“Super-stylish hotel in La Thuile, a popular high resort in Northern Italy; great skiing in winter and activity holidays in summer”
All 54 rooms feature variations on exactly the same décor - wood-themed wallpaper on a feature wall, snowflake-patterned cushions on the bed and white resin stags' heads. Thoughtful extras include mountain-themed coffee table books, His and Hers slippers, spa flip-flops, and plentiful Comfort Zone toiletries.
The Swedish Haestens beds are heavenly, consisting of a giant divan with a thin mattress on top, stuffed with horse hair (which makes your body breathe rather than sweat). Getting into bed has never felt so good.
We stayed in a Grand Deluxe on the first floor, which had a balcony (not all do) and heaps of space. This was the second smallest category: rooms start at Deluxe and work their way through Grand Deluxe to Lofts, which have a mezzanine for an extra guest, and Junior Suites and Suites (both of which have living areas with sofabeds so are good family options). Note, all bathrooms are shower only.
The Stars restaurant is elegant and immaculately styled, decked out in chrome seats with dazzling white table linen and glittering glassware. Its fare is equally fancy, created by talented local chef Paolo Bertholier - mostly Italian dishes using products from the Aosta Valley with regional twists. We dined on seared prawns with yellow peaches, almonds and radicchio followed by a simple but sublimely executed bowl of spaghetti with pesto sauce and anchovies, then a frothily-light ricotta cheese mousse with Piedmontese hazelnuts.
For something more casual, there's a pizzeria in one corner serving less-expensive dishes such as wood-fired pizza, pasta, soups and comfort food. Perfect for eating with children.
Breakfast is a lavish, work-of-art buffet featuring endless choices of cereals, cheeses, fruit, yogurts and pastries. We counted 6 different honeys alone.
Nira Montana is very welcoming to families and children are presented with a teddy bear on arrival and biscuits on departure. La Thuile is very family friendly with several nursery slopes and a great ski school. Pleasingly, up to two children sharing their parents' room stay for free on a B&B basis, and cots are free too.
The Junior Suites and Suites are best for families, both all on one level and open-plan, with a kingsize bed and a double sofabed in the living room, plus space for a baby cot. The Lofts are triple rooms, with the 3rd bed up on a mezzanine level (not suitable for children under 10). Grand Deluxes can fit a baby cot
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A children’s menu in the restaurant (offered at an earlier sitting if parents prefer), plus a pizzeria section. Food is available all day
Children only allowed in the spa area until 5pm