Comments from Previous Guests
We work hard to ensure that all our guests have a great time and are well looked after. With so many guests coming back year after year (and quite a few joining us for several trips in a season) we feel that we must be doing something right. Below are a few of the emails we have received after people have enjoyed the Ski Weekender experience.
Winter Season 2011 / 2012
A massive thank you for a fantastic ski midweek from myself and Andrea. Not having been skiing before and taking an experienced skier as a surprise present was made massively easy by your team from start finish. You made us feel at home and did more than necessary to make us comfortable. It was a privilege to stay with you – Guy and Andrea March 2012
I’m writing to thank you and all the staff at Aravis for the most organised and well run ski holiday I’ve ever been on, I don’t think you could do much more to make three days on the slopes more enjoyable! See you next time – David March 2012
I’d just like to let you know what a fantastic holiday my friend Mark and I had with Karibuni. This was our seventh skiing trip and our third visit to you at the Aravis Lodge. We enjoy the friendly atmosphere at the lodge and meeting new people over the excellent evening meals. The transfer buses to the slopes work extremely well minimising walking in the dreaded ski boots! Your staff are always very friendly and knowledgeable and nothing is too much trouble – Simon and Mark March 2012
Ski weekender. This has been the most positive ski experience we have had in all our years of skiing. Every detail is catered for & NOTHING is too much trouble. The transfer, food, loading & unloading of our baggage & skis, hire skis & fitting on site, amazing ski guiding (all day), video & ski pics, private pick up daily, pre booking of meals out… The list is just endless but with such a welcoming ethos & relaxed feel, the question is, when are we coming back?!! Thanks Ski weekender – another level has been found… Chris Feb 2012
Just wanted to drop you an e-mail to say thank you to the whole team for such a fantastic break. Everything from the first call we made to you to our departure last night was perfect. The staff were so friendly, the food was lovely and everything was so well organised. The guided skiing was excellent and meant my son could go with the group and ski all day to his heart’s content whilst I could take it a little easier with some of the other guests, going at our own pace, knowing that my son was in good hands – Joanne Feb 2012
I have to say that I felt that my entire experience with Ski Weekender was very positive, pre resort communication was swift, effective and friendly. From the moment we arrived at Geneva to the time of our return drop off your entire team was excellent as was your efficiency at getting us to and from the slopes to make the most the limited time that we had. Food, accommodation and service was also of a very good standard and very enjoyable. Thank you for a terrific Ski break – David Feb 2012
Great staff, great location, no request presented too much trouble. We’ve had a fantastic time, our first ski holiday as a family and you folks have gone to great lengths to make it special for us. We’ll be back with Granny and Grandpa babysitters in tow! – Kirsty, Evan and Robin Dec 2011
Thank you to the whole team for making our stay so excellent. We have enjoyed every minute and will definitely be back but also tell all our skiing buddies about you. Truly brilliant time – Jon Oli and Fin Dec 2011
Fantastic trip made extra special by the whole team. Thank you for all the effort you have gone to and a special mention for the wonderful cakes. Hopefully we will be back soon, in the meantime keep up the good work! – Sandy and Paul Dec 2011
Third Christmas visit to Karibuni – gets better and better (though no improvement needed). Thanks for a great stay. – Love from the Lim family Dec 2011
What an amazing place…. We have had a fantastic Christmas with you guys, there isn’t anything I could complain about. Fingers crossed we’re back next year, and if we win the lottery sooner. Thanks again – Warren, Allie, Ellie and Alfie (Daden) Dec 2011
Thanks to all – 5* service as per last time. We were so lucky with the weather as well. Perfect conditions for an ENGAGEMENT! We will be back – AGAIN! Happy new year – Sue Westbury Dec 2011
Great place to learn to ski – great time away from London. Awesome holiday – Andy and Pippa Peirson Dec 2011
With a lovely homely feel, you guys really have thought of everything! Food: V. Good. Service: V. Good. Snow: V. Good. We will be back! – Leanne Westbury Dec 2011
Thanks for a great trip. Service 10/10. Food was great. All your team made us feel welcome and would love to come back – Aidan and Kate Dec 2011
Was really good, brilliant service! Snow was excellent. We even got engaged on Tuesday (27/12/11) at the top of Le Grand Bornand on the perfect day Harry and Faye Dec 2011
Thank you for the wonderful hospitality and the friendly helpful staff for whom nothing was too much trouble. You have all made our skiing memorable. We will definitely be recommending Ski Weekender. Hopefully see you soon – Burrows Gang Dec 2011
Hello. Thanks for completing the holiday experience! Loved every minute! The cakes were lovely Thank you lots, Ben and Elaine Dec 2011
What a wonderful way to start the new year. Many thanks for such an excellent holiday. Everything was superbly organised from the start to finish. Fantastic beginner lessons from Innes. Really warm welcome, excellent food and service. Will be recommending to friends. Once again thanks – Carol and Alan Posnett Jan 2012
Thank you to all for a truly lovely few days. Everyone was so friendly and couldn’t have been more helpful – you made us feel very welcome. Loved the New Years Eve party – may definitely come back for that next year! Food was fab and sledging and snowshoe walking very memorable. Thanks again – Veronica, Simon and Morgan Jan 2012
This has been a fantastic few dayts. I can honestly say the best hospitality we’ve had in all our years skiing. The resort is beautiful and wonderfully unspoilt. Thank you for all your help with non-skiing activities too. Hppy new year to you all – Anne, Steve, Sean-Paul and Harry Jan 2012
Core details – In 4 days nailed 123km; steepest decline 43 degrees; fastest speed 64km/hr; number of times lost skis 5; vin chaud (hot red wine) stops 8; clories consumed excess; calories burnt not enough; = much fun had by all. Thank you for a great few days, keep up the good work – Becky, Paula and Andy Jan 2012
Thanks to all. Had a fantastic time, great boarding, great place and awesome people. The hosting was great and a must do. Will see you all again soon. Many thanks – Paul Churchill Jan 2012
To all the team, we can’t thank you enough for all the effort you have put in to make our few days away so enjoyable. Everything has been perfect and we have been made to feel so at home! Thanks again! Tom and Sarah Jan 2012
Thank you to all of the team. We have had such a wonderful time. We’ve been really impressed with everything here and found everyone so helpful! Many thanks – Ruth Jan 2012
3rd year and another amazing “Ski Break”! You always look after us so well, the food is wonderful and we look forward to coming back again. Your team is fantastic so please say a big thank you from all of us. Love Clare (+ Tracy, Judy, Debs, Jane and Alison) Jan 2012
Here is a few reviews on TripAdvisor from last winter too:
Winter Season 2010 / 2011
Hello Paul, Jess and the team, thank you once again for a great few days. The beginners in our group loved the skiing and can’t wait to go again. Please pass on our thanks to John for the two hosting sessions. Alex, Paul and I really enjoyed them – it is a very sociable way to ski. Once again the holiday was very well organised and you are the perfect hosts, a great set up. We had near perfect weather and snow. Even flying with easyJet was good – leaving 15 minutes early on Thursday night… unheard of…. We hope to be back again – hopefully before the end of this season if we can squeeze it in. With best wishes and a happy New Year to you all Heather, Dec 2010
We all had a great week’s skiing and boarding and all came back with good memories of the trip, delicious New Year’s Eve dinner, fun at blackjack, etc – thank you all ! Good luck with the rest of the season and I am sure we will see you all again. All the best, Cathy and all the gang, Dec 2010
The New Year party was great fun but the whole break was exceptionally well organised and the staff were really friendly and tolerant of our late night drinking habits! Generally when you go on holiday you end up thinking ‘wouldn’t it be great if they did XYZ’ but that never happened – you have thought of everything! Just wanted to say thanks for making us feel so welcome. The atmosphere was relaxed and informal, the food was terrific and we felt we were very well cared for. It is rare to meet such an organised and professional team as we found at Karibuni and we look forward to returning – perhaps for a summer break. All the best for 2011 – Debbie Green, Jan 2011
Just a quick note to say thanks again to all of the team for their help during our recent stay. As with last year, when we visited at Easter, we were really struck by the excellent and friendly service, which is why we came back with friends, and it really feels like a home from home. We are already planning our next trip, looking at options for a return during this season but not sure we will make it! I hope the rest of the season goes well for you. Best wishes, Ben, Jan 2011
I just wanted to say that I had the best skiing holiday ever this weekend. I’ve done nothing but rave about your hotel and the impeccable service your fantastic team offer. However, I’m almost loathed to tell people how good it is because I don’t want to find myself in a position where you’re fully booked when I want to come back in the summer or next winter. I’ve never come across such amazingly good food; the flight home, with other guests, involved discussing what our favourit starter, main and dessert was and us all agreeing that it was all great and our ‘pick of the best’ exercise just left us all wishing our flight would turn round and come back. The boys on the vegetarian menu said it was the best they’d ever experienced and having tasted their dishes too I can see why they would say that. The hosted skiing days were such a bonus (didn’t realise it was part of the deal) – my skiing improved dramatically over the weekend thanks to the boys and I genuinely felt we covered both resorts and got so much out if it. Yesterday wasn’t spent working out where to go it was spent discussing which runs we enjoyed the most and whether we could fit them all in again! Again, thank you so much – I very much look forward to seeing you either again later this season (when I can work out which weekend I can travel), or in the summer and most definitely next season. – Alison M, Jan 2011
Customer service fantastic. From getting on the transfer to leaving nothing to worry about as everything already sorted by staff. Can’t stop talking about Karibuni – best ski holiday ever and hoping to return with friends next year – Chris, Jan 2011
As my first skiing holiday the highlight was the whole package from the friendly helpful atmosphere to good kit, great food and a ‘nothing was too much trouble’ attitude from all the staff. First rate and I will definitely come back. Glenn, Jan 2011
It was one big highlight. Great value for money with the lift pass included in the price and great food and wine, onsite ski and boot hire, shuttle bus to the ski lifts and back again. friendly and fun staff and ski hosting all included. No better way to spend 4 days with friends. All in our group were very impressed and had a great time. Please pass on my thanks to all the staff. Repeat what you have in St Jean and you cant fail. Chris Green, Feb 2011
My wife and I have stayed with you on a midweek break Feb 6th to 10th and wanted to say how impressed we were with your whole set up, fantastic! You seam to have really thought of everything. You have the balance just right between having a relaxed atmosphere and still getting across all the information we need to enjoy our trip. Fantastic food, great staff, good rooms with more storage than we have had in other chalets. We were also really impressed with the resorts considering the lack of snow. We will definitely be back, thanks for doing such a good job, it made the holiday even more enjoyable. Adam & Claire, Feb 2011
Winter Season 2009 / 2010
Hi everyone, Thanks again, for a truly wonderful time. Missing being there, and the skiing. Everyone, and everything, has been brilliant. The only downside, acutely, has been the return back to bedlam, here! However, I look forward to returning, for another fix of near heaven! (Phil - Jan 10)
Hi Paul and Jess, Back into the swing of things in the UK. Just wanted to say a huge thank you to you both and your team. The girls and I had a fantastic time. You all made our experience in the Aravis a great one. Thanks once again for the lovely memories of our holiday. Wishing you and the team all the best for the coming year.(Holly and daughters – Jan 10)
As I wrote in the book yesterday before leaving you all…….Fab, Fab, Fab, thanks so much for looking after us and for your really friendly staff that just couldn’t do enough for us….amazing set up there…don’t under estimate the wonderful impact your fab team have on your guests. Hope we will be back again! (Claire – Jan 10)
Hi Tom, I just wanted to let you know that my wife and I had a really awesome time with you guys this weekend. The lodge was really cool with everything you could need and really tasty food. Can you pass on our thanks to Mike for hosting us on the slopes for 3 days, he is a real gent and extremely professional, a really friendly guy and great fun to board with! In fact all your staff were amazing, making us feel extremely welcome and looking after us for the 4 days. We will definitely come back and recommend Karibuni to our friends. (Jamie – Feb 10)
I just wanted to say a huge thank you (again) from all of the Briggs party of 11. The team work so hard and we really appreciate all the effort you put in, especially with the bus trips to the slopes and children’s entertainment. We have thoroughly unwound and had a fantastic time. Food also fab and the recommendation of the pizza take out was great on the Wednesday evening for the kids. Thanks to all of you. We will see you next year! (Cath and the gang – Feb half term 2010)
Just to let you know how very much we enjoyed our trip. I was a bit rusty on the ski-ing front but with Ro, benefited enormously from having lessons with Fabien who was great. We were very impressed with the service provided by Karibuni. We are an independent pair, usually, and it is many years since we have used a travel company. You may not have heard – but through Jan, Paul made a new discovery – where to buy replacement contact lenses! Yes, disaster and the end of a twenty year relationship was very much on the cards, but Paul saved the day! And the days skiing was not lost. Although you are able to put a very reasonable price on your ski breaks, what is always difficult to factor in is the value of good, consistent service. We found nothing was too much trouble and the staff made sure that we were very well looked after. You will be highly recommended by us to our friends and colleagues – and don’t even TRY to change your format, it works on every front! (Jan and Dave – March 10)
Dear Karibuni Team, we wanted to write and thank you for a very enjoyable holiday with you last week. Your facilities and services were excellent, and all your staff were exemplary in every way. The whole package is very well thought-out and delivered, and little touches such as the staff’s always-helpful and friendly attitude set you above most other holiday companies. We’d particularly like to thank Jess for re-arranging our room on arrival, Jon for two days of great fun with his ski hosting and guidance on the best area to ski on the third day, and Ian for taking us safely to and from the airport. All the staff we dealt with were great, although I’m afraid I don’t remember all their names! We’ll definitely be booking with you next year, and look forward to seeing you all again then. (Scott and Sue – March 10)
Winter Season 2008 / 2009
The overall experience from the pistes to the organisation of this company, Karibuni made me feel welcome as a customer and they definitely are passionate about the ski/snowboard business- a breath of fresh air! (Marcus – Jan & Feb 09)
Hi Paul, Jess, James, Tom and all the crew, Just dropping you a line to say thanks for all your efforts in making my first ski trip such a fantastic holiday! Everything was well organised, the food was excellent and the whole place had a really warm and welcoming feel to it. But the thing that made all the difference was the friendliness and effort you all put in which made my stay really memorable and will certainly ensure I come back! Extra thanks go to you for helping me out after my flight cancellation, its a measure of a good business when they help you out when things don,t go quite to plan and look after you when you really need it. I was travelling on my own but felt as though I was amongst friends from day one, you’re a really nice bunch of people! Anyway must get ready for work now and start saving for the next trip (Dave – Feb 09)
To Paul, Jess and the team, I just wanted to say a big thank you for a wonderful New Years break. We had a really fantastic time thanks to the great atmosphere, food, and your incredibly friendly and helpful team. Thanks to you despite being at opposite ends of the ability spectrum, we were both able to really enjoy the skiing. The little extras like the fireworks and tobogganing made it a truly memorable trip. Have recommended you to family and friends – we will definitely be back! Jennifer & Conan (New Year 2008/9)
Dear Paul, I would like to express my thanks to you and your team for looking after me so well. Everyone made me feel welcome and nothing was too difficult for them. They were very friendly, sorted out the few problems, good company, good food and just such a fantastic group you have this year. All the best for the remainder of the season and if I can fit in a short break next year then I know where to go. Many thanks again. (Charlotte – Jan 09)
Happy New Year. Sally and I stayed with you between Christmas and New Year and can’t thank you enough for really making our short holiday perfect, the whole team, without exception, has a fantastic attitude and their work ethics can only make your season highly successful. (Lorraine – Dec 08)
We wanted to say a really big THANK YOU. Our first experience of a ski-ing holiday was made by the way that the staff looked after us this last few days, right from James who slowed down in the minibus when I explained I was a nervous passenger, to Charles who was very patient fitting and re-fitting boots! All the team were friendly, calm and made us feel like nothing was too much trouble, even though it was obvious that everyone was working really hard. Thank you to George and Niamh for my extreme snow shoe walk! The food was superb at all times and it made such a difference at the end of the day when we were tired to know that all we had to do was shower, change and get ourselves downstairs (as we were too stiff to manage anything more than that!) Your set up is ideal for complete beginners like us and we all came away having achieved something up on the slopes (Brice was fun and gave us a lot of confidence) and with a desire to repeat the experience. (The Eaves and Hamer party, Jan 09)
Winter Season 2007 / 2008 and earlier
Just a quick e-mail to say a BIG thankyou to all of you at the Aravis, for making our weekend ski trip a very enjoyable one. We all had a great time, helped along by your warm welcome and friendly and helpful staff. We will have no hesitation in recommending you. Thanks again. Hopefully we didn’t disturb the other guests to much? (Sometimes, other people need encouraging!) Happy daze indeed. Regards Richard Tasker (for Team Spyder 2008)
I just wanted to say how much Jonathan and I enjoyed our break with Karibuni. The staff were really fabulous. The food was lovely. Nothing was too much trouble and we were made to feel very welcome. A few of our friends have expressed an interest so you may be getting a few enquiries. Hope to see you all again. Andrea (2008)
Thanks very much for a splendid weekend. We all thoroughly enjoyed the whole skiweekender/karibuni experience. The devil’s in the detail – as my boss always says! – and I think that is what scored so highly all through the weekend from pickup, through to ski hire, dinner, accommodation and guiding. Most of all of course we enjoyed the company of your team and fellow guests.Best wishes Niall (2008)
To Tom, Jess and ALL the team,
I just wanted to say thanks on behalf of all 6 of us for the great time we had last weekend.The atmosphere was great, the food was great and your friendly hospitality made the whole weekend of skiing go so smoothly and welcomingly.You certainly picked the right name – Karibuni – : There’s only one downside to all of this…going back to work!
Look forward to seeing you again sometime…soon hopefully! Cheers Nick (2008)
We were really impressed by how enthusiastic and hardwoking you all were yet managed to maintain a really chilled feel about the place. It was really great fun and you were all incredibly friendly and welcoming. Thank you!
Steve & Annie (Jan 2007)
Food – Amazing! Staff – Amazing! Massage – Amazing! Accommodation – Amazing! Skiing – didn’t get the chance to find out because everything else was so good! Thanks for a great weekend!
Andy & Candi Abbott (Jan 2007)
Second time here had an awesome time again! Thanks to all the staff and can’t wait until next time!
Rowan (Jan 2007)
Once again thank you both so much for your efforts over the last week. As I think i mentioned, the promise of good food and drink – both vegetarian and omnivore – were one of our prime reasons for choosing to come to Les Aravis, and it’s fair to say that you exceeded our expectations!
Andy & Deb (Jan 2007)
We had a ball, thanks for the hospitality and lovely food. Will definitely visit La Clusaz again.
The Gilbeys (Jan 2007)
Thanks to all the team at the Aravis Ldoge for a fantastic week! A great New Year feast and your usual hospitality saw the New Year in, in style. Hopefully we’ll be back before the end of the 2007 season with some mates.
Laura & Doug (Jan 2007)
Just wanted to send a HUGE THANK YOU to all of you for a great Christmas snowboarding in the French Alps! We had a FANTASTIC time despite having no luggage for our entire stay … the little things like the matching t-shirts and socks came a long way! A special thanks to Alex, Jess and Paul for coming to the rescue with your own clothes. The whole chalet experience was definitely unforgettable … and we hope to bring our friends back! Happy days!
Anh and Tom (December 2006)
Just a word of thanks to yourself, Trudie, Craig, Jess, Sarah and everyone else without exception for a terrific four days amid good company. I had a great time and Trevor is still enthusing about his best skiing holiday ever.
Regards, Rob Warren (Mar 06)
The weekend with you guys has completely restored my ‘joie de vivre’ and I have returned ready to take on the world. Particularly memorable was our snow show walk complete with sun, stars, snow angels and one cute but naughty dog!!!!
Michelle Maden (Mar 06)
Just a quick thank you to you and all the staff for helping make our holiday such a good
one! The food was great, rooms spotless & staff as friendly as ever – it couldn’t have been better.
Gary, Jane, Lucy & Anna (Feb 06)
Hi Paul and all the team, A rather belated but very big thank you for a great week with you at Half Term. We loved the whole chalet experience and the little extras like snowshoe walks, fireworks, guiding (oops-orientating!) and the tea and cakes each day. Thank you for looking after us and our friends so well. Looking forward to a return visit soon.
Best wishes Maureen and Keith (Feb 06)
The service in the chalet i.e. food, bar, and everything else was was top notch and thanks for putting up with our drunken antics in the bar on the final night. I can’t even remember going up to bed.
All the best for the rest of the season. Cheers.
Tom Watson (Feb 06)
You certainly have it licked when it comes to making guests feel welcome and comfortable. I cannot think of anything else that you could do to make our stay more enjoyable (free bar may be a start!!). Quite often a second visit is never the same as the first but with Hotel Aravis the second was equally as good.
Once again thanks to you all.
Steve Selves (Feb 06)
Dear all at Avaris lodge, many thanks for an excellent Ski Midweeker. We had a great time. You looked after us all royally, food excellent, accommodation fab. Ski conditions were exceptional, loads of sun, snow and great skiing (boarding). Many thanks for making our escape a good one. Hopefully we shall make a return visit when possible.
Jackie Lisa Nicky and Di. (16 Jan 2006)
Once again many thanks to you, Trudie, Jackie, Jess, Sarah and crew for a great w/e and for the very friendly and fun atmosphere you all create. Bring on the next ski weekend !! Cheers.
Jez Moses. (Jan 6th – 9th 06)
Now that the bruises have gone down a bit, we just wanted to thank you and all the team for an excellent weekend. Everything was so well organised, and everyone was so friendly – the snow-shoeing was a great experience and our snowboarding certainly improved – we had a fantastic time and are missing the snow terribly!
Hope everything goes well for the rest of the ski season, and for the climbing/biking in the summer! Kind regards.
Araminta and Joh (Jan 06)
Thanks to everyone at Karibuni from myself and all in our group. Everyone had an awesome time and it was great to have such a wonderful christmas with you all.I definitely hope to be back out there snowboarding as soon as possible.
Thanks again. Simon
(Simon MacFarlane – Christmas Ski Trip, Dec05)
Just a quick mail to say thank you so much for a fantastic New Year – after being a bit nervous coming on my own, all the staff and the other guests were so friendly I didn’t want to leave! It was great fun – thanks for all your hard work to keep the food, cocktails and entertainment flowing! I’ll definitely be back and looking forward to it. Lucy x
(Lucy Glover – New Year Ski Weekender, Jan06)
Thanks for a superb break. We enjoyed every minute and were extremely well looked after
Liz Charters, April 2005
Just wanted to thank you again for the fantastic weekend had by our group…
Everyone really enjoyed the trip, which was due to your excellent hospitality, great food, accommodation and atmosphere. Please pass our thanks on to the girls as well, particularly for skiing with us to show us the area and get to know the resort
Rebecca, TOTAL UK corporate weekend for 32 people, March 2005
Many thanks to the Karibuni Team following our recent visit for our Snowboard Midweeker.
Everything about the trip was great from the location, accommodation, transfers, logistics and the help and assistance you all provided to us rookies.
Shaun Allen, March 2005
Just a quick note to thank you and your team for the hospitality shown last week. We definitely think your new premises with the facility of on site boot and ski hire is an improvement on an already very successful format. I’ve already received enquires about next years trip! All in all a thoroughly enjoyable time – but perhaps next year though you could organise a more favourable result in the rugby!
Keith Burlinson, February 2005
Just a quick note to say thanks for everything. We had an amazing time which fulfilled all the purposes we set out to achieve. Please pass on our thanks to the whole team
Emma, Benjy’s Executive Team, February 2005
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To John, Dougie, Dave, Tom, Maria and all the staff
A massive thank you for a fantastic ski midweek from myself and Andrea.
Not having been skiing before and taking an experienced skier as a surprise present was made massively easy by your team from start (Tom’s mega quick and efficient email correspondence) to finish.
You made us feel at home and did more than necessary to make us comfortable. It was a privilege to stay with you.
Andrea very much enjoyed the ski hosting and it also gave me an opportunity to take a lesson while she went off and did some proper skiing !
Hopefully after a few more lessons I will be up to the ski hosting experience next time – we will be back!