We're just back from a week in the villa armas cabins (booked through Crystal - advertised in their brochure as Yllas log cabins - type E).
We were a bit disappointed at first that unlike some of the others, the cabins are grouped in a couple of rows rather than dotted around the woods and aren't traditional log-built cabins. However, inside we were pleasantly surprised by how clean, spacious and comfortable they are inside. The shower room was huge, with 2 separate showers, and the water was always piping hot. The kitchenette was well equipped with a dishwasher, microwave, oven, coffee machine, kettle toaster and loads of plates, glasses, mugs, etc. We had booked a welcome pack of food, but it probably wasn't worth it with the supermarket so close.
The beds were comfy and there was plenty of wardrobe space. The hall area was great for drying damp ski-wear, and there's also a washing machine and clothes drier. We lit a log fire most nights (more for atmosphere than warmth, as even when it was minus 20 outside, the cabin stayed a toasty 20 degrees inside. The lounge had a TV, VCR and CD player.
The location is ideal - the main reception/restaurant building for Hotel Akas and the ski-bus stop is a 5 minute walk away, and a nearby path leads down to Lake Akaslompolo. The supermarket and main restaurants are about 15 minutes away. We ate out most nights, including in the Hotel Restaurant one night. We arrived too late for the buffet dinner (only served 5-7pm), so dined a la carte instead and the food was excellent (as it was pretty much everywhere we ate), Julli's bar and restaurant is great for burgers, pizzas and bar meals. Akaslompolo Restaurant (at the far end of the village) was cosy and welcoming and the food was delicious.
We skied every day - this was our first time on snow, but the slopes are really quiet so there's plenty of room to build your confidence. We also did an evening snowmobile safari which was fun. Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the Northern Lights, but that just gives us a good excuse to go back in a year or two! We'd certainly stay in Villa Armas cabins again.
- Also Known As:
- Villa Armas Cabins Lapland, Finland - Akaslompolo