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Val Thorens makes much of its status as the Alps’ highest ski resort; more practically, it makes much of its status as its largest, at least in terms of terrain. But from our hospitality-centric viewpoint, a French ski town isn’t really on the map until the Sibuets have opened a hotel there. Altapura, like its sisters in Megève, answers a number of perennial ski-hotel complaints — it’s modern in style without sacrificing a sense of place, it’s comfortable without lapsing into kitsch, and it’s proof positive that a stylish social scene and a family-friendly vibe need not be mutually exclusive.
The look of the place is often described as Scandinavian, but if you look beyond the blond wood you’ll see what’s essentially a post-modern take on a very French alpine lodge. The heavy timbers, it seems, have been hauled down and made into furniture, into patchwork tiles, or into latticed screens; even the traditional taxidermy is present, though largely in stylized carved wood.
In a ski lodge, however, the tactile pleasures often take precedence over the visual ones. Here Altapura doesn’t disappoint. The rooms, however striking, are never stark, and that modern furniture lacks for nothing in terms of comfort — and the less tangible conveniences include Apple iPads alongside pervasive wi-fi and satellite television.
The three restaurants inhabit equally contemporary spaces, but vary in atmosphere, from the ultra-cozy La Laiterie to the rather more adult Les Enfants Terribles. Meanwhile the Pure Altitude spa, with its seven treatment rooms and heated indoor pool, is a viable alternative to a day on the slopes. And last but not least, Altapura benefits from ski-in ski-out access, as well as a ski shop in partnership with Goitschel.
Please note: Altapura is a seasonal hotel. This year it will be open January 1 – April 27, and will reopen for the winter toward the end of November.
How to get there: Altapura is located 30 km from the Courchevel Airport (CVF). This is approximately 1 hour by car. Please contact CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for assistance with airport transfers.
- Complimentary upgrade upon hotel check-in, based upon availability
- Welcome gift (1 product from Pure Altitude -cosmetics from flowers and minerals of the mountain)
- 3 bottles of wine from "Domaine de Marie" collection
- VIP welcome gift (seasonal fruit basket and pastry in room)
- 88 Rooms
- Style: Modern Design
- Atmosphere: Lively
- Route du Soleil
- Val Thorens, Alps, France
Hotel amenities and services
- 24 hour concierge
- 24 hour front desk
- 24 hour gym
- Babysitting (on request)
- Free wi-fi
- Indoor swimming pool
- Luggage storage
- Multi-lingual staff
- Outdoor swimming pool
- Pets allowed (charges apply)
- Room service
- Self service parking (charges apply)
- Steam rooms
- Wake-up service