Les Airelles in Courchevel, the World’s Best Hotel

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 As soon as you arrive at the heights of Courchevel, it’s this silhouette that distinguishes itself among the snowy valleys of the Savoie. This castle is located at the foot of the world’s largest skiable domain. In the heart of the three valleys, Les Airelles is a building as impressive as it is idyllic. This hotel was built in 1850 in an enchanting Hungarian/Italo-Tyrol style. At the station, the hotel was dubbed the “Sleeping Beauty Castle”. With its painted facade and turrets, this chalet is a veritable mountain palace where you can appreciate and delight in the art of receiving and all the ultimate comfort that comes with it.

Every year this mythic hotel hosts the world’s rich and famous – like Princess Anne, Prince Albert of Monaco, or princes of Saudi Arabia – on a quest for the powdery slopes but also for a particular attention to be paid to them. Within this legendary castle, the personnel strives night and day to offer guests a fairytale-esque stay. “Our mission is to transform our guests’ stay into a veritable experience that only gives them one desire: to come back,” said ex-general manager Jacques Charles. Decorated in wooden items, china, and ancient carpeting, the 37 rooms and 14 suites that compose it are paneled with old wood and decorated with handmade ceramics. Soft fountains, ancient sculpted wood ceilings, and forged iron objects also adorn the suites. This is the stuff dreams are made of. As for the restaurant and the spa, Les Airelles Courchevel doesn’t disappoint.

Renowned for their gargantuan and delicious brunch as well as the gastronomic table under the command of chef Pierre Gagnaire, Les Airelles excels in the art of French luxury. This exceptional setting houses multiple restaurants. For lunch, the generous buffet at the Table du Jardin Alpin; dinner can be had at the Cala di Volpe for Les Airelles, which offers Sardinian cuisine. Pierre Gagnaire for Les Airelles, with his 2 Michelin stars, works with high gastronomy using specialties from the region and sourcing from the best cheesemakers, naturally.

But it’s the spa that will leave you breathless. Nestled in the snowy Alps, this exceptional hotel boasts multiple experiences offered by a spa that looks like an alpine chalet. Inside, stone columns brush up against wood and water. The ambiance is imbued with calm, luxury, and sensuousness. After skiing, the Spa La Mer for Les Airelles is sure to offer pure relaxation: massage, cellular skincare, a pool, personal trainers, a fitness center, themed saunas, a hammam, indoor and outdoor jacuzzis, sensorial showers, and that’s not to mention the exceptional and unique snow cave. Outside, cosseted into your own bubble with highly qualified personnel, you’ll dream of a sunnier tomorrow.

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