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
Such a shame for us to end our lovely day and private spa session on a bad note. The spa is beautiful, the service is great and you can really sit back and enjoy a relaxing afternoon. We had booked a package with private spa and dinner for my partners birthday. The restaurant had a charming atmosphere but we felt it was a shame that our first waitress could not speak French, we hardly managed to order sparkling water. Our second waiter smelled very strongly of cigarettes which was not the most pleasant touch after a spa afternoon. We had a set menu, there were 4 waiters for 10 clients but we still managed to finish our bottle of wine before being served our mains. After an hour and a half of waiting, we asked the waiter when our mains would arrive and he then realized he forgot to fire them.. we were his only table to tend for the whole evening and then he told us it wasn’t his fault but his colleague’s (the young woman from the start who couldn’t speak French). Food was ok although I had to send my cold and overcooked fries back and wait for a new batch to be made but the service was so bad we couldn’t enjoy our dinner fully. Such a shame for us as we wanted this day to be special, we loved the spa but left disappointed.
I recently returned home to the heat of the Middle East from a great family break in Chalet RoyAlp in Villars. I have an 11, 9 and 4 year old who all had a brilliant time. There were a huge amount of activities for all the family, the staff were really good and we had a hugely enjoyable time.
There is a lot that is good about this hotel. The food is first rate and the staff in the restaurants really seemed to want to help and make life as easy as possible. The Michelin star restaurant was outstanding. The spa is excellent and well appointed. The proximity to the railway makes access to the mountains and to Villars easy..
But I have to agree with the reviewer’s comments about front desk. Rarely have we experienced a more perverse reception. We had to fight very hard to get the room we had booked, with a panoramic view. And we could not understand the parking charge for which we could find no reference. And why oh why are the ‘garden’ and sitting area not more attractive for summer visitors