In the summer, people seeking la dolce vita in a sophisticated setting head to the French Riviera; in winter, ski holidays in Courchevel 1850 are the ultimate getaway for glamour and winter sun It’s to this ultra-exclusive ski village in the easternmost section of France’s Les Trois Vallees area that the international jet set goes for relaxation and fun in the snow.
It can take a long time to access the resort by road, but a Courchevel helicopter transfer can whisk you from Geneva Airport to the resort’s altiport within 30 minutes. Ski holidays in Courchevel are the ultimate getaway for those seeking glamour and the winter sun.
No country does sophistication and style quite as well as France and even in the utmost reaches of the Alps, you can find luxury. As the highest of four villages that make up the resort, Courchevel 1850 exudes the type of luxury that draws royalty and VIPs like a magnet. Being hidden away at the top of the mountain makes it the perfect place for discretion and you could find yourself whizzing past the Beckhams or Prince William without realising it.
The best way to arrive in Courchevel is by air, which isn’t only fast, but ialso a memorable experience. As you soar through the jagged snow-covered peaks, the views are sublime and have even featured in Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. A Courchevel helicopter transfer also transports you close to the pistes so you can spend more time on your skis.
Les Trois Vallees is one of the biggest linked ski areas in Europe with over 600 kilometres of runs and 180 ski lifts. It can easily accommodate all abilities with plenty of ski schools and off-piste skiing. Heading back to a top-tier chalet or hotel after a long day on the slopes is a welcome experience. The quality of service and amenities in Courchevel is outstanding and there are an array of boutiques, spas and nightspots to unwind in.
As one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, luxury comes as standard. Those seeking prestige, stunning views and five-star comfort book Les Suites de la Potiniere. The suites and deluxe rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and are sumptuously furnished. All Courchevel’s accommodation provides top-level luxury, particularly in the Jardin Alpin area where many hotels have attained ‘Palace’ status, meaning they exceed the highest five-star rating.
Courchevel 1850 has more Michelin stars than any other ski resort. The intimate surroundings and chef Yannick Alenno’s delectable menu make Le 1947 the most exclusive restaurant in the Alps. Le Chabichou, Le Kintessence and Pierre Gagnaire at Hotel Les Airelles are other Michelin-starred restaurants that discerning foodies flock to. Most hotels in Courchevel 1850 offer à-la-carte menus so you will be well-fed after your apres-ski drinks on Le Tremplin’s large terrace.
For after-dinner drinks, try Folie Douce and Mangeoire piano bar, which start the party with live music. For clubbing into the early hours, La Grange is an upscale option that stays open until 5am. The most exclusive watering hole in the resort is Les Caves, a notoriously glamorous club; it’s the place to see and be seen while partying to tracks mixed by international DJs.
Courchevel’s shopping is as high-end as you would expect and window shoppers and serious shoppers alike are well-catered for. Stores such as Chanel blend into the traditional architecture of the resort, adding their own contemporary touch. Givenchy, Fendi, Prada and all the big-name designers contribute to the glamorous appeal of the resort.
Ski holidays in Courchevel are all about pampering so make time for the spa while you’re in town. Courchevel is home to around 30 spas accessible to non-residents. Carving out “me time” has never been so appealing than at the Sisley Spa at L’Apogee. Males can also enjoy the special range of tailor-made treatments for gentlemen. The Chabichou Hotel boasts a spa with an aqua-leisure. Its long list of massages, as well as face and body treatments using Carita and Decléor products should keep you feeling and looking fresh and youthful.
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