As autumn draws in and with the cold lick of winter in the air, we are dreaming of snowy walks, warm fires and comfort food. Cheval Blanc Courchevel has all this and more and is the ultimate retreat nestled in the French Alps. We know the Cheval Blanc standard of luxury is utterly sublime after featuring their Maldives hotel Cheval Blanc Randheli here, and the Courchevel location is similarly persuasive.
The design focus of Cheval Blanc Courchevel is a mixture of mountain chic, bold colours and original works of art ensuring this hotel has a unique and memorable style. Not afraid to embrace the more extravagant and eye-catching design choices, a large mirrored horse structure, white bear and giant pearl necklace are notable pieces to greet you as you arrive….
The retreat has 36 rooms and suites to choose from, each with unique personalities and exhibiting a fastidious attention to detail. For a more luxurious experience you can also book a deluxe superior room which has up to 48 SQM space and southern exposure for glorious natural sunlight. For groups, an exclusive 315 SQM renovated chalet is available and is furnished with a mixture of traditional style and original artwork.
Le 1947 is the only restaurant in Courchevel with three Michelin stars. Centred around a perforated Corian sphere in which you can watch your food being prepared, this intimate restaurant allows just a limited number of guests per evening to ensure each individual is immersed in their individual culinary experience.
The multi starred chefs create dishes with finesse and look after the very smallest of details in every dish served, highlighting the very best of the quality ingredients used.
For a more low key dining experience, Le Triptyque is a vibrant brasserie that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Or for a special treat after a morning on the slopes, you can order the skier’s afternoon tea on the terrace and watch the world go by.
Located on the terrace and filled with plush armchairs, rugs and wooden coffee tables is an impressive Mongolian inspired yurt. Built as a refuge for cigar aficionados and with a distinct gentlemen’s club atmosphere, the yurt has a selection of leather and felt travel games that invite guests to test their luck (and patience) with backgammon, mikado and a deck of cards.
Cheval Blanc spa at Courcheval is a hub of well-being. A sensorial journey that pampers both the body and mind with multiple treatment rooms and a pool to helps guests unwind and recover after a long cold day on the slopes.
The hotel unsurprisingly takes its guests’ love of skiing very seriously. Each guest room has a flag planted next to ski equipment ready to be used each day. In addition to this service, the team provide guests with a map of ski runs, sweet treats and even miniature heaters to ensure they have the best and most comfortable experience possible.
Skiing of course, is not for everyone. Alongside pleasure skiing there are several other unmissable activities that showcase the snow covered landscapes of Courchevel, for example a sled-dog excursion, hot air balloon ride or an apéretif under the stars; the choice is yours.
For more information on Cheval Blanc Courchevel visit the website here.
Images 1, 5,8,9,10 and 11 credited to F. Nannini, Image 4 credited to Pillippe Vaurès, header image, 2,3, 6 and 7 credited to Cheval Blanc.