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Résidence L'Albane

Residence L'Albane is ideally located in Vars, ski-in/ski-out and within walking distance of the attractive center. The apartments are stylish and modern and all have a balcony. Like most of the hotels in Vars, Residence L'Albane is built from natural materials, which gives it a warm atmosphere. As a guest you have free access to the heated pool. Here you can relax after a busy day on the slopes. Residence L'Albane is also very suitable for families with small children, within walking distance of the snow garden of the ski school, where the youngest playfully learn to ski. Happy winter!
  • Walking distance to the center
  • Ski-in/ski-out
  • Heated Pool

Room types

4-room apartment (3 bedrooms)
for 4 till 9 persons
  • surface: 68m²
  • Number of beds: 9
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchenette
  • (mini) fridge
  • hotplate
  • combi microwave
  • coffee machine
  • dishwasher
  • Television (satellite television, free of charge)
  • Telephone
  • (Living) room(s): sleeps 3 (1 x one person pull-out bed; 2 x one person sleeping couch)
  • Bedroom(s): 3 bedrooms
  • 1st bedroom: sleeps 2 (1 x double bed)
  • 2nd bedroom: sleeps 2 (2 x single bed)
  • 3rd bedroom: sleeps 2 (2 x single bed)
  • Bathroom(s): 2 bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1: bath, sink
  • Bathroom 2: shower, sink, toilet
3-room apartment (2 bedrooms)
for 3 till 7 persons
  • surface: 55-68m²
  • Number of beds: 7
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchenette
  • (mini) fridge
  • hotplate
  • combi microwave
  • coffee machine
  • dishwasher
  • Television (satellite television, free of charge)
  • Telephone
  • (Living) room(s): sleeps 3 (1 x one person folding bed; 1 x two persons sleeping couch)
  • Bedroom(s): 2 bedrooms
  • 1st bedroom: sleeps 2 (1 x double bed)
  • 2nd bedroom: sleeps 2 (2 x single bed)
  • Bathroom(s): 1 bathroom
  • Bathroom 1: bath or shower, sink, toilet
studio
for 2 till 4 persons
  • surface: 28m²
  • Number of beds: 4
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchenette
  • (mini) fridge
  • hotplate
  • combi microwave
  • coffee machine
  • dishwasher
  • Television (satellite television, free of charge)
  • Telephone
  • (Living) room(s): sleeps 2 (2 x one person sleeping couch)
  • Cabin(s) (cabin 1: sleeps 2 (1 bunkbed (2 x single bed)))
  • bathroom with: bath, sink
2-room apartment (1 bedroom) type A
for 2 till 5 persons
  • surface: 28-33m²
  • Number of beds: 5
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchenette
  • (mini) fridge
  • hotplate
  • combi microwave
  • coffee machine
  • dishwasher
  • Television (satellite television, free of charge)
  • Telephone
  • (Living) room(s): sleeps 3 (1 x one person folding bed; 1 x two persons sleeping couch)
  • Bedroom(s): 1 bedroom
  • 1st bedroom: sleeps 2 (1 x double bed)
  • Bathroom(s): 1 bathroom
  • Bathroom 1: bath, sink
2-room apartment (1 bedroom) type B
for 3 till 7 persons
  • surface: 34-42m²
  • Number of beds: 7
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchenette
  • (mini) fridge
  • hotplate
  • combi microwave
  • coffee machine
  • dishwasher
  • Television (satellite television, free of charge)
  • Telephone
  • (Living) room(s): sleeps 3 (1 x one person folding bed; 1 x two persons sleeping couch)
  • Bedroom(s): 1 bedroom
  • 1st bedroom: sleeps 2 (1 x double bed)
  • Cabin(s) (cabin 1: sleeps 2 (1 bunkbed (2 x single bed)))
  • Bathroom(s): 1 bathroom
  • Bathroom 1: bath, sink

Boardtype

Location and surroundings

distance to centre
directly next to the ski piste.
distance to ski lift
nearest shops
nearest restaurant

Map

Facilities

General Information
  • Reception
  • Safe available
  • Bread delivery service
  • Deposit
  • Tourist tax
  • Bed linen included
  • Bath towels included
  • Wash room facilities
  • Pets allowed
  • final cleaning: (included in the holiday price)
Optional facilities
  • baby package: for all guests with age from 0 to 2 (incl.) year circa 16,00 € per set per week(s) (to be paid at resort)
  • wireless internet available in public area: circa 20,00 € per week(s) (to be paid at resort)
  • cleaning package: circa 3,00 € per set (to be paid at resort)
  • pets, excl. food: circa 55,00 € per piece per week(s) (to be mentioned at reservation, to be paid at resort)
  • parking garage available: circa 60,00 € per unit per week(s) (to be mentioned at reservation, to be paid at resort)
  • safe available to use at reception: circa 10,00 € per week(s) (to be paid at resort)
  • extra bath towel package: circa 7,00 € per person (to be paid at resort)
  • extra linen package: circa 8,00 € per person (to be paid at resort)
Mandatory additional costs
  • tourist tax: circa 1,50 € per person per day (to be paid at resort, obligated)
Deposit
  • deposit: circa 500,00 € per unit per stay (to be paid at resort, obligated)
Restaurant/bar
  • Food establishment: Take away possible
Children
  • Baby package aincluding: (cot (incl. fitted sheet))
Swimming pools
  • outdoor swimming pool (heated)
Sports facilities
  • Play room

There may have been changes in Covid-19 services and facilities between the time of booking and upon departure. All measures are subject to change and therefore no rights can be derived from them.

Vars

Vars consists of four small villages: Saint Marcellin, Sainte Cathérine, Sainte Marie de Vars and Vars les Claux. The pistes, lifts and most accommodations can be found in Vars les Claux at an altitude of approximately 1900 meters.

Vars is known for its 'Ski de Vitesse' competitions. Together with Risoul, Vars has the largest ski resort of the Southern Alps. Besides skiing, many visitors are attracted to the evening entertainment as well. There are different bars, restaurants, nightclubs and a cinema to keep you busy in the evenings.

Also if you would like to try something different during the day there are plenty of options like ice skating in the ice rink, parasailing, joining a torch tour or even dog sleigh tours.

Vars

  • Charming destination
  • Plenty blue slopes
  • Great for families

Location and surroundings

distance to centre
directly next to the ski piste.
distance to ski lift
nearest shops
nearest restaurant

La Fôret Blanche

In the Hautes Alpes, two ski resorts have combined together to form a ski area called La Forêt Blanche. If you like skiing in the trees this is the place for you!

Vars is the largest and most famous place of the two and consists of a combination of four small villages. Three of them are at an altitude of about 1650 meters. Risoul is a modern station and more suited to families.

Skiers can test their speed on the Kilomètre Lance, known as the fastest track in the world - see how fast you can go!

Surf Country, the largest snow park in Europe, with a fun park and a half pipe attracts snow-boarders and skiers alike and cross-country skiers find approximately 43 kilometers of trails.

To make it complete, there are various events held throughout the year so you will never get bored.

La Fôret Blanche

  • 180 kilometres of slopes
  • Area for beginner and advanced skiers
  • Plenty of non ski activities

Travel information relating to the Coronavirus 

This information has been carefully compiled by Sunweb based on information provided by the local authorities. Since the measures mentioned are subject to constant change, no rights can be derived from this and Sunweb accepts no liability for any damage resulting from the use of this information.

Regulations per destination

Important information regarding mandatory documentation
Yes
Read the FAQ page here
Distance required in public areas (in metres)
Yes
1 metre
Mouth mask
Yes
From the age of 11, it is mandatory to wear a mouth mask on public transport and air traffic. Also in all public buildings and areas, such as government buildings, hospitals, shops, restaurants and hotels. Even if you are standing in line (outside and inside). In the following places, it is mandatory to wear a mouth mask on the street for anyone aged 11 or older: Haute-Savoie (74), Briançon (Serre-Chevalier, 05) and Savoie (73).
Max persons together outdoors
Yes
Max. 10 persons
Allowed to share a room with someone outside your household?
Yes
Certain hours not allowed to be outside?
No
Restaurants
Open
Terraces and restaurants are open. Since 9 August 2021, a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate from covid, or a PCR test / rapid antigen test (maximum 48 hours old), is mandatory in indoor areas and on terraces, from 12 years.
Bars / Apres-ski
Open
Terraces and restaurants are open. Since 9 August 2021, a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate from covid, or a PCR test / rapid antigen test (maximum 48 hours old), is mandatory in indoor areas and on terraces, from 12 years.
Club/Nightlife
Open
Terraces and restaurants are open. Since 9 August 2021, a vaccination certificate, recovery certificate from covid, or a PCR test / rapid antigen test (maximum 48 hours old), is mandatory in indoor areas and on terraces, from 12 years.
Supermarkets and pharmacies
Open
A mouth mask is mandatory
Activities, attractions and sights
Open
A mouth mask is mandatory
Events open air or indoor
Yes
With vaccination certificate, recovery certificate from covid, or PCR test / rapid antigen test (max. 48 hours old).
Transfer
Yes
A mouth mask is mandatory (from 11 years old)
Public transport / taxi / skibus
Open
With mouth mask and vaccination certificate, recovery certificate from covid, or PCR test / rapid antigen test (max. 48 hours old), mandatory.
Slopes
Open
Skilifts
Open
Ski rental
Yes
Ski lessons
Yes
Wellness
Open
Additional measures per ski region
No

Practical information

Capital:
The capital of France is Paris

Time:

France is one hour ahead of the UK (GMT+1).

Language:

The official language is French.

Money:

The euro (€) is the official currency of France

Emergency number:

The local emergency number is 112.

Service charge (tip) in restaurants and bars :

It is not likely that the service charger will be added to the bill automatically. If you are pleased with the service you can round off or leave a tip of 10%.

Power:

The voltage is 220 and the socket is different compared to the general UK sockets. You can buy an European adapter in most airports and supermarkets.

Mobile:

A UK mobile phone should work in France. The setup for this may differ per provider, so it is best to inquire about this before hand.

Safety on the slopes:

In France, wearing a helmet is not mandatory but recommended (especially for children). In ski classes (for all ages), it is often compulsory.

Travel documents:

You must be in possession of a valid passport in order to travel to France.

Food and Drinks:

Cheese, croissants, baguettes and wine! It is possible to drink tap water.

Opening hours:

As a general rule, the shops are open on Monday/Friday from 09:00 to 19:00. However, some shops may close over lunchtime. On Sunday and Monday, a selection of shops are closed. Some supermarkets are open on Sunday mornings.

Public Holidays: 

Christmas Day:  25 December, 2014 (Thursday)

Boxing Day: 26 December, 2014 (Friday)

New Year’s Day:  1 January, 2015 (Thursday)

Good Friday: 3 April, 2015

Easter Sunday: 5 April, 2015

Easter Monday: 6 April, 2015

 

Travelling by car:
Most motorways in France require you to pay a toll fee. The Pas Piccolo San Bernardo is closed the whole winter (November - June). Always check the locat weather reports before departing.

In some cities and towns it is obligaroty to have a "environmentsl sticker". It is not possible to buy these stickers en route. You will have to order them online before you leave home. French authorities advise you to print out the form and the confirmation of the sticker if it does not arrive at your home in time. You can find the form on:
https://www.certificat-air.gouv.fr/en/demande-ext/cgu

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Flight information

Flight packages are not available for this destination/resort. Please see the prices for self-drive packages (including lift passes) on the Prices and Booking tab on the yellow menu above.

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Lift pass, lessons and material

Discounts:

The lift pass for children up to age of 4 and senior citizens from 75 years old is free. Children from 5 to 11 years old and seniors aged 65 to 74 receive discounts on the lift pass. These discounts will be automatically calculated in your package price. When you are entitled to the free lift pass, choose "No lift pass" when booking. The free lift pass and discounted lift passes can be picked up locally by presenting your ID.

Deposit:

On site there is a deposit of € 2 is required for the purchase of the lift pass.

Passport photo:

A passport photo is not required.

When staying at Hotel Village Club du Soleil Vars, your lift pass for 6 days is included. It is not possible to expand it. Child and senior discounts do not apply.

The above fees and discounts are valid when booking with Sunweb. Other rates are used on site.

Ski and snowboard rental can be specified immediately upon booking.

When you book Gold or Diamond ski equipment you can exchange it once a week for free, for snowboard equipment or freeride skis (unavailable on weekends).

When you stay at Hotel Village Club du Soleil Vars is your ski equipment for 6 days is included. It is not possible to extend this.

The following materials can be booked:

Bronze

This material is ideal for beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. This material is particularly agile, so it makes turning and breaking easy. Parallel skiing is also possible with these skis.

Silver

This is ideal material for intermediate skiers and snowboarders. The material is agile, but also suitable to cut corners sharp. Even at high speeds these skis provide great performance.

Gold

These skis and snowboards are made of high quality material, and are perfect for experienced skiers. This comfortable material is suitable on all track types and snow conditions.

Diamond

These are high performance skis and snowboards with the latest technology, and are suitable for the most experienced skiers.

TIP:

 Tell our rental partner your exact requirements (eg off piste skiing) so they can help you select the right material.

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