The diamonds sparkle on more than just the snow at these luxury ski resorts. Sure, these retreats boast world class skiing, but they’re off the slope’s antics are just as alluring. From Michelin-starred restaurants to luxury accommodations, these exclusives resorts are a playground to royals, aristocrats and celebrities.
A playground for the rich and famous, the ski resort in the French Alps, Courchevel, is part of Les Trois Vallees; the largest linked ski areas in the world. As busy as it may be, Courchevel 1850 (named for its altitude of 1850 meters), runs so efficiently, there are rarely queues for the lifts. Referred to as the “St. Tropez” of winter sports, the resort boast a whopping 11 five-star hotels. You’ll also find two out of the eight hotels with the prestigious six-star rating, dubbed “palaces” in Courchevel. The ski resort with the most Michelin starred restaurants just added Sakara to its already impressive list of no less than eight epicurean havens earning the prestigious ranking.
Après Ski: Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc
The only three Michelin starred restaurant in Courchevel, there’s a reason this gastronomical superstar is climbing the ranks. Chef Yannick Alleno French fare continues to make a name for itself throughout the world. You might want to make a reservation well in advance, Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc only takes 25 diners per evening.
Where to Stay: Cheval Blanc
Set in the heart of Jardin Alpin, the intimate, contemporary resort’s warm and inviting interiors mirrors that of a private chalet. With direct access to the slopes, Cheval Blanc’s attention to detail will impress even the most sophisticated traveler. Each day the attentive staff prepares your ski equipment and heats your boots while you are given tasty chef prepared delicacies and miniature hand heaters for the slopes.
Why does the Klosters continually attract royals (Prince Charles frequently visits Klosters) and other high-profile guests? For one, those wanting to fly under the radar can easily do so thanks to tight security sans paparazzi. Dubbed “Hollywood on the Rocks,” back in the fifties, the super posh resort was a haven for Gene Kelly, Greta Garbo and Paul Newman. Today it’s Johnny Deep and Leonardo DiCaprio, that join the likes of dignitaries flocking to the resort. Perhaps the most alluring draw of the Klosters, is its understated elegance, old warm charm, and wildly understated opulence. If you want Chanel, Louis Vuitton and five-star accommodations, stick with Courchevel. And, don’t expect five-star hotels, that would send off the wrong vibe. This is old money, and the ski resort nestled in the Prattigau (Graubunden), doesn’t need to prove itself.
Après Ski: Hotel Restaurant Walserhof
Swiss cuisine at its finest, the Michelin starred restaurant consistently receives accolades. Tailoring to each guest and their wishes, the chefs aim to please the palate.
Where to Stay: Walserhof Hotel
The cozy hotel is home to Prince Charles when he visits. Don’t miss the amazing views and quiet retreat.