For the love of excellence

Étienne Petitpez was appointed General Manager of the hotel Airelles Val d’Isère in 2020. After his time at the Ritz where he was in charge of Rooms Division, he participated in the re-opening of the iconic Parisian hotel before heading back, with the greatest pleasure, to Airelles Val d’Isère.

His arrival is no surprise, as Étienne enthusiastically shares the values embodied by Airelles: a quest for excellence and the search for a life-style “à la française” in which a sense of marvel is paired with human warmth. Passionate about luxury hotels, he studied law before working in some of the world’s most prestigious palaces such as the Bristol Paris (Oetker Collection) and the Meurice (Dorchester Collection).

Airelles Val d’Isère has something unique, it is here that my passion reaches its peak, and it is this feeling I want to pass on and share with my teams. There is a real sense of hospitality, of service. There is so much joy in surpassing oneself to ensure people’s happiness!”

Étienne Petitpez praises the values of mountain authenticity and generosity which characterize service in his hotel. Refined, attentive service: “Luxury is a lifestyle, and attention to detail is our sole priority for our guests’ well-being. In fact, our team-members share these values that they adopt as their own and which contribute towards their fulfilment here with us”. Right on the snow front, Airelles Val d’Isère offers a wealth of activities and unique experiences: downhill and cross-country skiing, dog-sleds, snow shoes, ice diving…

The pleasure of dining is also given a place of honour with the restaurant “La Grande Ourse“, which has officiated since 1936 in bistro style with a piano-bar ambiance. But also with the creation of the chic restaurant “Loulou Val d’Isère” by the duo Claire and Gilles Malafosse, and Chef Benoît Dargère.

“If Airelles Val d’Isère were not perfectly rooted in the local community, it would diverge from the spirit of Savoy, stamped with loyalty and solidarity,” says the General  Manager. “Which is why we work in close partnership with local producers and our neighbourhood stores. Let’s mention, for example, La Maison Chevallot and La Ferme de l’Adroit.”

Together with all the Hotel’s teams, Étienne Petitpez promises us an unforgettable season!

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