Hotel Planibel, La Thuile
Ski-in, ski-out, next to the main gondola and chairlift with superb views of the surrounding mountains! All the bedrooms have a balcony.
- Half Board
- In Resort Centre
- Large indoor pool, sauna ad hot tub
- Cafés, bars & restaurants all within the complex
- Small nursery area & ski school right outside
The Planibel complex is in an excellent location, close to the cable car and has access to a varied selection of shops, restaurants and bars. It offers an extensive range of leisure facilities including an indoor pool, sauna and fitness centre. With superb views of the surrounding mountains and the ability to ski right back to the door, it is a popular choice with many guests returning year after year. The hotel is modern with lot of light wood, pale green and blue. The hotel is bright with many large windows offering beautiful views on the mountains. The bedrooms are modern, comfy and all have a balcony.
The hotel is perfectly placed for access to the Les Suches gondola and Bosco Express chairlift, both of which take you up to the Les Suches area at 2200m, with viewpoints, cafés and plenty of blue runs. Getting back at the end of the day is via red runs No.6 or No.7, or the more direct black runs No.2 and No.3. There’s also the Maison Blanche lift from La Thuile town, for access to the beginner blue No.36.
There are several good restaurants within walking distance - try Pepita Café or Lo Tata for tasty Italian food made with local produce - or you can stay within the Planibel complex for dinner and drinks. The Cage aux Folles is within the building and is a great place to take apperitivo and catch sports events.
All rooms have a satellite TV, telephone, hairdryer and minibar (filled on request).
Twin Room - sleeps 1- 2: Twin beds, private bath (with shower attachment), WC and balcony with mountain view.
Quad Room - sleeps 2-4: Twin beds, extra single beds when booked for three or four people, private bath (with shower attachment), WC and balcony.
Cot hire available to hire, €42 per week to be paid locally, request at time of booking. There is also a baby room at the restaurant (microwave, highchair, fridge, etc.)
- restaurants, bars, cafés next to the hotel
- mini-market, ski shop and gifts shops next to the hotel
- ski deposit for hotel guests
- free leisure facilities, including indoor pool (swimming caps must be worn, towels can be hired for a small charge or you can use your own), sauna, steam room and fitness centre
- Kid's Clubs (6 months to 8 years)
- free WiFi in public spaces
- 254 rooms
- buffet breakfast
- 4-course buffet evening meals
- Christmas Day and New Year's Eve gala dinners included
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About La Thuile
La Thuile is found on the Italian/French border, with summer road links to La Rosière in France. This is the home of the St Bernard dogs, named after the pass over the border. It's at the top of the Aosta Valley, where weather conditions can be variable, with high winds particularly problematic. There are 150km of lift-linked pistes, offering skiing for every ability level, although the Italian slopes are slightly better than the French. For beginners and intermediates, there's plenty of good terrain, but they will have to take a lift up, as most of the resort runs are tree-lined blacks. These tougher runs are lower down, so can have poorer snow. For experts there is enjoyable off-piste potential, as well as superb heli-skiing at reasonable prices. Snow is better in La Thuile, because of its north-facing slopes, but intermediates will find more challenges in La Rosière. This is also a great place to learn to board and is helped by an up-to-date lift system.
La Thuile is a relatively unknown resort outside of Italy and remains largely Italian in character. This means that, apart from over the weekend, it is refreshingly uncrowded. The locals are very friendly, which easily makes up for the general lack of spoken foreign languages. La Thuile mainly caters to the family market, so après-ski/nightlife is pretty limited. As with the majority of Italian resorts, organised childcare is not exactly the greatest strength. The town itself is attractively set in woodland and offers some decent eateries. Mountain restaurants and non-ski activities are not particularly brilliant.
Overall, La Thuile is a reasonably sized ski area that has largely dodged the wider European market. Well worth visiting, but not for those hell-bent on a week-long party session…
Choice of Restaurants
Great for Mixed Abilities
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• Frazione Entreves, 158, 11016 La Thuile AO, Italy
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