Val d’Isère: grand ski destination

Destinations

Going to Airelles Val d’Isère, it also means to choose one of the most beautiful sky area of the world. It has to be stated that being linked to the Tignes resort within the espace Killy, the Val d’Isère has numerous arguments.

“First, it is a true four seasons resort, which is open from autumn to spring and furthermore we can enjoy summer on the Tignes glaciers” as said by Thomas Boulet, Bernard Orcel Technical Director, who is particularly fond of this area and is delighted with the opening of a Bernard Orcel ski room in Airelles Val d’Isère. Second asset of charm, and not the least: “Due to its location in the mountains massif, Val d’Isère benefits from a superb snowfall with lovely flurries of snow and sometimes those do not happen elsewhere.” So, a sure value.

Concerning ski, the resort has the reputation of its ski runs, which are favourable to a more sportive practice that will seduce the advanced skiers who are looking for strong and diversified thrills. More than 300 km of ski runs, doomed or less doomed, and among them the true myths as the Face de Bellevarde, 90 ski lifts or also two snow parks. The non-enthusiasts of ski runs will enjoy beautiful waypoints in woods or large virgin spaces facing the mountain (always equipped with Arva and with an ABS back bag, which are available in the ski room).

“Val d’Isère benefits from a superb snowfall with lovely flurries of snow.”

Inside Airelles

The beginners will not be forgotten: in the resort, they can enjoy the tops of the mountains, “in contrast with numerous areas in the resort bottom where the green and blue ski runs are, here the altitude plateaux ski spaces are totally accessible. To avoid the most difficult ski runs, there is the option of climbing and returning to the resort using the chair lifts,” states Thomas Boulet.

Here at Val d’Isère, great feelings are waiting for old and young alike!

By Chloë Bergouts

Photo credits :
© Val D’Isère Tourisme

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A new winter at Les Airelles in Courchevel

Destinations

At the foot of the slopes and in the heart of Les Trois Vallées,Les Airelles in Courchevel materialises as if by magic from among the snow-covered pines. Once again this year, the House promises some great surprises and many moments of emotion.

Airelles Experiences

This unique Winter House is the ideal destination for a memorable family holiday, where guests can devour a programme of gourmet, educational, relaxing, but above all unforgettable activities that promise to delight young and old alike: partake in an escape game drive a snow groomer, dig into a picnic delivered to you on the slopes. Les Airelles has something to please the whole family, be it gastronomic, relaxing, or something a little more playful !

“This unique Winter House is the ideal destination for a memorable family holiday”

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Legendary evenings

Between dreamy meals and effervescent parties with constantly reinvented themes, Les Airelles invites its guests, once again this year, to experience the most unforgettable moments together.

At La Table des Airelles, on December 24th the spirit of Christmas will be celebrated around a gala dinner, a tradition of the Cranberries. And a few days later, to honour the New Year, characters and musicians will stroll around on December 31st in a fiery atmosphere where all codes are pushed back.

On 14 January, on the occasion of Russian Christmas Airelles brings to life the much adored Christmas ballet: The Nutcracker. With a nod towards the ballet’s heritage, a special dinner will be served accompanied by Russian decorations, entertainment and music.

For Mardi Gras, destination New Orleans and its famous colourful Carnival. Starting with fancy dress workshops over afternoon tea, the festivities will roll into the evening with a traditional dinner and Louisiana jazz.

Finally, on 8 March, Women will be in the spotlight. During a gourmet and bewitching evening, a magician will transport the spirit of the guests to a mysterious atmosphere, around a dinner where magic will operate.

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A perfect ski day in Courchevel

Destinations

7:30 am

Your morning begins with a hearty gluten-free breakfast, adapted to keep you going all day long. Perhaps a glass of lukewarm water and a lemon juice, some fruit, and to finish, a buckwheat and avocado crêpe.

8:00 am

Now your belly is full, a thirty-minute Pilates session is ideal to warm up and awaken your muscles.  Doing Pilates also allows you to work on your breathing, flexibility, and spinal mobility.

8:30 am

Visit the hotel’s Ski-Room with state-of-the-art equipment for a quality day.  Kitting yourself out with a pair of Les Airelles skis made by the expert hands of DENERIAZ is a must.  Through fine attention to detail, authenticity, and excellence, the Savoyard brand has teamed up with the House to create a unique experience ensuring incredible sensations.  Intricately handmade with the finest materials, DENERIAZ skis are a perfect match for the Airelles philosophy.

9:00 pm

Direction: the Jardin Alpin! The Courchevel ski resort is the ideal place to come and enjoy a memorable stay.  At every peak, at every slope-side pause, with every glance at the surrounding landscapes, the magnificent view is sure to take your breath away.

12:00 pm

Time for lunch! Head to Le Festin for an avalanche of tasty treats. As the sun comes out, this legendary and delicious and refined buffet is served on the terrace.  A perfect break to appreciate the gentle rays before setting off again to complete your adventure!

16:00 pm

After a good day’s skiing, muscle relaxation is recommended via an aquabike session or a swim to gently eliminate any minor injuries.  For further relaxation, indulge in a visit to osteopath Florence Degrave.  Once you’re feeling relaxed, unwind even further as you savour a magnesium-rich drink.

“Fall in love with the slopes at Courchevel. Les Airelles is letting you in on its best-kept secrets for a perfect day, to make your experience even more unforgettable.”

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19:00 pm

When the night comes, head to the Coin Savoyard to taste all the flavours the region has to offer. Throughout the evening, the jazzy atmosphere of the bar will add sparkle to a well-deserved moment of relaxation. Leave your worries behind as you bask in its sounds and flavours.

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Airelles Château de Versailles, Le Grand Contrôle : a unique hotel in the world !

Destinations

A unique experience at a regal address : opening in 2021

Nestled within the grounds of the Château de Versailles and offering a spectacular view over the parterre of the Orangerie and the Pièce d’Eau des Suisses, Le Grand Contrôle hotel invites you on a unique journey through time to the Age of Enlightenment and the court of the Kingdom of France. The world looked on in awe as the emblematic Versailles estate shone like a beacon under the reign of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. A stunning new house is soon to be unveiled in a setting steeped in history and situated just a stone’s throw from Versailles’ famous Hall of Mirrors and quintessentially French gardens.

Le Grand Contrôle Versailles : a hôtel particulier by Jules Hardouin-Mansart

This hôtel particulier was constructed in 1681 in the heyday of the Sun King and was initially intended for the Duke of Beauvilliers, Colbert’s son-in-law. It was designed by Louis XIV’s favourite architect, Jules Hardouin-Mansart, a 17th century benchmark in French classicism who made his mark as the creator of the Dôme des Invalides. In the 18th century, some modifications were carried out on Le Grand Contrôle hotel, which was joined to the Château de Versailles by Louis XV. Spanning three buildings, Le Grand Contrôle, Le Petit Contrôle, and the Pavillon des premières cent marches encircle a courtyard holding similarities to the iconic parterre of the nearby Orangerie.

History and power : 1788, France shines out across the world

Le Grand Contrôle became what we would now refer to as the ministry of finance, and being a fly on one of its walls would have meant observing some of the most powerful figures coming to meet Louis XVI’s ministers, such as Turgot or Necker. It was here, in the privacy of these stone walls that the building blocks of American independence were laid out thanks to the financial support of the King of France. The European cultural elite would regroup here amidst the elegant decor of Le Grand Contrôle, Necker’s wife holding court with the great names of the Age of Enlightenment. Their daughter, Madame de Staël, quickly took over. She was a brilliant intellectual and feminist who was considered one of the most intelligent women of her time. In 1788, Le Grand Contrôle held significant political, economic and cultural influence. More than two centuries later, it will finally regain its splendour within the estate of the Château de Versailles.

Regal precision : a restoration befitting the history ans spirit of Versailles

These buildings, which had previously been left abandoned for a number of decades, have been entrusted to the greatest craftspeople to bring them back to their former glory of 1788, all the while adapting them to 21st century expectations of luxury and comfort.

A dedicated scientific committee of experts has been set up to ensure a restoration that is both faithful to Louis XVI and respectful of the priceless historical heritage that Le Grand Contrôle represents. The attention to detail in terms of accuracy is second to none. The paintings, furniture, and even the staff’s 18th century-inspired outfits offer a true representation of the period. Guests will also appreciate the Concierge’s wealth of resources on the subject.

“Le Grand Contrôle is a true gem featuring 14 rooms and apartments, a signature Alain Ducasse restaurant…”

“A dedicated scientific committee of experts has been set up to ensure a restoration that is both faithful to Louis XVI…”

Inside Airelles

Alain Ducasse, dine like royalty

An incomparable culinary experience awaits guests at Le Grand Contrôle’s restaurant. Chef Alain Ducasse draws his inspiration from recipes of times gone by to create a culinary offering that will delight the modern palate.

More information :
Le Grand Contrôle
Château de Versailles
info@airelles.com

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