Hameau Les Cleves

Haute-Nendaz, Swiss Alps, Switzerland Book from Book from £106 per night

Ski-in, ski-out mountain lodge and rustic-luxe chalets in Switzerland’s sunniest resort, where breathtaking views of the Alps reign supreme
Pretty-as-a-postcard Hameau Les Clèves is comprised of a robust but cosy mountain lodge and several more contemporary outbuildings, located just above lively Haute-Nendaz, which forms part of the vast Four Valleys ski domain. The only true ski-in/ski-out accommodation in the area, it attracts snow enthusiasts of all levels in winter and, in summer, hikers, cyclists and anyone who relishes the simple pleasure of breathing in pure Alpine air in Switzerland’s most sun-drenched spot.

From the moment you arrive you’ll be in the safe, accomplished hands of Anne Marie and Daniel, the couple who (since 2016) run the lodge and on-site bistro. They’ll greet you with huge smiles and chauffeur you from the car park in their all-weather vehicle, cook Alpine dinners and lunches using the freshest of local ingredients, and help you get discounted ski hire or arrange husky rides and even heli-ski tours. The accommodation is simple but cosy, from double or twin rooms with shared bathrooms (some of which can be booked together as self-contained areas for families and friends), to romantic duplex suites in separate mini-chalets.

Highs

  • Direct access to 400km of slopes (discounted ski hire and passes are available); and non-skiers can strap on snowshoes or book a Husky ride
  • Fantastic hiking & biking trails in summer, and open-air swimming nearby
  • We loved inhaling the crisp mountain air from the terrace, looking down on twinkling lights in the sweeps and curves of the valley far below
  • Thoughtful touches include carved Heidi-chic chairs, fake-fur throws, and wood-burners in the suites and chalets
  • Delicious meals in the bistro, plus a cosy bar

Lows

  • Rooms in the main lodge are fairly basic, with shared bathrooms - though they're good value for Switzerland
  • The steep open staircases and open-sided balconies may prove tricky for small children
  • Anne Marie and Daniel don't speak much English; this place is really something of a locals' secret
  • A 6- or 7-night minimum stay during school holidays

Best time to go

If you want to ski, the best snow conditions are from December to April, thanks especially to the use of artificial snow and the Mont Fort glacier. Hameau Les Clèves then closes in May and June, before opening again for the summer season, when this is a lovely area for hiking, biking or just sitting back and soaking up the views. July sees the Alphorn Festival take place in Haute-Nendaz, when over 100 alphorn players meet for a weekend of performances. The hotel closes again in November, reopening in time for winter.

Our top tips

Bring sturdy walking shoes and be prepared for steep climbs up and down the mountain, though there are flat trails in the area. You might be affected slightly by the high altitude - in that case take frequent rest breaks when out and about.

Great for...

Family
Great Outdoors
  • Mountain Lodge & Chalets
  • 8 rooms + 2 chalets for 2-10
  • Restaurant & bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Ski and snowshoe rental
  • Ski room
Room: Le Mazot

Rooms

The main lodge has been lovingly restored with creaking floorboards that reveal its age. Its 3 basic but comfortable double/twin rooms (known as Skier Rooms in winter and Biker Rooms in summer) make a great-value option if you’re prepared to share a bathroom and TV room, and can be booked together as a self-contained area for families and groups. Under the roof on the floor above are the Loft rooms, which can act as a single unit for up to 6; it has 2 double/twin bedrooms, plus a shower bathroom and a lounge/third bedroom with a single bed and a single sofabed.

For more luxury, opt for one of the duplex suites in an outbuilding called Le Grange, which offer a contemporary twist on the Alpine theme (Bang & Olufsen iPod docks, sleek leather chairs, Nespresso machines). Downstairs, each has a living area with a fire, plus a shower bathroom and a garden; upstairs is a romantic bedroom with a flat-screen TV and a balcony. They share an outdoor hot tub.

Similar in style and layout is Le Mazot, a self-contained chalet for 2. We stayed here and loved warming our toes on the soft animal-skin rugs, before curling up on the velvet sofa with a glass of Valais wine. Tall guests will need to mind the eaves in the bedroom, but crisp linens and fake-fur covers mean it’s a wonderful cocoon.

Features include:

  • Cots Available
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • TV or access to shared TV room
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast at Bistro Les Clèves involves a typical rustic Alpine spread - muesli, delicately cured hams and local cheeses served on a slate platter, and gigantic fluffed-up croissants with homemade jams and marmalades. There’s also the option of eggs and bacon. All in all, it’s a locally sourced feast designed to set you up for the day ahead, and when the weather permits in summer it’s served under the sun on the terrace outside.

In the evenings, the bistro offers a daily changing supper menu, all dishes are prepared from scratch using seasonal ingredients. We had a delicate steak tartare with bread and mustard, and a delicious myrtle soup for dessert. On our second evening, we enjoyed an unusual dish of salmon gravadlax accompanied by artichoke soup served in a jug. We also devoured a crème brûlée and a cooling sorbet, along with hearty glasses of red syrah.

In summer, the bistro tends to close at least one night a week, but you'll find an eclectic array of cafés and restaurants in Haute-Nendaz, just a short walk away.

Hameau Les Clèves also runs a winter bar right on the slopes - a great pit-stop for skiers, with hot and alcoholic drinks, cheese platters and cured meats. You can also order packed lunches year-round, and cakes and drinks are available throughout the day from the bistro bar.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Picnic lunches
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Hit the slopes. You can ski straight from the door, and equipment is available to hire with advance notice (delivered to your door). There are ski passes or ski school reductions for hotel guests only
  • Improve your slalom and stamina at Mont Fort, the highest point of the Four Valleys ski domain at 3,330m
  • For beginners, Haute-Nendaz is home to 5 ski schools offering high-quality teaching (some take children as young as 3, so you can introduce the little ones to the pistes)
  • Expand your winter-sports expertise by sampling the many other activities on offer locally - from snowshoe trekking (i-escape guests get free snowshoe rental and a map of local trails) to snow tubing and sledging
  • In summer, pack a picnic and venture up to Tracouet on the gondola - breathtaking views of the Bernese, Valais and Vaud Alps await you
  • Once at Tracouet, follow one of the lovely thematic footpaths - the Sculpture Path, the Pine Cone Path and the get-back-to-your-roots Barefoot Path (a sensory walk along sand, wood chippings, pebbles, earth and grass)
  • Don't miss a beautiful walk or cycle along the Bisses, the irrigation channels of the Nendaz area. There are 100km of trails, many of them flat
  • From mid-June to August, you can swim in the open-air pool overlooking the Rhone Valley - it’s heated to 25 degrees and there’s a paddling pool for tots
  • Get pampered at Hotel Nendaz Quatre Vallées, which has 7 treatment rooms, ice and heat grottos, a flotarium, an indoor Jacuzzi and a Finnish sauna
  • Party into the wee hours at one of Haute-Nendaz's many pubs and bars

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking
  • Nightlife
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoe trails
  • Swimming
  • Trekking
  • Well being

Kids

Children are very welcome at Hameau Les Clèves - it's especially suited to older kids - and there are room-combinations which can sleep families of 4-7 at reasonable cost. The Nendaz region has been awarded the 'Families Welcome' accolade by the Swiss Tourism Federation and is well geared-up for kids, with slopes and ski schools for all abilities, plus open-air swimming pools and other attractions in summer.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The top-floor Loft rooms are a good-value option: families of 4-5 can book 2 rooms (Loft Milieu triple and Loft Montagne double), while larger groups can take all 3 rooms and get their own sitting room at no extra cost. Alternatively you can book 2 or 3 of the Skier/Biker Rooms, or for a bit more comfort, both the suites in La Grange, which interconnect to sleep 4-5. Baby cots can be provided in most rooms for an additional charge. Note that all bathrooms have showers only (no tubs).

Babysitting:

A list of approved babysitters is available from the local tourist office.

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • Highchairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The bistro has a kids' menu.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Ski hire
  • Snowshoe hire and trails

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Slopes and ski schools for all ages (ask staff for recommendations)
  • Cycling and open-air swimming pools in summer
  • Cable cars
  • Sensory walks

Families Should Know:

The staircases in the main lodge and chalets are very steep (often with a rope rather than a handrail), and the balconies are open on some sides.

Distances:

  • Airport: 30 mins (Sion) / 2 hours (Geneva/Bern)
  • Shop: 2 minutes (Haute-Nendaz)
  • Hospital: 25 minutes (Sion)
Kid Friendly: Le Loft

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 1 independent review from i-escape guests

8/10
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