France has its fair share of glam locations – from the romance of Tour Eiffel to the elegant exclusivity of Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on Cap d’Antibes, it oozes class from north to south (and everywhere in between).
But if you like a little action mixed in with your luxury, there’s probably no greater playground than the awe-inspiring French Alps.
Nothing beats carving up the slopes during the day, then warming your cockles with a vin chaud by the fireside before heading out to high-class restaurants and exciting bars and clubs for a soiree to remember.
With so many ravishing resorts to choose from, it can be tough deciding where to book your Alpine break – but help is at hand thanks to the following tips on three luxe locations in the French Alps.
- Alpe D’Huez
With south facing slopes, glacier skiing a swift lift system and the longest black run in Europe, Alpe D’Huez has it all when it comes to on-piste action.
But it’s no slouch off the slopes either – après-ski attractions include live music at Sphere Bar, Freeride Café (which has a handy slide down to the bathrooms) and cocktails and dancing at L’Igloo.
Extra tip: As an alternative to L’Igloo, shake a tail feather at Les Caves de l’Alpe.
Located in the magnificent Mont Blanc ski area, Chamonix is the original, authentic French ski resort – its legendary status was sealed when it hosted the first Winter Olympics in 1924 and it’s remained popular with those in the know ever since.
As you might expect, the après-ski scene is sublime here – you can indulge in artisan beers at MBC (Micro Brasserie de Chamonix), enjoy a kir royale at the ambient Art Deco Café La Terrasse or embrace cocktails, street food and ping pong at Monkey Bar.
Extra Tip: for a refined evening, dress up and dance at Le Chamonix Social Club.
- Val d’Isere
Val d’Isere combines with neighbouring Tignes to form the huge L’Espace Killy ski area, which offers powder hounds an immense 300km of spectacular slopes and endless adrenaline-fuelled adventures for skiers and snowboarders alike.
But it’s not all about the snow – this resort also arguably has the most varied après-ski anywhere in the Alps. The famous Folie Douce is dubbed ‘the highest club in Europe’ and you’ll experience live music, DJs and tabletop dancing, while Blue Note has a relaxed atmos and laid-back music, while Victors serves fresh food and excellent cocktails.
Extra tip: book a Val d’Isere ski holiday with NUCO Travel and combine the best skiing, accommodation and entertainment.
Take your pick from these three luxe locations in the French Alps – whichever you choose for your next Alpine excursion, you’re sure to have a holiday to remember!
So ends our list, but what’s your favourite French ski resort? Share your thoughts in the comments section.