Luxury chalets in Courchevel
Luxury chalets in Courchevel are on the increase! With the luxury ski chalets market across the Alps seemingly growing unabated, the resort on the tip of everyone's tongue has got to be Courchevel. This resort has always had a reputation as the prime location for a luxury ski holiday and this notion is only getting reinforced with some new lavish chalets popping up ready for the winter season.
With the majority of the skiing being from 1,850m up to 2,705m, you can be confident in getting some incredible snow and fantastic early or late season skiing. The terrain on offer in the vast Trois Vallées is tremendously varied; whether you are a total beginner, looking for some nice ‘cruisey’ blue runs, or an expert after some challenging off-piste, there is plenty on offer and can be easily sought out.
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The historic development of luxury chalets in Courchevel 1850
Courchevel 1850 was actually one of the first purpose built resorts in France, with construction starting just after the Second World War. All the other villages began springing out of the ground in following years, namely Courchevel Moriond (1650) and Courchevel Village (1550). Courchevel La Praz (1300), often referred to as ‘Le Vrai’ Courchevel, was already a mountain village before skiing came to the area.
Although the main resort of Courchevel (1850) has been purpose built, there has been a real push to ensure it does not look this way. The streets are lined with smart shops and some impressive restaurants. There are actually 11 Michelin stars in resort, five restaurants with two stars and one with one star; a record in the Alps and one that is unrivalled. If the après-ski scene is of interest to you, they also have that covered. There is a good mix of venues to attend, ranging from relaxed bars to piano bars with live music. But be warned – the price of drinks can be fairly dear, for example a pint of beer costing 12 € the Tremplin Bar!
So which are the luxury chalets in Courchevel to keep your eyes peeled for? The first one to mention is the Chalet Muztagh. This property is a metaphor for opulence. Fitted into the 635 square metres of living are all the facilities that you could need or want, including a nine seater cinema room and a spectacular pool and spa area. This chalet is definitely one that is worth a look if the budget will stretch.
If a slightly more affordable luxury chalet in Courchevel was what you were looking for, the Shemshak Lodge would be the one to go for. This impressive 5 bedroom property is in a true ski-in/ski-out location and not very far from town. This said, with the 4x4 chauffeur service, getting around is the least of your worries. The ground floor of this chalet has some other great facilities that certainly are of interest, such as the sauna, hammam, gym and indoor pool. Needless to say, the food and service is impeccable.
Value for money is something that can be achieved when searching for luxury chalets in Courchevel, but it would be best to move further down the mountain to Courchevel Moriond (1650) for example. The Chalet Blanchot is a fantastic property and is managed by the excellent Le Portetta Hotel. This ski-in/ski-out chalet, with its paradoxical mix of new and old, is located in the Vanoise National Park, meaning it has fantastic unimpeded views of the local slopes and the Tarentaise Mountains.
All in all, Courchevel is still the undisputed champion of luxury ski holiday resorts; with the number of luxury chalets we have with swimming pools, hot tubs, spas and ski-in/ski-out access it will be a hard choice!
There are so many aspects to this ‘super station’ that make it so well rounded, it would be hard to leave here feeling disappointed.