6 ensuite bedrooms (2x dbl; 4x twin) in main chalet, each with balcony
- english, french, german
About Gregory McDonald
Swiss-born Englishman with a deep respect for and love of the mountains. UK-based (Staffordshire) owner of Goodfish Group, a manufacturer of plastic injection-moulded components and founder of Stique Ltd, designers and manfacturers of cycling tools & accessories.
Gregory McDonald purchased this Chalet in 2008
Why Gregory McDonald chose Les Contamines-Montjoie
We first came to Chalet Kiana in the summer of 2001, six months after the building had been completed. We loved the chalet and the village so much, we came back every winter (& many summers) after that, until we purchased it from the retiring owners, in Apr-08.
What makes this Chalet unique
What makes Chalet Kiana so special are its views of the mountains, its exposure to long hours of sunshine, its large ensuite bedrooms (no low roofs in the bedrooms), its open-plan, double-height sitting/dining area, its separate, professional-standard kitchen, its separate media room (TV, DVD & iMac), the Jacuzzi and sauna...and its neighbours.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:26
No stags, hens or other such parties
No unsupervised children in Jacuzzi (Use of Jacuzzi means we must have access to the property during your stay, in order to check the water quality)
No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
I've been coming to Chalet Kiana for six years, having only missed 2016 because of a clash. We share the chalet with a group of cyclists every summer and I spend a week or two being chalet chef. The village and surrounding areas are stunning and the chalet has everything you could ever wish for. Stylish and well equipped and appointed. Very efficiently run and guests are exceptionally well looked after. Would not hesitate to recommend it any time of the year.
An amazing chalet!
An amazing chalet, allowing full relaxation at night and great location for access to ski slopes during the daytime. the facilities make the whole experience a joy to behold. It will be impossible for me to stay away next year!
Fantastic location to spend your winter holidays!
Large, well equipped holiday house in the real authentic chalet style. The bedrooms are large and spacious,each with its own bathroom. Large living room and dining area, perfect to have supper all together!
The sauna and jacuzzi are just perfect after a intense day on the skis lopes... There is also the possibility to order fresh bread and croissants and have them delivered every morning at the door!
The little town of Les Contamines is only a 10 min walk away, if you want to do some grocery shopping or buy a cup of coffee.
Would surely recommend this property!
A wonderful chalet suitable for large groups.
This was our first visit to Les Contamines. We rented both the Chalet and Apartment as our party consisted of 3 families. It was absolutely ideal. It was very comfortable and extremely well equipped. The kitchen was perfect for us to cater for all of our party (14 adults and 2 children) and the dining/living area was large enough for all of us. The evenings were so relaxed we did not feel the need to eat out!
Les Contamines itself has plenty of shops and restaurants.The skiing is varied and you have the option of driving to St Gervais or Megeve if you fancy a change.
A real gem.
Second trip to Chalet Kiana
This was our group's second trip to Chalet Kiana, and we came for roughly the same week both years. The fact that we've come back for more sums up our feelings about the place. The Chalet is perfect: It comfortably sleeps 12 people, but there are no 'duff' rooms. Quite often one can go to a chalet and find some people are in a massive room with everything, while others are in a broom cupboard. Not so with Kiana, as all the rooms are equally appealing, and all with their own bathroom.
The chalet itself has a very lovely feel, so much so that we barely went out to eat this year! We just got home from skiing, had our tea and cake (cake collected from shops on way back from the lifts) then cracked open the wine, and had dinner in. Perfect. All our team agree that it is one of the best chalets they've ever stayed in, and there have been a few!
We thought we'd have a little look at Megeve this year, not because of better skiing, (which it isn't) but because a couple of the girls in our group wanted a look at the clothes shops! (of which there are plenty) Although it's only about 1/2 an hour drive from Les Contamines, we just drove down the valley to St. Gervais which takes about 10-15 mins, and then took the bubble lift from there, which emerges at the top of the Megeve ski area and overlooks the town. This is a nice little excursion, if you have lots of money to spend, but the skiing is no better than Les Conts, and you get the same food (on the slopes) in Les Conts for half the price!
As you can probably gather, we're great fans of the skiing in Les Contamines. There are plenty of runs to keep you happy all week, and certainly in January, there are never any queues! I don't think we've ever been to a resort where the combination of great skiing and no queuing was better.
There's not much more to say, and we can't think of a single negative. We will certainly be back next year! We were even hesitant about leaving too good a review, as we feel Les Contamines in general, and Chalet Kiana in particular are real little secrets, and we worried that if too many people discover it, we may have to 'fight' for our week in future!
Beautiful chalet very comfortable and well equipped. Excellent position for walking in the alps or for skiing. Fantastic views from all rooms especially the sitting room and front bedrooms. Sauna and hot tub very relaxing . High standard of cleanliness and well maintained. Lots of good restaurants around. Even easy to pop to Italy for lunch for a change! Would thoroughly recommend.
We are located 530 metres up from the church (centre of the village). The (free) bus stops 70 metres from the front door. This takes you to the lifts in the morning (08.30 last season) and back again in the afternoon (several times)
From centre of St Gervais Les Bains, after the church on your right, follow road round sharp right bend. Take second exit off roundabout, D902, opposite Petit Casino supermarket, following signs for Les Contamines-Montjoie.
Once in Les Contamines, turn left between Bank Populaire and Petit Casino, up route de la Frasse. Go round 2 tight bends (more than 90 degrees) and past the Hotel Clef de Champs on your right, continue round 3 more tight bends, and the track to Chalet Kiana is the second on the left, just below a big, old farm. The number 1073 marks our wooden letterbox.
Other Activities: Windsurfing, rafting and other water activities are 20 minutes drive away
Ski: Located in the Mont Blanc Region, Les Contamines has a great ski area with 120km of uncrowded, well-groomed pistes (most above 1900m) and an excellent snow record. In fact, the snow record is so good that neighbouring resorts like Megeve come to use our pistes late in the season. The pistes are confidence-inspiring for beginners and intermediate skiers. Les Contamines is famous for its off-piste ski-ing, where the sounds of lifts and people disappear! There is a snow park for boarders, and a good selection of mountain restaurants. The slopes are easily accessible with the lifts only a few minutes' drive away. There is an excellent ski school, with English speaking instructors. For the more adventurous the famous Vallee Blanche is within half an hours' drive. Other winter activities available in the village include: ski de fond/Nordic, snow-mobiling, snow-shoeing, curling, ice-skating & dog-sledding.