France, Serre Chevalier
The Grand Aigle is a very stylish four-star hotel which has been completely renovated in a local, traditional style. The interior is modern and comfortable with all of the facilities you would need for the perfect holiday. Access to the ski area is also easy, exit the boot room and walk/ski 450m downhill to the Pontillas gondola.
This hotel boasts great facilities, you can relax in front of the open fire in the evening after enjoying the atmpospheric Pure Altitude spa located in the cellar with sauna and jacuzzi (reserve locally, 16 + only) or arrange and pay locally for a number of spa treatments.
Classic rooms are designed for wheelchair access.
The hotel is suitable for wheelchair access.
Board basis options available
This property caters for the following special dietary requirements
With an excellent snow record, the sunny, southern French resort of Serre Chevalier is one of the most atmospheric destinations in the French Alps. Featuring charming old villages, from bustling Villeneuve to the 17th Century, fortified town of Briançon, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the resort is supremely well connected and offers 250km of extensive skiing.
Serre Chevalier is famous for the extent of its tree-lined skiing. Trees cover nearly two thirds of the mountain and the woodland runs aren’t just for the experts. Tree-lined, wide greens and narrow blacks ensure tree skiing is accessible for all levels and abilities. And mélèze trees instead of Alpine pines provide the resort with a unique, attractive appearance.
The abundant off-piste opportunities on the slopes above Villeneuve and Monêtier make Serre Chevalier a free-riders paradise. Those searching for powder and moguls will find the extensive pistes surprisingly varied. There are excellent on piste routes from the top of the Pic de L’Yret as well as the challenging black run, Luc Alphand into Chantemerle.
A popular destination for families, Serre Chevalier is renowned for the friendliness of the locals and you can expect a warm welcome. The local ski schools have an excellent reputation, and there are plenty of winter activities to keep children and adults occupied when not busy skiing and snowboarding.
The Serre Chevalier peak, which lends its name to the resort, dominates the Guisane valley in which the charming resort villages are situated. Chantemerle is the ideal village for a family ski holiday. A calm destination which offers plenty of winter activities from ice skating to snow scooters.
Villeneuve, in contrast, has a lively après scene and the purpose built section of the village is perfect for enthusiastic skiers who want ready access to the mountain. The delightful little hamlet of Le Bez is only a short distance from Villeneuve. Situated between two gondolas, Le Bez, like its neighbour, also has excellent access to the slopes.
Skiing down to Briançon affords excellent views of the old town. While at the top of the valley, Monêtier is the quietest village and home to spectacular thermal baths – a must visit! The distinctive character of Serre Chevalier and its hidden delights are sure to win you over.
Restaurants, food and drink
Serre Chevalier is an excellent destination for the authentic mountain hut experience, and the mountain restaurants certainly don’t disappoint. La Peyra Juana, above the village of Monétier is a classic French mountain hut: friendly and popular with the locals. It is a great place to visit for the traditional French cuisine and delightful atmosphere.
Located in the tiny village of Fréjus, midway up the mountain, is the delightful Pi Maï restaurant. With an exceptional menu of grilled meats, steak and regional cuisine, this charming restaurant is an excellent destination for lunch.
Conveniently located above the Casse du Boeuf, the chalet style Bivouac de la Casse has a large terrace, which is ideal for catching some rays on a bluebird day. If that wasn’t enough, the tasty menu of burgers, tartiflettes and other delights are served with a smile by the friendly staff.
For excellent, traditional French cuisine off the mountain, head to either La Marotte or La Pastorale in Villeneuve. La Marotte and La Pastorale are two of the most popular restaurants in the resort and it’s not hard to see why. Both are tiny restaurants with a charming atmosphere and friendly service.
In Chantemerle Le Loup Blanc has a delightful interior of wandering wooden beams and charming decorations, giving the place a very traditional feel. The regional dishes are fresh and delicious and the meals are complimented by a fine choice of wines.
Après, bars, clubs and nightlife
The village of Villeneuve is the lively heart of Serre Chevalier, and the destination to head to for most of your après ski needs. La Grotte pub is situated at the base of the pistes – perfectly placed for après. Live bands and DJs keep this place thriving until late into the evening.
As the evening turns to night, head to Le Caves de Serre Chevalier, a lively nightclub and cocktail bar. It is the ideal destination for large groups and those looking to party into the early hours of the morning.
For a quieter experience in Villenueve head to 1420. Named after its altitude, this classy little bar has an incredible wine selection in its cellar, as well as a special choice of beers and spirits. Le Cocoon, is another good option, and a warm, cozy place for a drink.
At the foot of the Luc Alphand piste in Chatemerle, the Station is another great après ski destination. This popular bar has live entertainment most evenings and serves great food as well. Try the house special: fish ‘n chips.
Le Monêtier is the quietest village in Serre Chevalier but still has some of the nicest bars. The Blue Bird Cocktail Bar really stands out from the crowd. With a fantastic stone arch interior, and a splendid cocktail menu, this is one of the most elegant after-ski destinations in resort.
The winding streets in the villages of Serre Chevalier are perfect for wandering and stumbling upon little shops. There are plenty of stores selling and renting winter sports equipment, and small supermarkets or delicatessens where you can grab a bite to eat.
Undoubtedly, the main destination to head to for all your shopping needs is Briançon. The highest town in France, there are plenty of shops selling a wide range of products. It is a great place to visit to look for gifts to take home to friends and family.
Spas and relaxation
Serre Chevalier is well known for the thermal baths in Monêtier, Les Grand Bains du Monêtier. The indoor pool is naturally heated and a wide range of facilities, including Jacuzzi, Roman baths and steam rooms ensure plenty of ways to relax. Visitors can also enjoy an extensive range of health and beauty treatments.
The Pure Altitude Spa at the Le Grand Aigle Hotel is ideal for all guests staying in Les Bez. This excellent spa has a unique décor, with vaulted stone ceilings, providing a fantastic ambience in which to relax. Facilities include a sauna and a whirlpool, with beauty treatments possible to reserve and pay for locally.
Arts, culture and events
Serre Chevalier is a uniquely fascinating ski resort for those interested in history. The walled old town and UNESCO World Heritage Site of Briançon has an incredible past. The old fortress was built in the 18th Century to help defend the town from invasion from the Duchy of Savoy.
At the end of the valley, the St Pierre Chapel in Monêtier has been converted into the delightful little Musée d’Art Sacré. The museum contains a fascinating collection of religious art dating as far back as the 15th Century, and hosts regular exhibitions.
For more information on travel and transport visit our Serre Chevalier page
LEARN TO SKI
6 day lift pass, 6 days 'Blue' ski/boot hire, 6 days tuition*
Adult from £408 Child from £355
All Learn to Ski packs must be pre-booked in the UK and are not bookable locally. For complete beginners only. *2hrs and 30 minutes per day. Child = 6-12yrs.
|Whole Area Pass
E (15-21 Dec), L (6-12 Apr), H (All other dates). *Lift pass includes a day skiing in Montgenèvre, Les 2 Alpes or Alpe d'Huez (transport extra).
|Skis & Boots||£101||£116||£135|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£116||£135|
|Child (6-12yrs)*||Skis & Boots||-||£58||-|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£58||-|
Equipment Hire (6 days) - Please see here for description of hire categories.
*Child snowboard & boots from 8yrs. White category skis & boots for children 3-5yrs: £45.
|Tuition||Days||Hours||Adult 13yrs||Child 6-12yrs*|
|Ski & Snowboard||6||2 1/2 hrs per day||£160|
*Child snowboard tuition= 8-11yrs
Prices and supplements are correct at time of publishing but may vary up or down; correct prices will be advised at the time of booking.