Courchevel is the most famed of Les Trois Vallées - the biggest ski region on the globe. Courchevel itself is quite big - comprised of four French ski villages, with Courchevel 1850 - the highest and most upscale ski resort and home to some of Courchevel's best ski hotels.
Courchevel ski resort is posh, with a dozen luxury 5-star hotels, three very rare 5-star palaces, and half a dozen Michelin star restaurants. It’s the most glamorous of the French Alps resorts and of Les 3 Vallées – attracting the Royal family, Kate and William ski here, as do the Beckhams, Armani, and many more celebs.
The place to stay when skiing at Courchevel is Aman Le Mélézin which is on the mountain, 5-star, luxury, with a spa, offering perfectly easy ski in ski out from the Bellecôte piste, in the best ski village of Courchevel 1850. This Aman mountain hotel is both posh and peaceful - as its name “peace’ implies. The Alps inspired castle-like hotel is boutique, just 31 suites. Everything inside is extremely personalized - every need is met and exceeded from ski valet to a shuttle into Courchevel village for après ski if the short walk down the snowy ski slopes is too much for you. The suites at Aman Le Melezin are elegant, decked in alpine wood and fine amenities, spacious with big beautiful windows overlooking the ski slopes or village, a palatial spa-like bathroom and walk-in closet. Breakfasts at Le Melezin are bountiful, a la carte of your choice. The ski butlers will have your gear freshly tuned and waiting by the snow, even buckle your warm dry ski boots for you. Après ski, soak in Aman’s spa, steam in the Turkish bath or take in a treatment. My favorite room in Aman is the slope view cocktail bar - with picture windows of the last skiers, a lovely fireplace, and a well-stocked granite bar – it's a fine place to ponder dinner plans and whether to walk to town or not. Aman Resorts (symbolized by the Peace sign) started in 1988 by Adrian Zehca, Indonesian hotelier known for co-founding Regent International Hotels. There are now 31 Aman resorts in 20 countries including another favorite 5-star ski hotel of ours – Amangani in Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Another swank hotel in Courchevel is Hotel Le Saint Roch – owned by the original hoteliers of Courchevel, the Tournier family. This chic 5-star alpine hotel is ultra luxe with surprising whimsical details and a very cool vibe from the locally carved woodwork, fur coverings and flickering candles to the music. Saint Roch is contemporary but cozy. Relax with creative tapas that accompany your après ski cocktails in the lounge – before savoring the exceptional cuisine at On the Roch – the hotel’s gorgeous dining room. Rooms at Hotel Le Saint Roch are modern alpine chic, elegant but easy. The ski slopes are just across the street from Saint Roch, and it’s a short stroll down to the lively Courchevel 1850 village for après ski or chic boutique shopping.
Hotel L’Apogée is the newest hotel in Courchevel 1850 – another 5-star and ski in ski out, with a very mod alpine vibe, beautiful suites, a gorgeous spa with beauty salon, and two top restaurants. The cuisine at Apogee is fantastic, your choice of traditional French and more trendy Japanese at Koori. The swank après ski lounge at L’Apogée is perfect for cocktails and snacks before you dine in-house, or take the hotel shuttle to town. More on the Hotel L'Apogee.
For jet setters, Courchevel even has a mid-mountain private airport, Altiport – the highest in Europe at 2006 meters, you could arrive by private plane, suit up, boot up and ski within minutes of landing.
For on mountain dining in Courchevel, see our Courchevel best ski in lunches and après ski. We loved the sophistication of Chalet de Pierres where waiters wear traditional French berets. Our other favorites lunch chalets include Soucoupe – where meats are grilled on an open fireplace, and La Cave des Creux for its fantastic sun terrace (hats provided if you like) and a decadent dessert display.
For après ski retail therapy, try the black-diamond level shopping in Courchevel - designer boutiques line the pretty streets. For lively après ski bars that jam with music - we loved Le Trampelin – named for its locale at the base of the old Nordic jump landing trampoline.
Fun things to do in Courchevel besides skiing the vast terrain include getting wet and wild at Aquamotion - the largest water park in Europe, or sledding on The Luge - a 2.5-kilometer sled run in the forest.