(Relaxnews) - Nestled among the pristine slopes of the French Alps are some of the world's most prestigious hotels, each competing with the rest to offer the finest accommodations to jet-setting winter sports connoisseurs. Here we take a look at the top ten high-end hotels of the season, including some newcomers on the scene and a number of time-honoured establishments that have recently undergone a facelift.
This brand new hotel, opening on December 11, is located in the Jardin Alpin area of Courchevel 1850, just below the prestigious ski resort. Designed by India Madhavi and Joseph Dirand, the hotel includes 20 rooms and 33 suites, in addition to a private chalet with five bedrooms, a spa and a home theatre. Michelin-starred chef Yannick Franques will head up Le Comptoir de L'Apogée, the hotel's contemporary bistro-style restaurant. Guests will also enjoy L'Apogée's champagne bar, its nightclub with guest DJs, its kids club, and its Sisley spa. Prices start at €900 ($1262) per night.
The highest-altitude hotel in Europe will open its doors on December 6, becoming the third 5-star hotel in the Val Thorens ski resort. Built into the mountainside at 2,300m above sea level, the hotel offers direct access onto the ski slopes. The establishment includes 63 rooms and suites, a gourmet restaurant led by Michelin-starred chef Yoann Conte, an 800-square meter spa and a terrace offering a panoramic view over the Val Thorens resort. Prices start at €340 ($476) per night.
After being purchased by the Maranatha hotel group and undergoing a major renovation, the Grand Aigle now boasts a four-star rating. Caroline Carvalho's interior design highlights natural elements such as wood and stone. The Grand Aigle now also has a restaurant with a room that can be reserved for private parties, a spa with a hammam and Jacuzzi, and a children's activity room. The hotel is slated to reopen on December 20. Prices start at €129 ($180) per night.
This new four-star hotel and spa will open in mid-December at the heart of the famous Chamonix ski resort. The hotel's two private chalets, designed by interior decorator Leslie Gauthier, have a cozy and down-to-earth atmosphere, combining a retro 1950s style with more modern design elements such as the Egg suspended chair by Bonacina. Breakfast, lunch and après-ski snacks are served at the casual L'Epicerie du Midi cafeteria, while dinner is served in the more high-end restaurant. Prices start at €90 ($126) per night.
This five-star hotel on the slopes above the Megève ski resort has just added a 160 square-meter luxury suite. With room for up to eight guests, the suite offers a private terrace and direct access to the hotel pool. To inaugurate the new suite in style, the hotel is offering a vacation package for gourmet ski vacationers: Emmanuel Renaut, the hotel's resident Michelin-starred chef, will accompany the guests on the slopes and prepare an exclusive dinner in the suite's kitchen. Guests will then have the opportunity to go behind the scenes at the Flocon de Sel restaurant with a tour of the kitchen. A night in the suite is priced at €1900 ($2664), and pricing for the package with Emmanuel Renaut is available upon request.
Following a complete renovation, the Fitz Roy will be reopened on December 14, now with a five-star rating. Interior architect Gilles Leborgne and the architectural firm ID.associés have completely revamped the hotel's gourmet restaurant, luxury spa and 58 rooms and suites, creating warm and intimate spaces in stone and hardwood. Prices start at €210 ($294) per night.
One of the oldest establishments in the Courchevel ski resort, the 3 Vallées established a reputation as a pioneer of modernist design in the 1950s. With its recent renovations, the hotel has returned to its roots, bringing back original period furniture by the iconic French designers Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé and Pierre Paulin. In keeping with its luxury inn feel, the hotel features a large table d'hôte, which opens onto a chic gourmet food shop. The spa includes a sauna, hammam and 4x3m Jacuzzi. Prices start at €270 ($379) per night.
Located in the Arcs 1800 ski resort, this new hotel, which opened this summer, combines the charm of a mountain chalet with all the comforts of a four-star hotel. Designed by Cos, the same architectural firm that undertook the renovation of the Ritz in Paris, the Aiguille Grive's wooden chalets are in perfect harmony with the surrounding landscape. The hotel restaurant, which may be reached on foot or on skis, offers contemporary cuisine. Prices start at €5,040 ($7,068) per week for an 8-person chalet.
The four-star hotel located in Belle-Plagne has expanded its accommodations with five aparthotels, which combine the privacy and independence of an apartment with the service level of a hotel. The new accommodations range in surface area from 100 to 145-square meters and have four to five bedrooms and as many baths. All of them are also equipped with a sauna, and guests in the aparthotels also have access to the spa in the main hotel. Prices start at €2,640 ($3703) per week.
The illustrious hotel has renovated eight of its suites, including two duplex suites, with the help of Sybille de Margerie. The decoration features elegant combinations of colors custom-created for the hotel, including orange, red, lavender and bronze patina. These are decidedly high-end accommodations, with one-of-a-kind art on the walls, private saunas and steam rooms, and cutting-edge appliances. Prices available upon request.
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