Destination: France: Courchevel
La Sivolière is a charming renovated hotel on the quiet side of town, where lots of people have chalets. Some rooms have open fireplaces, and unlike the vast majority of Courchevel hotels, which require guests to sign up for half board, La Sivolière also offers just bed and breakfast, so you can lunch on the slopes and dine in town every night if you prefer. Rooms from $455.
Indagare Insider Celia Sandys, who has been going to Courchevel for years, says of this hideaway: “Years ago I found a wonderful hotel called La Sivolière, an extremely luxurious bed and breakfast. They didn’t have an official restaurant, but the owner would come around and ask what you wanted for dinner, whether it was to be chicken for four or steak for three; it was so charming. Then it was discovered by the king of Spain, and that was pretty much the end of that era. It’s still very nice, but that original charm is gone—and now they have a proper restaurant.”
Le Saint Joseph
Though it doesn’t have a spa or pool, this four-star, with ten rooms, four suites and two apartments, is located in town and has two good restaurants: the Grand Café, which serves excellent Thai cuisine, and Italian at Le Hussard. The property feels like a collection of extravagant apartments with a popular restaurant and bar on the first floor. It has two duplex apartments, each with three or four bedrooms. The style here is not Alpine but haute bourgeoisie. Envision intricate parquet floors, 19th-century antiques, oil paintings, refined toiles, leather-bound books and cut-crystal carafes. The apartments have large gourmet kitchens and dining areas. The owners, whose restaurant, Le Cap Horn, is not to be missed, designed everything from the faience tiles in all the bathrooms to the hall carpets. Rooms from $858.
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