Sneak Peek: L’Apogée Courchevel, France

  • Jennifer Ashton Ryan

L’Apogée Courchevel, the newest member of the prestigious Oetker Collection of hotels, has opened in the exclusive French ski town of Courchevel 1850.

Why Go: Courchevel 1850 draws an international crowd during the winter season thanks to access to the world’s largest ski resort and a high concentration of Michelin-starred restaurants. Guests of l’Apogée ski onto the slopes from the hotel’s ski room in warmed boots and can return for lunch in its Champagne lounge (try the hot dogs with Périgord truffle). For dinner, they enjoy privileged access to the fromagerie and ham-aging cellar at the fine-dining restaurant le Comptoir de L’Apogée, helmed by chef Yannick Franques. Rates start at about $1,230 including breakfast and either lunch or dinner.

What to Expect:  The hotel is located at the foot of the ski slopes. Its elegant public spaces are residential in scale, featuring patinated bronzes, pine, wool, and velvet adornments. Twenty rooms, 33 suites, a four-bedroom penthouse, and an adjacent five-bedroom chalet are installed with radiant-heated floors and Fior di Bosco marble in the bathrooms. During the winter there are plenty of activities for nonskiers, including dogsledding, ice climbing, and spending time in the large wellness center and indoor pool.

How to Get There: The hotel’s stable of four-wheel-drive limousines collect guests from any of three nearby airports: Geneva (a 2.25-hour drive), Aix-les-Bains (1.5-hour drive), and Lyon (2-hour drive). Courchevel’s private airstrip is three minutes by car from the hotel. (+33.4.92.93.32.40, www.lapogeecourchevel.com)

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