Courchevel is the most famed of
Les Trois Vallées - the biggest ski region on the globe.
Courchevel itself is quite big - comprised of four French ski villages, with
Courchevel 1850 - the highest and most upscale ski resort and home to
some of Courchevel's best ski hotels.
Courchevel ski resort is posh, with a dozen luxury 5 star hotels, three very
rare 5-star palaces and half a dozen Michelin star restaurants. It’s the most
glamorous of the French Alps resorts and of Les 3 Vallées – attracting the Royal
family, Kate and William ski here, as do the Beckhams, Armani and many more
celebs. See our review of the skiing in Courchevel, Méribel and Val
Thorens, and read on for where to stay for the best 3 Vallées ski holiday.
The place to stay when skiing at Courchevel is Aman Le Mélézin
which is on mountain, 5 star, luxury, with a spa, offering perfectly easy ski in
ski out from the Bellecôte piste, in the best ski village of Courchevel 1850.
This Aman mountain hotel is both posh and peaceful - as its name “peace’
implies. The alps inspired castle-like hotel is boutique, just 31 suites.
Everything inside is extremely personalized - every need is met and exceeded
from ski valet to a shuttle in to Courchevel village for après ski if the short
walk down the snowy ski slopes is too much for you. The suites at
Melezin are elegant, decked in alpine wood and fine amenities, spacious with
big beautiful windows overlooking the ski slopes or village, a palatial spa-like
bathroom and walk in closet. Breakfasts at Le Melezin are bountiful, a la carte
of your choice. The ski butlers will have your gear freshly tuned and awaiting
by the snow, even buckle your warm dry ski boots for you. Après ski, soak in
Aman’s spa, steam in the Turkish bath or take in a treatment. My favorite room
in Aman is the slope view cocktail bar - with picture windows of the last
skiers, a lovely fireplace, and a well-stocked granite bar – its a fine place to
ponder dinner plans and whether to walk to town or not. Aman Resorts (symbolized
by the Peace sign) started in 1988 by Adrian Zehca, Indonesian hotelier known
for co-founding Regent International Hotels. There are now 31 Aman resorts in 20
countries including another favorite 5-star ski hotel of ours –
Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Another swank hotel in Courchevel is Hotel Le Saint Roch –
owned by the original hoteliers of Courchevel, the Tournier family. This chic
5-star alpine hotel is ultra luxe with surprising 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. 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 L’Apogée is the newest hotel in Courchevel 1850 – another
5-star and ski in ski out, with a very mod alpine vibe, beautiful suites, a
gorgeous spa with beauty salon, and two top restaurants. The cuisine at Apogee
is fantastic, your choice of traditional French and more trendy Japanese at
Koori. The swank après ski lounge at L’Apogée is perfect for cocktails and
snacks before you dine in house, or take the hotel shuttle to town. More on the
For jet setters, Courchevel even has a mid-mountain private airport, Altiport –
the highest in Europe at 2006 meters, you could arrive by private plane, suit
up, boot up and ski within minutes of landing.
For on mountain dining in Courchevel, see our Courchevel best ski in lunches
and après ski. We loved the sophistication of
Chalet de Pierres
where waiters wear traditional French berets. Our other favorites lunch chalets
where meats are grilled on an open fireplace, and
La Cave des Creux
for its fantastic sun terrace (hats provided if you like) and a decadent dessert
For après ski retail therapy, try the black-diamond level shopping in Courchevel
- designer boutiques line the pretty streets. For lively après ski bars that jam
with music - we loved Le Trampelin – named for its locale at the base of the old
Nordic jump landing trampoline.
Fun things to do in Courchevel besides skiing the vast terrain include getting
wet and wild at Aquamotion - the largest water park in Europe, or sledding on
The Luge - a 2.5-kilometer sled run in the forest.