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Escape to the Château

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Less than an hour from Paris, Versailles is a prime destination for both long-time and visiting Parisians.

Located at the heart of the Palace estate, Le Grand Contrôle provides unparalleled access to its many treasures and is the perfect starting point for exploring the region. Complement your visits with walks in the park, on foot, horseback, or bike. Ask our concierge for their city recommendations, from the Marché square to the Carré des Antiquaires, and the Osmothèque, the world’s first perfume conservatory. Finally, enjoy delicious gourmet moments throughout the day, created by chef Alain Ducasse, culminating with the Royal Feast, an immersive dinner not to be missed.

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Cedric Grolet at Château de La Messardière

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After a spectacular season at Les Airelles Courchevel, Pastry Chef Cedric Grolet brings his inimitable style to Château de La Messardière for our sweetest summer yet.

Pastry Chef Cedric Grolet – and his delicious creations – need little introduction. Recognised as one of the world’s finest patîssiers, his sculpted fruits, flower tarts, giant cookies, and decadent viennoiseries have made waves around the world. For the summer season, Airelles is thrilled to welcome Cedric to sunny Saint-Tropez for a season of sweet treats, from the Chef’s signature creations to new and exclusive confections.

Cedric Grolet at La Table de La Messardière

Experience a taste of the extraordinary at La Table de La Messardière. At breakfast, our famously generous buffet is served with sweeping views of Pampelonne Bay, the ideal backdrop for hot coffee and fresh pastries by Cedric Grolet. The restaurant’s dessert buffet is a showcase of tempting treats, including Cedric’s own signature creations.

Cedric Grolet at Palladio

After a Mediterranean feast on the leafy terrace of Palladio, a Cedric Grolet dessert adds the perfect finishing touch.

Afternoon Tea at Palladio

For the ultimate Cedric Grolet experience, an Afternoon Tea at Palladio invites you to give in to every temptation. Be among the first to sample Cedric’s newest inventions, created exclusively for Château de La Messardière.

The Cedric Grolet Boutique

Step into the world of Cedric Grolet at the Chef’s brand new and irresistible boutique, where pastries, frozen creations, breads and brioches await your avid attention. Open seven days a week, it’s always time for a treat – and with Click & Collect service, indulgence is made deliciously easy.

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A Royal Agenda

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This winter, discover the activities and experiences our teams have designed to make your stay at Le Grand Contrôle truly unforgettable.

Exceptional treatments at the Valmont Spa.

Treat yourself to a royal cocooning session in our Spa, privatized for the duration of your visit. After a few lengths in our 15-metre pool, relax with our signature treatments: the “Sun King” massage and the rejuvenating “Majestic Mirror” facial.

Costumed animations from bygone eras.

During your visit to Le Grand Contrôle, travel back a few hours to the court of the King and Queen. Our teams will help you don your finest attire from our collection of period costumes used in the TV series “Versailles”. Continue the experience with a memorable photo session, followed by a “Marie-Antoinette” tea in our lounges.

Tour of the Central Library.

Formerly a building dedicated to Foreign Affairs, the Central Library of Versailles has witnessed significant moments in French and world history. Today, it holds thousands of rare manuscripts, which you can consult with the help of a passionate guide. Who knows, you may even discover Marie-Antoinette’s secret correspondence…

Vintage car getaway.

In summer and winter alike, discover the most beautiful landscapes of Versailles and its region aboard one of our vintage cars. Let our driver guide you, or take the wheel and enjoy the unique pleasure of driving, from the outskirts of the Palace to the picturesque villages of the Chevreuse Valley.

Horseback ride.

Experience the beauty of the Palace of Versailles park as its first occupants did. Whether you’re a novice or accomplished rider, our stableman will find the perfect mount for you and accompany you throughout the ride, sharing their encyclopedic knowledge of the Palace and its history.

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Hot Spots

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Discover the best of Courchevel, from its natural wonders to its leading cultural and sporting events.

Shopping in Courchevel

A skier’s paradise, Courchevel is also a haven for shopping aficionados. The finest fashion labels rub shoulders with art galleries, gourmet food shops, and top-tier sports equipment suppliers, all set in an enchanting environment.

We love: the opening of new Jacquemus and Saint-Laurent boutiques, and the reopening of the Chanel store.

Quite simply, the world’s largest ski area. The 600 kilometres of slopes cater to all levels, ensuring our guests have access to snow throughout the season, with extraordinary off-piste opportunities for the more experienced.

We love: the Jardin Alpin slope that runs past Les Airelles Courchevel.

This turquoise gem is one of the station’s most beloved spots. Starting from Courchevel Morlond, several hiking or snowshoe trails lead to this little slice of heaven, making it an accessible outing for all.

We love: walking along the wild river, surrounded by nature.

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Established in 2003, this festival showcases the world’s best fireworks experts. Each week during February, a different display lights up the resort’s peaks, much to the delight of spectators of all ages.

We love: the innovations that make the shows more spectacular year after year.

This year, Courchevel hosts an exceptional event on the Alpine ski world cup circuit. December 21 will see the hosting of a night slalom on the legendary Emile-Allais slope, a first for the resort.

We love: gathering in the stands to cheer on our favourite skier.

The end of the winter season coincides with this musical and family-friendly festival. At the foot of the slopes, the whole resort comes together for this grand celebration. Entertainment, delicacies, and of course, concerts succeed one another throughout the day and late into the night, to the sound of internationally renowned artists and DJs.

We love: the private party organised at Les Airelles… hush!

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Hot Spots

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Val d’Isère offers so much more than great slopes. Here is a roundup of the must-sees and dos this season.

First Snow Critérium

This world-famous alpine skiing competition takes place annually at Val d’Isère. This event traditionally marks the beginning of the alpine skiing season in Europe, attracting the world’s top skiers.

We love: gathering from 9 to 17 December to watch the competition and celebrating the medals on the terrace at Loulou.

Pisaillas Glacier

At an altitude of 3140 metres, on the edge of the Vanoise National Park and near Italy’s Grand Paradiso Park, the Pisaillas Glacier is the highest point of Val d’Isère’s ski area. Here, one can even ski in summer, but it’s in winter that you can enjoy the best views of this snowy realm.

We love: the feeling of skiing on top of the world.

A walker’s and cross-country skier’s paradise, the valley unfolds in a splendid natural setting. The cross-country ski trails stretch to the gates of the Vanoise National Park. The 1.5km pedestrian loop starts from the heart of the village of Joseray and leads into the valley, perfect for a serene family stroll.

We love: indulging in a gourmet break at the restaurant Au bout du monde.

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Ice Diving in Lake Tignes

This high-altitude lake becomes a vast frozen expanse in the heart of winter. One to two metres thick, the ice constantly forms and deforms, creating a magnificent natural spectacle. Diving under the ice with an experienced instructor is a surreal experience, open to all.

We love: the night dive, a unique and dreamlike experience.

Mountain Shaker in Tignes

A major sporting event of the season, the Mountain Shaker will take place from 9th to 16th March 2024. All snow sports will be represented, from skateboarding to skiing, with professional competitions like the Slopestyle Ski World Cup, and fun challenges open to all.

We love: the electric atmosphere that fills the partner villages.

This isn’t a ghost town but rather a play and relaxation area in the larch forest of Étroits. Accessed on skis, you then walk along suspended walkways in the trees. It’s a fun way to explore this pristine natural environment.

We love: taking a break in one of the treehouses hidden amongst the branches.

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A breath of fresh air!

Destinations

Bringing the perfect blend of winter sports, luxurious pampering and fun festivity, winter began with a bang at Airelles Val d’Isère and hasn’t slowed down since.

The season kicked off with the opening of Chalet Schuss, our new private residence just metres from the hotel. A true alpine gem, the chalet features 4 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, dedicated staff, and stunning views of the mountains, best enjoyed from the Nordic bath on the terrace. Walls adorned with tartan, thick Irish-wool carpets, and carefully curated furniture create the ultimate in cosy mountain living.

A stone’s throw from the Chalet, our ice rink boasts a prime location opposite the Loulou terrace. Spanning over 20 metres in length, it continues to welcome ice skaters of all ages throughout the winter, with plenty of entertainment on offer.

The winter snow also brought a new menu to Le Relais, our restaurant nestled between the Solaise and Bellevarde slopes. An expanded culinary selection blends Savoyard and French classics with prime cuts of meat, freshly seared on the grill. But it’s not only the menu that has been brilliantly reimagined – newly sumptuous interiors were prepared to host the already cult evenings at Le Piaf.

Decked out with its new decor and sound system, but with the same chic, theatrical vibe that has made Le Piaf a Paris icon, this new star in Val d’Isère’s crown is now the best party spot in the station.

In short, all the right ingredients for another legendary season at Airelles Val d’Isère.

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5 reasons to stay at Airelles Val d'Isère

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Immerse yourself in the magic of winter with Airelles, and the infinite charm of the French Alps.

A unique family home

At the edge of the National Park of La Vanoise, Airelles Val d’Isère melts into the scenery thanks to its typical Savoyard architecture. At an altitude of 1 800m, this majestic chalet offers 41 refined Rooms and Suites alongside five meticulously decorated apartments. Ideally located on the snowfront, Airelles Val d’Isère offers a séjour with a thousand possibilities.

A world class dining experience

Airelles Val d’Isère also boasts the best culinary dining experiences in the Alps: choose from Japanese cuisine at Matsuhisa with the celebrated Chef Nobu, Italian gastronomy at Loulou restaurant, and Savoyard specialities retweaked at La Grande Ourse. On the slopes, skiers can enjoy classic French fare at Le Relais Val d’Isère while night owls can dance the night away at Le Piaf or opt for a signature cocktail and jazz at the Bar Rouge.

A relaxing Guerlain Spa

In this sumptuous haven in the heart of the hotel, everything focuses on well-being: an indoor pool, jacuzzi, hammam, sauna, sensory shower are all yours to enjoy. Treatments for face and body have been developed with the exclusive French brand Guerlain, and you can also benefit from osteopathy sessions, a gym, or even a new look at the Christophe-Nicolas Biot Hair Salon.

A wonderland just for kids

Our youngest guests will be entertained from morning to night through all the activities created especially for them at the Airelles Winter Camp. These include a private cinema, a dedicated area in the Spa Guerlain and ski lessons with the ESF at the Ski Club Airelles Val d’Isère. There’s even a Teenage Room filled with a billiard table, pinball machine, amusement arcade games, table football, and darts.

An active ski resort

On one of the loveliest ski domains in the French Alps, Val d’Isère is both a typical Savoyard village with an 11th-C. church and a world-famous ski resort. Strolling along its central alley lined with boutiques and restaurants at dusk while admiring the Bellevarde ski run, all lit up, is simply magical.

Snowmobiles, paragliding, diving under the ice, snowshoes… Airelles Val d’Isère offers you an unforgettable sporting stay!

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48 hours at Les Airelles, Courchevel

Destinations

Immerse yourself in the magic of winter at Les Airelles. Located in the heart of the beautiful Jardin Alpin, our wonderful Maison is filled with the infinite charm of the French Alps.

Skiing with style and elegance

Wake up to freshly fallen snow and a delicious breakfast in the comfort of your room, before heading to the Ski Room by Bernard Orcel at Les Airelles. Here, our dedicated ski valets will help you choose the best equipment, and you can even treat yourself to the season’s most elegant skiwear! An absolute must before a day on the slopes of the world’s largest ski domain.

Lunch with a view

After a morning spent slaloming, head for Le Chalet de Pierres at the top of the Piste des Verdons (formerly Gare de la Maurienne) to relish traditional Savoyard cuisine. Seafood fans will also appreciate the wonderful shucking dish.

Dare to try a new experience

Snowmobiles, downhill skiing, sledding, dog-sled ride, picnic on the slopes… Each winter, the Concierge team at Les Airelles prepares a programme of exclusive activities to make your stay a dream come true.

Relax at the La Mer spa

Now’s the moment for a little ‘you’ time… Visit our exceptional spa and discover treatments for face and body created by La Mer. Why not also take a few laps in the pool, try out cryotherapy or benefit from a session with a dedicated fitness or wellness coach?

Sip a signature cocktail

Before savouring the delicious truffle fondue at Le Coin Savoyard, try a signature cocktail at Le Bar des Airelles, designed in sumptuous Alpine style. In the evenings, you can also enjoy the rhythm of musicians and jazz singers.

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Immaculate ski slopes

Arise early to reach the top of La Saulire before anyone else. Here you can admire the sunrise before being the first to break in the fresh snow. Experienced skiers in search of adrenaline will adore the Héliski experience, allowing you to reach other immaculate slopes by helicopter.

Enjoy a sumptuous buffet

Located right at the foot of the slopes, La Table des Airelles proposes an extravagant buffet on its terrace. On the menu: fresh seafood, meat from the rotisserie, imaginative Italian dishes, and a fine array of desserts.

A special Hermès experience

Ride into the village of Courchevel onboard the iconic Les Airelles Hermès carriage. Led by our magnificent horses, you’ll enjoy views of the village and its enchanting decor at a leisurely pace.
Back at the hotel, stop by the Vanille & Lilas boutique filled with its fabulous fashion and lifestyle collection.

A bespoke gastronomic feast at La Table des Grands Crus

Discreetly hidden away in the wine cellar of one of our chalets is one of Les Airelles’ most exceptional dining experiences: La Table des Grands Crus. Here, our Head Sommelier and Executive Chef will devise a rare and exclusive gastronomic experience for you and your guests. Together, you’ll devise a menu filled with the finest wines and dishes conceived to match perfectly. Surrounded by hundreds of bottles of fine vintages, this is an initiation in oenology in a fabulous setting.

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A secret escape in Saint-Tropez

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A hidden gem in the heart of Saint-Tropez, the Pan Deï Palais is the smallest of the Airelles hotels, featuring only 12 keys.

The maison is discreetly located behind the Place des Lices, where its sunny yellow facade radiates riviera charm. Step inside to discover this elegant hotel and Les Délices du Pan Deï, its signature restaurant, now open throughout the autumn and winter.

The Pan Deï Palais is steeped in history. It was built in 1835 by the French General Jean-François Allard, who gifted it to his Indian wife, the Princess Bannu Pan Deï. Today, the family home has been renovated in a contemporary style whilst retaining all the beautiful Indian influences.

Inside, guests will discover 12 Rooms and Suites, a hammam, and a superb pool in a serene garden, ideal for sunbathing on a Balinese bed or cooling off in the shade of palms and olive trees.

Our expert teams are on hand to create memorable experiences: enjoy an authentic stay by playing “pétanque” on the famous Place des Lices, savouring a superb picnic amidst the vines, or attending a pastry class with the Chef.

Fresh market cuisine, served family style

This summer saw the launch of Les Délices du Pan Deï, the hotel’s new restaurant. Each week, Chef Antonio Oresta proposes a unique menu based on seasonal local produce with subtle Indian notes. Dishes are shared, emphasising the family amosphere at the heart of this historic hotel.

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Pan Deï Palais by Hotel Manager Natacha Kulichenski

Before joining Airelles in 2020, Natacha Kulichenski worked in entertainment and luxury retail, developing many skills which benefitted Airelles. This includes her time at Château de La Messardière, where she created the Airelles Summer Camp. Now Hotel Manager of Pan Deï Palais in Saint-Tropez, she pursues her quest for excellence.

“This unique residence tells the love story of General Jean-François Allard and Indian Princess Bannu Pan Deï. This summer, enjoy ‘Les Nuits du Pan Deï‘, candle-lit evenings in the gardens.”

We hope to welcome you soon for a special séjour in the heart of Saint-Tropez.

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Explore must-see addresses on the Cote d’Azur, where mediterranean heritage and the French ‘art de vivre’ come together.

Le Domaine du Muy

Nestled between the Maures mountains and the Estérel hills, this unusual property was transformed by gallery-owner Jean-Gabriel Mitterand to present a curation of extraordinary sculptures. Follow the path, which cuts through a beautiful forest in Le Var, to discover around 40 contemporary works of art from luminaries including Subodh Gupta, Nikki de Saint-Phalle and Keith Haring.

We love: the amazing kinetic lap pool, built on-site by Austrian artist Peter Kogler.

La Villa Noailles

Known for hosting the International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Accessories, this former guest residence, now a contemporary art centre, is a masterpiece of modern architecture. Designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens in 1925, today you can enjoy innovative exhibitions which are held year-round.

We love: the originality of Gabriel Guévrékian’s Cubist garden on the roof.

Commanderie de Peyrassol

Art invites itself amidst the vines of this old hamlet, founded in the 13th century by the Knights Templar. From Arman to Dubuffet, Ben and Tapies, the owner’s remarkable collection can now be enjoyed by art-lovers in the open air.

We love: the colourful reflections of Daniel Buren’s ‘Cylindre Incrusté aux Couleurs’. 

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Grasse

For generations, Grasse has produced exceptional flowers for top French perfume makers. Here you have the chance to stroll through fields of roses, jasmine and tuberoses on the Domaine de Manon, exclusively reserved for Dior perfumes (by appointment).

We love: the annual Jasmine Fête on the first weekend of August. 

Le Jardin des Méditerranées

Between Le Lavandou and Saint-Tropez, le Domaine du Rayol features an extraordinary and unique garden basking in the Mediterranean climate. From the Canaries, California or South Africa, plants from all over the world thrive here in harmony with the sun-kissed scenery of Le Var.

We love: visiting the “sentier marin” with flippers, masks and snorkels, leaving from the Domaine’s beach.

Sentier du littoral

Escape the bustling crowds of Saint-Tropez and take a walk along the peninsula between the Camarat lighthouse and Escalet beach. Rediscover the Riviera’s sublime landscapes, the invigorating fragrance of parasol pines and beautiful creeks with crystal-clear water.

We love: pausing halfway for a delicious picnic prepared by the chef.

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