Val Thorens, the highest ski area in Europe, ideal for visiting in the spring, also has peaks when it comes to luxury hotels. These are, according to the editors’ selection, the best hotels in this small part of Vanoise…
Altapura, a real snow palace…
Located at an altitude of 2300 meters, it is as close to its 5 stars as it gets, but really at the foot of the slopes that this sparkling mountain hotel shines† One of the most beautiful alpine establishments in France, the place that encompasses both the codes of contemporary design and the wooden chalets dedicated to skiing, is the embodiment of the experience of the Sibuet family (Les Fermes de Marie…) and the Beyond Places -group .
From the entrance, the tone is set with an entire wall made of skis from the 80s: here the artsy atmosphere rhymes with the warm and chic style imparted by a very Scandinavian inspiration. The palace, imbued with playful winks that make you smile, welcomes 104 keys (including 16 suites), with a delicately cozy and cozy atmosphere.
The clean-lined modern design, conceived by the architect Charlotte Perrian in the idea of the “perfect skier’s retreat”, is adorned with a hue of woodwork, natural colors and an abundance of faux fur providing an impeccable illusion of alpine chalet accommodation. -environment.
To go even further in the services (and to delight the taste buds!), the Altapura offers three catering options on site, including the 2Mille3 and its huge buffet with the best local products, La Laiterie which, as the name suggests, proudly houses cheeses from the tops and La Casa Alta, opened this year, offers its guests a journey through Italian gastronomy!
The on-site spa is associated with Pure Altitude cosmetics brand, a specialist in treatments based on mountain plants. On a thousand square meters dedicated to well-being, it is possible to swim indoors and outdoors, enjoy the benefits of the hammam, sauna or even an ice cave, in a mineral universe overlooking the Alps, very conducive to let go.
The must-have? A very complete service, almost tailor-made and a very well thought-out Kids Club with many activities, for parents of children from 3 years old to enjoy!
The Pashmina, a colorful and relaxing five star retreat!
Still on the roof of Europe, this creation of the Gorini family and therefore owned by the group specializing in high-end hotels and restaurants at altitude, Yak & Yeti, stands out as a luxury base camp for modern adventurers.
Evoking the heights of the Himalayas, the Pashmina houses in its family chalet spirit on a human scale 56 large rooms and suites with fireplaces, with discreet decoration but in pop colors, focused on comfort. 8 small apartments (up to more than 150 square meters all the same), called “Cosy Home”, as well as 2 huge triplexes with independent entrance, benefiting from all five star services, complete the offer. It cannot be invented, we sit here in the starred restaurant “Les Explorateurs” run by the chef from the Jura, Josselin Jeanblanc, to enjoy the classics of the high-quality French cuisine!
The spa with the L’Occitane logo is rather a small space (450 square meters), but offers everything you need to relax: indoor pool, hammam or even sauna and jacuzzi with a view of the peaks.
An experience to live? Sleep in an Igloo pod on the roof of the hotel with its own Scandinavian bath overlooking the slopes!
Hotel Marielle, the resort’s new sports boutique hotel!
Instead of the Académie Des Neiges, founded by Olympic ski champion Marielle Goitschel, this new 4-star hotel in Val Thorens, belonging to the Assas Hotels Collection group, is 50 meters from the ski school and as close as possible to the slopes.
In the den of this opulent mountain building, 83 rooms (most designed to accommodate families) with refined decor combine a bit vintage and almost masculine but with resolutely contemporary lines, dark tones like navy blue with lots of dark wood.
For dinner, the young chef Michaël Riss works on a bistronomic offer in the afternoon, while in the evening a buffet with a lot of choice (rotisserie, fishmonger, pastries…) is offered!
The spa – © Marielle
The Nuxe spa is surprising with its huge sauna (35 square meters) with a panoramic view of the slopes, its hammam and a very complete menu of massages.
La Boutte, the best at the table!
Nestled in the small hamlet of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, a handful of hairpin bends from Val-Thorens (14 km), one cannot speak of this 5 star Relais & Château without first mentioning its restaurant René and Maxime Meilleur. 3 macaroons (won in 2015) in the Michelin Guide, among the most beautiful restaurants in the world.
Under the hard stone shell and slate roofs of these very authentic luxury alpine chalets, 15 picturesque and warm rooms in typical and no-nonsense creativity compete to create a wonderfully cozy atmosphere: on the program crackling fireplaces, terraces with a view of the snow-capped peaks, furniture and objects excavated in Savoie, thick old-fashioned woolen blankets up-to-date and lots and lots of raw wood. In short, a sweet simplicity without off-note or anachrony, which is not the fruit of an outdoor decorator, is quite noticeable in this intimate family cocoon of the buds.
The gourmet restaurant is a family affair between the father and the son, René and Maxime Meilleur, self-taught passionate about the cuisine of their region with mountain DNA that they managed to lead to a top awarded three stars in the Red Guide. On the menu, lake fish worked to their finest finesse, crozets or raclette transformed by poetic visits or even anthology-based desserts.
The natural spa offers the opportunity to discover a covered swimming pool with a very realistic projection of the Lac de Lou, a dry heat and humid heat course, an outdoor jacuzzi but above all highly specialized ritual treatments such as the milk and honey bath or a relaxation session where the hay invites itself!
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