France, Serre Chevalier
The Residence Aquisana Apartments were built in 2016, in a traditional Alpine style using stone and wood. The apartments are located just 500m from the Portillas cable, which gives easy access to the 250km of Serre Chevalier’s fantastic pistes. Located in a peaceful area of Villeneuve, local amenities are a 5 minute walk away and the indoor pool, hammam and fitness area are a great reward after a long day skiing.
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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
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|Learn to Ski Packs|
|6 day lift pass, 6 days ski & boot hire, 6 days tuition (2 1/5hrs per day)|
|Adult £408 Child* £355|
All Learn to Ski Packs must be pre-booked and are not available in resort.
|Lift Passes||Days||Adult 12-64||Senior 65-74||Child* 5-11|
|Whole Area Lift Pass||6||£168 E/£192 L/£240 H||£152 E/£174 L/£216 H||£135 E/£155 L/£193 H|
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)
*0-4 Free (issued locally, photo required)
|Equipment (6 days)||Description||Blue||Red||Black|
|Skis & Boots||£100||£115||£135|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£115||£135|
|Child* 6-12||Skis & Boots||-||£82||-|
|Snowboard & boots||-||£82||-|
Please see here for description of hire categories.
*White category skis & boots for children 3-5yrs: £45.
*Child snowboard & boots 8-12yrs
|Tuition||Days||Hours||Adult 13+||Child* 6-12|
|Ski or Snowboard||6||2½ hrs per day||£160|
*Child snowboard tuition 8-11yrs
Prices and supplements are correct at time of printing. Up-to-date prices will be confirmed at time of booking.
Heated indoor pool, fitness area, hammam (pay locally)
Luggage storage, laundry facilities (pay locally), free outdoor parking, covered parking (pay locally, limited availability)
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm
Saturday: 8am to 12pm and 2pm to 8pm
Sunday: 8am to 12pm
Local Fees and Taxes
Resort tax, refundable deposit €300. End of stay cleaning €60-130.