We’ve covered the USA’s best skiing; across the Atlantic, another world of luxury ski resorts await, entirely unique from their American counterparts. Skiing in Europe is an exercise in alpine style, and nowhere places a greater importance on this than France. The country’s southeastern flank includes stretches of the mythical Alps, a mountain range memorialized in art and literature since the dawn of European civilization. Its breathtaking beauty makes for some of the world’s best skiing – and resorts to match.
Luxury Ski Resorts: Compelling Courchevel
Mention the name ‘Courchevel’ around serious skiers, and you’re sure to see ears prick up. The resort town about 2 ½ hours south of Geneva enjoys a glittering reputation among the winter jet set as the most stylish segment of Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the entire world. With 600 kilometres of terrain, there’s a spectacular abundance to explore for skiers of every level – and plenty to enjoy even for those who prefer the flat ground. Several of the world’s best ski resorts call this town home, including the legendary L’Apogee Courchevel.
The property is part of the distinctive Oetker Collection, made up of only a handful of ultra-luxurious properties around the world, each entirely unique. L’Apogee Courchevel is bestowed with France’s special Palace Distinction for those hotels which exceed mere five-star status – and it shows. Rooms and suites exude a perfect balance of elegance and warmth, with blonde wooden beams complementing sumptuous fur blankets and plaid floors. For the cream of the crop, look to the Penthouse – with its eye-catching hot tub perched on the roof terrace – or the two five-bedroom Chalets, each of which span a full five floors with perks such as a home cinema, spa, and dedicated butler service. Diners can tuck into the finest of French cuisine at Le Comptoir de L’Apogee, or opt for Japanese delights at the aptly-named Koori (Japanese for ice). It’s difficult to imagine a more ideal property for a luxurious alpine getaway!
Luxury Ski Resorts: Cour-Cheval Blanc
In Courchevel, the next incredible hotel is always right around the corner. In a town stuffed full of them, the Cheval Blanc Courchevel stands out – quite literally just down the street from the L’Apogee. Like its neighbour, this hotel belongs to a highly exclusive portfolio of properties that redefine the concept of luxury travel. It also (like any high-end alpine hotel worth its salt) blends comfort and class to produce a magical result – one that is effortlessly elegant.
There are plenty of great properties in the world, but the aim of any luxury traveler is finding one that goes the extra mile to make their stay truly unforgettable. This is a specialty of the Cheval Blanc brand; rather than a Concierge, an ‘Alchemist’ might design a one-of-a-kind itinerary for your stay, with features including snowmobile picnics, sled dogs, and igloo cocktails. Of course, the fun doesn’t end when you head indoors! Gourmands can pick up some pastry tips in a private class, or gather their closest friends and family at the private salon at Le Bar, with a dedicated ‘Ambassadeur’ providing the best in Italian trattoria dishes and matching French wines. Any guest would be remiss to depart without a meal in Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc, Courchevel’s only three-starred Michelin restaurant. And when the exertions of the day have taken their toll, retreat to the Cheval Blanc Spa, featuring an extensive list of Guerlain treatments and all manner of baths to soothe mind, body, and soul. This is a place where no matter your expectations – they’ll be surpassed!
Luxury Ski Resorts: Marvelous Megève
Some travelers pride themselves on “authenticity” in their journeys, seeking locales and properties that align closely with the culture out of which they’re born. Alpine getaways are no exception, and for those luxury travelers who want the same elevated comfort with a little more attention to heritage, Megève is the place to go. Only an hour’s drive out of Geneva, this commune was a favourite of the French aristocracy, and remains a “hidden gem” amongst the famous ski resorts of the Alps. Several properties vie for the title of Megève’s best, but it’s difficult to ignore the case made by the Alpaga Megève.
The Alpaga’s exclusivity starts with its size: only 22 rooms and five suites make up the property, along with four multi-bedroom standalone chalets. Wood makes up the bulk of each unit’s construction, in line with traditional alpine traditions. One feels an intimate connection to their surroundings, under the watchful eye of Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in all the Alps. Cuisine offerings are similarly authentic, relying on seasonal ingredients that are maximized at La Table de l’Alpaga (boasting two Michelin stars) and its more informal sister restaurant L’Onyx. Spa therapists provide the kind of personal, attentive care that only a small property such as this can provide. It’s all part of an experience that feels at once intimate and expansive…much like the mountains you’re nestled within.
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