Kids go free
A fantastically located hotel with a wonderful Tibetan-theme right in the heart of the village. One of the main sources of relaxation in the Himalaia is the wellness area. It's free to use (just book an in advance at reception) and comes complete with a hot tub, sauna and fitness room - everything you need to sort out the aches and pains from the slopes.
There's a bar with a pool table and the cosy lounge has a large fireplace with old leather wingback chairs, the perfect spot for a glass of wine at the end of a good (or bad) day. And for those who want to stay in touch, there's a TV lounge and an internet corner.
Nearest lift: 140m
Tuition meeting point: 140m (top of lift)
Resort centre: in the centre
Soldeu is home to one of the best native English speaking ski schools in Europe. They’ll transform nervous beginners into confident skiers and boarders in no time. The speedy and advanced can also choose from a range of classes and clinics, all set in the fantastic, 210km Grandvalira area.
The wonderful range of blues and reds as well as some world-class black slopes are all expertly maintained and the safe terrain make this perfect for exploring on your own or with a guide.
Off the mountain, Soldeu is an enchanting village that combines modern development with traditional mountain style, and being quite small, everything is ultra-convenient. The après scene is fun and laid back with a handful of excellent restaurants serving traditional and international cuisine and live music in many of the small and friendly bars each evening.
Area size: 210km
Linked resorts: Pas de la Casa, Grau Roig and Canillo
Resort altitude: 1800m
Skiing altitude: 1710m to 2640m
Number of runs: 128
Range of pistes: Easy 47%, medium 37% & difficult 16%
Lifts: 4 magic carpets, 6 rope tows, 27 drags, 26 chairs, 3 gondolas and 2 cable cars
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 30km
Snowmaking: 65% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
It's half board at the Hotel Himalaia, so expect a full buffet breakfast each morning to get you started. In the evenings, sit down to a large buffet-style evening meal, perfect for refuelling after a day on the slopes. Your Christmas are New Year Gala meals are included.
The 106 rooms all come with satellite TV, a mini-bar and a shower. They're decked out with hardwood and have plenty of natural light.
The studios are slightly bigger than the rooms and have a living area with one double and one single sofa bed. They also have a kitchenette with microwave that makes it that much easier to lounge in your room in the morning and gather your bearings before starting the day.
Free ski guiding provided by the hotel
Official rating: ****
Cosy lounge with fireplace
Restaurant bar & pool table
Hot tub & sauna
Children's soft play area (unsupervised)
Departure airports: Birmingham, Gatwick & Manchester
Departure day: Sunday
Arrival airport: Toulouse (in France)
Flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours (including a comfort break)