Family Travel: Fairmont Tremblant Hotel
Up until last weekend, it had officially been 16 months since our family stayed in a hotel. Like most of you we’ve been in travel lockdown. Stuck at home with no where to go. After experiencing a rough month of March, and having new-found Covid immunity, we decided to make the most of mud season by heading up to the Fairmont Tremblant hotel for a weekend getaway.
Our first foray back into travel was everything we could ask for. It was indulgent, socially distanced and lots of fun! Upon arriving in Mont Tremblant, we were greeting by the friendly staff at the Fairmont, with masks and thermometers in hand. The hotel is doing everything right when it comes to COVID-19 protocols. Check-in staff is behind Plexiglas separators, hand sanitizer is located everywhere and only 1 family or 2 people are allowed in an elevator at a time.
As we made our way up to our room, our pup Twix in tow, we were welcomed to a room with all the amenities. The kids each had their own bathrobes. Twix had bowls, a doggy bed and bones. Plus, we had some lovely treats waiting to be enjoyed! The room had a view looking out to the mountain. We opted for a double queen room with pullout couch, without kitchenette. We did have a fridge with room to store the essentials like milk, fruit and veggies, which we had brought from home. I packed all the snacks, drinks and breakfasts too and we figured we would order in for other meals.
Did you know that Uber Eats hasn’t made its way up to Tremblant yet? No worries, just call room service. We enjoyed both of our dinners in our hotel room. My picky kids all found something they liked from the kids’ menu and definitely appreciated the mini bottles of condiments 🙂 With dishes ranging from vegetarian chilli to pizza to steak frites, there is something for everyone and the prices are quire reasonable.
For lunches we found out favourite pizza spot, Ya’Oooo, in the village, and ate at a picnic table by a lake.
So what is there to do in Mont Tremblant during mud season, you mask ask? With no skiing or summer activities open just yet, the hotel actually has plenty of things to keep families busy. Reservations are required to ensure social distancing but finding 1, or even 2, time slots that worked for our family wasn’t a problem.
The kids made multiple trips to both the indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Twenty people can swim in the three pools at any one time, and we found that the 1-2 other families joining us were respectful of distancing and we’d each take a solo turn in one of the pools. The Tremblant Fairmont hotel also features a game room that families can enjoy on their own. With a ping pong table, bean bag toss, hockey nets, shuffleboard table and more, it was easy to spend our allotted 50-minutes having fun.
The highlight for the kids was having their own private movie theatre, set up in one of the ballrooms, where they could pre-select the film of their choice. Jumanji! Not to mention our own bonfire with s’mores and private tipi, at an additional cost!
The first night we arrived, I walked Twix in the village and I was literally the only one there. It got a bit busier on Saturday afternoon but we still felt comfortable and Sunday was super quiet again.
Leo enjoyed playing in the small park, where one family is allowed at a time. While the people mover isn’t currently in operation, most of the stores are open. We made the requisite visit to Univers Toutou to make our own stuffies, as well as the candy store. The ceramic café is open too but we opted to go for a walk in the woods just across the street from the Fairmont hotel instead.
All in all, our weekend at Fairmont Tremblant hotel was just what we needed. It was a welcome change of pace from curfews and quarantining and one that didn’t bring anxiety with it. We felt completely safe at all times. And it will certainly be one of the family highlights of our COVID-19 memories.