The Hotel Del Clos is a fantastic example of what a ski hotel should be, that's why we chose it for our Neilson Mountain Collection. The wooden clad and carved walls invite you in and warm you up straight away. There's a tremendous feeling of space as the wide corridors guide you to the many chill-out areas.
The bar and lounge area offer plenty of options to relax and refuel. They also become a real focal point during après-ski, as does the huge sun-terrace. It's definitely worth grabbing your drink and a seat to watch the sunset turn the slopes of El Tarter a delicious orange.
If you were trying to ride every slope of the 210km area during the day, you may need to take advantage of the in-house massage therapist. They offer a great range of sports treatments and beauty therapies too, so why not treat yourself to a little 'me-time'?
It's only 350m to the lifts and you have a choice of where to leave your skis or boards at night. There's a free communal storage area by the lifts or plenty of space at the hotel in the heated kit storage room (including boot warmers for a toasty start to your day).
From the hotel to...
Nearest lift: 350m to El Tarter 4-person chair
Equipment hire shop: 300m (by the lifts)
Tuition meeting point: 350m at the top of the lifts (Grandvalira Ski School)
Resort centre: 300m
About the resort
El Tarter is part of the massive 210km Grandvalira ski area. The snow conditions are good throughout the season (obviously warmer in spring) but you'll often see amazing snow in Andorra when the rest of Europe is struggling.
It's also home to one of the best ski schools in Europe too. They'll transform nervous beginners into confident improvers in no time. The speedy and advanced can also choose from a range of classes and clinics to push skills to the limit.
El Tarter is a really laid-back mountain town. Après is low-key with a few bars to choose from. L'Aberset bar straight off the slopes is pretty lively until about 8pm. Or head to the hotel's own bar to carry on the party feel.
Not only is El Tarter a good choice for all levels of skier and snowboarder, the resort lends itself to those looking to enjoy a more chilled-out week.
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 runs: 11% green, 40% blue, 33% red and 16% black
A large range of treatments are offered in our wellness area, such as sports, deep tissue and hot stone massage, Japanese Reiki, Indian head massage and beauty treatments using Temple Spa products. Please visit the hotel reception for information and prices.
Food and drink
Our club board basis is designed for skiers and boarders. Breakfast is a fairly extensive affair with cooked and continental options every day. Your daily afternoon tea of warming soup plus freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Evening meals consist of a four-course buffet of regionally inspired dishes all followed by fresh coffee. You can buy drinks to accompany your meal from the bar.
We provide evening meals on six nights a week to leave you free to head out and explore the resort on one evening. For shorter holidays over New Year 2016/17, you still have one night free to explore the resort and local cuisine.
All of the rooms in the Del Clos are really spacious with big, deep mattresses, flatscreen TVs and fully ensuite bathrooms with hairdryers so there's no need to pack your own. Most rooms have pretty impressive views out to the mountains views. Some also have a balcony or terrace to add to the experience.
Club and economy twin or double rooms, and club triple rooms for two to three people
Twin, double and triple rooms, some with a balcony or terrace. Rooms for sole use are available.
Club quad rooms for two to four people
These large rooms have twin beds and built-in wooden bunk beds suitable for adults or children, separated from the main bedroom by a partition. Most rooms have a balcony or terrace. One room has two bedrooms; one with twin beds and the other with bunk beds in a small room off the hallway. There is also a large terrace offering mountain views.
Families and kids
Our youngest guests will be well catered for with our childcare and crèches taking care of kids from four months to 12 years old. For skiing kids, we offer a ski school drop-off and pick-up service, ensuring they're happy and settled. There's also evening care available on three evenings a week.
The hotel facilities include a games and TV room for all ages to spend some time with their new found friends. When conditions are right, there's a snow garden for younger guests to get creative and build up an appetite before high-tea at 5pm.
Our chefs cook up dedicated kids' menus with all the firm favourites to make sure they're well fed. You can also borrow our snow buggies and sledges for when you want to head out and explore the resort by yourselves.
For our youngest guests, we have a 24 hour baby room and UK standard cots and highchairs, just let us know at the time of booking if you'd like a cot in your room.
We can even provide a private nanny service if you would prefer to have individual care for your little ones. Simply call us to discuss your needs.
Neilson Mountain Experts
Don’t forget that you get free guiding and coaching throughout the week from fully qualified ski and board instructors with our Mountain Expert service.
Designed for confident blue and red-run skiers and snowboarders, they'll show you around the mountain on free guiding sessions, and even offer free coaching sessions to help you become a more confident skier or snowboarder.
There's at least one session a day and we guarantee each guest at least two sessions a week. Your hosts will explain how it works when you get there.
Neilson rating: ***+
Bar and restaurant
Large sun-terrace off the bar
Snug lounge area, games room with pool table
Free Wi-Fi in the public areas
Treatment room for sports and beauty therapies
Neilson-run kids' clubs
Private nanny service available on request
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
Extras and offers
Children under 15 can receive a discount when sharing a room with at least two adults
Guaranteed adjacent rooms are available to pre-book on a selection of rooms. Prices start at just £15 per person, per week, but make sure you book these rooms early as availability is limited.