From partying your socks off to quiet family nights in, Andorra may be small but it sure knows how to make New Year's a good one. The Grandvalira and Vallnord ski areas are fast catching up with the big guns and if you're willing to ski against the flow of Brits visiting bigger European resorts, you'll reap the rewards: less crowded slopes, super-efficient lifts and duty-free everything.
We love chalet holidays at this time of year - in the wake of Christmas, chalet-hosts take housework off weary shoulders, often throwing in special New Year's Eve suppers too. Book out the whole building to spend the week with just friends and family, or nab a room in a shared chalet where you'll meet new ski buddies over the dinner table.
Andorra isn't known for an overwhelming selection of chalets, but there are some class acts in El Tarter, a small settlement linked to Soldeu and the impressive Grandvalira ski area.
A 10 minute uphill walk from the centre, the 20 room Xalet Casale is ideal if you like to hit the hay away from the action. We love the far-reaching views, not to mention the brilliant value. The smaller Xalet Motxo's another cost-effective option - an old converted barn for the ‘rustic' factor.
On the chalet host's night off, eating out or getting a takeaway doesn't have to cost the earth: L'Abarset at the bottom of the slopes will usually set you up with a burger and drink for under 10 Euro, while the cocktails at Dylan's are sure to warm you up for a cracking New Year's Eve.
With our smorgasbord of hotels in Andorra you can choose anything from cheap five star luxury to bargain-basement bed and board.
Passers-by will sooner give you a shot than a “hello” in Pas De La Casa, which has been dubbed “Ibiza on Ice” for its cheap and wild après. Booking somewhere in the centre like Hotel Magic Pas should make life that little bit easier, you won't have far to drag yourself from Underground at the end of the night... For families, Soldeu, where you'll find hotels like the ever popular Sporthotel Hermitage is dubbed Pas de la Casa's child-friendly neighbour.
Doorstep skiing makes getting around a breeze - in Arinsal, die-hard skiers can head right out from Hotel Patagonia onto unpisted slopes and the express ski lift, to work up a thirst in the tree-lined runs out at Pal.
If you fancy being pampered into the New Year, Europe's biggest spa (the Caldea) is an easy drive or bus ride from all three resorts. Even better, book a cheap luxury hotel like the Princesa Parc and Diana Parc Spa Hotel in (Arinsal) and Piolets Park and Spa Hotel (Soldeu) and the facilities will be moments from your bedroom…
Take your New Year's break by the horns from one of Andorra's ski apartments, with full control of meal times, contents and costs. Rave or rest after a day on the slopes – what you do with your NYE is down to you.
Tap into the ever-flowing après of Pas De La Casa from a Frontera Blanca Studios apartment, at the foot of the slopes and one minute from the main strip of bars. Beer enthusiasts flock to pull their own pints at Deja Beer (a different beer on tap at each table) as a prelude to the harder stuff.
Arinsal's also buzzing at this time of year. Stay in the Poblado Apartments to take any sting out of self-catering – they're in the middle of the village near a supermarket and the Quo Vadis Pub. You're just a minute from the chairlift, so you'll pip the rest of the resort to the post come morning.
El Tartar is the smaller and quieter answer to buzzing family hub, Soldeu, and enjoys the same 210km of piste. From the Bellavista Apartments on the hillside, you can gaze out on the Pyrenees – keep your eyes out for the traditional village lantern parade on New Year's Eve.
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