Villars is a small charming village in the Swiss Alps that holds wonderful memories for me. I lived and attended school there for five years. So, going to the Chalet RoyAlp Hotel & Spa (literally a stone throw from where we used to lived) was a little trip back in time. It is located next to a station with cogwheel trains that take you right up to the ski slopes. The village center, dotted with small shops, cafés and restaurants, is only a short walk away.
This short getaway was mainly about getting pampered in both RoyAlp’s blissful spa and gastronomy restaurant. As befitting its name, the building retains a wooden chalet look but comes equipped with all the modern conveniences. They managed to lend a warm cosy atmosphere to what is actually a big complex. At the spa, I was treated to an invigorating full-body massage. Before it became all too stressful, I simply went to relax by the pool. By then I was ready to indulge in a culinary experience at Le Jardin des Alpes. It started in the form of crab ravioli served on daikon. This unusual combination exploded with flavors as you bit in. The dish which followed equally blew our imagination and tested our taste buds. One big feast seemed to roll over to the next. On the following day at RoyAlp, I could not help but overeat again at the huge breakfast buffet. No wonder RoyAlp with its head chef Alain Montigny was recently awarded 15 out of 20 points by the food guide Gault Millaut. What better to do next than to make the most of the spa again – I can imagine doing this cycle several more times! Alas, it was time to leave… not before a quick but no less exquisite lunch. I would drop anything to stay another day but I am already grateful to RoyAlp for welcoming us.
© Pictures by Inès Monnet