Val Thorens, France
What it is
A sleek ski-in, ski-out retreat in the Alps with five cozy restaurants, an 11,000-square-foot spa, indoor and outdoor pools, and a ski shop with rentals.
What it isn't
Hungry. Expect deliciousness rarely found at this altitude, including The Dairy—where master cheesemaker Frédéric Royer whips up raclettes, fondues and more.
What we think
It is rare for a mountain hotel’s interiors to live up to its postcard-worthy exterior views, but Altapura has more than done it. Guest rooms are sheathed in blonde wood, with curated art and sculptural furnishings that could have their own exhibits at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The 301 square foot Classic Room includes a sitting area with a pullout sofa; for an Instagrammable choice, we recommend the Junior Suite for its floor to ceiling windows, sloped walls and deep soaking tub in the spa-like bathroom. While you’re here, do not miss spending at least one snug evening by the modernist fire at Break Time, which looks like an après ski hangout Bond, James Bond himself would revel in.
You're here because
The spa is tricked out with everything from an icy igloo with frozen snow to a hammam, dry and wet saunas, and a jacuzzi.
Overlooking the jagged snow capped mountain peaks from the terrace at 2Mille3, the only thing more divine than the post-slalom champagne in your hand is the scene—stylish skiers from across the globe, practically dancing on tabletops with glee.
Restaurants & Bars
2Mille3 - Enjoy your meal on a terrace facing the Caron summit
Les Enfants Terribles Val Thorens - Classic French cuisine with exceptional ingredients
La Laiterie - Specializes in a variety of fondues
The base of the slopes in the highest altitude ski resort in the Alps, a two hour drive from Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport.