Hotel Koh-I Nor
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 for 7 nights based on 2 adults sharing Duo Room on a half board basis including return airport transfers.
At a Glance
The highest luxury five* hotel in Europe
Ski in and ski out with direct access to the entire Trois Vallées
Beautiful Spa and two swimming pools
Very family friendly and ideal for all levels of skier
Panoramic sunny terrace - perfect for long lunches
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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 highest five* hotel in Europe, the luxury ski in / ski out Koh-I Nor has fabulous views of Val Thorens and the Alps. This striking hotel has brought a whole new level of luxury for both families and couples in the Trois Vallées.
Named after one of the largest diamonds ever found and meaning Mountain of Light in Persian, Koh-I Nor conjures up images of splendour and luxury. And with its spectacular location - at 2,364m - and striking architecture, this hotel is set to be a destination of choice when skiing the Trois Vallées. The design and furnishings are luxurious, and the mountain light streams in through enormous windows, giving a real sense of being on top of the world.
All the rooms and suites have balconies with fabulous views across the valleys and peaks and range from cosy rooms perfect for couples, to spacious family suites. Luxuriously decorated and furnished, the offer the ultimate comfort after a day on the slopes.
Every thought has been given to relaxing and enjoying good food at the hotel. A south west facing panoramic terrace is the perfect place for lunch and afternoon. There are three restaurants at the Koh-I Nor - an international restaurant serving a gourmet five course dinner, a brasserie with more simple options including a delicious range of à la carte dishes and an impressive wine cellar plus La Cave which serves a range of local specialities. And the lounge bar with its cosy fireplace is a relaxing place to unwind after a day on the slopes.
An enormous Spa and two swimming pools offer guests the ultimate in après ski relaxation. With a fitness room, sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, salt wall, ice fountain and solarium, guests will feel well and truly pampered. Guests can take advantage of the well-equipped ski shop, and the hotel offers a shuttle service within the resort.
The Koh-I Nor has 63 luxurious rooms and suites, all with their own private balconies, bathroom with separate WC. Each room features a flat screen TV, mini-bar, free wifi and private safe.
The Duo Room is around 26 sqm, with north-west or south-east facing balcony.
These rooms are around 29 sqm and can accommodate up to three people. These rooms benefit from either north-west or south-east facing balconies.
The Superior Rooms offer spacious bedrooms, they are around 34 sqm and can accommodate up to three people. Superior rooms benefit from south-east facing balconies.
The Luxury Rooms are spacious (36 sqm) and contemporary style, they can accommodate up to three people. Bathroom with bath and shower. Luxury rooms benefit from either south or south-east facing balconies.
Located on the sixth floor with fantastic north-west or south-east views, the Junior Suites can accommodate up to four people and have a separate lounge area and alcove room. These suites are either 43sqm or 48sqm and can accommodate up to four guests, combining comfort with the quality of the Koh-I Nor Hotel.
|Junior Suite Mezzanine||
Located on the sixth floor with fantastic south-east views, these suites can accommodate up to three people, they have a separate lounge area and have the main bedroom on the mezzanine. These suites are 41sqm and can accommodate up to three guests, combining comfort with the quality of the Koh-I Nor Hotel.
These large 60 sqm suites can accommodate up to four people, and are located on the seventh floor, with wonderful Val Thorens views. They have a separate lounge area with atmospheric mood lighting system which transforms the suite.
|Prestige Family Room||
Accommodating up to six people, these are perfect for large families, offering two communicating bedrooms (privilege and luxe) and bathrooms (68sqm). The prestige family rooms also benefit from south facing balconies.
Accommodating up to six people, these are perfect for large families, offering two communicating bedrooms (duo and privilege) and bathrooms (55sqm). The family rooms also benefit from south-east facing balconies.
The Koh-I Nor caters generously for children of all ages. Parents with small babies will find cots, baby sleeping bags, bath thermometers and bottle warmers. The restaurants have children's menus and the bar even has a special drinks menu. Babysitting can also be arranged on request.
The Koh-I Nor has all the features necessary for a pampered and luxury ski holiday. There are three restaurants with Head Chef Eric Samson at the helm; L’atelier d’Eric is the main half board restaurant, although guests who take half board are able to dine at the other two restaurants in the hotel with a credit towards their bill. The large and very sunny terrace is perfect for long lunches, and the impressive wellness facilities include a very large Spa with two swimming pools, fitness room, sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, salt wall, ice fountain and solarium.
L'Atelier d'Eric, is the main half board restaurant at the hotel and serves a 5 course international menu each night
|Le Diamant Noir||
The bistro 'Le Diamant Noir' serves lighter gourmet fare such as truffles and fois gras
Renowned for its local Savoyard specialities, 'La Cave' serves a wonderful selection of well know dishes, such as fondue, raclette, coupled with a hugely varied choice of regional wines and grand crus. Open every evening from 7.00pm (except Saturdays).
Bronwen May (Staff)
Koh I Nor is the highest hotel in Val Thorens, which makes it the perfect location when wanting to make the most of early and late season skiing. Not only does it have a great ski in ski out location, but it is perfect for all the family to enjoy. It has a beautiful spa with two swimming pools, and a stunning terrace with panoramic views over Val Thorens - is perfect for sunny days! There are lots of little details that make this hotel special from the homemade tiny sweets we were served with coffee to the quirky art pieces. It is also very family friendly, little people are well catered for here where guests or nannies can use their snow buggies and request a 'baby pack' complete with sleepbag, children also have their own menus - there's even a kids cocktail menu.
Val Thorens, is Anti-Bling Luxury or so the tourist board says; they have a point.
Even though the newest hotel on the block is named after a 105.6 carat diamond,
the feeling is still of do what you like, as you like, when you like. Pretension dissipates and that in itself is a promising start to your stay.
The Koh I Nor in historical terms was once the largest most spectacular diamond
in the world. It is currently set in the Queen of Englands crown. In Persian the name translates into mountain of light summing up its architecture perfectly. It majestically stands on the Plein Sud ski slope. Built from wood with swathes of glass facades, its design floods light through every pore, illuminating and glistening every facet just like its namesake.
The entrance is even more impressive. A glass dome is lit up in purple hues by large bauble like chandeliers. Steel handrails wind around the dome leading the way to the main reception area. A lift is also available for those who find their legs a little shaky after skiing or climbing the hill from the village; so is a minivan - if the walk from the village is too daunting, just call reception.
The reception is two floors from the ground level, there are stunning panoramic
views over the village and the mountains. A south facing open air terrace is spectacular for watching the sunsets in the highest hotel in Europe.
Built in wood with unusual stone cladding and rich dark colours flowing throughout, opulence is obvious without losing the comfort and cosiness craved by the skiing fraternity. The diamond logo is imprinted on various surfaces, including your bed, just to remind you, lest you forget, that this is the jewel in the Val Tho crown.
The ski room and shop are filled with the latest technologies to make your experience a little easier even if your pocket ends up a little lighter. There are heated boot dryers and secure lockers in the ski room. You can ski straight onto the piste from the hotel; imagine a slip road onto the motorway. Joining the crowd hurtling down hill needs to be timed to perfection. One second either way and you could find yourself at the bottom of the slope quicker than anticipated and in rather a lot of pain.
Each of the 63 rooms has a balcony, ideal for filling the lungs with fresh morning
mountain air or star gazing wrapped in a fur lined rug in the evening. The rustic theme runs throughout. Wooden panels frame the bed, minimalist white and steel furniture creates a modern feel, and your feet sink into the thick carpet pile like marshmallows melting into hot chocolate. Fur throws and cushions adorn the bed; if you feel like relaxing in your room, movies and wifi are available.
Snow gastronomy is the new buzz word and at the Koh I Nor this is offered by
Yoann Conte, a two star Michelin chef in his restaurant in Annecy. He has taken
over the reins of the hotel restaurant and brasserie. It is never easy to follow in the footsteps of another two star Michelin chef Jean Sulpice; harder still is cooking
at altitude, defying the laws of physics. An egg boils at 92 degrees 2,300 metres
up taking two minutes longer and breads and cheese dry out three times faster than normal. Even contending with this, he delivers exceptional food in exceptional
surroundings, staying true to his aim of showcasing local produce.
Cosy fireplaces and sumptuous large chaise longs and armchairs feature in
the bar area, perfect for that digestif hot toddy after dinner.
The Prestige Spa offers Valmont treatments and there are two swimming pools, a hammam, a sauna and a solarium just in case the hotel doesnt offer enough luxury. Speaking of luxury, champagne bubbles are smaller due to the lower atmospheric pressure up here, why not come toast what is arguably one of Europes most beautiful sunsets in one of Europes most beautiful hotels. To quote
the overtly bling, Rhianna it shines bright like a diamond.
Mike Harlow (Staff)
The Koh-I Nor is Europe's highest hotel and sits beautifully overlooking Val Thorens and the peaks of the Rhone Alps. This hotel is chic and glamorous and would even give some of the 5* hotels in Courchevel 1850 a run for their money - it's certainly better value. As a resort, Val Thorens is evolving its own new style of cool, gastronomy and luxury alpine properties and the Koh-Nor adds a luxurious, indulgent and unique experience in Europe's highest ski resort.
Anna Crowther (Staff)
The highest hotel in Val Thorens with the most picturesque views. Your skis wait for you on the snow in the morning and skiing in is easy on a blue run (the Folie Douce is just situated above the property - very handy!).
Lunch on the terrace overlooking the town and surrounding mountains doesnt get much better try their home made burgers with very chunky potato chips, delicious!
Any room you stay in will have a fabulous view, whether it is of the pistes or resort and valley, both give sights of the spectacular alps.
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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