Les Barmes de L’Ours – Val d’Isère
Hotel Type: Five* skiing with something for everyone: a Michelin starred restaurant, wide variety of room choices, one of the best spas in Val d’Isère, and activities to keep younger ones entertained.
Location: Slope-side in Val d’Isère, at the bottom of the Bellevarde and Solaise lifts, a short walk or free shuttle ride in to the town centre.
Style: Every floor has a different interior theme – from Nordic to American Lodge. The hotel’s luxury feel is achieved through eclectic design with comfort at its heart.
Rooms: 47 Rooms and 29 suites, including 11 family suites spread over four floors each with its own unique style from Scandinavian to Alpine Chalet.
Ideal For: The hotel is perfect for families with older children – with a games room, table football, and even its own bowling alley, teenagers are very well catered for and in this large hotel can gain a sense of independence with parents not too far away. Also suited to adult-only groups – with the variety of dining options and the fab spa it’s a great hideaway for a week on the slopes.
Dining: The hotel boasts three restaurants, with La Table de L’Ours at the heart. Michelin-starred chef Antoine Gras delights guests with dishes inspired by the alpine surroundings and provides a varied menu for all taste buds.
Spa: The huge spa has everything you could wish for – a welcoming pool, hot tubs, hammams and saunas as well as treatment rooms with qualified therapists on hand to take care of those skier’s legs after a day on the mountain.
Activities and Experiences: Skiing, Snowboarding, Dog Sledding, Snow Cat driving, Hangliding, Ski Touring, Hiking, Snowmobile, Yoga, Walking, Ice Climbing, Paragliding, Fat Biking, Tobogganing, Swimming, Sky Diving, Hot air balloon riding, Helicopter rides, ice driving and ice skating.
Low season price from: €430 per night in a Superior Room with breakfast included.
High season price from: €766 per night in a Superior Room with breakfast included.
Open: December – April.
Right at the bottom of the Bellevarde Express, Les Barmes de l’Ours has one of the best locations in the village. This super family friendly hotel also has a reputation for being one of the most welcoming, where nothing is too much trouble. The ski room staff are on hand to help morning and afternoon, and the shuttle service will take you wherever you want in resort – If you finished your day at the other end of the resort it is a treat to be picked up! An imposing chalet style hotel, its interiors are cosy and beautifully designed. It’s a place where you’re made to feel at home from the moment you arrive to the day you head home.
Each room and suite is individually styled and decorated and we love the themed floors. Starting with Scandinavian chic and working up through North American, Alpine Chalet and Contemporary Mountain Loft at the top, you’ll be hard pressed not to find something you like. Rooms range from Standard, through to Classic, Superior and Luxury, all of which are spacious and have their own private balcony. Some of these rooms can take an extra bed for a child under three. There are 47 rooms, and 29 suites, of which 11 are family suites. The Prestige Suite has panoramic views across the mountains and village, and the Ours Suite has its own jacuzzi and hammam – perfect for a romantic break away. The Family Suites come with bunk beds and can sleep four, whilst the Ourson Suite can sleep five. Guests will find a TV, video on demand, Nespresso coffee machine, safe and very well appointed bathrooms. We’ll happily talk you through all the different options.
The choice of dining here is exceptional. From the very relaxed Le Coin Savoyard which serves utterly delicious local dishes and La Rotisserie, to the one Michelin star La Table de l’Ours – one of the best in the entire resort.
Whatever age your children, we think Les Barmes de l’Ours is a great family choice. There are 11 family suites, where the smallest detail is thought of – from snuggly slippers to mini bathrobes. There’s a games room full of toys and games, and for older children there are games consoles, a pool table and table football. Throughout the holidays, guests can use the mini-club from 4pm to 9pm.
The Spa is huge, with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness room. Guests can book a good range of treatments and therapies, and there’s even a hair salon (just what you need for helmet hair!). There is also a bowling alley which is a fun feature for all the family and the hotel has its own ski shop.