All-inclusives usually conjure the Caribbean or a cruise vacation for me. So it was cool to hear about a new all-inclusive resort that just opened on Dec. 16 in the Italian Alps when guest writer Terry Ward recently checked in from the Club Med Pragelato Vialattea Resort. Terry said she was practically drowning in powder (the Alps have had amazing snowfall so far this December), but she took a few moments from schussing to share some of the resort's highlights:
My first surprise when I arrived at the Club Med Pragelato Vialattea Resort in Italy's Piedmont region, near Turin, was the way the place looked. Instead of a typical hotel layout, it's a collection of chalet-style buildings with 234 rooms (more than half the rooms can accommodate four people or more, making it great for families). The property has a real village feel, with the wellness area, restaurants and equipment rental areas all housed in different buildings that you access along winding sidewalks. My room felt very Scandinavian - blond wood floors and a bed decked out with a fluffy white duvet. And as I wandered around the property I had the impression I was in an alpine village rather than at an all-inclusive resort. That feeling went away, however, as soon as I realized that the little ribbon around my wrist got me access to things like plates of charcuterie and Italian cheeses or fresh wood-fired pizza from one of the resort's restaurants or a nice cold Italian beer at the bar. Indeed, the all-inclusive rates here include all food and non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks as well as things like the kids and teenagers club, lift tickets, ski instruction and access to a beautiful wellness area with a heated pool lined with strong jets for an apres-ski massage (bliss). For families looking for a ski vacation that comes with all the extras (including child care) and no surprise add-ons at the end of the stay, it seems like a really smart way to book a ski vacation. And did I mention the snow? Powder galore with lots of off-piste and groomed runs and access right from the gondola in front of the Club Med to Europe's second largest ski domain.
According to the resort's website, prices start from around 1510 euros (a little less than $2,000) per person, per week-long stay, based on double occupancy. Considering that the price of lift tickets alone are often over $100 per day in Colorado - and that's before you tack on hotels, meals and lessons for the kids - it seems like a package worth investigating!
Image courtesy Terry Ward