Top 10 luxury ski resorts in France
Altitude airport, 4 and 5-star hotels and apartment developments, Michelin-star restaurants, spas, luxury shops, high-end activities and exclusive entertainment … This is what luxury, excellence and fashion enthusiasts are looking for when they go to French winter resorts. Discover the ranking of their favourite luxury ski resorts… see another report on luxury ski resorts.
Courchevel, the most luxurious resort in the French Alps (See our new developments in Courchevel)
Courchevel impresses with the unique quality of its hotels: 2 of the 8 “palaces” in France, 11 five-star hotels and 8 four-star hotels. It proudly displays seven Michelin-starred restaurants, a record for a ski resort. Not to mention sumptuous chalets, luxury shops, events and amazing parties. The celebrities of the five continents come to Courchevel.
Other strong spots of Courchevel to its luxurious clientele:
– An altitude airport with daily connections to Paris
– Many gourmet restaurants: 11 Michelin stars in total
– Its luxury shops (Vuitton …), art galleries
– Its jet-set parties
– The largest ski area in the world (Les 3 Vallées), with a legendary ski tracking
– The biggest ski school in France
Megève: With two Relais & Châteaux and a “Small Luxury Hotel of the World”, Megève does not offer ostentatious luxury, but true refinement. Its luxury is to offer an all-year-round lively yet elegant village life. Megève is famous for its luxury shops and an exceptional number of high-end Spas, including the emblematic “Fermes de Marie”.
Val d’Isère: Over the past two decades, Val d’Isère has experienced a spectacular increase in quality. With 4 five-star hotels, 2 Michelin-starred restaurants, and a traditional village centre, both authentic and modern, Val d’Isère asserts itself in the elite of the world ski resorts. Apart from the hotel Spas, Val d’Isere offers a beautiful aqua centre.
Chamonix: The Chamonix Valley offers 5 four-star hotels, including the famous Relais & Châteaux “Hameau Albert 1er”. It cultivates great tradition (renovated palaces of yesteryear) and new trends (modern boutique interiors). Offering the advantage of living year-round, Chamonix is renowned for its congress centre “Le Majestic”, a former 1900s palace.
Meribel – Les Allues : Launched by British Colonel Lord Lindsay, Meribel has attracted an international clientele since 1938 including Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cornwall lately. The heart of the 3 Valleys offers a charming hotel range (7 four-star establishments including Le Grand Cœur and the Helios). All Meribel needs is a Michelin-starred restaurant to join the elite.
Val Thorens: If the highest ski resort in Europe (2300m) is sporty, it satisfies a demanding clientele thanks to its architectural change, the rise of its après-ski (brilliant 2 Michelin-starred restaurant Oxalys, Spas, concerts … ), The creation of luxury chalet apartments and hotels like the Koh-I-Nor with a Michelin starred restaurant (which were sold by Findhomeabroad three years ago), as well as the Montana ***** and the new Skipalace l’Altapura **** surely make Val Thorens a good place to invest as it is still cheaper than Courchevel yet offers top snow guarantee. Findhomeabroad has now launched Chalet Orlov which is the only new-build chalet project in Val Thorens currently. Also just launched is the sister site of the Koh-I-Nor 5-star development in Alpe d’Huez: the Daria-I-Nor.
La Clusaz: The resort of La Clusaz is enchanting, with its bucolic alpine pastures, its beautiful summits and its chalet architecture. Recently, La Clusaz has taken a turn towards luxury, with the symbol of its first 5-star hotel: Au Coeur du Village”. This Relais & Châteaux is popular for its comfort, its different lounge areas, its top table and the Spa (5 Mondes).
Alpe d’Huez: Alpe d’Huez is world-famous thanks to the 1968 Olympic Games and the legendary cycling stage of the Tour de France. Very popular with both sportsmen and families, until now it didn’t really offer luxury establishments, but with the new regeneration plan (350 million, click for more info) and new ski link with Les Deux Alpes this is all due to change starting with the new 4-star “l’Alpenrose” this year and the 5-star hotel and apartments the Daria-I-Nor sold by Findhomeabroad due for delivery 4th quarter 2018 (click for more info on Daria I Nor new apartments and the three detached luxury chalets).
Tignes: a sporty ski resort resolutely turned on the new trends and ski options, Tignes offers a beautiful hotel range. These include Les Suites du Nevada and Les Suites du Montana, with a very high level of comfort. However, there are no Michelin-starred restaurants, and there are fewer luxury shops than in Val d’Isère of course.
Les 2 Alpes: Like Tignes, Les 2 Alpes is not really part of the “luxury” segment because of its architecture, ambience and facilities. Still, there are two 4-star hotels, including the charming Chalet Mounier, in a preserved area at the end of the ski resort. Its Spa, its comfortable rooms and its Michelin-starred restaurant are quite something. Also soon L2A will be linked to Alpe d’Huez to make it one of the biggest ski areas in Europe so we expect the prices to rise (see info here).