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Located in Val Thorens - Europe's highest ski resort – the ultra-contemporary Altapura is the resort’s first truly stylish hotel, and one that could well put the resort on a par with neighbouring Meribel and Courchevel.
After all, the resort has always had the skiing earlier, later and better than the neighbours but lacked a special place to stay. Enter Altapura, with 88 rooms and suites featuring contemporary Nordic design, birch wood furniture and stone clad bathrooms. The public areas are equally stylish, with faux cowhide and giant snowflake décor.
There are three restaurants at Altapura, including Les Enfants Terribles for hearty mountain cuisine, La Laiterie for quintessential ski resort fondues and 2.Mille.3, a restaurant with terrace for lunch and dinners that are a more eclectic affair including a rotisserie, Asian stir-fries and pasta dishes.
The large Spa Pure Altitude specialises in nurturing après-ski limbs with a fine range of muscular relaxation and recuperation treatments and a Nordic Spiral area with an Igloo where skiers can experience extremes of hot and cold to stimulate blood oxygen circulation - apparently the ideal way to revive tired limbs ready for another day on the pistes. Alternatively take a dip in the hotel's indoor/outdoor pool for similar results.
The hotel is ski in/ski out with access to the incomparable Trois Vallees network and the less well-known 'fourth valley' of Orelle, best accessed from Val Thorens.
Why we love it
Because at 7,545 ft Altapura is the highest luxury hotel in Europe. Cool in all senses of the word.
Lucy G, Original Traveller