Destination: France: Courchevel
The top hotel in Courchevel is the glitzy Cheval Blanc, owned by French businessman Bernard Arnault, a superluxe spot with prices to match. The top suite, which Arnault uses when in residence, has its own private lift and four suites, sleeping eight in all. There’s a Givenchy spa (try the avant-ski or après-ski massage, and don’t miss the “emotion shower,” which features light effects and a view of the slopes), as well as two restaurants, a bar, an in-house ski service for equipment rentals and LVMH-owned shops. Rooms from $1,262.
Hotel Le K2
Sister property of family-favorite Le Kilimandjaro, Hotel Le K2 opened its doors in December 2011 and quickly became a hotspot within Courchevel’s established hotel scene. Named after the second-highest mountain in the world, Le K2 comprises a collection of connected buildings that house the hotel and a series of ski-in/ski-out chalets ranging from five- to six bedrooms.
Interiors are a striking mix of traditional and contemporary design. The overall aesthetic is muted; grays, whites and beiges dominate the color scheme with bright accents in red and black. True to its name, Le K2 also features some Tibetan flair, like furry tassels, carved wood and silver embellishments. Rooms start at 500 square feet and offer glorious beds covered in silky linens, mountain views, terraces. Bathrooms are spacious with double vanities, large tubs and open-air rain showers. The Prestige Suites have separate living rooms while Family Suites offer annexes with bunk beds. All accommodations can be chosen online and confirmed upon booking.
Le K2 boasts the largest and most impressive resort facilities in all of Courchevel, including a state-of-the-art gym, circular pool that overlooks the mountain-scape and an indulgent children’s center. While kids enjoy the arcade, billiards room, cinema, indoor playground and mock nightclub, adults may pamper themselves at the Goji Spa, choosing from a number of Tibetan-inspired treatments.
Who should stay: Families who enjoy a sleek setting and will benefit from a myriad of amenities and emphasis on children.
Who should not stay: Anyone looking for a cozy, traditional aesthetic and ambiance.
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