The word 'indulgence' could have been invented for this hotel in the village of Courchevel 1850.


Why walk when you could travel in the hotel's Hermès carriage? Why sort out your own ski wear when your guide will do it for you? Why simply eat when you could dine at the two Michelin-star restaurant?

Courchevel's slopes are world famous, but the hotel has plenty else to occupy you, including Spa Valmont, with indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, an underlit pool, hammam and sauna.

Feeling brave? Try the snow cave - stand in it for 30 seconds wearing as little as you dare for total invigoration! There's also an ice rink, Fendi boutique and cinema. Fitting it all in is a different matter altogether.


WOW FACTOR: The gifts, from the his 'n' hers ski jackets in your suite when you arrive, to the goodies that appear on your pillow each night.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours

WHEN TO GO: Winter

GO: Doubles from £789 per night, half-board ( British Airways ( flies to Geneva from £104 return.