Luxury in France: Ski in chic French style
The ski resorts in France all offer excellent skiing opportunities, geographical appeal as well as an atmosphere that is conducive to fantastic winter ski holidays. Some of the resorts are purpose-built, while others, like Chamonix, retain a lot of cultural alpine charm. It is one of the oldest ski resorts in France, having hosted the 1924 Olympic Games. The well-known and magnificent Mont Blanc provides a glorious backdrop and is an obvious skier and boarder paradise. Courchevel, part of Les Trois Vallees, is a serious contender as the glamour playground. The resort of Meribel is highly popular, with a reputation for its very active après scene. Val d’Isere is a fast favourite with younger skiers and boarders wanting to work hard and play harder. Val Thorens is basically treeless because of its location and very high altitude, and this ethereal environment makes it enticing. The differences in ski terrains of the various ski resorts offer both challenges and fun. Each also provides alternative activities to keep you entertained and engaged. So, how to choose between the many resorts for your personal private catered chalet is difficult and will undoubtedly introduce a pleasant debate.
Elegance, romance, style and culture are all words that come to mind when thinking about France. Over and above being a distinguished winter ski country, France is famous for its magnificent monuments, its artists, fashion designers, exquisite cuisine and top of the range spas. With a variety of settings ranging from bustling world-class cities like Paris, Lyon and Nice, where you can rent a luxury apartment, to vineyards in the countryside of Provence and Bordeaux, with romantic and authentic luxury villas for rent, France offers so much to see and do that it is simply impossible not to fall in love with this country. Enjoy chocolaty crepes on your way to the Louvre where Mona Lisa smiles at admirers from all over the world or be transported back in time when you see Marie Antoinette's bedroom in the palace of Versailles. Float along the Seine past the imposing towers of the Notre Dame cathedral and have your portrait painted by local street artists on your way to the legendary windmill facade of the Moulin Rouge. Shop till you drop along the Champs Élysées, and enjoy macaroons and champagne in some of Coco Chanel's favourite cafes.