The most glamorous ski resort in Europe combines impeccable service on the slopes with five-star hotels, starred restaurants, designer shops and spas carrying renowned brands.
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Together with Méribel and Val Thorens, Courchevel is part of the largest skiable area in the world. Known as Le Trois Vallées, this region stands out because of its off-piste skiing and, at the same time, is a paradise for those who want to stay within the circuits: the three valleys are interconnected by 166 lifts and 373 miles of runs.
The Courchevel ski resort is divided into four levels called the Courchevel 1300, Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 and Courchevel 1850. Each number indicates an altitude, but the villages are also known, respectively, as Le Praz, Courchevel Village, Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel.
It’s no wonder that the last village was named after the entire complex. It is the village of Courchevel itself that makes the resort known as the most luxurious resort in Europe and as a result, has a lifestyle of its own. Illuminated by Christmas lights that remain lit throughout the season, Courchevel’s downtown area consists of narrow streets, where horse-drawn carriages are seen and where each wooden chalet is seen and behind its rustic façade is an exquisite establishment. The resort also offers stores carrying the world’s largest brand names and is considered one of the best shopping destinations in the Alps. You can even purchase new items with your ski boots on: Moncler has a concept store right on the Verdons slope! Amid impeccable services, it’s easy to understand why Courchevel remains a favorite among the global jet setters.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
The little ones learn to ski safely at the Villages des Enfants, where they can also participate in supervised activities and games. There are also several thematic areas spread across the slopes, such as the Indian Village and Family Park. For those who want to vary the programming, the Aquamotion offers water slides, heated swimming pools and even a pool with waves, where the little ones can surf. The Le Forum also has ice skating and indoor climbing.
An exciting night begins with the après-ski at Le Folie Douce, a mountain restaurant where lively parties take place, and it ends at La Grange, where people go dancing until dawn.
But there are also options for those who prefer something quieter: the La Suite Bar & Lounge, for example, serves tapas and great drinks in an intimate setting.
COURCHEVEL’S STARRED GASTRONOMY
Excellence and variety define Courchevel’s cuisine, which has more than 60 restaurants. Skiers can find gourmet options for lunch in the middle of the slopes. There is plenty of diversity among the Michelin-starred restaurants:
Le 1947 ***
The only restaurant in Courchevel to earn 3 Michelin stars is led by French chef, Yannick Alléno, who makes sure the menu is renewed every season. The goal is always to re-create French classics, with technical innovations and careful choice of ingredients. The restaurant’s highlight is its sauces, result of the chef’s gastronomic mastery. There are only five tables in the salon, which allows you to have of a glimpse of the what’s going on in the kitchen.
Hotel Cheval Blanc, Le Jardin Alpin; reservations made over the phone +33 479 005 050
Located in the Le Chabichou hotel, it has a classic and elegant atmosphere with columns and walls lined with wood and décor in shades of lilac. Chef Michel Rochedy, awarded two Michelin stars, leads a kitchen that focuses on natural ingredients and traditional recipes without too much interference or pyrotechnics. The menu varies with each season and depends on the market’s ingredients.
Hotel Le Chabichou, Rue des Chenus; reservations made over the phone +33 479 080 055
Awarded two Michelin stars, chef Jean-Rémi Caillon focusses on the value of seasonal products. Chef Sébastien Vauxion is in charge of the desserts, which are also a highlight – be sure to try the pâtisserie.
Hotel Le K2, Route des Clarines; reservations made online
Chef Pieter Riedjik’s inspiration for the dishes at the Le Montgomerie, which was awarded two Michelin stars, comes from the Alps themselves. Just as in the Le Kintessence, the pâstisserie master, Sébastien Vauxion, is in charge of the desserts. With a wooden oven and roof, the atmosphere is sophisticated and welcoming.
Le K2 Altitude, Route de l’Altiport; reservations made online
Baumanière 1850 *
With frescos on the roof and colorful chairs, the restaurant earned one Michelin star for its modern kitchen. Chef Jean-André Charial’s inspiration comes from the Mediterranean and the mountains, while also incorporating ingredients from other parts of the world: from Galician sea urchins to Alaskan giant crabs.
Hotel Le Strato, Rue de Bellecôte
Courchevel’s newest starred restaurant is also the world’s first gourmet dessert restaurant. Chef Sébastien Vauxion is behind the desserts just as he is at the starred restaurants, Le Kintessence and Le Montgomerie. Here, he plays with textures and combinations and outlines a type of gastronomy completely entirely focused on sweetness.
Le K2 Palace, Rue des Clarines; reservations done online
Courchevel is home to one of the largest concentrations of five-star hotels in all of France, allowing skiers to find the most diverse styles in the village.
Six Senses Residences & SPA
Located in Courchevel (1850), it combines the infrastructure of a five-star hotel with the comfort and convenience of an apartment. There is a spa, free shuttle to the mountain and its new addition this season is the Japanese restaurant called Sumosan.
With ski-in/ski-out access and located near the center of Courchevel 1850, this hotel invests in special services to ensure a feeling of ‘home away from home’: a butler unpacks guests’ bags and organizes the closet, while a team keeps guests’ ski boots warm in the morning and wax them at night. Another highlight is its restaurant called Le 1850 Be Organic, the only organic restaurant in Courchevel.
Behind the iconic white façade of Le Chabichou, in the center of Courchevel, is an exceptional alpine infrastructure. There is a wide variety of accommodation options, there is a spa with more than a ten thousand square feet, a Shu Uemura hair salon and a restaurant awarded two Michelin stars. All this with the convenience of being in a ski-in/ski-out hotel, which also offers free shuttle service.
Located at the foot of the Cospillot slop, the ski-in/ski-out hotel has an award-winning restaurant with two Michelin stars, the Le Kintessence. It also has a spa, which uses brand products by Valmont. The Kids Club also has videogames and simulators.
Founded in 1958, the Le Lana offers a boutique hotel vibe with the infrastructure and services of a larger hotel. Its concierge is always prepared to assist guests with tailor-made services: be it booking a restaurant, hiring a magician for the kids or a transfer via helicopter. It also has a gourmet restaurant and a 4,305 ft2 spa by Clarins. The little ones can also enjoy a 3D theater and game room. Ski-in/ski-out, it’s located at the foot of the Bellecôte slope and is also close to the shops in Courchevel 1850.
WELLNESS AND BEAUTY
Renowned brand names are also seen in the numerous spas of Courchevel. Check out our tips on haircare – especially useful for those who plan on spending longer periods of time at the resort.
Cheval Blanc Spa by Guerlain
The spa uses a line of Guerlain products developed exclusively for the hotel, taking the cold, altitude and the practice of winter sports into consideration.
Hotel Cheval Blanc, Le Jardin Alpin
In partnership with the Swiss brand Valmont, which specializes in anti-aging cosmetics, the Goji Spa focuses on the skin’s well-being, be it moisturizing, calming or revitalizing. The space has a heated pool and fitness center.
Hotel Le K2, Rue de Clarines
Le Chabichou Spa
The spa is about 11,840 ft2 and has products by Clarita. It has a pool, a Turkish bath, sauna, an ice fountain and a saltwater spraying system. The menu includes a wide variety of massages such as reflexology and Swiss massage.
Hotel Le Chabichou, Rue dês Chenus
Le Clarins de l’Hôtel Le Lana
It offers a true sensory experience to restore balance in the body and mind. It has several types of massages and beauty treatments, including aromatherapy, in addition to an indoor heated pool, jacuzzi, Turkish bath, sauna and fitness center.
Bruno Di Salvio
The professionals at this salon are experts in dyes and highlights.
Hotel Le Chabichou, Rue des Chenus
The hairdresser and make-up artist can take care of clients at the hotel or chalet, taking all of the necessary products directly to the client. There is also a branch at the Le K2 hotel.
The Shu Uemura Hair Salon
Before the haircut takes place, the hairstylist performs an oriental ceremony inspired by Japanese traditions, incorporating the customs of tea ceremonies, which seek precision and aesthetic perfection, Shu Uemura uses active ingredients such as white tea, camellia and minerals to hydrate even the most damaged hair strands.
Le K2 Hotel, Rue des Clarines