Val Thorens, France
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 vacation in style.
At a Glance
Extreme Sports Concierge on hand to give advice on the top places to ski, book guides and listen to you wax lyrical about your day on the slopes
Located in the wonderful Trois Vallées offering extensive skiing opportunities
Ski in/ski out hotel
Included in the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List for 2012
Val Thorens' first five* hotel
Take a picture of yourself in the bar's inside bubble car and email it to your friends at work!Clare Leigh
Take a swim in the indoor - outdoor pool and collect a drink from the sun terrace as you watch the skiers go by!Clare Leigh
Book the Suite and spend your vacation thinking you're Austin Powers - the fur on the walls really will make you believe you're an 'International Man of Mystery'!Clare Leigh
Apple TV in every room with up to 60 movies to choose from during your stay.Kate Newman
Check out the different art work on each level of the hotel it will inspire the budding photographer in you.Kate Newman
Want to try something new in the Three Valleys? Why not fly through the valley instead of skiing! Europe's highest zip wire across the Orelles valley will inject a hit of adrenaline and give you something to brag about during après.Mike Harlow
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To start planning your vacation to Altapura
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 center of Val Thorens.
The hotel calls itself a "ski palace", and it certainly is glamorous and was included in the Condé Nast Traveler Hot List for 2012. Birch walls and furniture, brightly colored 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.
These cosy rooms have a queen size bed, spacious bathroom with a north facing view.
Slightly larger than the Classic Room these have a mountain view, comfortable bed and spacious bathroom.
The larger deluxe rooms offer more space and comfort and have a mountain view.
The large junior suites sleep up to five with twin beds, bunk beds in an alcove and a sofa bed and are ideal for families, all with a mountain view.
The Duplex suites are split over two levels. 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 roof and an open bathroom with a bath. These suites can sleep up to four people.
The spacious suites are split over two levels. On the first floor there's a living room, a bedroom cabin for two children with sofa beds and a bathroom with shower. 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.
Location & Directions
Val Thorens, France
Val Thorens is the highest of the Three Valley resorts and lies at an altitude of 2300m.
When to go
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.