An airport, 4 and 5-star hotels and residences, Michelin-starred restaurants, spas, luxury shops, high-end activities and exclusive entertainment … that’s what luxury, excellence and fashion lovers want when they go skiing (or not). Check out the rankings of their favourite ski resorts in French Alps …
Courchevel, designated the most exclusive ski resort in the French Alps
Courchevel impresses with the unique quality of its hotels: 2 palaces out of the 8 in the whole of France, 11 5-star and 8 four-star hotels. It proudly displays 7 Michelin-starred restaurants, a record in the mountains. Not to mention sumptuous chalets, luxury shops, events and amazing parties. Celebrities from 5 continents come here to party…and ski…..
Other strong points of Courchevel:
– An airport with daily connections with Paris
– Many gourmet restaurants: 11 Michelin stars in total
– Its luxury shops (Vuitton …), art galleries
– His sumptuous parties
– The largest ski area in the world (Les 3 Vallées), with legendary care of its slopes
– The biggest ski school in France
Other luxury ski resorts
Megève: With two Relais et Châteaux hotels and a “Small Luxury Hotel of the World”, Megève does not offer ostentatious luxury, but more like real refinement. Its luxury is to offer year-round a lively and elegant mountain village life as we imagine them. Megève is famous for its exclusive shops and an exceptional number of luxury Spas, including the emblematic “Fermes de Marie”.
Val d’Isère: Over twenty years ago, Val d’Isère experienced a spectacular change towards quality rather than quantity. With 4 five-star hotels, 2 Michelin-starred restaurants, and a village centre full of character, both authentic and modern, Val d’Isère asserts itself in the elite of world ski resorts. Beyond the hotel spas, the resort offers a beautiful aqua centre.
Chamonix: The Chamonix Valley offers 5 four-star hotels, including the famous Relais et Châteaux “Hameau Albert 1er”. It cultivates great tradition (palaces of yesteryear brought up to date) combining new trends (designer-like interiors). Offering the advantage of life in the resort for most of the year, it is also renowned for its convention centre “Le Majestic”, a former palace of the 1900s.
Meribel – Les Allues: Launched by British Colonel Lord Lindsay, Méribel has been attracting an international clientele since 1938 including the Middletons. The heart of the 3 Valleys offers a charming hotel scene (7 four-star establishments including the Grand Coeur and Helios), which will be reinforced next year by a new five-star establishment. All it now needs is a Michelin restaurant to join the elite of luxury ski resorts.
Val Thorens: If the highest ski resort of Europe (2300m) is sporty, it satisfies a demanding clientele thanks to its architectural mutation, the rise of its après-ski (brilliant two-star restaurant the Oxalys, Spas, concerts … ), the creation of 5-star hotels and chalets like the famous Koh-I-Nor Hotel, luxury chalets (Montana *****) and the new designer-conscious the Ski palace l’Altapura ****.
La Clusaz: The location is enchanting, with bucolic Alpine pastures, well-cut peaks and chalet architecture. Recently, La Clusaz took a turn towards luxury, with as its symbol its first 5-star hotel “Au coeur du Village”. This Relais et Châteaux captivates thanks to its comfort, its lounges, its refined restaurant and its Spa.
Alpe d’Huez: Alpe d’Huez is world-renowned, thanks to the 1968 Olympic Games and the legendary cycling race of the Tour de France. Highly appreciated by both athletes and families, it does not really offer many luxury establishments (even though the first five-star hotel will see the day now: the Daria-I-Nor. sister site of the famous Koh-I-Nor in Val Thorens), also a hotel of great comfort and charm “Au Chamois d’Or” as well as the Hameau de Clotaire by the pistes. And this winter a new four-star “Alpenrose” will also see the day.
Tignes: very sporty ski resort resolutely turned on the new ski trends and gliding as well as the festive side, Tignes nevertheless offers a beautiful hotel range. The Nevada Suites and the Montana Suites, among others, are very comfortable. On the other hand, no Michelin restaurant, and upscale shops less numerous than in Val d’Isère, the next-door neighbour where you can always go if you need more taste of luxury.
Les 2 Alpes: Like Tignes, Les 2 Alpes, by its architecture, atmosphere and services, is not naturally oriented to the luxury clientele. 2 four-star hotels all the same, including the charming Chalet Mounier, in a preserved environment at the end of the resort. Its Spa, its comfortable rooms and its Michelin restaurant offer plenty to be proud of.