The fabulous French alps: home to some of Europe’s highest, most snow sure mountains and the biggest ski areas on Earth, where mighty Mont Blanc plays eternal watchman.
And with great surroundings come great resorts to explore them from – where wood and stone walls encase spas, boutiques, gourmet restaurants and awesome accommodation.
Eleven restaurants with a Michelin star or more, some of Europe’s most exclusive shopping, classic chalet charm – oh and the world’s biggest ski area on your doorstep.
Another level of chalet luxury (think gold-tiled swimming pools, spas, cinema rooms…), where properties ski out onto Espace Killy’s high-altitude, powder perfect terrain. Ski your socks off, and end each day with wild, champagne-popping après ski.
This is Britain’s most beloved alpine town, with more chalets than you can shake your ski pole at. Find it slap bang in the very centre of the Three Valleys - ski areas don’t get bigger than this – with awesome après ski.
The highest ski resort in Europe, where you can ski straight from the top slopes of the Three Valleys into incredible hotels with on-site spas, gourmet restaurants and the most magnificent mountain views.
A long-loved legend of the skiing world, the Chamonix Valley is guarded by Mont Blanc and serves as a bucket list destination for any seasoned skier – if not for the Vallee Blanche run, then definitely for the dramatic mountain landscape.
Put simply, Les Gets is lovely. Traditional wooden chalets huddle around a friendly village, some hiding state-of-the-art spa facilities within their walls. And the Portes du Soleil ski area surrounds, connecting the mountains of France and Switzerland.
A more charming, cheerful French resort you’ll struggle to find – Morzine’s a corker from its far-reaching ski area to its first-class chalets (often stunningly refurbed barns and farmhouses) and high-end hotels (pools, wellness centres, the lot).
Megeve’s historic centre runneth over with classic charm - cobbled streets, clip-clopping horse-drawn sleighs, Narnia lampposts – the lot. Shop ‘til you can shop no more, sip cocktails to cool jazz and dine in magnificent Michelin-starred restaurants. Don’t forget to ski! This is Mont Blanc territory and it’s nothing short of fabulous.
Some of the world’s most stonkingly luxurious chalets can be found in France: typically alpine on the outside, then another world the second you step indoors.
Private swimming pools (gold-tiled in the Marco Polo), wellness areas (covering a whole floor in Montana) and wine cellars (accessed by slide in Grand Corniche…) are among the amazing facilities you’ll find, while rooms come furnished with the likes of grand pianos, roaring fires and original artworks.
Find our finest French ski chalets here.
From time-honoured abodes to cutting edge builds, France’s four and five-star ski hotels have a lot to offer. Spa hotels come swimming in facilities from saunas to ice fountains, while fine restaurants serve top notch cuisine from Michelin-praised chefs. Look through our luxury French ski hotels here.
Not your standard ski apartments, the poshest pieds-à-terre come with plush furnishings, chic décor and wonderful wellness facilities. Be the king of your kitchen, whipping up whatever you fancy, or dine out and devour fine cuisine in local restaurants. See all of our luxury French Apartments here.
|Property||Resort||Luxury features||£ Price from (pp)|
|Marco Polo||Val d’Isere||Gold-tiled swimming pool, spa, gourmet catering|
|Grande Corniche||Les Gets||Outdoor heated pool, spa, private chauffeur|
|Hotel Le Kaila||Meribel||500m2 Nuxe spa, restaurant, near ski lifts|
|Le Namaste||Courchevel||Indoor spa & pool, gourmet catering, chalet chauffeur|
|Hotel Carlina||Courchevel||Piste-side location, spa, swimming pool|
|Alpaca||Meribel||Infinity pool, climbing wall, wellness facilities||£4674|
|Koh-I Nor||Val Thorens||Michelin-standard cuisine, excellent spa, ski in/out|
|Chalet Lhotse||Val d’Isere||Incredible indoor pool, spa, luxury catering|
|Hotel Avenue Lodge||Val d’Isere||Central location, spa, lounge bar||£1309|
|Shemshak Lodge||Courchevel||Panoramic indoor pool, wellness facilities, gourmet catering|
We update this list often but facilities can change, so if any specific feature is essential to your trip, make sure you ask us to confirm the details before you book your holiday.