The French practically invented après ski, the tradition o celebrate after a fantastic day on the ski slopes. So we’d expect nothing less than fabulous drinks, dining and lodging at ski day’s end in the French Alps at Les Trois Vallées, Val Isère, Mont Blanc and Chamonix. Here are some extraordinary hotels in top French ski villages and resorts.
AMAN Le Melezin in Courchevel offers 5-star service and a choice in France’s huge ski resort Les Trois Vallées! This boutique hotel is right on the ski slopes, my husband literally skied into the ski room. The décor is minimal chic, our suite was swank, with spa like bath, with superb views and even better personal service. From AMAN, you can walk to Courchevel’s fantastic après ski, chic shopping, or just relax in the spa before slopeview cocktails and dinner at your 5-star ski palace. Sister resort to AMANGANI in Jackson Hole Wyoming which we also found to be AMAzing…
L’Apogée in Courchevel is a trendy five-star hotel, also at Courchevel 1850 – the highest ski resort village, and the most chic. L’Apogée is ski-in/ski-out, has stunning views overlooking the ski village and the valley, offers 53 spacious suites and rooms, two restaurants serving French and Japanese – Koori, a very stylish lounge and a big spa and fitness center with pool, hot tub, sauna, steam room, salt cave, gym and treatments.
Hotel Pashmina in Val Thorens has a super cool vibe for a 5-star ski hotel. Stay in the Igloo on the rooftop for a night under the starts, sleep under fur to the purr of the groomers on the slopes. The Hotel Pashmina Suites inside are decadent modern and crisp. You’ll love Pashmina’s après ski deck and outdoor hot tub overlooking Val Thorens ski slopes, you can lob snowballs at skiers passing by. The Bar and two restaurants at Pashmina are cozy and convenient, the Chef is full of surprises!
Hotel Le Saint Roch in the heart of Courchevel is owned by the original hoteliers of Courchevel, the Tournier family. This chic 5-star alpine hotel is ultra-luxe with whimsical details and a very cool vibe from the locally carved woodwork, fur coverings and flickering candles to the music. Saint Roch is contemporary but cozy, the spa is gorgeous. Relax with creative tapas that accompany your après ski cocktails in the lounge – before savoring the exceptional cuisine at On the Roch – the hotel’s gorgeous dining room. Rooms at Hotel Le Saint Roch are modern alpine chic, elegant but easy. The ski slopes are just across the street from Saint Roch, and it’s a short stroll down to the lively Courchevel 1850 village for après ski or chic boutique shopping.
Hotel Koh-I Nor Val Thorens is another stellar 5-star ski in ski out property at Val Thorens, perched high on the hillside overlooking the ski slopes and the village of mixed architecture. Koh-I Nor is your serene place to eat, spa, sleep, dream of skiing and repeat, when you are skiing the vastness of Les Trois Vallées.
Altapura Hotel in Val Thorens is an ideal 4 start ski hotel when you have kids in tow, much more casual and family focused with a kids play room, family-style dining or a fondue café, and an après ski lounge designed for families to chill after a cool day on Les Trois Vallées vast ski slopes.
Hotel Christiano Val D’Isère is swank 5-star ski hotel in the heart of historic Val D’Isère, the perfect medley of mountain and mod, fireplaces and fur, with a welcoming warm vibe. The Christiano dates to 1949, its a short walk to Val D’Isère ski lifts, and the train station. Suites are rustic chic, with a nod to the natural mountain environment. Did we mention there’s a spa? Ooh la la.
Hotel Taj Mahal Les Arcs is a new five-star hotel delivering some much needed luxury to Arc 2000, Les Arcs’ highest base village, part of Paradiski – La Plagne Les Arcs. Situated in a superb ski-in/ski-out location just by Les Arcs Cabriolet gondola, the Taj-I Mah offers contemporary style, gourmet dining and breathtaking views of the French Alps. Guests enjoy a fantastic spa, with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, and steam showers.
Hotel Le Kaïla in Méribel is the ultimate mod mountain hotel in this otherwise charming traditional ski village of Méribel, home to the Winter Olympic venues. This luxury chalet hotel is walking distance to the ski slopes and lifts, Olympic Park and skating, and to Méribel’s best après ski spots, shops and restaurants. Alpine wood and fur themed rooms and suites are gracious, many with great views. Bellman and concierge see to your every need, and the gorgeous Nuxe Spa awaits after skiing France’s biggest – Les Trois Vallées vast ski terrain.
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