Peak Retreats wins The Times Travel Editor’s Award 2018
Family ski operator, Peak Retreats, was announced as the winner of The Times Travel Editor’s Award 2018 on 20th September 2018 at The News UK Travel Awards ceremony near Johannesburg, South Africa.
The annual News UK Travel Awards ceremony – featuring The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sunday Times Travel Magazine Travel Awards 2018 – are now in their sixth year, and celebrate those destinations and companies that have made their readers’ trips unforgettable.
The Times Travel Editor, Jane Knight – the presenter of the award – later tweeted her congratulations saying that Peak Retreats is ‘a great ski company with small charismatic villages and a slice of rural France.’
Peak Retreats is the French Alps ski specialist featuring a range of luxury self-catered apartments, self-catered chalets and hotels in 57 mountain villages chosen for their charm and easy access to great skiing. The company also offers summer holidays to traditional Alpine villages that offer an unbeatable combination of incredible scenery and a host of summer activities to enjoy. Ski holidays include travel by Eurotunnel with a free upgrade to FlexiPlus on most dates. Accommodation only and travel by train and ferry can also be arranged.
The company was set up by Xavier Schouller and Nathalie Soma in 2002 to give skiers the opportunity to discover real Alpine France; first-class accommodation, stunning scenery and unspoilt, traditional, welcoming mountain villages with access to amazing skiing. What exactly makes them so special?… probably their comprehensive network of local contacts in the French Alps, plus their passionate and loyal UK-based team combined with French know-how.
Founder Xavier Schouller said, ‘I’m immensely proud that Peak Retreats has been given this very special award. To be recognised by one of the UK’s most influential travel editors is just fantastic. It’s a great tribute to everyone in our team and testament to the fact that the UK ski market wants to discover the real French Alps; traditional resorts away from the crowds yet with access to brilliant skiing. Finding these hidden gems is what we do best.’
The company is based in Portsmouth (our editor’s home county – Hampshire, UK), and boasts an expert reservations team, many of whom have worked with Peak Retreats for over ten years. They also have loyal clients, some of whom have returned year after year since its inception. Peak Retreats’ other accolades include ‘Best Ski Company’ at The Guardian and Observer Travel Awards in 2014, 2011, 2010 and 2009 and also ‘Best Family Ski Operator’ in the Family Traveller Awards in 2015.