Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes access to the Spa by RoyAlp (including the pool, sauna, hammam and fitness center)
- Three restaurants and the sprawling outdoor lounge area take the edge off a hard day's adventuring
- Children are welcomed with a custom-built indoor playroom, a playground and babysitting services
- Tons of active pursuits nearby, including skiing, hiking and golf
- Ski-in/ski-out access
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- A city tax of $6.50 per adult and $2.80 per child (10 to 16) per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout. Starting from October 27 to June 30 the city tax charge will be $3.70 per adult, per night, and $1.30 per child (10 to 16), per night
- Prices at the spa are steep; a 30-minute massage costs about $100
- The property is at a slight remove from the town, but a free shuttle service to/from Villars is available
- Breakfast is $40 per day, per adult (17 and over); $25 per day, per child (10 to 16 years old) and free for children aged nine and under.
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The sprawling, south-facing Chalet RoyAlp is true to its name, with chalet-style architecture, glorious views of the Alps and lashings of five-star charm. The ground floor is home to lounges stuffed with oversize sofas and heavy coffee tables, a custom-built children’s play room and game rooms (with billiards, foosball and Wii). The decor is accented with Swiss/Alpine touches: Cowhide rugs, ornamental bears, solid wood floors, old skis and sleds, pale wood paneling and a recurring deer motif feature throuhgout.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are either 430 or 592 square feet and overlook the park or the Alps (highly recommended). Neutral tones dominate: subtle browns and creams, wood paneling, white walls and oak flooring, with old-fashioned wooden wardrobes. This being Switzerland, the bedding is crisp but cloudlike, and the curtains are heavy woolen plaid. The contemporary bathrooms have stone floors and rain showers, pebble feature walls and big white tubs. Balconies (in some rooms) sport red and white geraniums in summer and are furnished with fur-covered seating.
Le Rochegrise, with its rustic touches (hay bales and a chandelier fashioned from horns) and haute Mediterranean menu, is the hotel’s smartest dining option. Le Grizzly, an avowedly Swiss experience, with its carnotzet (fondue cellar) decor and no-such-thing-as-too-much-cheese ethos is a cozy après-ski spot. Le Bear’s Bar is the place for snacking and socializing, especially when the shaded outside terrace is in full swing. Head to the excellent 12,900-square-foot Spa by RoyAlp to unwind in style. Take a dip in the pool, indulge in an organic treatment or work out in the 24-hour gym.
In the Area
Winter wonderland Glacier 3000 (at an altitude of — you guessed it — 3,000 meters) offers a superlative-exhausting panorama and plenty of activities. Thrill seekers should make a beeline for the Alpine Coaster, the world’s highest rail sled, with bends, bridges and breathtaking views. Get there via the panoramic cable car from Col du Pillon in Les Diablerets. Closer to the hotel, there’s an 18-hole golf course with distracting views. For a day trip, go walking and wine tasting in the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Lavaux region. A network of paths and trails wind through the serried greenery of centuries-old vineyards, with dreamy views over Lake Geneva to France and the Alps. A great place for tasting the local vintages is Vinorama.
How to Get There
Just 5 min walking distance from the railway which takes you to the slopes, this hotel has beautiful rooms with fantastic bathrooms. Some of these rooms are ideally convenient for family with kids. The spa is beautiful with the therapists highly professional. Except the raclette and fondue which are excellent, the quality and variety of the food served in the bar and in the restaurant could be improved, compared to what it costs. People are very nice and always helpful (Mohamed is the best). However, the service can be too slow and some of them lack the professionalism and the competence you are awaiting from people working in a five star hotel. A big parking is available if needed.
We had a lovely family dinner this winter, the staff was very kind and helpful. They have different restaurants and vallet parking or pick up at the Villars train station. Good choice of local and traditional swiss food.
We attended a cocktail and then a 2 hour conference last evening at this excellent hotel. We are aware the ownership recently changed and we were encouraged by the excellent service, warm reception and very good facilities for our 50 plus friends. Highly recommended.
Its an amazing hotel. The service and the people are very helpful, polite, attentive. The location of the chalet is very good. The facilities for both kids and adults are great. I highly recommend the Fondue restaurant.
Whilst expensive, I am already sure the welcome, warmth and attention from staff along with the hotel itself will help make it the best weekend of the year.
The hotel restaurants met our expectations and again the service made it all the better