar for mom and dad, and a speedy wifi network for the kids.
Apartment Dahu – Set in the centre of town, this cosy apartment is perfect for a family of four. Outfitted in traditional alpine décor (think faux-fur throws and wood panelling), yet with all the modern amenities in place, Apartment Dahu is the ideal home away from home. Mom and dad will appreciate the well-equipped kitchen, while the younger set will love relaxing in the living room in front of the flat-screen TV.