About Villars, Switzerland
Villars is a pleasant, family-orientated resort perched upon a South facing sunny plateau above the Rhone Valley just 90 minutes from Geneva. View Resort Video
225 km of ski area
3016 m Peak Altitude
1:20 hrs from Airport
1300 m resort altitude
Villars, Vermont 8CHF 650,000
Vermont 8 is a cosy and traditional apartment situated in the convenient and prestigious Domaine de la Residence region of Villars.Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet Beaux RêvesCHF 3,500,000
Set in a quiet position is this very attractive chalet, surrounded by forest and stunning, south-facing views of the dramatic mountain scenery.South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Mont Blanc 2CHF 760,000
Located in a quiet and easily accessible position outside the centre of Villars is Mont Blanc 2, a traditional ground floor apartment.South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Plaisance A7CHF 1,195,000
A stylish and spacious apartment designed in a contemporary style and located in a quiet and convenient position.Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Les Trois SoeursCHF 2,650,000
A beautiful family chalet with a south-facing balcony, terrace and garden space all offering beautiful views of the Vaud mountainside.Spa & Wellness Facilities, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Royalp 623DCHF 3,200,000
Situated close to the centre of Villars with ski in, ski out access to the slopes is this beautiful and high quality attic duplex.Ski In, Ski Out, Spa & Wellness Facilities, Hotel Services, Swimming Pool, South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Arveyes, Vers-Mont 6CHF 340,000
Situated in the Arveyes region of Villars and with easy access all year round is this cosy, one bedroom apartment.South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Hameau des CepagesCHF 5,950,000
Within a stunning residence is this beautiful, ground floor apartment, finished in a traditional alpine style with old wood and local stone throughout.Town-Centre, Available to Swiss Residents Only
Villars, Daphne 32BCHF 880,000
Daphne 32B is a bright and welcoming two bedroom residence with beautiful views situated in an ideal and central position of Villars.Town-Centre, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Arveyes, President 9CHF 545,000
Located in Arveyes and just a five minute drive from the centre of Villars is the attractive, top floor apartment President 9.South facing, Available to Swiss Residents Only
Villars, Mont Azur 2CHF 2,200,000
Mont Azur 2 is a very attractive and stylish duplex apartment located in a spectacular setting on the lower side of Villars.Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet AcanthisCHF 1,980,000
A cosy Alpine chalet located in a quiet position in the hamlet of Arveyes surrounded by beautiful mountain views.Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Chalet Le TajCHF 2,390,000
Chalet Le Taj is an immaculate residence situated above Chesiere and only a five minute drive from the centre.South facing, Available to Swiss Residents Only
Villars, Pré-Vert 2CHF 2,500,000
Pré-Vert 2 is a south-east facing apartment within easy walking distance of both the ski lifts & the centre of Villars.South facing, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Royalp 208CHF 4,250,000
A stunning duplex in the Royalp development, 208 has a huge amount of living space, six bedrooms and breathtaking views.Ski In, Ski Out, Spa & Wellness Facilities, Hotel Services, Swimming Pool, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Royalp AptCHF 1,450,000
This high quality apartment is located within the prestigious Royalp Hotel in a ski in, ski out position above Villars.Ski In, Ski Out, Spa & Wellness Facilities, Hotel Services, Swimming Pool, Available to all Foreign Buyers
Villars, Royalp ResidenceCHF 4,800,000
The Presidential Suite of the famous Royalp Hotel. This apartment sits on two floors with 4 bedrooms, a multitude of facilities and ski in, ski out access to the slopes.Ski In, Ski Out, Spa & Wellness Facilities, Hotel Services, Swimming Pool, Available to all Foreign Buyers
"If you are looking for a weekend dual season getaway, Villars is a great choice. This attractive village developed into a tourist resort over 100 years ago when the cog railway was built. The gentle wooded slopes are perfect for beginners and intermediates, so Villars is one of the best options for families. I have been skiing in Villars for 30 years so I know where to find some great off-piste skiing too. Better still, this sunny resort has plenty of options for a good lunch on the slopes or a cold beer at the end of a hard day’s skiing." – Simon Malster
Villars is a pleasant, family orientated resort perched upon a sunny, south facing plateau above the Rhone Valley. It is one of the easiest Swiss resorts to visit for a weekend as it is just a 90 minute drive from Geneva, or you can arrive by train.
This ease of access has made Villars popular with Swiss working in Geneva and Lausanne who have bought weekend places here, but also with foreigners who have retired in Villars. It is even famous for its International schools and all these factors combine to make it feel like more than just a ski resort – it is a “proper place” which is lived in and open all year round.
Originally a farming community, Villars has been tastefully expanded and has a good selection of shops and sophisticated restaurants on offer. However thanks to the quaint mountain railway and main street it has retained much of its original charm. It is also surprisingly lively for a traditional resort and has some good après ski bars and nightclubs.
The resort is also embarking on a huge re-investment scheme, with over CHF 500m being pumped into its infrastructure. New shops and restaurants are popping up all the time while its existing frontages are being replaced with wood cladding. A number of older hotels are also being completely renovated into luxury establishments, further improving the resorts image, style and quality.
Altogether there are 225km of connected pistes from Villars up to Glacier 3000 above the neighbouring resort of Les Diablerets. The lift system was upgraded some years ago so there are no queues. The cable cars up to the Les Diablerets Glacier were upgraded to a 125 man jumbo cable car, while the Roc d’Orsay télécabine has been replaced with a new high-speed lift. Further investment in a new system of snow cannons ensures that you can ski back to the centre of the resort right up until the end of the season.
The ski area centres around Bretaye, a wonderful sunny bowl set at 1800m reached either by a cog railway or by the Roc d’Orsay lift. This is where the ski and snowboarding schools meet and there are several to choose from covering all languages and disciplines of skiing from beginners to mountaineering. The area is mostly suited to intermediate skiers with everything from cruising blues to steeper and more challenging reds (the run from Meilleret to Les Diablerets is particularly enjoyable).
For experts there is some great off piste if you hire a guide and, if you know where to go, you can still find fresh powder even a day or two after a big snowfall as it is unlikely to have been skied out.
For lunch, there a huge range available from the modern Bergrestaurant Botta at Glacier 3000 (designed by cutting edge architect, Mario Botta) to L’Etable, a converted cowshed serving traditional Swiss specialities. Stop at one of the bars on the slopes or on your way back to the village at the Col de Soud to enjoy the sun and a glass of prosecco.
As it is open all year, Villars is lively whenever you visit. The resort is an enormously popular hiking destination, with great mountain biking and horse riding trails. The cog railway operates during the summer and takes you up to Lac Bretaye at 1800m. From here you can enjoy easy walks, bike routes and some charming restaurants.
Villars also has a fabulous golf course founded in 1922 and situated on a south facing plateau at an altitude of 1660m. With stunning views of the Aguille du Midi and Mont Blanc, this 18 hole par 70 course is accessible to all those with a Golf Course Authorisation (AP) or Green Card. Members and visitors can then relax after a round in the fabulous Club House, which serves good food in both Summer and Winter.
The resort also hosts a number of events throughout the summer including Swiss National Day celebrations, Vintage Car uphill time trials, international music concerts, show jumping and the IFCS World Cup Climbing Championships.
Lake Geneva and its many lakeside towns are also just a 30 minute drive away. Montreux is certainly worth a visit, as this beautiful village is home to the historic Chateau de Chillon and the very popular Montreux Jazz Festival. Every June/July artists from all over the world head to Montreux for two weeks to put on the second largest jazz festival in the world.
We always have a good selection of resale properties available, and almost all the properties in Villars are available for foreigners. The centre is mostly characterised by attractive chalet style apartment buildings, which continue onto the slopes and up above the resort in a private park known as Domaine de la Residence.
We have a choice selection of high quality apartments available in both central and ski in, ski out positions, As you move further out to the villages of Gryon and Barboleuse we have more chalets. Some are quite old and full of character, others are luxury and newly built with pools and wellness facilities.
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