Ride in to summer 2020
The Princesa Parc and Diana Parc is a large hotel with a strong emphasis on luxury and relaxation. You'll not be left wanting for anything as the list of facilities is as long as your arm. There's a choice of bars with live music, a superb spa area, a free children's clubs, games zone with bowling alley and more.
The wide choice of rooms and suites, many of which were refurbished recently, continue the luxurious nature of the hotel. And if you want to add to the experience, plump for the all-inclusive option. Alcoholic and soft drinks are available from the bar during the day and with dinner. You'll also have unlimited access to the wellness area, bowling alley and games zone too. It's quite a deal when you see how much this place has to offer!
The entire hotel is lavishly styled and furnished. The 'Cocktail Bar Aquarium' is exactly as it sounds. The bar is an actual aquarium and they serve cocktails. Watch goldfish swim up and down whilst you enjoy a fresh Mojito. The Piano bar is a lot more traditional and a lovely place to relax with a good book.
Nearest ski lift: 200m
Tuition meeting point: 200m (top of lift)
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 10 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
Half board meals are the order of the day at Hotel Princesa Parc. A hot and cold breakfast is the morning meal. The evening meal is an extensive buffet selection with meat and fish all cooked to order as you like them.
An all-inclusive upgrade is also available. It includes a breakfast and dinner buffet, selected drinks with your evening meal, drinks in the buffet restaurant, drinks at the Piano bar and Bowling bar, children's mini-club, unlimited entry to the spa, unlimited bowling and billiards games and Wi-Fi.
The spa here is seriously impressive. It's lavishly styled with intricate murals, marble statues and one of the biggest hot tubs you've ever seen. The facilities include a hydro-massage pool, saunas, a steam room, hot tubs, a Scottish shower, an ice fountain, a foot spa and a relaxation zone, everything to ensure you leave rested and relaxed.
There's also a huge range of massage and beauty treatments that you can book too. There is a charge to use the spa area (unless you go all-inclusive), but when you see what's included, it's worth the cost.
All 165 rooms come well-equipped and many have been recently refurbished, so you'll find that they have lots of natural light, beautiful wooden floors and contemporary furnishings.
Choose from Standard, Lux and Club rooms. All can take two people and some can take up to four, ideal for families. The Lux and Club rooms have been renovated to a particularly impressive standard.
A free, supervised mini-club for children aged three to 11 runs Monday to Saturday. You can drop the little ones off in the morning where the hotel team will keep them entertained (not difficult here) with fun and games, arts and crafts and more. Guests on half board will need to pay for your child's lunch, but all inclusive guests get lunch included.
After enjoying a full day of skiing or boarding, come and pick them at 5pm for dinner. An evening of fun awaits in the games zone. See who's king-pin at the 10-pin bowling alley, or try billiards, air hockey, pinball, driving games and much more. This is a great choice for kids big and small!
Official rating: ****
Free Wi-Fi in public areas
Extensive spa centre
Free mini-club for 3-11yrs
Free wellness area for all inclusive guests
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