NUMBER OF ROOMS: 80 rooms
ANNUAL CLOSURE: From mid-April to early December.
THE STORY: From the Hôtel Le Val Thorens, you could toss one of your ski gloves and it’d hit the legendary slopes of the massive Domaine des Trois Vallées ski resort. Despite a change of face, the spirit of the place remains exactly the same! After a makeover by the interior design firm Charles & Co in collaboration with Les Ateliers Saint-Lazare, this alpine getaway established in the 1970s shows off a more intentionally seventies look nowadays. You’ll notice it on the terrace, first and foremost, which has kept all of the retro orange signs from yesteryear. That’s where early riders and lovers of Savoyard treats dig into things like a “hot diot” (the name of the local sausage), a croque-Beaufort (a croque monsieur sandwich made with Beaufort cheese) or a fondue at the end of the day to get their strength back. You’ll also notice it in Le 1971, the hotel bar with a huge velvet orange banquette and framed records, which set the tone for the DJ sets that get things moving once the ski slopes shut down for the night. And once they’ve removed their boots, downhill junkies can crawl into one of 80 bedrooms all dressed in light wood, soft velvet, mohair and mustard yellow headboards, for an elegant immersion into the disco-hippie lifestyle. In short, a big (ski) jump back through time! Double rooms starting at €450 a night.
TOILETRIES: Diptyque soap, shampoo and body wash.
BREAKFAST: Included, with a sweet and savory all-you-can-eat buffet where you can get your fill of coffee or tea, fresh fruit juice, bread, viennoiseries, butter, jam, honey, eggs (prepared any way you like), cheese, charcuterie, etc.
LITTLE LUXURY: Lounge in the spa with your toes outstretched and a picture-perfect view of the snowy landscape just beyond them.