Le Refuge de Solaise – Val d’Isère
Hotel Type: A luxury mountain refuge made up of spacious rooms, separate apartments and a dormitory.
Location: 2551m up the mountain at the top of the Solaise lift, 700m above Val d’Isère – reachable only by bubble, skidoo or ski tour. It boasts panoramic views over Val d’Isère yet it feels a world away.
Style: Contemporary alpine chic.
Rooms: Luxurious and spacious rooms, apartments and a dormitory for family & friends. All with the most incredible view!
Ideal For: A remote ski holiday experience. Feel totally detached from the day to day.
Dining: The restaurant Gigi is delicious! Italian & traditional Savoyard inspired dishes served in a spectacular setting. There is also the Petit Refuge with a daily changing lunch menu and the Bar du Refuge a cosy hideaway serving charcuterie boards and aperitifs!
Children: Absolument, oui!
Spa: Stunning spa with 25-metre swimming pool and 2 jacuzzis with beautiful mountain views. There is also 2 hammams, an outdoor sauna, 4 treatment rooms and yoga classes. There is also a gym!
Activities and Experiences: All of the usual mountain activities. The Refuge is ski-in, ski-out, so skiing or snowboarding is high on the agenda. You can even hire skis directly from here. Other activities in Val d’Isère include: Dog sledding, Snow Cat driving, Hangliding, Ski Touring, Hiking, Snowmobile, Yoga, Walking, Ice Climbing, Ice Floating, Paragliding, Fat Biking, Tobogganing, Swimming, Sky Diving, Hot air balloon riding, Helicopter rides, Ice driving and Ice skating.
Winter low season price from: From €522 per night in a Competition Room, including breakfast.
Winter high season price from: €742 per night in a Competition Room, including breakfast.
Summer season price from: €250 per night in a Competition Room, including breakfast.
Open from: December – May and mid-June – September
At Le Refuge de Solaise you have the entire Espace Killy at the tips of your skis. This is the highest hotel in France, where ski-in, ski-out is the only option, and chair lifts are just seconds away. Make the first tracks each morning, or enjoy a near empty mountain at the end of the day. Formerly a lift station, it has been transformed into a super chic retreat, where every little bit of comfort and detail has been thought of. Contemporary and traditional alpine design are mixed seamlessly. The owners and their very efficient and friendly team of staff make everything as effortless as possible, meeting you at the bottom of the lift on your arrival and creating an exceptionally convivial atmosphere for your entire stay. All your lift passes and ski hire can be organised here, so you can be whisked up the mountain as soon as you arrive. Naturally, the views from here are outstanding – peaks as far as the eye can see, and the restaurant and rooms all have the same soul enriching vistas. Just make sure you don’t miss the last lift back up…
If a room with a view is your thing, look no further. With its exceptional vantage point, the Solaise promises extraordinary vistas everywhere you look, and we can honestly say, there’s no better panorama when you open your curtains in the morning. The interiors of all the rooms don’t disappoint either. Traditionally wood paneled, they are hugely spacious, with beautiful bathrooms and have all the alpine charm, comfort and luxury you could possibly want. The Competition Rooms are perfect for a romantic mountain break, with their kingsize beds and shower room. The duplex Competition Plus rooms are larger, with a kingsize bed and a single bed on the mezzanine. The World Cup Rooms are some of our favourites, for their views of the Face piste and down to Val d’Isère – you can even see it all from your bathtub. These have a kingsize and a single bed with a bathtub. For a family of four, the World Cup Rooms Plus come with two separate bedrooms. The larger Olympic Rooms work well for larger families, sleeping up to five with large sofas on the mezzanine that can be made into beds. Double height, with plenty of space, these rooms are like mini chalets.
Le Refuge has four apartments that can sleep from four to 18. Guests who stay in these can have groceries delivered for chalet style mountain living. Danaids sleeps up to four guests, in two bedrooms, with a bathroom and shower rooms and a spacious living and dining area. The uber chic Madeleine has four bedrooms, including bunks, and can sleep up to ten guests. Spread over two floors, it has magnificent views across the Solaise plateau. The beautifully laid out and luxurious Glacier has five rooms, sleeping up to 12 guests. It is a fabulous apartment for friends and families. Charvet is the largest of all, with seven rooms, including its very own dormitory, sleeping up to 18 guests. The panoramic views from here are truly breathtaking. No refuge is complete without a dormitory. With three double and eight single beds, and a shared bathroom, this one promises more than a touch of mountain luxury.
Since you can’t just pop out for dinner, it’s very good to know that the Refuge has an excellent restaurant – Gigi. Here, you’ll find delicious Savoyard and Italian inspired dishes, complemented by an extensive wine list. Breakfasts here, with creamy yoghurts, fresh fruit and the most unbelievable brioche made by the pastry chef, get you ready for the day, even just by looking out of the floor to ceiling windows at the mountains that await you. Lunches at the Petit Refuge are a daily changing set menu, with very tasty traditional mountain cuisine and pizzas. Plates of charcuterie and cheese can also be enjoyed in the Bar du Refuge – a cosy and comfortable place to rest after a day on the slopes.
Le Refuge is most definitely family friendly and a ski adventure to be remembered. The rooms and apartments are perfect for families, whilst the fabulous dormitory can accommodate the largest of gatherings. The Refuge has a large playroom with a cinema screen, a selection of board games, and table football. There are also children’s menus and babysitting can be requested. Just in front of the Refuge is a good beginners area, so even if your children haven’t had much experience on skis before, this is as good a place as any to learn.
Facilities & Activities
Naturally, the skiing from the Refuge is the biggest draw. All alpine sports can be enjoyed from here, with instant access to the runs, from blue to black, glacier and off piste. And if you’ve forgotten any kit, don’t worry, there’s a very well stocked boutique here. The Spa is very pampering, with a 25m long pool, that gets bathed in light in the afternoons. There are treatment rooms, two steam rooms, Jacuzzis and an outdoor sauna. We love the feeling of cosy isolation at the Refuge and it’s in the evenings when it’s just you and the mountains that you fully appreciate the elevated location. Sit back with a book, watch a movie and enjoy the solitude.