Friday, 6 January 2017

The delightful village of MEGEVE in the eyes of our nanny....






Megève is a very cute and authentic village in Haute-Savoie, Chamonix Valley, the French Alps. The little church Saint Paul rings it's bells every hour right in the centre, close to the famous ski design shop Allaard. On the main square, a huge Christmas tree is rising up and shines upon Megève. It is one of the most magical sight you can expect when you come to enjoy winter holidays. Indeed, the king of the village stays up till the end of the season ! Near by, on the ancient pavement, beautiful horse-carriages are waiting to take you on nice tours all around the city and country-side. Of course, the car free streets are perfect for shopping, and you can find either cosy or prestigious restaurants Michelin- stared. There are also a few bars and nightclubs, even an outdoor bar right in front of the Christmas tree, where it is typical to have a vin chaud or hot chocolate ! Art galeries are another attraction there.

For kids, Megève has everything, beside an easy and large variety of slopes (the cable connection is one of the most practical). A little ice-ring and an icy mini-quad circuit in the centre, a big outdoor playground, a sleighing area, a summer sleigh (kind of roller-coaster), many walks to discover following the littles bridges along the river… There is a big indoor structure as well : Le Palais des Sports. Further along, an Olympic ice ring with music, a 3 floor library with a very comfortable space for little kids, a swimming pool, an inflated castles gymnasium , a ping-pong table, a tennis court, a climbing wall, and for the parents, a brand new spa/sauna/hammam/balneo complex !

During the season, the city organises several events like the Polo Master and winter golf cup in January, and the famous Jazz Festival in March. To put it in a nutshell, Megève is not only a typical charming village, it has so many cultural and sporty attractions for every taste and age! So, even when the snow is not there, the whole family will always find something new to do every day !
By Roxane
www.megeve-nannies.com
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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

The prefect end of year and the best start of season

Our standards never change, this is how the season started and this year ends...
Happy , happy and more happy!


"Silvia is absolutely brilliant.
She is kind, helpful, energetic, engaging, competent, trustworthy and extremely fun with an excellent sense of humour. Most importantly she could not be more flexible for us. Nothing is too much trouble or a problem. The children love her and A and I think she is lovely. Very professional but incredibly personable too.Thank you so much."
Meribel client December 2016


"I thought Alix was excellent. She was on time, responsible, cheerful, and engaging. The kids really liked her! Thank you"
St Anton December 2016

"Reanne was really great.
She arrived early and went through all the requirements around the children with myself and my sister in law. She instantly bonded with the boys and then happily read them all a story upstairs and we settled them all into bed. Many thanks"
Meribel December 2016

"A is brilliant, we couldn't have asked for a better service. Thank you for being so prompt organising this so quickly and thoroughly, we will definitely recommend your service!"
Courchevel December 2016

"It was lovely to meet R, she  immediately made us feel confident and we were able to leave the children in her capable hands!
Megeve Dec 2016

"Clare is fantastic, we and the children loved her...thank you for organising this great service at last minute!"
Chamonix December 2016

Happy New Year to you all...for more of this see you in January!

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016

What do you do in St Anton with children?

Here are some family friendly activities in St Anton our nannies tried and tested:

1) Sledging - best places are the bottom of the Gampen or Nasserein lift. Pick up a sledge in resort for €20 or ask your hotel/Chalet if they have any available to borrow.

2) Play park - St Anton has two play parks: one in the grounds of the museum and one outside the wellness centre. Warm clothes and waterproof trousers are essential for this if you're planning on going on the swing or down the slide.

3) Indoor play - for those days where the weather is just a bit too cold and snowy to be outside head to Bar/Cafe Anton and their rather unusual play area which over looks the cafe. In Nasserein there's Arlmont, which also has a small area for kids to play in.

4) Visiting the rescue helicopter - a fun afternoon out taking the bus or walking to Verwall where the rescue helicopters are based. If you're really lucky, they'll let you sit inside! 

If the list is not enough, we have some secrets to share , so please give us a call....00447860925055

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Monday, 19 December 2016

CHAMONIX's Christmas glitter...


                                                                                                              
It finally looks like Christmas in Chamonix

While there may not be so much snow in Chamonix yet, we are very much getting into the Christmas spirit while the snow canons working too . Santa has arrived and so have the Christmas markets, so while parents can indulge in a variety of tasty mulled wines, the children can come and meet Santa and join in in many of the activities and attractions that the Chamonix Christmas village has to offer. We have already had a band of geese marching through the village to the sound of tambourines and whistles, and a quartet of colourful umbrellas marching through with some beautiful drumming and dancing accompanying them. Children have been joining in the dancing and loved the attractions so far.
Chamonix’s Christmas village is offering fun for families right up until the 30th December so there is still plenty of time to experience and be part of the fun here. From face painting to carol singing in the churches, come and see the Christmas Elves singing and dancing through the village and sharing their jokes with everyone. There’s still jazz quartets to come and an illuminated musical procession of the Chamonix ESF ski instructors, plus much more. 

There’s certainly enough to keep everyone entertained until the snow arrives, which according to the forecast won’t be long.
Book a nanny for January until the end of December and we will give you a 10% discount for over 30 hours bookings. 
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Monday, 12 December 2016

Massive area for experts....how St Anton am Arlberg has changed, and this season's diary

Will this be your chosen resort of the season?  
Here are some fun activities and events for your diary while you trust St Anton quality childcare to entertain your little ones.
Three new cable cars inter-link all the resorts in the Arlberg Austria's latest inter-connected ski resort 305 kilometers of marked runs and 87 lifts and came car systems. The Arlberg area extends from St. Anton in Tyrol to Lech and Zurs as well as Warth and Schröcken in Vorarlberg.
Advent Magic in the Park,  a Christmas theme trail for all age groups invite you to savour the festive run-up to Christmas during the first four weekends in November / December. Its the fourth time this year
Advent dates:
Sunday, 27th of November 2016
Sunday, 4th of December 2016
Thursday, 8th of December 2016
Sunday, 11th of December 2016
Saturday, 17th of December 2016 and Sunday, 18th of December 2016
Wiltener Boys Choir Concert - 28. December 2016
Ski-Show–Journey through ski history with fireworks every Wednesday.
Ladies first feel good weeks on the 7th-28th January. Ladies can avail of service and discounts. This can also be combined with "powder snow week" discounts for men also doing the same period.
New Orleans meets snow  7th-9th of April 2017. Live concerts in the village and ski slopes. Music with be soul, blues, funk and jazz
Children born from 2009 can use the lifts for €10 per person with the "snowman card"
The resort has a wellness centre witch contains a gym, swimming pool, sauna, massage. Ice skating and curling outside.
There is also rock climbing and bouldering, indoor tennis and table tennis, blowing, pool table.
Wellness centre
Winter Opening Hours:
We are open daily 10:00 am to 10:00 pm from December 02, 2016 through April 23, 2017. Prices are in euro
Swimming pool
SINGLE ENTRANCE:
Adult €13, Youth €10, Child € 6.
EVENING PASS (starts at 7:00pm):
Adult €13, Youth€ 7, Child €5.
WEEK PASS:
Adult 52, Youth 40, Child 24.
10 VISIT PUNCH PASS:
Adult €117, Youth €90, Child €54.
SEASON PASS - SENIOR CITIZENS 160.00
SEASON PASS:
Adult €190 Youth €155 Child €80
FAMILY PASS - A:
1 Parent + 1 Child €17
1 Parent + 2 Children €22
1 Parent + 3 or more Children €27
FAMILY PASS - B:
2 Parents + 1 Child €29
2 Parents + 2 Children €34
2 Parents + 3 or more Children €39
TOWELS are available for a € 5.00 rental charge (plus a € 10.00 deposit)   15.00
BATHROBES are available for a € 9.00 rental charge (plus a € 20.00 deposit)   29.00
SWIM SUITS/TRUNKS are available for a € 5.00 rental charge (plus a € 20.00 deposit)   25.00
SAUNA & SWIMMING
SINGLE ENTRANCE   €21.00
EVENING PASS (starts at 7:00pm)   €18.00
WEEK PASS   €84.00
10 VISIT PUNCH PASS € 189.00
SEASON PASS €270.00
FITNESS STUDIO
10:00 am – 10:00 pm
SINGLE ENTRANCE    € 9.00
10 VISIT PUNCH PASS   €81.00
5 VISIT PUNCH PASS   €40.00
WEEK PASS   €36.00
MONTHLY FEE   €60.00
PERSONAL TRAINING (60 minutes) €100.00
SEASON PASS €215.00
L DAY PASS (Fitness, Swimming Pool)   €20.00
XL DAY PASS (Fitness, Sauna, Swimming Pool)   €24.00
L WEEK PASS (Fitness, Swimming Pool)   €80.00
XL WEEK PASS (Fitness, Sauna, Swimming Pool)   €96.00
L SEASON PASS (Fitness, Swimming Pool) €360.00
XL SEASON PASS (Fitness, Sauna, Swimming Pool)€420.00
TANNING
ONE 10-MINUTE UNIT   €8.50
10 VISIT PUNCH PASS €76.50
MASSAGES
10:00 am – 10:00 pm
FULL BODY SWEDISH MASSAGE (50 minutes) €55.00
PARTIAL SWEDISH MASSAGE (25 minutes) €33.00
SKIER'S MASSAGE (Back & Legs, 50 minutes) €63.00
SKIER'S MASSAGE (Back & Legs, 25 minutes) €42.00
REFLEXOLOGY (45 minutes) €57.00
AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE using essential oils
(Full Body Massage, 50 minutes) €57.00
AROMATHERAPY MASSAGE using essential oils
(Partial Massage, 25 minutes) €35.00
ICE SKATING
Open daily 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm;  open from 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
* The Ice Skating Rink is open from December through Mid-March.
ADULT €4.00
CHILD €3.00
ICE SKATES RENTAL - ADULT€ 4.00
ICE SKATES RENTAL - CHILD €3.00
ALPINE CURLING
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
CURLING ALLEY (90 minutes for a Party of 4) €33.00
EACH ADDITIONAL PERSON   €4.50
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Friday, 9 December 2016

Chamonix waiting for you....

Hi, I’m Rosie, one of the nannies based in Chamonix. I arrived here last week and so far the only ski area open is the Grand Montets, but the other lifts are all scheduled to open either tomorrow (the 10th) or on the 17th December. The luge (toboggan) and the ice rink are also due to open on the 17th, which will be great fun for visiting children (and adults!). La petite folie, the new café and soft play area in Chamonix-Sud is open; the staff are lovely and the little ones love the soft play area. Link: http://www.lapetitefoliechamonix.com/wp_lapetitefolie/. There are lots of other fun activities for children in Chamonix including bowling, sleigh rides, sledging and adventuring in the forests. Also, a little elf told me that Father Christmas is going to be visiting several hotels and other locations around Chamonix during the week before Christmas!
Call us for more exciting things to do
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Off to ski..what you need to consider if you are travelling with children


It can be a struggle keeping children entertained at the best of times let alone on a plane! There are the obvious gadgets, like I-pads but books are always great and easy to pack. How about a book that includes skiing, snow or the mountain environment. Get them ready and excited for where they are about to be. They could also draw a picture of what they think the ski resort will look like and even draw their nanny. This may help them when they eventually meet their special nanny for the week. Our nannies found that sticker books were extremely popular with all children too. These may be useful on the plane!
Once in the resort it is up to us to keep the children occupied while you enjoy the beautiful slopes. A lot of our nannies are looking forward to trying snow painting. It involves filling up bottles with water and food colouring and then spreading it all over the snow. They can create pretty pictures whilst also being outside in the great alpine atmosphere. There are so many lovely things to do in the mountains as well as the expected activities. If you are going to a resort where there is a swimming pool we advise parents to bring several swim nappies and arm bands, however some pools provide them.


Tips for skiing holidays with children:

·         Always have water & snacks to hand. Sunscreen for your child's skin type is a must.

·         Good fitting gloves, goggles & sunglasses. If you get the children to try these things on before they go away that can be extremely useful too.

·         Gloves that can be attached together or mittens. And WATERPROOF. There is nothing worse than cold hands.

·         Clothing layers, it goes from hot to cold and vice versa very quickly.

·         The one thing to pack extra would be nappies & baby wipes – they can be very expensive in resort. However we can go shopping for you before you arrive.

·         Transfers can be long & windy – medication for travel sick children.

·         Entertainment for the journeys!

For more information please contact us on 0044 7860925055
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