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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.
Families will love the kids' clubs which offers childcare for little ones from four months right up to pre-teen 12 year olds. Our experienced nannies make sure they're well looked after with plenty to keep them happy and stimulated.
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 plenty of space at the hotel in the heated kit storage room (including boot warmers for a toasty start to your day), or there are storage lockers in Nordic Ski Hire (by the lifts) available for weekly charge of around €45.
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
Soldeu resort: 3km
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 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
A large range of treatments is offered in our wellness area, such as sports, deep tissue and hot stone massage, Indian head massage and beauty treatments using Temple Spa products. Please visit the hotel reception for information and prices. Take a look at the massage and body treatment menu for information and prices.
Our half 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 freshly baked cakes and biscuits will be waiting for you when you come in from the slopes.
Your seven evening meals consist of three-courses with regionally inspired dishes all followed by fresh coffee. You can buy drinks to accompany your meal from the bar.
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. You'll also find luxurious Temple Spa toiletries in each bathroom.
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.
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.
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.
Free guiding and coaching from fully qualified instructors on our Neilson Mountain Experts service
Free lift pass for the group organiser when 12+ people pre-book a lift pass
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
Neilson rating: ***+
Bar and restaurant
Large sun-terrace off the bar
Lounge area with comfy sofas
Games room with pool table
Free Wi-Fi in the public areas
Treatment room for sports and beauty therapies
Neilson-run kids' clubs
Pre-bookable private nanny service available on request - email firstname.lastname@example.org for prices and availability
Heated equipment storage
Daily housekeeping with towels provided
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)