Bringing a little Asian hospitality to the slopes of the French Alps, Six Senses Residences Courchevel is a series of ski-ready apartments in the 1850 village. Perfectly placed for both ski and après-ski, the suites are close to the village, with a lift-side lodge at the Croisette to avoid lurching about in ski boots and lugging lengthy skis. The brand’s famous spa offering is present and correct, with an outdoor hot tub for more mountain marvelling. There’s also an outpost of vaunted Sumosan restaurant for creative sushi and classic cocktails, all with yet more snowy-slope views.
10am. Earliest check-in, 4pm. Both are flexible, subject to availability.
Double rooms from £1096.23 (€1,233), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.53 per person per night on check-out.
Rates usually include breakfast, transfers to and from the altiport, and a shuttle service to the slopes.
The hotel closes in the middle of April and reopens in early December every year.
At the hotel
Spa, gym, concierge, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, iPad, minibar, free bottled water, the Organic Pharmacy bath products and a kitchen (with an oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine, sink and tea and coffee kit).
Our favourite rooms
Each apartment has its advantages, but if you’ve come for the mountains, avoid the courtyard-facing rooms and opt for an Alp-edge one for the views instead. Bigger groups should stake out one of the four-bedroom residences, most of which have terraces with hanging-pod chairs and snowy surrounds.
There’s a heated family-friendly indoor pool at the spa with added outdoor Jacuzzi.
The Six Senses spa has five treatment rooms, a sauna, steam room, relaxation area and juice bar, as well as a studio for gym classes. The Organic Pharmacy products are used in rituals like holistic massage, gene-therapy facials and muscle detoxifying wraps. Treatments can be taken in your apartment on request.
The Savoie slopes are right outside – you’ll need your salopettes, ski jackets (bonus points for Moncler), goggles and thermals.
Most of the communal areas are accessible by lift, and there are some apartments that are suitable for wheelchair users.
All ages are welcome. Extra beds and baby cots can be added to suites, and there are multi-room apartments available. Babysitting can be arranged with a day’s notice; the concierge will confirm the price when you book.
The hotel recycles what it can and uses planet-friendly cleaning products and light bulbs.
Opt for a table near the windows and the mountains outside may as well be Mount Fuji.
Ditch the salopettes and slip into something less cumbersome.
Favoured by billionaires from Moscow to Montenegro, sushi joint Sumosan now has a snow-side setting on the slopes of Courchevel. The Japanese menu includes signature sushi and sashimi favourites, with a few curveballs: black-caviar-rice pizza, furikake-crusted lamb and maki rolls (squid with ink powder; unagi with candyfloss sauce) set alight table-side.
Sumosan has a bar for après-ski apéritifs, where you can soak up the cocktails with some superb sushi.
Breakfast hours are 7am to 10am; dinner service is between 6pm and midnight. The bar keeps the same hours.
Six Senses Residences Courchevel is next to the 1850 ski station in the Trois Vallées resort.
Courchevel has its own altiport, five kilometres away from the hotel. Transfers to and from this hub are free. The nearest airport is Geneva, a two-hour drive away. Hotel transfers are €640 each way.
The closest rail station is Moutiers, around a 40-minute drive from the lodge. SNCF services call in here from other parts of France, including Paris, Lyon and Grenoble. Hotel transfers cost €120 for each leg.
Chances are you’re going to be on two skis rather than four wheels, but if you do drive, there’s free valet parking when you arrive.
The hotel can arrange private helicopter transfers on request.
Worth getting out of bed for
Soothe ski-boot-bashed legs with a massage at the spa, join one of the yoga classes or just enjoy the Alpine views from your terrace. The many runs of Les Trois Vallées are yours to throw yourself down – the combined piste area (all 600 kilometres of it), which links Courchevel, Méribel and Val Thorens, is the biggest in the world. If you don’t fancy skiing, the concierge can arrange lots of other activities, including wine tasting, hiking, tobogganing, hot-air-balloon flights, sky diving and husky sledding. Strap on some snowshoes and set off for Lac de la Rosière, possibly one of the most picturesque spots in all of the French Alps.
Cheese fans should head to Le Coin Savoyard at Palace Les Airelles for classic Savoie fare: fondue, raclette and soufflé, and various other curd-based delights. For truffle pizza and house-made foie gras, head to Bagatelle, which has some handy sunloungers on the terrace for post-lunch snoozes if necessary. And if only fine-dining will do, book in at Le 1947 at the Cheval Blanc outpost, where edible art forms await.
Try Le K2 Palace’s Le 8611 for apéritifs with some snowy Alpine views; there’s a fireplace to warm you up, and regular live music.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this apartment-style hotel in France and unpacked their sunglasses and salopettes, a full account of their ski break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Six Senses Residences Courchevel…
Courchevel 1850 is one of the French Alps’ most fabulous resorts (thank you, Russian oligarchs) and, with the arrival of Thai hotel group Six Senses, it just got flashier. The chalet has a series of apartments, some of which have four bedrooms and several slope-facing terraces, and 10 of which are split-level penthouses. Post-piste limbs will be pleased to see a Six Senses Spa has come along for the ride – this one has an outdoor hot tub, two saunas and a hefty treatment list for soothing sore muscles. This outpost of the Sumosan restaurant (beloved by billionaires the world over, from Berlin to London, Moscow and Montenegro) makes the Alps seem more like Mount Fuji, with kimono-covered cushions, an origami chandelier and sculptures of the Sumosan Sumo mascot appearing throughout the restaurant in ski gear. The four connected buildings aren’t quite ski-in, ski-out, but since when was that a problem when there’s a concierge crack team to hand? The lodge by the lifts is where all your equipment is kept, with staff ready to snap you out of your ski boots if bending down is suddenly too difficult. The concierge can even stock your fridge for you before you arrive, and warm your boots up before you put them on. You’re in the Savoie Alps but, with hospitality and service like this, it may as well be Asia.
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