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
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.
Parking on site
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Contemporary chalet in a posh Swiss village, with a sublime spa and a rustic-chic fondue restaurant
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.
Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa
Domaine de Rochegrise Villars
How to Get There
Flights are available to Geneva International Airport (GVA) via connecting flights from from major U.S. cities on a variety of carriers. Transfers to/from GVA, about 74 miles away, are approximately $504 per car, each way, in a private car for up to four people, and can be arranged through the property. Transfers by train to Aigle are approximately $53, each way, per adult. Children are charged 50 percent of the rate. From Aigle, taxis and busses to the property are approximately $74, each way, per person.