L’Amara Avoriaz review: The property offers the best views of the Morzine valley
As a first-time skier, pulling up at L’Amara in Avoriaz was incredible. From the fairy tail-like village setting to the alpine décor and convenient position, it was exactly how I wanted it to be.
Checking in to the Premium Residence Amara, all you can think about is trying out the outdoor hot tub (pre-booking essential!) which can be seen with great ease through the dramatic, double-height windows adjacent to the reception desk a floor below.
However, relaxation is not my primary concern – immediately anyway. With ski-rental and a large shop selling everything to accomplish your winter sports dream opposite the main door, you can jump straight into the action.
The five-star property offers ski-in, ski-out, an indoor swimming pool, Deep Nature Spa, gym as well as access to the ski areas of Les Portes du Soleil and Avoriaz; where the altitude ranges from 1,000m to 2,460m.
I challenge you to resist the hot tub at L’Amara
Our trip centres around the final days of the Snowboxx Festival, which has been running since 2013, and is a week-long, mountaintop party.
The famous resort is transformed for the duration, with partying on and off the pistes and this year’s line-up included Craig David’s TS5, Jax Jones and a DJ set from Rudimental.
However, before the frivolities could start, it was an all-important ski lesson that needed to be attended, with the beginner slopes right on my doorstep and the main ones less than five minutes away.
Views, views and oh views again! From our two-bedroom apartment on the 11th floor, we could appreciate the Morzine Valley in all its glory with a wraparound balcony with plenty of space for a post-slope beverage or two.
The wood, warm-coloured rooms themselves have everything you could possibly need for your stay: coffee machine, dishwasher, television etc and all the expected amenities needed after dropping your equipment off at your own ski locker downstairs.
Amara offers sleeping spaces for parties up to the size of 12. Ours came complete with one double en-suite room and a twin, with a bathroom and toilet separate. Plenty of space for four to six, with a sofa bed in the lounge.
L’Amara Avoriaz review: The village is picturesque and compact
L’Amara Avoriaz review: Snowboxx is the ultimate festival experience
The five separate buildings are connected by heated galleries – they can be a tad confusing – while a supermarket and two restaurants are exceptionally closeby.
The main event and what can I say, one of the best festival experiences around. While many associate festivals with summer partying in a vast field, there is nothing like Snowboxx.
It is easy to manoeuvre the intimate main staging area – less than a 10 minute walk from L’Amara – to make the most of the variety of talent on offer, as coloured lights are shone onto the striking scenery all around.
The Apres Arena is directly opposite and the 2019 event featured the likes of human bowling, while activities such as igloo parties and a skim pool were dotted around the village.
Craig David was my personal highlight, combining throwback anthems with current chart-topping hits while knowing exactly how to please the crowd. His set ending too soon would be my only criticism.
L’Amara Avoriaz review: Craig David headlined at Snowboxx Festival 2019
L’Amara Avoriaz review: Snowboxx Festival is a stone’s throw away
If musical talent from around the world isn’t enough, Avoriaz offers a very long list of activities: sled dogs, snowshoeing, ice-diving, snowboarding and e-bikes.
The latter, which could be collected around the corner from the hotel, was an experience I will not forget anytime soon.
Due to the time of year we travelled – late March – the melting snow meant staying upright was something to be mastered as you travelled up into the forest to appreciate unspoilt vistas with minimum physical exertion.
FOOD & DRINK
Sumptuous, cheese-filled and fun. Our first dinner was at the stunning and romantic La Cabana – expect candlelight, rich food and live music in the background.
The buzzy spot in the centre of the village is delicious and perfect for both couples as well as larger parties.
One meal I will not forget in a hurry is the bottomless brunch, which we had the following morning at Le Grand Café. It runs from 10am until noon and is seconds from the hotel.
L’Amara Avoriaz review: Table top raclette at La Brassiere
An upbeat atmosphere with loud music and delicious food, it is not one for the faint-hearted! We were doing the conga with our mimosa in no time.
I can also recommend the fondue at La Brassiere, for both meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. The table-top raclette is also a thing of wonder. Avoriaz has something for all budgets and tastes, while many of the restaurants are conveniently close together.
THE FINAL WORD
When can I return? For a different festival experience whether you’re a winter sports fan or not, Snowboxx will keep you entertained.
With events going on all day and plenty of activities and amenities to fill in the gaps, you will not be disappointed.
Amara makes sure you’re trip is effortless, while taking care of the practical aspects and giving you luxury at each turn.
For more information, please visit www.snowboxx.com and, for accommodation, www.pierreetvacances.com.