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The Sant Andreu is a small, family friendly property very close to the centre of Arinsal and an ideal value base for a ski holiday with family or friends. The apartments are comfortable with all the basics for a self-catering stay and a bit of relaxed après once the slopes close.
The owner Alberto and his team work hard to ensure you enjoy your stay and nothing is too much trouble. Enjoy the added bonus of free Wi-Fi throughout, a games and TV room and access to the hotel's small wellness area with its hot tub, Turkish bath, sauna and gym - perfect for relaxing at the end of the day.
Nearest ski lift: 500m to the Arinsal gondola
Tuition meeting point: 500m (top of gondola)
Resort centre: 150m
Arinsal is the perfect place for beginners and families as there are plenty of nursery slopes, a superb British-run ski and board school and plenty of après-ski activities. Even though there's only 63km of pistes, improvers, intermediates and even the advanced will be tested at points. Hop on a bus and head to nearby Arcalis for some fantastic off-piste and even a couloir or two.
Off the mountain, Arinsal is small and friendly with a good choice of restaurants, a few shops and several lively bars to choose from. There are also a smattering of late-night bars and discos for the night owls.
Off-slope activities are easy to get to. Amazing shopping (and virtually tax-free) in the nation's capital, Andorra La Vella is only a 20 minute bus ride away. Alternatively, you could relax in the thermal waters of Caldea, a lush indoor thermal water lagoon with a spa area that's easy to love.
Ski biking is definitely a unique activity to give a go - the equipment is, you guessed it, a mix of a bike and a pair of skis.
Resort altitude: 1450m
Skiing altitude: 1550m to 2560m
Ski area size: Vallnord area 63km
Number of runs: 44
Range of pistes: Very easy 16%, easy 36%, medium 39% & difficult 9%
Lifts: 40 comprising of: 8 magic carpets, 13 drags, 16 chairlifts, 2 gondolas and 1 cable car
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 30km
Snowmaking: 45% runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
It's self catering at the Sant Andreu with an optional continental breakfast on six mornings a week. In the evenings, either stay in and cook in your apartment or head out into nearby Arinsal to sample the local and international cuisine in the many restaurants and taverns.
The 21 apartments have a choice of a studio for two, a studio alcove for four or a two bedroom apartment for four. Each has a small kitchen with a microwave, two ring hob and a fridge, kettle and toaster, so enough to cook up a simple meal to enjoy at the end of the day. There's also a small cleaning kit too.
You'll also benefit from free Wi-Fi, flatscreen TV, a balcony with mountain views, bathroom with shower over bath, hairdryer and wc plus all of your towels and linen.
Official rating: ***
Free use of a small hot tub and gym
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Small bar area
Ski and board storage
Departure airports: Birmingham, Bristol, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Sunday
Arrival airport: Lleida (in Spain)
Flight duration: 2 hours 5 minutes to 2 hours 35 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 2 hours 45 minutes