Courchevel: Skiing meets 5 to 6-star palace hotels

Courchevel: Skiing meets 5 to 6-star palace hotels

Courcheval

“Where to ski, where to ski, where to ski?” a friend of mine sighed as we sat in air-conditioning on one of the hottest days this past summer. “Skiing!?” I replied, “How can you think of skiing when it’s 100 degrees here in California?”

There are those who love to ski, but then there are those who LUH-huv to ski, with the sport remaining on the mind long after those cold winter months disappear.

My ski-obsessed friend thinks about skiing 24/7. When I queried her as to where her favorite ski destination was, she quickly replied, “Courchevel.”

Courchevel sits in the picturesque French Alps, and is the largest ski area in what’s known as The Three Valleys. It attracts the jetset, celebrities and seriously “leveraged” ski bums. It’s the land of plenty. Plenty of private jets, plenty of beautiful people, plenty of fantastic skiing.

There are lots pistes for everyone, and a mere 8% of pistes are designated advanced, including black runs with steep mogul runs, said to be among the most difficult black runs in the world– Grande Couloir, Combe Pylons, M Black, Suisses, Chanrossa, Jokeys and Jean Blanc (the old World Cup downhill piste when the World Cup tour went to Courchevel).

Courchevel also boasts some of the most luxurious places to stay, both 5 and 6 star options. With too many hotels to name, I’ve included this list below.

I can say, since we talked about skiing on that warm sunny California day, I haven’t quite booked my ticket to Courchevel just yet. But, as winter approaches, and my itch to hit the slopes increases, I bet I will.


Courchevel 6-star palace hotels

Cheval Blanc 6-star

The Cheval Blanc is nestled in the Jardin Alpin amongst the pine trees. The hotel offers 34 rooms, a chalet and a giant apartment of 650m2. Not all the rooms have a terrace and those that do not have a balcony. The spa is extraordinary, with an infinity pool, ice-water plunge pools and all treatments provided by Givenchy. The interior design is the main selling point, with some truly imaginative spaces and with facilities and restaurants of the highest calibre Cheval Blanc is up there amongst the best hotels in the Alps.

Les Airelles 6-star

More regal than the Cehval Blanc, Les Airelles quite simply has the most attentive service out of any hotel in Courchevel. The staff understands how each of their guests like to be treated and they work tirelessly to make things perfect. Also situated in Jardin Alpin, Les Airelles features three restaurants, one of which, Pierre Gagnaire pour Les Airelles, is a Michelin 2*, as well a large wellness area which offers a unique ice cave. Other quirky touches are a private ice rink and the use of a ski valet.

Courchevel 5-star hotels

Alpes Hotel Du Pralong 5-star

Located right of the top of Courchevel 1850, the Alpes Hotel du Pralong was recently awarded its fifth star. It has 65 rooms but if you can afford it go for one of the rooms that face the valley – half the rooms face the slopes. The hotel has a modern feel and has all the facilities that a five star hotel should, including a wide range of spa treatments, a swimming pool, sauna and hammam and free WiFi.

Le Melezin 5-star

Owned by Aman resorts, the luxury travel company, Le Melezin is Aman’s European outpost to go with the Amangani, located in Jackson Hole, USA. Situated on the Bellcote piste, Le Melezin provides easy access to the centre of town which is just 200m away. The highlight is surely the Capri stone swimming pool, flanked by Jacuzzis – perfect after a tough day on the pistes.

Hotel Annapurna 5-star

At 1,900m the Annapurna provides easy ski-in, ski-out accommodation directly on to the Pralong piste. Opened in 1975 the Annapurna has been one of the leading hotels in Courchevel for many years. Most of the 41 rooms and 18 suits enjoy south-facing balconies but although the building itself lacks a certain charm the Annapurna is an excellent hotel.

Hotel La Sivoliere 5-star

La Sivoliere is one of Courchevel’s more rustic looking five-star hotels from the outside, but the interior is at the forefront of the boutique hotel concept that has swept the Alps. With interior design by Tristan Auer, La Siviliere has just 24 rooms and therefore it’s often difficult to get a berth, but keep trying because it is worth it. La Sivoliere bills itself as the only five-star hotel in Courchevel that accepts pets, does not allow advertising inside the hotel and blocks out mobile reception in all public areas.

La Carlina 5-star

With its dark-stained brown wood cladding, La Carlina doesn’t look so good from the outside, but inside it has all the hallmarks of a five-star hotel. It ticks the five-star boxes but not more. It is owned by the Alp ‘Azur hotel chain, which also owns the Hotel Palace des Neiges and the four-star Bellcote and the three-star Hotel Les Ducs de Savoie. For those who know Meribel, the company also owns the four-star Hotel du Mont Vallon.

Le Kilimandjaro 5-star

One of the best five-star hotels in Courchevel, Le Kilimandjaro features stripped back pale wood and lavish interiors that mix rustic and modern. The hotel has only 18 rooms but boasts 17 suites and two chalets, Les Sorbiers and Chalet Totara. Both chalets sleep ten people and are serviced by the hotel. The hotel opened for the 2011 season a series of linked high-end chalets, which essentially form a new hotel called K2, all of which have the private pools. Our favourite is the three-storey Chalet Muztagh that features a grand piano.

La Lana 5-star

One of the oldest hotels in Courchevel, La Lana opened its doors in 1958 just 11 years after Courchevel itself was conceived. As evidenced by the relatively new Michelin two-star restaurant, the hotel’s management does not rest on its laurels. Located in the center of town but with ski-in, ski-out facilities La Lana continues to be one of the best hotels in Courchevel.

Le Palace Des Neiges 5-star

Much like La Carlina, Le Palace des Neiges is a functional five-star hotel founded on the site of the old Byblos Des Neiges. It does not try to wow its residents but provides a solid luxury welcome. It has all the facilities of a high-end hotel replete with swimming pool, spa, private shuttle bus, a great restaurant, a nice terrace and a great setting in the Jardin Alpin. It’s very good, just not the best in resort.

Le Saint Roch 5-star

If you get a room in Le Saint Roch, then count yourself lucky. It may not be the biggest hotel in Courchevel with just five standard rooms but the 14 suites are 70m² and the two apartments each measure 400m2. A relatively new hotel, Le Saint Roch has yet to make a sizeable impact, but it is building a burgeoning reputation.

Hotel Le Strato 5-star

One of the newest luxury hotels at the foot of the slopes in Courchevel 1850, Le Strato was opened by the Boix-Vives family who were behind the legendary Rossignol Strato ski. A giant building, with a spa that measures over 800m², the hotel feels like one large chalet, which may not appeal to all tastes. What will, however, is the Michelin two-star restaurant.

Hotel Les Suites de la Potiniere 5-star

Not strictly a hotel, more a collection of high quality apartments in the center of Courchevel between Le Croisette and the Le Forum, with a a 450m² penthouse apartment and 15 spacious suites that centre around an informal lounge bar and organic spa with heated pool, shower, steam room, sauna, massage rooms and a gym. Les Suites de la Potiniere is conveniently close to shops and restaurants, and has its own luxury ski shop on site.

Courchevel 6-star palace hotels

Hotel Chevel Blanc 6-stars
Le Jardin Alpin
73121 Courchevel 1850
Tel: +33 4 79 00 50 50
Email: info@chevalblanc
Web: www.chevalblanc.com

Hotel Les Aireilles 6-stars
Le Jardin Alpin
73120 Courchevel 1850
Tel: +33 4 79 00 38 38
Email: info@airelles.fr
Web: www.airelles.fr

Courchevel 5-star hotels

Alpes Hotel Du Pralong 5-stars

Route de l’Altiport
Tel: +33 4 79 08 24 82
Email: reservation@hotelpralong.com
Web: www.hotelpralong.com

Le Melezin 5-stars
Rue de Bellecote
Tel: +33 4 79 08 01 33
Email: lemelezin@amanresorts.com
Web: www.amanresorts.com/lemelezin/home.aspx

Hotel Annapurna 5-stars
Route de l’Altiport
Tel: +33 4 79 08 04 60
Email: info@annapurna-courchevel.com
Web: www.annapurna-courchevel.com

Hotel La Sivoliere 5-stars
Rue des Chenus
Tel: +33 4 79 08 08 33
Email: lasivoliere@sivoliere.fr
Web: www.hotel-la-sivoliere.com

La Carlina 5-stars
Route de Bellecote
Tel: +33 4 79 08 00 30
Email: message@hotelcarlina.com
Web: www.hotelcarlina.com

Le Kilimandjaro 5-stars
Route de l’Altiport
Tel: +33 4 79 01 46 46
Email: welcome@hotelkilimandjaro.com
Web: www.hotelkilimandjaro.com

La Lana 5-stars
Tel: +33 4 79 08 01 10
Email: info@lelana.com
Web: www.lelana.com

Le Palace Des Neiges 5-stars
Le Jardin Alpin
Tel: +33 4 79 40 00 00
Email: message@palacedesneiges.com
Web: www.alpazurhotels.com

Le Saint Roch 5-stars
Route de Bellecote
Tel: +33 (0) 479 08 02 66
Email: reservation@lesaintroch.com
Web: www.lesaintroch.com

Hotel Le Strato 5-stars
Route de Bellecote
Tel: +33 4 79 41 51 60
Email: info@hotelstrato.com
Web: www.hotelstrato.com

Hotel Les Suites de la Potiniere 5-stars
Rue de Plantret
Tel: +33 4 79 08 00 16
Web: www.suites-potiniere.com
Email: hotel@suites-potiniere.com

Source: ultimate-ski.com
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