Slopeside hotel Ultima Courchevel combines the privacy of a chalet with the extras of a luxury ski hotel, including butlers, private chefs and a Swiss Perfection spa. The cluster of four and five-bedroom chalets stands in Belvédère, a slopeside stretch of Courchevel between La Rosière Forest and the opulent enclave of 1850. In each one, the hallmarks of Alpine architecture – pitched roofs, timber walls and exposed beams – are combined with materials that wouldn’t be out of place on a yacht, including black marble, nubuck leather and Baccarat crystal. Along with your not-so-humble abode, you’ll also have a restaurant, world-class spa and two swimming pools at your disposal.
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€500 a week to spend on food, drinks or spa treatments at the hotel
1pm, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Double rooms from £4576.44 (€5,429), including tax at 20 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €3.30 per person per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast, butler and concierge service, and in-resort pick-ups and drop-offs. Private chefs, who can prepare all your meals, are available on request.
The hotel has its own group of expert ski instructors, who all speak at least two languages.
At the hotel
Direct access to the slopes, ski room, ski shop, gym, free WiFi throughout, laundry. In rooms: cinema room, fully-equipped kitchen, Nespresso coffee machine, tea and a kettle, free bottled water, Bulgari bath products.
Our favourite rooms
There are just two sizes of chalet, with four and five bedrooms respectively. They’re all designed and furnished to the same indulgent standards, featuring sporting Alpine – pitched roofs, exposed beams and timber panelling – along with marble bathrooms, nubuck leather upholstery and bronze-wrapped stoves. Every chalet has oversized windows, charming wooden balconies and sweeping views of the tree-clad valley and surrounding mountains. It's tough to call the best, but we think the views from Chalet 1 just about take the prize.
There are two. The heated outdoor pool commands serene valley views; the indoor pool, which is in the spa area, looks onto a pine-studded stretch of mountainside.
The Ultima Spa is a collaboration with cutting-edge skincare brand Swiss Perfection, recognised as the first cosmetic brand to apply vegetal cellular extraction technology to their products. Put simply, this means their products have powerful anti-aging and skin regenerative qualities. In other words, there isn’t really anything simple about it. Alongside facials and advanced skincare treatments, you book in for àpres-ski massages, body scrubs, pedicures and aromatherapy treatments. There’s even a programme for children. Beyond the treatment rooms, there’s a sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, fitness studio and a beauty salon. Personal trainers and yoga teachers are available on request.
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All of the common areas are wheelchair accessible and every chalet has a lift.
All ages are welcome. Every chalet has a cinema and indoor playroom, and children can borrow games and sledges. Your private chef can customise all meals to suit picky eaters. Babysitting is available from €100 an hour; two weeks notice is needed.
In the 2020-2021 season, the Japanese-Peruvian restaurant can only be booked for exclusive use. There won’t be a fixed menu; instead, the chef will create a one-of-a-kind meal based on your own preferences. Alternatively, have the restaurant come to you by pre-booking a private chef for your chalet.
The champagne style bar will be open for in-house guests only.
Breakfast is served in your chalet at a time of your choosing. For lunch or dinner in the restaurant, you can pick any time within reason.
Ultima Courchevel is in Belvédère, an exclusive area of the resort between Courchevel 1850 and La Rosière Forest.
The closest international airport is Lyon, a two-hour drive from the hotel. Round-trip transfers from Lyon, Geneva, Chambery and Annecy airports can be arranged.
The closest station is Moutiers, a half-hour drive away. It's served by SNCF services from Caen, Bayonne, Lille, Milan and more. Transfers to and from the station can be arranged.
Ultima’s drivers can take you anywhere in the resort, so you don't need a car of your own. If you do want to bring one, there’s free valet parking at the hotel for fully serviced guests, and self-parking for those staying self-catered.
For the quintessential Courchevel arrival, charter a helicopter to drop you at Courchevel Altiport, a 20-minute drive from the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
Like bring first in line for the ski lifts? Ultima understands the need for efficiency. Your ski pass, ski rental and ski instructor (if you want one) will all be arranged when you arrive at your chalet, leaving you free as a bird on your first morning. You’ll have plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast, spa session or dip in the pools without cutting into valuable slope time. On your return, book in for an après ski massage or a Swiss Perfection skin treatment, the ultimate antidote to mountain-stressed skin.
Beyond the hotel, the greatest attraction is of course Les 3 Vallees, the world’s largest ski area. A single pass gives you access to 600km of runs spread between seven ski resorts. If you don’t plan to stray far (or prefer to spend your afternoons on the terrace of an après bar), you’ll be pleased to hear that Ultima is on the side of the valley that's home to Courchevel’s sunniest slopes. For all activities beyond skiing, the concierge should be your first port of call. They’ll create a bespoke itinereary that can include hot-air-balloon flights, paragliding, husky sledding and wine tastings. They can even arrange for a helicopter to fly you to a Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy or Switzerland, returning home in time for sundowners.
Slopeside favourite Bagatelle brings the Cote d'Azur to the Alps, serving French Mediterranean cuisine against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. The dining room has panoramic views of the surrounding mountains, and the terrasse has a lively atmosphere on sunny days. Start with a sharing platter of king crab legs, follow with the sea urchin and truffle linguine or the Black Angus tenderloin. For àpres snacks or a casual dinner, try Bistro Le C in Moriond (Courchevel 1650). One of the more reasonably-priced spots in town (by Courchevel standards, anyway), this laid-back bistro turns out excellent meat dishes like stuffed hare with foie gras, red wine jus, sweet potato gnocchi and grated chestnuts. For show stopping fine-dining, you can do no better than Le 1947 at Cheval Blanc, Courchevel's only restaurant carrying three Michelin stars. The hotel looks fairly traditional from the outside, but the restaurant, named for the maison’s most famous vintage, is anything but. The dining room – a space-age vision of smooth curves and monochromatic furniture – wouldn't look out of place in a Stanley Kubrick film. It’s all intentional, of course, as this is dining at its theatrical best. Book well in advance.
Le 8611, the cocktail bar at Le K2 Palace, is a cosy den with mountain views, live music and a top-drawer mixologist at the helm. If you’re partial to a cigar, check out Le K2’s smoking lounge, which has a humidor filled with fine tobacco and an open cellar stocked with top-shelf whisky, cognac and rum.