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Escape to the countryside at the Château de Versailles

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A stay at Le Grand Contrôle comes with exclusive privileges, including access to Château de Versailles itself. But that’s not all… our concierges are ready to organise the most extraordinary experiences for you – from horse riding in the palace gardens to a royal picnic, there are plenty of activities to suit every member of the family.

Historic escapade

Take a helicopter ride to discover the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, which inspired construction of the Château de Versailles itself. You’ll be dropped off in its main courtyard and then invited to enjoy a gastronomic meal in one of the private salons before exploring the palace with a guided tour. You can then leisurely enjoy the fabulous gardens at your own pace, even taking an electric golf cart if you wish.

Royal lunch on the lawn

There’s no better way to enjoy a sunny day at Versailles than with a refined picnic on the expansive lawns alongside the Grand Canal. On the menu: freshly cooked seasonal vegetables and fruits prepared by Le Grand Contrôle’s chef, accompanied by a bottle of Rosé Roseblood or Moukipic Rosé (a non-alcoholic sparkling muscat) from Château d’Estoublon. Your own butler will be on hand to ensure everything is exquisitely prepared for you.

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Road trip in a collector's car

Embark on a journey to discover Giverny or La Vallée de Chevreuse aboard a legendary Jaguar MK2, a Porsche 326 convertible, or an MGA 1600. Beyond the beauty of the landscapes, you will be amazed by the rich historical heritage that unfolds before your eyes. The Château de la Madeleine, the village of Montfort l’Amaury, Claude Monet’s House, and even the Château Neuf de Saint-Germain-Laye are some of the must-see stops. Upon your return, you will be welcomed for a Michelin-starred dinner by Alain Ducasse.

Sensational flight

Treat yourself to an aerial adventure aboard a light aircraft departing from Saint-Cyr airfield and discover the Château de Versailles, as well as Paris and its surroundings, like you’ve never seen them before. During this short flight (of around 20 minutes), you can even take the controls for a few seconds! Unique memories guaranteed.

Horse riding in the park

Relive the equestrian passion of the French royal court through a two-hour horseback ride in the park of Versailles. Accompanied by a guide, you will traverse the hunting trails to reach the Queen’s Hamlet and enjoy a spectacular view of the Palace and its Grand Canal. You will then proceed to the Domaine de Trianon, where an exclusive guided tour awaits you.

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Activities for art lovers in Provence

Destinations

For centuries Provence has proved popular with artists from all over the world who have long found inspiration in the region’s exquisite light and unique countryside. Today, there are plenty of things for art lovers to do and see, from interactive exhibitions to local natural wonders:

Les Carrières des Lumières

Immersive digital displays dedicated to great names of art history are projected in the ancient limestone quarries of Les Baux-de-Provence. This season, look out for exhibitions celebrating Vermeer, Van Gogh, Dutch masters and Piet Mondrian. A unique sensory experience.

We like: admiring Le Testament d’Orphée by Jean Cocteau (1959).

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

With several hundred antique and vintage dealers occupying “villages” and many art galleries, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a paradise for fans of art, design and antiques. The colourful fairs in April and August draw over 100,000 bargain hunters.

We like: the stream crossing the town and its old water wheels.

Vincent Van Gogh Foundation

The famous Dutch artist painted his finest canvases in Arles in the late 19th century. This foundation, which also boasts remarkable architecture, explores his genius in a dialogue between original and contemporary works across 3 exhibitions per year.

We like: the scenic terrace and its view of Arles and the nearby region.

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Mathieu Museum

Some of the Maisons Airelles’ chandeliers are created by Mathieu Lustrerie, a master in the creation of historical chandeliers and lighting. Workshops in an old ochre factory in Gargas, not far from Gordes, house a fascinating museum presenting over 5 centuries of decorative art in a collection of over 200 sparkling chandeliers.

We like: watching craftsmen at work in neighbouring workshops.

Le Sentier des Ocres

Discover the village of Roussillon’s ancient quarries, an awe-inspiring natural site revealing scenery in vivid shades, sculpted by nature and man. With such extraordinary contrasts and colours, its easy to see why artists have long been inspired by the region.

We like: the palette of ochre hues contrasting with the sky and vegetation.

American Art School, Lacoste

Overlooking the Luberon valley, this medieval village is rich in cultural history. Here, you’ll find the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design, and many historic sites nearby including La Maison Basse which was once owned by the Marquis de Sade.

We like: Festival of Lacoste, created by Pierre Cardin, in August.

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A getaway in France

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From the legendary French Riviera to the charm of Provence via the City of Light, spend a memorable summer with Airelles in France’s most fabulous destinations.

Start with a stay at Le Grand Contrôle in the Château de Versailles, close to Paris and offering a unique experience of this historic location. Then, take the train or car to the south to spend time at La Bastide in Gordes, one of the most beautiful villages in France. Finally, at Le Château de La Messardière in Saint-Tropez, you can enjoy the ultimate glamour of the Côte d’Azur.

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Our expert teams will ensure you’re perfectly taken care of from start to finish: feast on a gourmet picnic prepared by our Chefs for each stage of your séjour. And for a speedier journey, your butler can schedule a private plane to the South of France, with a Rolls-Royce awaiting your arrival. An ultra-chic escapade that you’ll remember forever.

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Summer in Provence & Saint-Tropez

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Your best summer yet awaits at the Airelles Maisons in Provence and Saint-Tropez.

La Bastide in Gordes

Breakfast facing the Alpilles, lazing at the edge of the pool, enjoying a massage in the shade of olive-trees… All these experiences, and so much more, are to be found at La Bastide. This former stately home is built on 18th-century ramparts overlooking Gordes, one of France’s most beautiful villages. With it, you’ll find 40 Rooms and Suites, luxurious and refined, as well as La Maison de Constance, a private villa with a pool, accommodating up to 10 guests. La Bastide is also an essential gastronomic port-of-call in the region with its three restaurants (L’Orangerie, Le TIGrr, Clover Gordes) and two more addresses on the Place du Château in Gordes itself (La Bastide de Pierres and Ladurée). Meanwhile; the Airelles Spa is a haven of peace: under impressive vaulted ceilings, the space mixes beautiful natural materials and architecture inspired by grand Provencal sites such as Sénanque Abbey.

Le Château d’Estoublon

In the heart of Provence, backing onto the southern slopes of the Alpilles, Le Château d’Estoublon has pursued its passion for the tradition of exceptional wines and olive-oils since 1489. Sumptuously restored, it comprises 10 Rooms and Suites across 1,500 sq.m, decorated in beautiful Provençal style. With Chef Wim Van Gorp at the helm, the restaurant La Table d’Estoublon celebrates the cuisine of yesteryear, modernised with influences from the region today. Available for privatisation in its entirety, the Château d’Estoublon is an idyllic spot for a holiday in total privacy.

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Le Château de La Messardière

On the hills of Saint-Tropez, in the heart of a tranquil estate filled with pine trees and lavender, there stands an historic property built in the 19th century: Le Château de La Messardière. Staying in this palatial hotel means experiencing a new kind of resort and benefitting from a wide array of prestigious services and amenities. On its estate of almost 31 acres, Le Château de La Messardière proposes 99 Rooms and Suites, including an exceptional Residence of 170 sq.m with a private terrace and pool, the Valmont Spa of over 1,000 sq.m, five restaurants, three bars andfour swimming pools, one exclusively reserved for children at the Airelles Summer Camp, a villa of 500 sq.m specially dedicated just to them. Not forgetting tennis courts, a gym and yoga studio with views of the bay of Pampelonne.

Pan Deï Palais

A short walk from the Place des Lices, Le Pan Deï Palais is an oasis for those wanting to enjoy a peaceful stay at the heart of Saint-Tropez. With its Mediterranean garden and magnificent pool, this residence with 12 Rooms and Suites is the ideal setting in which to recharge your batteries in the sunshine of Saint-Tropez. In this idyllic setting, the Chef of the Pan Deï Palais proposes a cuisine with local flavours highlighted by subtle Indian accents. If you prefer to experience the Dolce Vita of the 1960s, head for Zetta, a few minutes walk away, to enjoy pizzettas to share. And, for dining one-on-one with the Mediterranean, the place to be is the private Jardin Tropézina beach.

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3 days from Versailles to Saint-Tropez

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From the Château de Versailles to Saint-Tropez by way of Gordes, discover the extraordinary Airelles maisons!

9.30am: Breakfast at Versailles, a Majestic Sunrise

Start your day with the Réveille du Roi: your personal butler will wake you up with classical music, a glass of orange blossom-infused milk and a bubble bath, just as the Kings and Queens of France once did. Then, enjoy a delicious breakfast by Alain Ducasse before embarking on an exclusive tour to discover the secrets of the Domain du Trianon. Afterwards, in the Valmont Spa at Le Grand Contrôle, you can then relax with the Miroir Majestueux, one of our signature treatments.

12.30pm: A Royal Feast

One of the most important events in the King’s daily life at court were the feasts! At Le Grand Contrôle, Chef Alain Ducasse has created a lunchtime experience fit for royalty. Take a seat on the terrace and choose from a menu with two, three or five courses.

3pm: The spirit of Versailles

Re-live the Royal Court’s equestrian passion by exploring the gardens of the Château de Versailles on  horseback. Then, you can take a tour of the famous Hall of Mirrors before a well deserved pause for tea-time.

8.30pm: Royal Entertainment

To round off an exceptional day, attend a performance in one of the hidden treasures of Versailles: the Royal Opera House. After the show, you can join the artists backstage and raise a toast to this royal experience.

11am: Welcome to Gordes

After dropping off your bags at La Bastide, take a leisurely drive in our vintage 2CV to visit the lavender fields, vineyards and nearby villages and immerse yourself in Provence’s enchanting lifestyle.

1.30pm: Lunch with a view

Nestled in the gardens of La Bastide with sweeping views of the Luberon Valley, L’Orangerie proposes a refined cuisine filled with locally-sourced ingredients brimming with sunshine.

4pm: Excursion to Estoublon

Take the road to Le Domaine d’Estoublon, a beautiful estate just one hour from Gordes. Among other gastronomic treats, you can participate in tastings of the Château’s exceptional wines and olive oils.

8.30pm: An unforgettable Provençal evening

Soak up the last rays of sunshine while dining at Clover Gordes, the celebrated restaurant from Chef Jean-François Piège in La Bastide. Then, after nightfall, if the sky is clear, an astronomer will unveil the secrets of the stars.

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11am: A secret garden

Once you have arrived in Saint-Tropez, treat yourself to a few laps in the pool at Pan Deï Palais before enjoying breakfast in the shade of the palms. A short walk to the Place des Lices, this haven of peace is ideal for discovering the legendary village.

12.30pm: Farniente!

Take a ride in the Airelles Rolls-Royce to Jardin Tropézina, located just a few minutes’ drive from Pan Deï Palais. Opt for delicious grilled fish while enjoying the sea view, accompanied by a glass of rosé from Château d’Estoublon. After lunch, you can sunbathe on the private Airelles beach.

10pm: Fitzgerald's favourite gin

Enjoy an evening of signature Saint-Tropez glamour at 1904, Château de la Messardière’s bar. The cocktails inspired by personalities of previous eras will add the perfect touch to this trip back in time.

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If Courchevel were… discover the many facets of this unique destination

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A corner of nature? La Rosière Lake

Hidden at the heart of a huge pine forest, this turquoise lake is breathtaking in its natural beauty. Make sure you cross the footbridge to see the best views of this superb setting.

A speciality? Beaufort cheese

Undoubtedly Savoie’s most delicious speciality, this hard cheese comes in three varieties: Winter Beaufort, Summer Beaufort and le Chalet des Alpages. Only the milk from Tarentaise and Abondance cows is used to make this delicacy – in the warmer weather you’ll see them grazing the mountains of Courchevel.

A flower? Edelweiss

In Courchevel, edelweiss flowers can be found at the top of La Dent du Villard and in certain spots in the national park of La Vanoise. Recognizable thanks to its star-shaped petals, this flower also has antioxidant qualities.

A date? 1946

In 1946 architects Laurent Chappis, Denys Pradelle and Jean-Marc Legrand started work on developing a new concept for living and leisure at an altitude of 1,850 metres. The architects’ innovative approach, which included the ski-in/ski-out format, laid the foundations for Courchevel’s future popularity.

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A concept? Après-ski

Courchevel is the resort which put après-ski on the map. The area is renowned for its festive atmosphere thanks to the famous Folie Douce, as well as its numerous restaurants which transform into clubs after nightfall. An experience not to be missed!

A curiosity? The Altiport

Built in 1961 by Michel Ziegler, this mountain airfield lies at an altiude of 2,700m, making it the highest landing site in Europe. Snow is cleared from the runway all year round to welcome its high-flying guests.

A number? 2,738

Courchevel 1850 is the resort’s highest village, reaching an altitude of 2,738m at its peak. From here you can admire the spectacular view of Mont Blanc and the glaciers of La Vanoise.

A personality? Alexis Pinturault

Born in Savoie, Alexis Pinturault discovered his love of skiing at a very early age. Today he is one of France’s all-time most successful skiers, and is expected to win again at the 2023 World Championships when he will be skiing on home ground!

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Today and yesterday, here and elsewhere

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In the midst of one of the most magnificent ski areas in the French Alps, Airelles Val d’Isère promises a stay combining authenticity and exclusiveness.

A winter residence at the foot of the slopes

At the heart of Savoy, on the edge of the National Park of La Vanoise, Airelles Val d’Isère melts elegantly into the scenery thanks to architecture typical of Savoy. Facing the snow front, not far from the ski-lifts, this majestic mountain chalet built of timber and stone stands at the foot of the slopes. Leaving Airelles Val d’Isère and returning on skis or a snowboard has never been easier or more enjoyable! The luxurious Bernard Orcel Ski-Room and its bespoke services (heated shoes, daily maintenance of equipment, hot drinks and sugary treats etc.) will make your days in the snow
simply exceptional. Shopping addicts will be enchanted to discover the new Vanille & Lilas boutique, where a thousand-and-one designer gems await them for a chic and trendy winter!

Authentic decor

With its refined atmosphere and meticulously designed decor, Airelles Val d’Isère plunges its guests into a world oblivious to passing time. Thanks to the welcome of porters and car valets dressed in costumes of “Chasseurs Alpins”, total immersion engulfs you right from the start. Christophe Tollemer, the hotel’s architect-decorator, has unfurled all his talent, accompanied by art historian Emmanuelle Vidal-Delagneau. Hundreds of antiques, engravings, furniture and woodwork unearthed in dealers’ shops adorn this splendid Alpine residence. The same goes for the Guerlain Spa which seems to have been hollowed out of the rock. This setting offering remarkable architecture is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful mountain spas, with stone arches, a vaulted ceiling with wide timber beams, and a sumptuous 20-meter swimming pool.

Luxurious Rooms and Suites

The hotel’s 41 Rooms and Suites, most enjoying views of the Alpine peaks, are particularly enticing for their noble materials and prestigious furnishings. As witnessed by solid wood doors, Louis XIII armchairs, red floor tiles and oakwood parquet floors. Five private apartments with one to four bedrooms, designed in loft style, complete the accommodation on the 5th and top floor. Sleeping up to eight guests, the Montmayeur Apartment is ideal for quality time with family or friends. The sumptuous backto- back fireplace and panoramic terrace of this penthouse of 200 sq.m will fulfil the most luxurious desires. At Airelles Val d’Isère, everything has been designed down to the very last detail to offer a stay meeting your expectations, and beyond.

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Gastronomic proposals, rich and refined

This quest for excellence is also found in dishes at the legendary restaurant La Grande Ourse, and again at Loulou in Airelles Val d’Isère. Potato “rösti” with black truffles, “pot-au-feu” with winter vegetables, shoulder of suckling lamb cooked for 7 hours…,the talented Chef Benoît Dargère proposes generous, comforting dishes in decidedly mountain spirit. This winter, be sure to discover the new glamorous-chic restaurant Matsuhisa with pan- Asian fusion cuisine concocted by the famous Japanese Chef Nobu. Your palate will travel to distant lands with tacos, sashimi with salmon, fillet of Wagyu beef, or Royal Crab in tempura with Amazu Ponzu sauce. A one-way ticket to the Far East surrounded by the peaks of Savoy! This season, a new Steakhouse restaurant, Le Relais Val d’Isère with a terrace overlooking the slopes of the valley of Le Manchet also completes gastronomic proposals made by Airelles Val d’Isère, with succulent meat specialties on the menu. Ideal for restoring your strength between two runs down the slopes!  In the evenings, fans of partying will benefit from the velvety atmosphere of Le Piaf, a restaurant already iconic in Paris, Courchevel and Mégève, opening its doors this winter in Val d’Isère.

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The mountains in a new light

Destinations

As vast as the Alpine environment and the ski resort of Les 3 Vallées, the experience of a stay at Les Airelles knows no bounds.

In a snow groomer

Who has never dreamt of getting behind the wheel of a snow groomer, this machine essential for preparing the slopes? Something offered by the Airelles’ “Monster Dameur” experience. Discover how the snow is cajoled, roaming around the Courchevel slopes when the resort is closed, at the wheel of a snowcat, just like a professional. Smoothing, hollowing, creating humps… Explore the ski domain from a totally different perspective! One-of-a-kind thrills for a rare experience.

A ride in the Hermès carriage

An outing in the Airelles’ iconic horse-drawn Hermès carriage is one of the privileges that comes with each stay in the Snow covered Kingdom. Head for the village of Courchevel and ride
through its narrow streets at a leisurely horse-driven pace, as if in a fairtytale. Comfortably installed, cosily wrapped in a cashmere blanket, both young and old alike are in Wonderland…

Chic picnic at high altitude

How about a picnic on the slopes? Les Airelles takes care of everything with a generous basket concocted to suit your taste by Chef Marco Garfagnini. Enjoy a well-deserved break in the great outdoors and boost your strength before setting off again on the ski-runs. On the menu: simple recipes, tasty, local and seasonal, for a memorable lunch surrounded by the mountains.

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Skis, sledges… more, if you wish

Take full advantage of the joys offered by the mountains with Les Airelles. Early risers will appreciate the “Premières Traces” experience at the top of La Saulire, to ski down immaculate slopes at sunrise, well before the resort is open. As for seasoned skiers and snowboarders, they will scurry to board a helicopter for initiation in heli-skiing, gaining access to virgin slopes accompanied by an experienced instructor and a tourist guide. The most intrepid will also have a ball exploring the furthest landscapes from Les 3 Vallées on ski touring or nordic skiing sessions. Finally, to re-live old childhood thrills or simply have fun, Les Airelles invites you to climb the slopes of Courchevel in a snowmobile, then ride back down in… a toboggan!

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Refinement & authenticity

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Restored with the deepest respect for its past, Le Grand Contrôle offers guests a trip back in time to the era of the Kings of France, at the heart of the Château de Versailles.

Built in 1681 by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, Le Grand Contrôle once played host to members of Europe’s political and cultural elite. Today, it welcomes a few privileged guests in 11 sumptuous Rooms and two Signature Suites, decorated individually in 18th-century style thanks to the expertise of France’s finest craftsmen. To tell the tale of this exceptional building and bring it back to life as authentically as possible, Christophe Tollemer, architect and interior decorator for Airelles Collection, delved into the archives of Le Grand Contrôle, focusing in particular on the year 1788, the date of its last inventory. He worked hand-in-hand with Emmanuelle Vidal-Delagneau, a specialist in heritage and the art market, and a member of the Commission for National Treasures, to compose the collection of furniture, art and objects from the 17th and 18th centuries which adorn the residence.

Marquis de Fouquet, Madame de Staël, Rose Bertin… Each Room and Suite at Le Grand Contrôle bears the name of a well-known personality of the day. While offering every modern comfort, they plunge guests into the heart of history thanks to their furnishings, chandeliers, artworks and fabrics. Some are genuine antiques, others faithful reproductions. Some of the upholstery fabrics, curtains or mural drapes have been specially recreated by La Maison Pierre Frey, based on original sketches in the archives of the Château de Versailles, giving each Room or Suite its own identity. The lighting (chandeliers, wall lights and lanterns) has also been designed in the spirit of the 18th century by Mathieu Lustrerie, already entrusted with the lighting in the Château de Versailles.

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The most sublime Suites

The Necker Suite (120 sq.m), the most majestic in Le Grand Contrôle, is the former private apartment of Jacques Necker, Louis XVI’s famous General Director of Finances. Designed to accommodate two guests, it stands out for its ceiling height of 4 metres, Versailles parquet floors, and 3 way outlook offering views of the Orangery gardens, among other things. Its four-poster bed and and clawfoot bathtub with a view of the Palace will enchant guests, in search of life in a castle. More spacious, the Madame de Staël Suite (150 sq.m) was once inhabited by this renowned novelist and philosopher. An apartment perfect for families, it offers two bedrooms with two bathrooms, crystal chandeliers and drapes with patterns inspired by Le Petit Trianon, home to Marie-Antoinette. On the first floor of Le Grand Contrôle, the “Grand Appartement” (300 sq.m) overlooks the magnificent classic French gardens of the Château de Versailles, designed by André Le Nôtre. Accommodating up to six guests, this prestigious apartment is comprised of several rooms including the Turgot, Necker and Madame de Fouquet Suites, the last with a terrace of 30 sq.m, as well as the “Grande Bibliothèque” for entertaining guests. The ultimate experience of the sumptuousness of the 18th century.

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Your wish list in Val d'Isère

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Perched at an altitude of 1850 m in the Massif de la Vanoise, Val d’Isère is both a typical Savoyard village and a ski resort of world renown.

Discovering an authentic but modern village

At the top of La Haute-Tarentaise, at the crossroads of L’Isère and the valley of Le Manchet, the village of Val d’Isère has preserved all its former charm with an 11th-century baroque church, stone and timber chalets with slate roofs. It is also a resort much appreciated for its après-ski. Strolling along its magnificent central street lined with boutiques and restaurants at nightfall, while admiring the illuminated Face de Bellevarde, is quite simply magical.

Descending the legendary Piste de Bellevarde

With a drop of 960 m, this mind-blowing black slope reserved for well-seasoned skiers is one of the most legendary in the Alps. Dreamt up by France’s triple Olympic champion Jean Claude Killy and designed by Bernhard Russi of Switzerland, La Face de Bellevarde has already hosted trials for the Alpine Ski World Cup, but also the World Championships and Olympic Games! Skiing down this run early in the morning on immaculate snow is totally priceless.

Visiting the National Park of La Vanoise

The first national park created in France in 1963, this natural site offers the loveliest panoramic views of Val d’Isère. Its hundreds of kilometers of signposted trails, its fauna and flora, and Le Grand Casse peaking at an altitude of 3855 m, make it a favourite playground among hikers. In winter, it offers grandiose scenery resembling the Far North, to be explored on a snowshoe excursion. You will also certainly get the chance to encounter ibexes, chamois and marmots.

Introduction to freestyle skiing

On the other side of Bellevarde, at the top of the Mont Blanc chairlift, at an altitude of 2500 m, the Val d’Isère snowpark proposes a wide variety of modules dedicated to both beginners and experts. They include 25 skiing lines, 3 boardercrosses and as many opportunities to try new figures. On skis or a snowboard, freestyle sensations are yours for the taking!

Floating in a frozen lake

This winter, learn all about ice floating in the crystalline waters of the lake of L’Ouillette. A mind-blowing activity imported from Scandinavian countries, in which you float in sensorial insulation. Wearing an all-over, waterproof Neoprene suit, you simply step into the water, contemplate the sky and the surrounding mountains and, finally, let go. A one-off experience, amazing, but above all soothing.

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Vanille & Lilas in Val d’Isère

After La Bastide, Château de La Messardière and Les Airelles, a Vanille & Lilas boutique opens its doors this winter at Airelles Val d’Isère. Come discover a selection of lifestyle items by insider designers offering exclusive expertise. Unique handcrafted objects, ready-to-wear and accessories for men and women, jewellery, the fine art of living and gift ideas await your visit at this enticing new address.

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