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Courchevel newcomer reopens for a second glorious season

Friday 17th November, 2017
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Uniquely positioned slope-side at the foot of the famed Bellecôte run of the fairytale village of Courchevel, Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges is moments from the centre of this vibrant destination with easy access to the rest of the Trois Vallées’ 600km of ski runs. The snowy paradise of Courchevel enjoys a distinctive atmosphere of art de vivre, authenticity, luxury and relaxation.

Stepping in to Hôtel Les Neiges, guests are welcomed by elegant yet relaxed chalet décor; a traditional mountain style with a contemporary touches that encompasses wood burning fireplaces, flickering candles, warming scents, wooden floors, textures and muted tones of stone, slate, shale, oak, pine and larch wood to echo the surrounding mountains. Notably, the lobby holds a vast staircase that encircles a poetic light sculpture evoking snowflakes that fall throughout the night. The hotel has 42 beautifully-appointed rooms and suites inspired by the mountains and luxuriously cosy with materials such as cashmere, felt, velvet, fur and wood providing a modern take on the traditional chalet. Large windows frame the magical snowy vistas while the rooms’ balconies are the perfect place to watch the sun go down wrapped in a warm woollen throw. Private and welcoming with the homely and spacious feel of a separate chalet, but with easy access to the hotel’s facilities and services, the hotel’s top floors are home to the Les Neiges Apartment (pictured above) which is spread over an area of 310m² and epitomises sophisticated luxury. It comprises three bedrooms, a large dining room, double lounge and several balconies, each offering breath-taking views over the valley. A dedicated butler is on-hand to pre-empt and cater to every need.

A slope-side haven, The Bar at Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges provides an ideal hideaway after a day in the snow. Clad in stone and wood with Studio Harcourt screen star portraits on the walls and magnificent mountain views, the bar is perfect for pre-dinner drinks or a fire-side digestif, or for watching the sun set on the bar’s terrace. Every evening, the bar and terrace (pictured) hosts lively après ski sessions with dancers, singers and musician against the stunning mountain backdrop. Le Fouquet’s Courchevel is the mountainside sister to the legendary Parisian brasserie on the corner of the Avenue Georges V and the Champs-Elysées that was founded in 1899 with its close links to the world of cinema. The signature wood panelling, gold ceiling lights, red velvet chairs, traditional French cuisine and warm, sociable atmosphere has been brought to the slopes in Hôtel Barrière Les Neiges under the gaze of the jet set glamour Studio Harcourt film star portraits that adorn the walls. Favourite dishes for guests to savour include lobster and ginger fricassee, black truffle fondue and the impressive Mont Blanc dessert. B Fire is home to Barrière Les Neiges’ wood-fired cuisine; a dining concept created by celebrated Argentine chef Mauro Colagreco (whose restaurant Le Mirazur has 2 Michelin stars and has been ranked 4th in the world, according to The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list) for the hotel. Inspired by his roots, he explains: ‘cooking over fire and embers is the fierce and muted style of cuisine I’ve known since my childhood in Argentina. An expertly-controlled fire can deftly reveal the flavours and nuances of meat, fish, vegetables and fruit’. With a menu full of inventive and delicate cuisine, notable dishes include the confit shoulder of lamb accompanied by sweet potato and dates, wood-fired squash salad with soft Burrata cheese & truffle shavings, and a blueberry ‘snowball’ for dessert.

For further information, please visit: www.hotelsbarriere.com/fr/courchevel/les-neiges

Photography:

Homepage, hotel exterior, Marc Berenguer

Other images, Fabrice Rambert