Along with my colleague Sarah, I recently visited perhaps the ultimate luxury ski playground in Europe: Courchevel 1850. Surrounded by the Trois Vallées ski area (which just so happens to be the largest in the world), this prestigious village is a true hub of luxury and elegance, home to designer shops, top-end hotels and world-class restaurants.
While here, we were lucky enough to try out skiing, snowmobiling and sledding, which were all wonderful thanks to the impressive amount of snow for December, often seen in Courchevel due to many of the slopes facing north. These activities were also made so easy with the fabulous facilities available at the various hotel. The moment we arrived back from the slopes, we were de-booted, warmed up and offered a refreshment... there's no such thing as queueing in Courchevel 1850!
My undeniable highlight of the trip, however, was a surprise helicopter flight over the snow-topped mountains - including Mont Blanc. The adrenaline of the helicopter and sheer beauty of the snowy slopes made me feel overcome with emotion and I would wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone visiting Courchevel 1850. For the ultimate arrival to the slopes, we can also arrange a helicopter transfer from Geneva airport, allowing you to sit back, soak up the views and arrive in style.
Of course, once you've tired yourself out on the slopes (or at the clubs!) you want somewhere completely luxurious to retire to. Our featured collection of luxury hotels in Courchevel is simply spectacular, each one boasting a distinct style and atmosphere, and Sarah and I were lucky enough to visit a range of these beautiful properties!
A real dining highlight for me was at Hotel Le Chabichou's restaurant by Stéphane Buron, which boasts not one but two Michelin stars! I was genuinely blown away by everything I ate here, particularly the 're-interpreted lemon meringue pie'. As well as looking like a piece of art on the plate, the dishes were inventive and exciting, while clearly using the very freshest ingredients.
A new addition to the slopes is Aman Le Melezin, a sophisticated hotel with a beautifully simple yet ultra-elegant design and spectacular service. Quieter than some other hotels we visited, Aman attracts the most discerning guests, known for its exceptional spa facilities and understated luxury. When it came to après-ski, the house cocktails were perfect, enjoyed alongside magical views from the bar's huge picture windows. For the ultimate exclusive experience, the hotel can arrange for you to be the very first skier on the piste - just you and the untouched snow before you!
Hotel Le K2 Palace was another brilliant property, offering a charming chalet-style design, fantastic family facilities and another restaurant with two Michelin stars! My highlight here had to be the evening party, where we danced the night away to the sweet sounds of a saxophonist, while feasting on a train of French cheese - heaven!
Another hotel we loved was L'Apogee Courchevel, due to its perfect location at the top of a former Olympic ski jump in one of the resort's most exclusive areas. The views were simply spectacular, the accommodation was gorgeous and the attention- to-detail was fantastic, with rooms featuring personalised fleeces and Ugg slippers. Sarah was lucky enough to sample dishes from both of their restaurants (one French and one Japanese) and still raves about them today!
Glamorous, gorgeous and boasting some of the world's best slopes, Courchevel 1850 is the perfect choice for your next luxury ski escape.