It is now time to think about winter holidays. So where to go? The French Alps with the Savoie region and the Vanoise massif offer plenty of ski destinations. Courchevel is probably one of the most famous ski resorts in France. Part of the “3Vallées” which include seven ski resorts like Meribel, Val Thorens, Les Menuires -Courchevel is located on the largest ski area in the world: 600 kilometers of ski slopes and one ski pass for the seven resorts. To get to Courchevel from Paris, you can either take the TGV Train to Moutiers or fly via Lyon or Geneva. With an altiport, Courchevel is easy to access. Courchevel is situated amid the alpine forest, mountain pasture, glaciers and the peaks of the Alps. 85% of the domain is located above 1800 meters.
The palace Les Airelles will open its door on December 10. Located in the heart of the Jardin Alpin, the most chic area of Courchevel 1850, the palace is extraordinary. No word is strong enough to define a stay at Les Airelles. Led by the kindest General Manager Jean-Pierre Lerallu, the service, the team and the place are exceptional.
This season, the flagship property of Les Airelles group added a new hotel wing which is located in a brand-new building adjacent to the main property. 19 bedrooms and suites have been built in a contemporary Savoyard style with views over the snow-covered summit of the Saulire. For an ultimate privacy, this new part of the hotel can be privatized.
The Austro-Hungarian Airelles Courchevel castle and its facade evoke the chalets in Tyrol and Bavaria. A very cocooning atmosphere with its numerous open fires. A devoted and very professional team makes all your dreams come true. Whenever you need anything and whatever you need, the 180 employees are completely devoted to making your stay unforgettable. Les Airelles excels in the care and attention given to its guests.
The hotel counts 32 rooms, 15 suites and one 300 square meter private apartment with a view over the Olympic track. The comfort of the rooms is again exceptional. Some days, you will just want to stay inside or on your balcony enjoying reading a book while watching the snowy slopes and Alpine trees. The decor of the room is inspired by the history of the region. Wood furniture, paintings, beige and red colors warm up the atmosphere. The bathrooms are equipped with all the modern amenities: hammam, bathtub or essential oil shower.
The restaurants La Table des Airelles, Piero or Le Coin Savoyard are all equally excellent. Abundance, authenticity and refinement qualify the incredible cuisine of the property. The decor of each restaurant from crystal chandeliers or velvet armchairs for La Table des Airelles to wood paneling and checkered tablecloths for le Coin Savoyard is remarkable. Each detail is well thought to make the guests spend an exquisite moment.
This season, the palace offers a new exclusive subterranean dining concept called La Cave des Grands Crus. An intimate dinner with only 16 sittings around a large chef’s table surrounded by a collection of fine wine vintages and an open kitchen. Located on the wine cellar of the new wing, this new restaurant promises wonderful nights ahead.
What to do?
Relax at La Mer Spa. The beautiful spa is located on the ground floor of the palace. It offers treatments combining the frosty winter temperatures and the cosy warmth of a fireplace. A multi sensory experience. Fitness, swimming pool, outside jacuzzi, snow grotto, cryotherapy cabin, you will find everything you need. Experience a signature facial or massage by La Mer.
Enjoying days of skiing is part of the experience. Les Airelles Ski lounge -in partnership with Bernard Orcel- is a wonderful living place. Every morning, the team prepares your cutting edge equipments. Once you enter the ski lounge, you are ready to go. After your adventure on the slopes, the team welcomes you with a hot chocolate and pancakes!
Head to the village in the Hermès horse drawn carriage-specially designed for Les Airelles. Under a cashmere blanket, open your eyes and look at the illuminated streets. For shopping lovers, Courchevel offers a very large choice of luxury stores (more than 40) lining the snow-covered streets.
Dogsledding. Beloved by children, it is a magical way to discover Courchevel. Nordic dogs run through the fabulous landscapes of the Vanoise National Park. Of course, you will be able to enjoy any kind of snow sports activities, snowmobile or just definitely relax and appreciate spending time inside the magical world of Les Airelles.