Ski resorts:the editor's winter destination of choice.

This winter again, the resorts of France, Switzerland and Italy have gone all out, from picturesque villages, starred tables, pristine tracks, extreme sports, sun terraces and five star hotels. Oscillating between the designer and the authentic, Courchevel, Gstaad, Verbier, Courmayeur and Samoëns; the choice is up to you!
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Destination

Courchevel!

Always ahead with the stars

The most luxurious and innovative resort in France has celebrated its 70th anniversary this year. From perfectly groomed slopes, forests and high peaks, to runs for all levels including families, the resort is a paradise for lovers of great skiing, but also the favourite spot of the jet set including Leonardo Di Caprio, Prince William and the Beckham family. And for good reasons; with 7 Michelin starred restaurants and magical palaces, Courchevel has something to seduce the most sophisticated wallets and the most demanding taste buds!

With five-stars the Barrière group arrives in the resort presenting a cocoon chalet to die for, with direct access to the legendary Bellecôte track. The Aman Le Mélezin with an air de Grand Hotel Budapest, has a new look. Same for the iconic Hotel Kilimanjaro soberly renamed K2.

Gstaad:

extravagant and picturesque

Gstaad is on the Swiss side of Courchevel, attracting lovers of beautiful snow and small and picturesque villages, gourmet of Swiss-German and Italian tables, extravagance and quality of life. A stay at the Ultima, bordering between luxurious private chalet and upscale hotel, is essential.

one quickly feels relaxed thanks to a private butler who works agreeably to make your stay pleasurable. Nostalgics will stay at the Gstaad Palace in a decor straight from a fairy tale or will be tempted by the Alpina, a five-star hyper design. New arrivals this year, hotel Huus, ex famous Steigenberger hotel in Gstaad also the largest in the area.

Verbier,

a luxurious retreat

Still in a Swiss ultra-upscale register, Verbier, the resort with chalets XXL and luxury shops that host the entire jet set each year. Address for a stay not to miss: The W, located in the heart of Verbier, a few meters from the ski lifts. With 130 rooms and suites, an 800 m2 spa, swimming pool, bars, restaurants and…disco. It answers all the requests from the most demanding clients since its opening in 2013.

Exclusive and trendy Verbier has pulled all the stops this year on gastronomy. Discover young virtuoso chef Mirto Marchesi from Adrien’s table and his menu focussing on local products. For the other days, there is the Arola and its local products highlighted of Hispanic notes. La Grange of friendly locals and seasonal products. La Cordée for an Italian experience.

Medieval atmosphere

in Samoëns

We now head to the village resort of Samoëns in the heart of the French Alps. Here we come to relax in a village with a medieval air, rich in historical and cultural treasures.

Courmayeur:

the Italian luxury

Direction Vallée d’Aosta, autonomous region of Italy, to reach the small resort of Courmayeur with 100 kilometres of marked trails at the foot of Mont Blanc. Here, ski enthusiasts will enjoy a very special itinerary over 20 kilometres down-hill runs between Courmayeur, Chamonix and Toula ski domain. The programme is high on adrenaline and above all, breathtaking with glaciers, legendary peaks, granites and fabulous landscapes.

To enjoy the sun on a terrace and contemplate the panoramic view, head towards the Helbronner Glacier Terrace to enjoy a spectacular view of the Alps and a tête-à-tête with Mont-Blanc, Mount Cervin, Monte Rosa and Gran Paradiso. As for the gastronomy, follow the Guide Michelin and book at Petit Royal, Villa Novecento or Pierre Alexis 1877 and alternate between alpine and Italian dishes. Finally, shopaholics can renew their outfits on Via Roma in Moncler, Napapijri, Hermes and Gucci.

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