White Magic

You never ski the same run twice in the magical alpine cradle of COURCHEVEL. And with spectacular views, guaranteed snow, designer stores, Michelin-starred restaurants, butlers to warm your boots and chic hotels that cater to your every whim, it's no surprise that the French resort remains the height of fashion
2019-01-02
Destination

HOTEL BARRIERE LES NEIGES

Chic and fun is how this particular hotel, with its chalet-style rooms and Instagrammable cuddly-sheep installations and movie-theatre-themed kids’ club – not to mention the night-time crooners in the Argentine-inspired BFire restaurant and the famous, red library bar. One dining experience not to missed is at the hotel’s Fouquet’s Chalet, which is the most intimate of restaurants, with just a handful of tables, specializing in fondues that are served in a little cedar-wood cabin beside a wood-burning stove.

LAPOGEE COURCHEVEL

A discretely luxurious family resort for the well-heeled who love good, unpretentious food and impeccable service in the best location, with hand-crafted furniture and cosy tartan textiles. Make use of the 24-hour Mercedes shuttle service into town to browse the shops. The best room of all is the penthouse, which has its own rooftop hot tub; it is one of Courchevel’s jaw-droppingly beautiful and most requested suites.

SIX SENSES RESIDENCES COURCHEVEL

An alternative to the excesses of hotel living. Six senses residences is a collection of ski apartments, perfect for families with teens who want to turn up the music and relax, as well as mixed groups and independently minded friends, without the expense of renting an entire chalet. There’s a day and evening Explorers kids club run by ski-expert tour operator Scott Dunn and a brilliant personal concierge, who can organise everything from airport transfers to table bookings or takeaways. Ski hire is available on-site with a designated hut for leaving equipment at the foot of the slopes. It’s self-catering guests are greeted with a welcome food hamper, and there’s an excellent supermarket next to the resort. All apartments are neutrally furnished in taupe, tan and grey, with two-to-five bedrooms and even private wine cellars in some. Best of all perhaps is the huge spa, one of the largest in Courchevel, with a buzzing vibe and juice-bar hangout.

NEED TO KNOW

RENT skis at L’Atelier on rue Park City, the most central location; www.atelier-courchevel.com LEARN to ski, or improve your technique and undo bad habits, at Les 3 Vallées, who also specialize in ski touring;

WHERE TO EAT ON THE SLOPES

LE PANORAMIC With a stunning view of Mont Blanc, this is two restaurants in one: a sun-drenched terrace for hot dogs and baguettes and a restaurant serving delicious mountain dishes. www.lepanoramic-courchevel.com

CHALET DE LA MARINE The higher the setting the higher the price and, at an altitude of 2,500 meters, this restaurant is no exception, but there is also a self-service bistrot for a cheaper lunch option. www.chaletmarine.com

LA CAVE DES CREUX This place does a signature lentil soup and delectable trays of oysters. www.cavesdescreux-courchevel.com

LA SOUCOUPE Known for its great haunches of meat roasting over spits in a huge hearth, with blankets also provided. Booking ahead is a must. www.lasoucoupe.com

PORFETTA This hotel boasts one of Courchevel’s liveliest terraces, Fire and Ice, where apres-skiers can enjoy wood-fired pizzas and a buzzing happy hour from 4.30 – 7pm. www.portetta.com

AMAN LE MELEZIN Extensive refurbishment has turned Aman’s Nama into a destination Japanese restaurant, serving sensational sushi and wagyu beef. At lunch, you can feast on relaxed dishes of ramen or a bento box on the sun-soaked terrace. www.aman.com

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