“Cool spa hotel high in a pretty village with fabulous mountain views - sun terrace, sitting room and swimming pool all look the right way”
Lovely rooms and suites come in the same smart style - wooden beds, white leather heads, cow-hide stools and black leather Barcelona chairs. You get warm colours, sleek wooden furniture, flat-screen TVs with DVD players, and good art on the walls. Chic bathrooms have creamy mosaic tiles, lovely walk-in power showers and robes to pad about in.
The big 3 factors to consider are: the view; the size of the room; and whether it has a balcony. More than half the rooms overlook the valley - sometimes Deluxe Rooms do, sometimes Junior Suites don’t, so it’s not just the type of room (or price) that decides this, though south-facing rooms are your best bet (and worth the premium). It’s the same with balconies - some rooms at the front have them, some rooms at the back don’t, and while the view at the back is infinitely more impressive, the view at the front over town and up the mountain isn't bad either. In short, prepare to pay more for a bigger room, a little more for a balcony or a view, and a little more again for both.
Deluxe Rooms may be the smallest rooms, but they’re fine for a couple of nights and several have balconies and the view. Junior Suites are altogether bigger, about twice the size, with sofas and armchairs in the sitting area, too. Family Suites have a second room for children (sometimes on a mezzanine), and they’re up in the eaves with cathedral ceilings and white-painted beams. The Cambrian Suite is awesome, with 3 balconies, 2 bathrooms (one with a bath) and a separate living room.
Breakfast - included in the price - is served downstairs in the smart restaurant, or on the terrace in good weather. It’s a help-yourself buffet with fruit salad, freshly baked bread and croissants, plates of cheese and ham, bacon and eggs if you’re hungry.
There’s a cool little bar with leather banquettes and cow-hide stools where they serve food throughout the day - soups, steaks or salads, burgers, pasta or platters of cheese and charcuterie with some very tasty wild-boar salami. You can also eat at sofas in front of the fire in the reception hall, with the valley on display beyond the windows. There’s afternoon tea too - served on the sun terrace in summer - and a small room service menu: salads and sandwiches, burgers, cheese and salami platters.
Dinner in the airy restaurant is the main event. The food is as local as possible and in summer, you can eat on the terrace with the valley spread out before you and the swimming pool to one side. As for the food, you might find Provençal terrine with a fig marmalade, breast of duck with wine-infused shallots, then chocolate fondant with fennel sorbet.
If you want to eat out, there are some good restaurants to try, though most are likely to involve a combination of cow bells, wood cabins or cheese fondues! For the latter try the lovely rustic Alte Taverne; for excellent Italian head to Trattoria Alfredo. Both are popular in the skiing season, so make sure you book. Finally, for those who want something a little different, head up the mountain for a candlelit fondue in an igloo restaurant.
Children are very welcome - there are extra beds for Junior Suites, or Family Suites with 2 bedrooms (1 double, 1 twin). There’s a children’s room with table football and a few other games, DVDs for children at reception, the swimming pool, and a pool table for older children. Ski school is available, too, and there are lots of family-friendly activities on offer in the valley in summer.
Teens (over 12)
Cots Available, Extra Beds Available, Family Rooms