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VISUAL HOTEL REVIEW – HOTEL ALTA PEYRA

High up in the clouds where the air is crisp and the mountain scenery dramatic, lies a little village called Saint-Véran.

It’s in fact the highest village in Europe perched at 2042m in the Queyras Region of the Haute-French Alps and you can stay in luxury right at the top!

Looking over the historic village is the Hotel Alta Peyra, a luxe ski lodge made up of five interconnecting chalets meaning you can get to and from the slopes with ease.

Saint-Veran, France Europe's Highest Village - Hotel Alta Peyra Review

In summer it’s the perfect base for outdoor adventures with hiking trails on your doorstep, views over the valley and my favourite part, an indoor/outdoor pool that’s simply the bee’s knees.

Wake up to clouds rising gently through the village, slowly revealing the surrounding alpine scenery. I was glued to the window for almost the entire stay because really, the French Alps are pretty damn stunning.

After a croissant and pain au chocolate feast at breakfast, we spent each morning in the pool swimming from the warmth of the indoor pool through a little watery door to the exterior. I can imagine in winter when the snow is piled high around the edges, a swim here must be magical!

Saint-Veran, France Europe's Highest Village - Hotel Alta Peyra Review

Hotel Alta Peyra is stylish but in a naturally simplistic way that makes you feel all warm and cosy. We stayed in a Classic Room which features views over the western side of the valley but you can also opt for a Suite or larger room with a balcony and outdoor area looking over the entire village and surrounding scenery.

Right at the top of the hotel’s highest chalet, which is also the highest building in the entire village, you’ll find Le Dardaya. Featuring a sundeck, heated terrace bar cocktails and tapas you can enjoy panoramic views after a day on the slopes!

As always with my reviews, I like to let the photos do the talking so below you’ll find a collection of photos taken during my stay at Hotel Alta Peyra.

To reserve a room check out rates and options here.

*Please note I visited in August, hence the lack of snow in the photos. The region becomes a total winter wonderland with snow everywhere from Dec-February so if skiing is your thing, I’d suggest visiting for some downhill fun then.

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Lisa Michele Burns

Lisa Michele Burns

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Lisa is the founder and photographer behind The Wandering Lens. As an Australian currently based in France she's never in one place for too long and is always looking for the next destination to photograph whether it be above or below the water. With 10+yrs as a professional photographer, all advice found on this site is from Lisa's personal experience on the road.
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4 Comments

  1. Natasha

    September 1, 2017 at 12:09 am

    Wow, I’ve heard of the pools in the Swiss Alps but this one is perfect too!

    • thewanderinglens

      September 1, 2017 at 12:10 am

      It’s so dreamy up there Natasha! I can only imagine how incredible it must be in winter 🙂

  2. Sarah Shumate

    September 5, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    Gosh, what a gorgeous place! I bet it is beautiful under a blanket of snow, but I think I’d rather visit in summer where I can lay by the pool without 6 layers on! 🙂

  3. David

    September 5, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    Lovely place, looks peaceful and calm, best place to relax your mind. Bet the experience is great.

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