We have now stayed at the Roi Soleil several times, and our opinion is unchanged: Club Med still provides a convenient and cost-effective means of skiing in a superb resort.
Our package included flights, transfers (by coach from and to Zurich), ski school for our son, lift passes, boot hire for our son, accommodation and all meals and drinks, along with entertainment in the Club Med style. It is so good to know exactly what a ski holiday is going to cost - when we were on the mountain we saw very basic basic lunches for 25 Swiss francs and drinks for 5 francs, so without the all-inclusive package it would soon add up. Other than 10 francs for ice skating and a sandwich and drink for the transfer to St Moritz we spent virtually nothing extra.
The transfer to the resort: we were on a fairly full large coach which waited perhaps twenty minutes for arrivals from another flight. We stopped at a rather unimpressive and badly designed service station for 15 minutes. The opportunities to get decent food in that time were very limited; I would recommend bringing something with you from home or from the airport.
Arrival: We were shepherded into the theatre and given our room keys and cloth bracelets which provide access to the bar and facilities. Our bags were taken to the appropriate landing of the hotel. We then went straight to the reception desk to collect ski passes, organise WiFi (for which you do have to pay, and yes, it was slow) and set up a Club Med account (necessary for ski/boot hire and using the shop). We also went to the ski school to book in before the queue developed.
Rooms: We had a double room - these have a toilet and separate bathroom with two sinks, shelving and a shower. There are two wardrobes, safes and sets of shelves, and room on top for a suitcase. There was a kettle and tea/coffee making equipment, but we found it easier to nip downstairs to the bar. There was a television with UK, Russian, Swiss, French etc channels. Our son had a single room. This was accessed off the main corridor with a lockable door. There were then three single rooms, also with lockable doors. These shared a shower and toilet, but had a washbasin in the room. It felt a little like good University accommodation. Our son's 'bathroom buddies' were two younger teenagers - I have a feeling that the hotel deliberately matched them up rather than putting older singles with young teens.
The restaurants: We did not eat in the speciality restaurant which provides a quieter, more intimate environment, as we enjoy the opportunity to meet different people from across Europe. The large tables in the main restaurant seat 8 and depending on timing it is possible to get one to yourself, but we tended to eat at the start of the dining period in the evening. Guests are generally sensitive and you can chat or not as the mood takes you. There was always an extensive buffet with special starters and main courses and plenty of salad and vegetables. There were several options suitable for children, and ice cream, a chocolate fountain and a good choice of desserts, fruits and cheeses. There are red, white and rose wines available free from a cabinet (the red is the best of these). At breakfast there is an excellent buffet (though I missed the sliced oranges from previous years) with pancakes, cooked items, water to boil eggs, smoothies, cereals and numerous cold items including fruit and yoghurt.There are some excellent breads and pastries too.
The bar: After dinner you can retreat to the bar area and sit and watch the world go by, chat or play board games (available from the reception desk) or participate in the activities that are put on (we ended up playing bingo one evening!). At 9.00pm it is possible to collect tickets for lunch in the two mountain restaurants, and every evening there is a show put on by the staff members. Drinks are free as long as you don't ask for particular brands - so you can, for example, ask for brandy but not cognac. If you want something special it is possible to buy it. In the afternoons waffles and pancakes are served in the bar.
The ski room: the ski room is a bit frantic at peak times. There is not much space to store two pairs of skis if there are snowboards on either side, but if you ski at Corviglia every day you can leave your boots and skis at the bottom station for a few francs a day. This saves the 10 minute walk in boots!
Lunch at Corviglia: This mountain restaurant gets very crowded - you can only eat there if you are with a class or if you book in advance. The first day it was impossible to find adjacent seats; when we mentioned this to the manager in the morning he already knew about it, and for the rest of the week an extra sitting was organised. The toilets are always very clean.
Things to do: There is a beautiful walk around the less populated side of the frozen lake. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestling at the foot of the snow-covered mountains, Saint-Moritz Roi Soleil stands at an altitude of 1750 metres, near the lake that lies alongside the town. Tucked away in this cosmopolitan and select resort, the Village effortlessly combines luxury and tradition, and offers you the unique spectacle of horse and greyhound racing, polo matches, or the famous cresta runs on the nearby frozen lake. After a day in the snow parents and children can meet up in the play area for a sledging session. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Club Med Roi Soleil Hotel St. Moritz
- Roi Soleil Club Med
- St. Moritz Club Med