Sitting at the entrance to Arinsal, the St Gothard is a peaceful place to stay with some lovely scenery to enjoy. The hotel runs its own shuttle bus to the lifts as they're about 1km away, but the hotel and resort buses both run regularly throughout the day.
This hotel has all of the right ingredients for a relaxing ski holiday, including friendly staff, family friendly facilities and a lovely wellness area. There's also a cosy lounge with satellite TV, and for families, the hotel's professional entertainment team have weekly afternoon and evening shows to jazz up your stay. There's a games room for downtime as well, plus free Wi-Fi to stay connected.
When it comes to relaxation, head straight to the sauna and then have a soak in the hot tub to sooth ski legs. If your muscles need a bit more pampering, treat yourself to a massage from the extensive menu. The hotel has two restaurants and a friendly bar which makes for a nice spot to have a quiet evening in.
From the hotel to…
Nearest ski lift: 1km
Tuition meeting point: 1km (top of lift)
Resort centre: 1km
Ski bus stop to gondola: 50m
About the resort
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 93km
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
Food and drink
The half-board meals at the St Gothard are a hot and cold buffet style breakfast and an extensive evening buffet. Parents will be pleased to know that there's also a children's buffet, so no need to worry about what the little ones will eat.
Each of the 170 rooms are really spacious and can comfortably sleep between two and four people. All of the rooms come with satellite TV, a mini-safe and bathroom with a hairdryer and bath or shower.
The standard rooms are perfect for couples and some of them have very lovely views. When it comes to the superior rooms, they all have gorgeous views of the surrounding mountains, bathrobes, and slippers.
Official rating: ****
Free hotel-run and resort-run bus from the hotel to the slopes
Sauna and hot tub
Two restaurants and friendly bar area
Cosy lounge with satellite TV
Children's buffet area
Departure airports: Gatwick, Manchester, East Midlands or Stansted
Departure day: Thursday (21 December), Wednesday (27 December), Tuesday (2 January) and Sunday (rest of the season)