Andorra is often overlooked as a holiday destination in favour of its better known neighbours, Spain and France, but this small country is a real hidden gem of a destination and one well worth getting to know better. It is most associated with one particular sort of holiday, for its pristine pistes which attract skiers and snowboarders from all over Europe. But with its combination of icy winters yet sun drenched summers it is certainly more than just a haven for snow sports. As temperatures rise the snow gives way to lush green countryside which is perfect for summer sports fans and nature lover alike.
he capital city, one of the world’s smallest, is accessible and cosmopolitan enough to please the most ardent urbanites and away from the vibrancy of Andorra la Vella’s streets, the most stunning countryside is just waiting to be explored. In summer, the mountain trails offer amazing views, unexpected lakeside beauty spots and rustic mountain huts to sleep in. In winter a generous blanket of snow covers the Pyrenees, turning the peaks into a sparkling playground of glistening snow and ice.
Away from the adrenaline fuelled mountain sports, there’s also plenty of pampering and luxury to be found. Thermal springs are on hand to soothe tired bones and heal worn out muscles. Hearty cuisine is served up in rustic restaurants, reviving explorers and adventurers coming off the mountains or escaping the urban clamour. Which ever your preference there are plenty of fantastic hotels to use as your base whilst visiting. Here are our top three choices.
Situated in the heart of Andorra la Verra, this small family run hotel and restaurant offers the best of both worlds. It’s size means that there is a personal touch, the feeling that you are being individually catered for rather than being just another customer. This is balanced with the modern and luxurious interiors and the attention to detail in style, service or technology.
There is a wide range of options regarding rooms and facilities, and a Jacuzzi’s in your room is a tempting option, but it is for the quality of restaurant that they have really become famous. They offer seasonal, market and gourmet menus, with classic dishes also available but are renowned for their fresh fish and seafood dishes.
A city break hotel that feels as if it is anywhere but in a city.
Just far enough from Andorra la Verra to feel as if you are getting away from the urban bustle and close to Arinsal Ski Lift, as the name suggests, this is a real retreat hotel but its location means that it is the perfect place to mix winter sports with a luxurious and pampered experience.
Featuring a spa and wellness area, including a sauna, hammam and hot tub as well, this hotel offers all types of rooms and whilst it is popular with couples it caters brilliantly for families and children too. There is a bowling alley and it offers escorted hiking excursions, there is even a children’s club so that parents can have some time to themselves. Comunal de les Valls Nature Reserve is also within easy distance of the hotel.
In fact it is the perfect location if you want plenty of options. Whilst dad ski’s and mum has a day in the spa, the kids can engage in all sorts of activities. And the options are so varied, no two days will be the same.
For those looking for a more action packed stay, Sport Hotel is the perfect place. Situated next to the Grandvalira Ski Lifts in Soldeu and boasting hotel rooms that come with private balconies offering stunning mountain views, snow sports are obviously high up on the local activities. There is a gym, seasonal outdoor pool and a wellness and spa facility, jet pools and hydrotherapy baths.
The hotel’s Origen Restaurant offers wonderful gourmet meals whilst fusion cuisine is also available during the winter season. The hotel also offers Japanese gastronomy again only during the winter months andThe Glassbar offers cocktails and stunning views from its roof top location all year around.
And when you have had enough of the ski slopes and the gym, the pool and the pampering, you will find that your rooms are both luxurious and spacious and filled with all the modern luxuries that you would expect from such a renowned destination.
Andorra, ski slopes certainly, but so much more as well.
Andorra Park Hotel - Andorra la Vella
Hotel Plaza - Andorra la Vella
Hotel Spa Diana Parc - Arinsal
A Casa Canut Hotel - Escaldes Engordany
Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa - Soldeu
Hotel Andorra Center - Andorra La Vella
Centric Atiram Hotel - Andorra La Vella
Acta Arthotel - Andorra la Vella
Hotel Cervol - Andorra la Vella
Hotel President - Andorra La Vella
Aparthotel AnyosPark - Anyos
AnyosPark Hotel - Anyòs
Patagonia Atiram Hotel - Arinsal
Hotel Spa Princesa Parc - Arinsal
Hotel Roc Meler - Canillo
Hotel & Spa Xalet Bringue - El Serrat
Hotel Bringue - El Serrat
Hotel Nordic - El Tarter
Hotel Spa Llop Gris - El Tarter
Aparthotel Shusski - Encamp
Hotel Guillem & Spa - Encamp
Hotel Palomé - Erts
Hotel Panorama - Escaldes - Engordany
Hotel Spa Termes Carlemany - Escaldes - Engordany
Mola Park Atiram Hotel - Escaldes-Engordany
Hotel Eureka - Escaldes-Engordany
Hotel Metropolis - Escaldes-Engordany
Hotel Tropical - Escaldes-Engordany
Hotel Grau Roig - Grau Roig
Hotel Euroski - Incles
Hotel Galanthus & Spa - Incles
Hotel Parador Canaro - Incles
Hotel Mu - La Cortinada
Hotel Caribou - Pas de la Casa
Hotel Kandahar - Pas de la Casa
Hotel Sporting - Pas de la Casa
Imperial Atiram Hotel - Sant Julia de Loria
abba Xalet Suites Hotel - Sispony
Hotel Piolets Soldeu Centre - Soldeu
Hotel Piolets Park & Spa - Soldeu
Sport Hotel - Soldeu
Sport Hotel Village - Soldeu