Val Thorens, France
based on 7 nights inc. flights
* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
per person based on 2 people for 7 nights sharing a Classic Room on a half board basis and including return private transfers.
At a Glance
Maximise your time and enjoyment…slap bang in the heart of Europe's highest Alpine resort and located at the base of the slopes, guests will benefit from fantastic ski-in and ski-out access
As soon as you step inside from the cold you’ll be delighted by the hotel’s playful and stylish take on modern luxury…blending urban chic with splashes of vibrant colour and Scandi minimalism with soft furnishings
The uber cool décor continues throughout the spacious rooms, with plenty of storage space for all your gear whilst the duplex suites are ideal for families…and throw open your curtains to reveal stunning mountain views!
Seek refuge with a hot chocolate beside the roaring fire in the lounge or enjoy a steaming mulled wine out on the sunny south-facing terrace, before deciding whether it’s a gloriously cheesy fondue, spicy sushi rolls or gourmet French cuisine for dinner
Echoing the cool colours of the alpine slopes, you can relieve achy joints with a treatment at the spa, or brave the crisp cold air once more before diving into the heated outdoor pool or whirlpool jacuzzi
There’s an exclusive ski concierge service on hand to give advice on the best routes and runs, help book instructors and of course listen to you waxing lyrical about your day on the slopes
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Val Thorens offers great skiing throughout the winter. The Trois Vallées has both sunny south facing slopes, which are ideal on colder days, and higher more shaded skiing with snow-sure slopes. On one side, the North-facing slopes of Courchevel offer further great skiing and on the other, the Val Thorens valley has some of Europe's highest altitude skiing. Easy access to the entire Three Valleys makes it hard to beat from December through to late April.
The magnificent Altapura is Val Thorens' first five* luxury hotel. Its cool architecture, ski in/ski out setting in the heart of Europe's highest ski resort, access to the entire Trois Vallées, make it an ideal place for a family ski holiday in style.
The Altapura stands out in the Val Thorens landscape with its strikingly bold and Nordic architecture. Built and run by the Sibuet family, who have much experience in running ski hotels in the Alps, the Altapura offers modern five star luxury and efficient, personal service, at the top of the world's largest ski area. Based at the foot of the slopes, it has a perfect ski in/ski out location, and is only 400m away from the centre of Val Thorens.
The hotel calls itself a "ski palace", and it certainly is glamorous. Birch walls and furniture, brightly coloured fabrics, stone bathrooms and a Mac Mini in every room, every tiny detail is stylish. The choice of rooms range from a cosy double to a family suite, all with views of the mountains, out of oversized windows.
Guests have a good restaurant choice. From the 2.Mille.3 terrace and its extensive lunch menu, or international cuisine in the evening, or from brasserie dining at Les Enfants Terribles serving classic dishes with a twist, to traditional and more unusual fondues at La Laiterie, there's every reason to stay here.
The hotel has its own ski shop, with access via the boot room to the slopes. You can pre-book your skis when you book your room, and take advantage of the made to measure service when you arrive. The boutique here has a very good range of all major brands, should you decide you need a totally new outfit whilst you're there. The Altapura's Spa and wellness facilities are extensive, with an indoor and outdoor pool, steam room,sauna, ice chamber and a good range of treatments.
The 72 rooms and 16 suites at the Altapura are all spacious and contemporary in design, with fabulous views of the surrounding mountains through their large windows, comfortable beds and stylish bathrooms equipped with a shower and bathtub. Rooms are provided with an Ipod docking station, Mac Mini TV HD screen, video on demand, wifi, safe, mini-bar, Nespresso coffee machine, kettle and Pure Altitude welcome amenties.
The cosy classic rooms offer 28sqm of accommodation with a double bed and a sofa bed which is perfect for a child. These rooms have a north facing view and bathrooms with dual sinks and shower as well as bath.
The club rooms offer 28sqm of bright and airy accommodation with a double bed and a sofa bed which is perfect for a child. These rooms have bathrooms with dual sinks and shower as well as bath.
The deluxe rooms offer 32sqm of comfortable and modern accommodation with a double bed and a sofa bed which can accommodate two children. These rooms have bathrooms with dual sinks and shower as well as bath.
The junior suites measure 32-40sqm and offer spacious accommodation for two adults and two children with beautiful slopeside views. The junior suites have separate living area with sofa bed suitable for two children and bathrooms with dual sinks and bath as well as shower.
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The junior family suites measure 40sqm and offer spacious accommodation for two adults and three children with beautiful slopeside views. The junior suites have separate living area with sofa bed suitable for one child, adjoining rooms for another two children and bathrooms with dual sinks and bath as well as shower.
Fluffy, tactile fabrics adorning the walls and beds, this suite is named the Cocooning Suite for a reason. Measuring 50sqm, the cocooning suite can accommodate two adults and two children but is ideally suited for a romantic hideaway for two, it also has a private balcony and gorgeous views of the mountains.
The Duplex suites are split over two levels and measure 41sqm to accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. On the first floor and there's a spacious living room with sofa bed and a bathroom with shower. On the mezzanine there's a bedroom under the eaves and an open bathroom with a bath.
The family duplex suites are split over two levels, measure 50sqm and offer accommodation for two adults and four children. On the first floor there's a living room, an en-suite double bedroom and a living area with a sofa bed for up to two children. On the Mezzanine, a bedroom under the roof and an open bathroom with bath.
The Altapura is a very family friendly hotel, and has its own Kid's Concierge. There's a complimentary Children's Area for children aged from three to 12, every day from 12.30 pm to 8.30 pm which includes a supervisor for the younger ones.
The Altapura is Val Thorens' first five* hotel and its facilities are exceptional. Modern technology is in evidence everywhere with interactive touch screens, Iphone/Ipod docks plus Mac Minis in the guest rooms. Three restaurants serve high quality French and international cuisine, and the Spa facilities are wonderful. The outdoor pool is particularly fun when it's snowing. The hotel has its own ski rental shop and boutique with direct access onto the slopes.
Bronwen May (Staff)
This hotel has a funky vibe with lots of modern technology, cow prints in the bathrooms and skis adorning the walls. Its 3 restaurants give real variety whether you fancy fine dining, cheese fondues or traditional fare. The spa also features a fabulous indoor and outdoor pool with the ability to close off the outdoor one when the weather closes in.
Lockington Party - April 2016 (Guest)
Spa was fantastic, pricey but very good. Only one massage but was excellent. Ski hire seemed expensive, however, the ski people and service, etc. was beyond excellent so I guess you do get what you pay for!! Overall a great hotel.
Youve heard of a ski palace, right? Me neither. Not until I ascended into the clouds surrounding Val Thorens and was greeted by the five star Altapura hotel. At a heady altitude of 2300m, it could have been the lack of oxygen, or the sheer
elegance of the hotel, hard to say - but I was dizzy.
After settling my senses and acclimatising to the excellence of Europes highest
ski resort, I inhaled some crisp Alpine air before the hotel and enjoyed the prominence of Altapura nestled in the Alps.
Wood is a primary feature of Altapuras warm appeal, as is fur, and the occasionally random ski for decoration. A reclaimed ski lift also has pride of place.
You can get photos taken inside the lift to convince your social media sphere
that you actually made it up a mountain this is selfie heaven.
From the terrace you can hear the swish of powder as enthusiastic skiers whizz
past. Apparently, it is possible to tell the nationality of each skier just from the
ski suits that they wear; so my ski guide told. Professional skier, Chemy Alcott,
proffers a zen-like to the icy alchemy, she says that each of us has a ski personality. This may be closer to the mark than the ski-suit geography.
Everything you need is on your doorstep. The ski shop by Goitschel in the basement has all of the latest equipment, including safety gear; the lift pass can be
organised at reception, as can ski professionals.
Altapuras rooms are spacious and bright, decked in wood, with vast French
windows opening to reveal an incredible view of the Alps. Warm fabrics and a
free standing bath tub add to the opulence; these are rooms to sooth your aching
limbs. Each room has an iPod dock plus a MAC mini with HD screen. The mini MAC allows you to watch the latest films free of charge, surf the web and salivate over the menus in the hotel.
Les Enfants Terribles restaurant is synonymous with the Sibuet name; the owners of the hotel. It offers sophistication and glamour. Though for something extra
special, try La Laiterie. Cows enigmatically watch from the walls, and milk churns rest on ledges; fondue is the order of the day, or night, depending on when you drag yourself off the slopes. There are four exclusive recipes to choose from, each paying homage to a particular region.
Try the Beaufort Fondue, from the rare mountain pasture of Beaufort. Two cheeses
are selected and mixed by the special cheese maker; Frederic Royer. This is a unique concept in itself; to be able to taste the ingredients before they are cooked. Of course a third ingredient should never be overlooked the wine, again from the same region. Franck Bernet the sommelier makes sure that your taste buds continue to dance long after feasting on the cheese delight.
To work off the extravagance of the feast the night before, the extreme sports concierge will tailor a programme to make your legs tremble and pulse soar;
its not for the faint hearted. If you prefer to relax, chill in the igloo
area; youll feel exhilaration of a different kind as you move from warm to cold
through the indoor/outdoor pool with cascading showers. To finish there is a
crushed ice fountain to douse yourself in. If every muscle continues to ache, even
after ice therapy, then enjoy the desserts from La Laiterie snuggling in your room
- the Mont Blanc cake and fromage blanc with blueberries are an alpine treat for
satisfied skiers.This ski palace will leave you feeling like royalty.
Mike Harlow (Staff)
The Altapura offers a different and refreshing kind of luxury. Its the little details that you notice, from the large mugs of tea or coffee served with breakfast, the fur rugs on the terrace, the beautiful black and white photography in the corridors to what has to be the largest interactive tablet in the alps, maybe even the world.
This place is hard to beat if you want to ski hard during the day, party in some great aprs spots in the afternoon, have a quick massage then indulge your taste sensations with a truffle or champagne fondue. Then finally, sink into your comfy bed for a deep sleep and prepare to do it all again the next day. The Altapura and Val Thorens will offer a refreshing change to the traditional Savoyard alpine ski holiday.
Anna Crowther (Staff)
This hotel has so many unique and has some truly wonderful features. From the outside bar which is made out of old ski boots, the old-school skis decorating the walls in the communal seating area, the old ski 'bubble' that you can take a photo in to the gigantic ipad this hotel is really special.
After a long day's skiing, you can ski right up to the door where you will be greeted with a hot chocolate and a cheeky shot, then take a seat on the terrace and listen to some live music the perfect aprs! If you want to go straight for a swim you can still listen to the music in the outdoor pool.
The rooms are all good sizes with a contemporary feel and each with its own Apple Mac.
Funky, cool and different somewhere not to be missed!
Chalet de la Marine, Val Thorens
Have a dinner party with a difference! Dine at 2,500m altitude with Val Thorens' highest restaurant Chalet de la Marine with your friends or family.
Driving on ice
A great thrill for adrenaline junkies and the chance to drive in conditions you won't normally get back home.
Mountain biking on the snow - Scott Dunn Suggests
Experience a new way of getting down the slopes - on a mountain bike!
Ski touring in Val Thorens
Enjoy an unforgettable mountain experience with professional guides after everyone else has left the slopes.
Toboggan down France's longest run - Scott Dunn Suggests
For a change from skiing, try tobogganing down the longest run in France. At 6km, it's a proper track with banked turns and different gradients. If you go down at night, you get a glass of mulled wine at the bottom!
Zip wire - Scott Dunn Suggests
The ultimate adrenaline rush can now be found at Val Thorens. Europe's highest zip wire promises to be one of the most exhilarating thrill seeking adventures in the Alps.
Location & directions
Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens is the highest of the Three Valley resorts and lies at an altitude of 2300m.
How to get there
British Airways and easyJet fly to Geneva airport and Val Thorens is a 3-hour drive from here. The closest airport is Chambery served by British Airways from London City with many other carriers operating to Chambery from a variety of UK regional airports.
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