Pas de La Casa – Andorra’s highest resort & best après
Soldeu & El Tarter – Part of the huge Grandvalira, great for families
Arinsal – Liveliest base in the Vallnord area
The sun shines bright over Andorra at Easter, but there’s a lot more to holidays than a large dose of Vitamin D. Slopes reach well above 2000m in the glorious Grandvalira – an area whose size and technology is quick on the heels of the European big guns. And with the whole place being duty free, let’s just say you won’t be missing the Good Friday sales back in Blighty…
While the bigger ski nations are teeming with catered chalets, Andorra’s more focussed on hotels and apartments when it comes to ski accommodation (it might be because the restaurants are much more affordable here, so people prefer to eat out and explore the resort).
That’s not to say you can’t have a chalet holiday in Andorra – two brilliant options in El Tarter are the exception to the rule, and we can’t get enough of them. Book yours over Easter and your host will prepare breakfasts, afternoon teas and supper with wine, 6 days of the week.
First there’s Xalet Casale – a big build with 20 rooms that works perfectly for families and groups. One of our reviewers described it as “Absolutely fine. Very comfortable. It was good value for money.” Nearby you’ve got the smaller Xalet Motxo – a renovated old barn with 11 rooms it’s brilliant for couples and smaller groups seeking a sociable week on the snow.
Hotels are probably the easiest kind of accommodation to find in Andorra – and you’ll find all manner of properties from cheap no-frills digs to highly rated spa hotels.
If you fancy a luxurious Easter but don’t want to blow the budget, Andorra has some brilliant hotels with 4 and 5 star ratings for the price you’d find 2 and 3 star lodgings for elsewhere. Arinsal’s Hotel Princessa Parc & Diana Parc is a prime example (plus it’s within 200m of the centre and ski lifts making things super convenient). Soldeu’s Piolets Park & Spa Hotel is another brilliant option, which a recent guest said they’d “definitely book again… this hotel was very comfortable and I don’t have anything negative to say about the rooms we had”.
You’ll also find plenty of simpler lodgings with even smaller price tags, like the popular Hotel Cal Ruiz in lively Pas de La Casa (which tends to have Andorra’s best snow conditions at this time of year).
Andorra’s long been known as a top pick for cheap ski holidays, and you can stretch the budget even further by self-catering. Most apartments are fitted with simple kitchens, and there’s usually a supermarket nearby for when it comes to stocking up on goods. Not that you have to spend Easter week tied to the kitchen – many choose apartments as a base for eating out, which tends to be a lot cheaper than you’d find in France or Switzerland.
There are all sorts of apartments across the different resorts – pick one in Pas de la Casa and you’ll have access to the highest, most snow sure runs in the country. The Aparthotel Olimpiades has a cracking location, about a minute from the centre, while the Manzano Apartments are about a five minute walk from the nearest ski lifts.
A lot of apartments are part of a hotel complex, where you get the added bonus of access to the hotel’s facilities. We like the Hotel Himalaia Apartments, where you can often upgrade to a half board package to have meals included.