Each day, the team is ready to help you have a great vacation and to make your stay unforgettable. We’d like to take a moment to introduce ourselves.
Right from the start of Esprit Montagne, Chef Raf Meuris responsible for the delicious, freshly prepared dishes that we serve up for our guests every day. His creativity, purity and tasty dishes keep many guests coming back time after time for a gastronomic stay. Outside in the natural surroundings, he often heads out in search of mushrooms, flowers and herbs. See him dancing around the kitchen as he prepares dinner? That means he listening to the mix of his own DJ set.
In 2015, Marieke Freriksen decided to leave life as a civil servant and Dordrecht behind to live and work in the French mountains. Since then, she has grown in her field to become a true hostess and is trained by Alke each day in the hospitality field. She enjoys welcoming guests in the reception area, offers fun tips and is always ready to help the guests. In her free time, she can be found hiking, on skis or wearing snowshoes in the mountains.
Stéphanie joined the housekeeping team in the summer of 2016. Careful cleaning, making herself useful, contact with the guests and their gratitude for the good cleaning are very important to her. She likes to arrange everything down to the smallest detail. She also enjoys the nice atmosphere with the rest of the team. At home, she enjoys spending time in the kitchen baking cake and goes on hikes with her family. Outside the season, she helps us with random household tasks, and of course getting the hotel ready again for a new season.
Stéphanie’s sister is also a very hard worker and a pleasant employee. Perfect cleaning, hard work and having fun at the same time: that’s our Ingrid through and through. Always up for a joke and with an ever-present smile on her face, she’s the life of the team. Along with keeping the rooms clean and tidy, she is a real sweet tooth and can regularly be found in the kitchen making the most delicious cakes. She also enjoys biking through the valley to enjoy the natural scenery.
After a beautiful summer, Jeroen is back for another year and he is once again ready for the winter. Calm, always good natured and ready to help anywhere he can – in short, truly service-oriented. Now that he has discovered hiking in the mountains in the summer and has come to truly love heading out, in the winter it’s again time for barreling down the ski slope. Seeing whether he’s forgotten what he’s learned.
My name is Jouri van Herk and I’m 24 years old. I’ve worked in the kitchen for 10 years now. After trying various studies, and after having seen all types of kitchens, I started my own restaurant. After 2 years, I sold my restaurant, because I wanted to develop myself further in this field. I currently work as a freelance chef. Cooking is my hobby and my passion, because I love presenting delicious and beautiful things at the table. Outside of work, I enjoy winter sports. I enjoy spending time with my friends in the culinary field and go out to eat with them frequently.
I’m Stéphanie, 26 years old, originally from Belgium. My passions are travelling, winter sports and other sports and delicious food. You can call me a true lover of life!
I have worked n the hospitality industry for several years because I love social contact and new experiences each day. Knowing that people have had a great day and that I was able to contribute to that also brightens up my day!
Maybe we’ll be seeing you soon! Best, Stéphanie
Hello, I’m Lander, a 28-year-old artistic and adventurous Belgian. Helping others is central to everything that I do. For that reason, in my various jobs (as a teacher and as a customer service representative) I always try to help people and help them move forward. Now, I’d like to do the same for you, but in a cozy hotel in the beautiful French Alps.
In between my work at the hotel, you can find me on the ski slope or in the lobby with paper and pencil in hand.
See you soon!
The 29-year-old Polish native Malwina has lived and worked for 10 years now in the Vallée d’Abondance. Malwina is new to our team this winter, but as you can see, she is certainly not inexperienced. Like the other housekeepers, she is a hard worker who also likes to have a nice chat. When she’s working, she also likes to head out for a hike and enjoys the mountains here in the Haute-Savoie.