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It’s debatable whether Courchevel needed yet another top end hotel, but the spanking new Le Strato might just be the best of the bunch.
This new 25-room, ski-in, ski-out hotel is at the bottom of the Caspillat piste and five minutes from La Croisette in Courchevel 1850. The vibe is one of a supremely comfortable contemporary chalet, all envisaged, designed and created by the Boix-Vives family, once owners of the world famous Rossignol ski brand.
The interiors were envisaged by designers Pierre Dubois and Aime Cecil to the Boix-Vives' specific request for a space with 'comfort characterised by art de vivre and gentleness.' The rooms and suites - in which fresh orchids are arranged daily - have all the mod cons discerning guests expect, and spacious bathrooms with black slate shower rooms.
The restaurant offers traditional menus inspired by the famous Provençal restaurant L'Oustrau de Baumaniere from where chef Jean-Andre Charial has brought his two Michelin star expertise to the chillier climes of the Trois Vallees. The elegant restaurant itself has ceilings with reproductions of tapestries from Versailles, but the more informal terrace menu offers the opportunity to grab a club sandwich or smaller hot dishes between black runs.
Elsewhere there is a champagne bar right next to the ski room so guests can enjoy a chilled glass of bubbly without even having to remove their ski boots. There's also a selection of the latest ski equipment and clothing available to buy on site.
Finally, there is a state-of-the-art gym and spa, which includes a hamman, treatment rooms and a lap pool, illuminated - naturally - by a twinkling Murano glass chandelier.
Why we love it
The hotel is owned by the family who once owned Rossignol skis, and Le Strato is named after the legendary 1965 Rossignol ski that revolutionised the sport.