While spring is making us all think of the beach, it’s by no means time to forget the slopes and peaks of Europe. Courchevel 1850 may have rolled up its piste maps for this season, but you should not miss to book your luxury ski chalet in this Savoyard paradise early for the next season.
Finest Holidays introduce you to some Alpine luxury accommodation in the Grandes Alpes Hotel, where the Emerald Apartment is the shining height of penthouse perfection, and two stunning resort luxury chalets, the Chalet Colombe – a beautiful family chalet – and the uniquely designed and well-known ski in ski out Shemshak Lodge, both with their own indoor swimming pools.
Courchevel 1850 sits in the Les Trois Vallees ski area and is without any doubt the most chic and expensive ski resort in France. Les Trois Vallees is the world’s biggest ski area with a beautiful family of resort towns and 600 km of ski slopes. Many of our luxury chalets are ski in ski out.
Les Trois Vallées in France are Saint Bon, Allues, and Belleville, and up their slopes climb the towns of Meribel, Val Thorens, and Les Menuires, and the Courchevel resorts. These towns are mostly named for their altitude, a source of pride to their builders, with Courchevel 1550, Courchevel 1650 joining Courchevel 1300, Le Praz, and Courchevel 1850 topping the group.
That high altitude makes Courchevel 1850 the most desirable place to stay, and the luxury ski resort has developed to provide the very best facilities – including two Michelin three-star restaurants – to a demanding clientele that includes the cream of Parisian society and the international oligarch class.
The Heights of Luxury
Finest Holidays can help you enjoy the heights of Courchevel 1850 in the height of luxury. At the top of the Grandes Alpes Hotel sits the Emerald Apartment, an extraordinary penthouse apartment for up to eight guests that is a hymn to indulgence and family, with its own children’s play area and a children’s suite.
This a very grown up space though, with all the sophistication you would expect to find a French luxury Alpine chalet, from the chandelier over the dining table to the North African-style steam room, private wine cellar, enormous master suite, and the latest in home entertainment technology. Ruby Apartment and Serpentine Apartment are two more stunning chalet apartments for up to eight guests. And for smaller groups Topaz Apartment and Onyx Apartment are perfect for a luxury ski holiday. Guests of all Grandes Alpes Apartments have access to all facilities of the Grandes Alpes Hotel; spa area including steam bath, swimming pool, fountains and rain showers, private ski room, boutique, restaurant and Bellini’s Lounge Bar where you can enjoy the afternoon tea with pastries, a hot chocolates and crepes after a day on the slopes or take a glass of champagne or a cocktail in the evening whilst listening to the live music.
Collection of Gems in the Grandes Alpes Hotel
Emerald Apartment is one of the exceptional collection of luxury chalet-sized apartments that make up the Grandes Alpes Hotel in the French Alps. Founded in 1948, the ski in ski out Grandes Alpes Hotel is the oldest one in Courchevel 1850, and really, the resort has grown around it.
This five-star accommodation has a claim to being one of Europe’s great hotels. It has the best location in Courchevel 1850, and designer Jean-Marc Mouchet has created a luxurious haven in his famous, naturalistic style.
The luxury hasn’t been lost in those beautiful traditional woods, furs and fabrics though, and Grandes Alpes Hotel is home to Bellini’s Lounge Bar, one of the resort’s best après spots, superb private dining and fine dining restaurants and a world-class ski-in/ski-out ski boutique to get you sliding away with all the best kit.
Standing Out in Style
Just a few minutes’ walk or ski from the village center sites luxury ski chalet Colombe, a superb property for up to 10 guests that is built around a wonderful spa and indoor swimming pool.
This makes Chalet Colombe a wonderful luxury ski holiday accommodation. It’s also makes the best of traditional chalet design to give some great outdoor space, with a big sunny terrace. Inside, the light floods in to massive spaces through big windows, and when you want to switch off and relax a spa with hammam, massage room, hot tub, relaxation space and pool await, with a large private cinema offering another option for your after dinner – served at a big wooden table, set on a stone floor under bare beams, and wooden walls.
Dive in Deeper
Luxury Shemshak Lodge, a ski-in/ski-out chalet is another Courchevel 1850 fully catered property with a spa-and-pool as its central attraction.
That’s by no means all that might bring 13 lucky guests to Shemshak Lodge though. The pool – and its accompanying Jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, and gym – is fantastically designed, with mountain views and surroundings that promote relaxation in the most sumptuous of styles with the slopes on your doorstep.
Throughout Shemshak Lodge there is space to spread out and relax. Enjoy the dedicated service by the professional staff who provide everything from fine gourmet dining to massage therapies, exercise classes, childcare, adventure trips and chauffeur-driven transport are there to add an extra level of carefree enjoyment if you stay in the fully catered Shemshak Lodge.
Courchevel 1850 Always Thrills
The luxury ski resort Courchevel 1850 is a hit with travelers first-and-foremost because of its skiing. Its altitude and north-facing aspect give it a long season or guaranteed snow, and the huge Les Trois Vallees mean that every ski – and winter sports – experience you could wish for is on your doorstep.
Courchevel’s beauty doesn’t melt away with the low-lying powder though. The resort’s summer program is packed, with artistic and cultural events like cinema nights, classical music concerts (with and without fireworks), butting up against top quality sports like the Alpine golf cup, world cup cycling and more.
Whatever the season, Courchevel’s 1850 cuisine remains true to its motherland, with two three-star Michelin restaurants, the highest rank possible. Le 1947 is the number of superlatives that would be needed to justly praise chef Yannick Alléno according to the culinary bible’s review of the restaurant of that name. René et Maxime Meilleur at La Bouitte, whose family-owned restaurant is a celebration of this beautiful land.
And in summer, the landscape is as stunning as when it’s hidden under a blanket of perfect snow. Pistes become hiking and cycle trails, peaks become day trips, and the whole wonderful ski area becomes an adventure sports playground.
Get in touch with the team at Finest Holidays and ask for our recommendations for the next ski season. We can find you the perfect family chalet, chalets with swimming pool, ski in ski out holiday chalets, catered or self-catered, with driver service and ski instructors included in the booking and much more…whatever you are looking for our professional and dedicated team can assist to find the most suitable luxury ski chalet for your family and friends.