2016 News and events

This year, ski resorts are developing even more top of the range accommodation, trendy décor, aqua-fun and great prices. Here’s an overview of what’s new and unmissable this winter in the Alps and the Pyrenees.

Trendy, designer accessible hotels

Once again this year, new hotels are throwing away the rule book (and lowering the prices) of traditional chalets to make skiing and the mountains more accessible. The combination of comfort and urban design may tempt you inside, but there are always breath-taking views to enjoy. Among the many hotels opening this season is the Rocky Pop, a new 3-star hotel situated in Les Houches. With 148 bedrooms, it offers rates as low as 10€ per person! The hotel has been specially designed to encourage shared experiences between families or fellow guests.

Excellent hotels at the summits

At the top of the range are five fashionable hotel openings to note this winter.

The legendary Barrière hotel group is opening its first hotel in Courchevel. Situated alongside the Bellecôte run, the 5-star Barrière des Neiges will comprise 42 elegantly decorated rooms and a 1000m² spa.

This winter, the resort of Les Arcs will welcome its first 5-star hotel. In an architectural style inspired by Les Arcs’ pioneers, the Taj-I Mah will offer 48 luxury rooms and suites and a 400m² spa. In terms of dining, Michelin-starred chef Eric Samson will head up the hotel’s two restaurants.

In Les Angles in the Pyrenees, head for the 4youlodge, a new top-of-the-range designer guest house featuring architecture combining wood, stone and iron.

In terms of renovation, in Val Thorens, the former Hotel Mercure is becoming Farenheit Seven, a cosy, trendy and fun 4-star hotel. Its new generously sized rooms offer a chic, vintage atmosphere. The décor pays homage to the resort’s origins.

Finally, at the heart of the Pyrenees in Saint-Lary, the fully renovated La Pergola hotel is moving up a notch and becoming the 4-star Le Mir Hotel. With a cosy mountain style and décor incorporating top quality materials, the hotel’s 20 rooms offer unique views over the private garden and surrounding mountains.

New high-altitude well-being areas

This winter, resorts are continuing to invest in high-altitude well-being. In Megève, the Palais des Sport et des Congrès is having a makeover and becoming “Le Palais”. A totally redesigned space with an ice-rink, Olympic-sized swimming pool, sports hall, spa, media library, conference room, multi-function gymnasium, indoor and outdoor balneotherapy facilities, 1000m² fitness suite, climbing wall and seminar rooms, promising privileged moments opposite the mountaintops.

In Le Dévoluy, the new Le Dévoluy well-being centre will open this winter. A range of different facilities will arrive with it: an aquatic area with several pools, wooden terraces with panoramic views over Le Dévoluy’s summits, a body treatment area, relaxation area, etc.

Crédits : Megève : Cabinet Arcos.

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