LAST UPDATED: 7th December 2013 at 11:50am

Conversations about luxury ski hotels normally include the question, 'but how far are we from the slopes?'

In this case, the answer is about three steps from the bar. So far, so fabulous.


All the boxes are ticked off at Le Portetta: a cosy bar with roaring log fires; a ski room with staff who do everything, even warming your boots and getting them on and off you when you can't be bothered. And - if you stay in a loft room - expect a basket of goodies to tuck into when you arrive.

Other quirks include a stuffed polar bear at reception, oversized leather sofas and heated seating at the slope-side bar Fire & Ice.


Order a pizza from the wood-fired oven and wash it down with a bracing ice shot - the 'glass' is the ice bit so don't hang around!

Parallel a bit rusty? Our guide from New Generation Ski & Snowboard School got us up to speed with the slopes in two hours and recommended the best place for a vin chaud and lunch (Le Bel Air, known for its friendly service and great views).

Later on, a pre-dinner drink comes with a board loaded with complimentary local meats and cheeses.


WOW FACTOR: Honeymooning with kids in tow? Book through Scott Dunn and your little people will have access to the children's club. So, while you hit the slopes, they'll be making snowmen and going on trips up the mountain for hot chocolate and crêpes.

FLIGHT TIME: 2 hours.

GO: Scott Dunn offers seven nights in a Valley family room from £1,650 per person (based on two adults and one child sharing), half board. Includes flights with British Airways, return transfers from Geneva and a Scott Dunn Mini Explorers place.

LAST UPDATED: 1st November 2012 at 2:35pm

Swap white sand for the other white stuff and opt for the plush surroundings of this retreat high in the French Alps. La Portetta sits on the slopes of chic Courchevel 1650, moments away from a ski lift. Piste-facing bedrooms have stunning vistas, valley-facing bedrooms offer complete tranquillity, or for those with a larger budget, the luxurious lofts benefit from the services of a Michelin-starred chef. Strap on your ski boots in one of the most comfortable ski rooms around while Sebastien arranges your skis and poles by the slopes. The hotel also offers a wide range of Darphin spa treatments, so you can relax post-ski by taking a sauna or hamman and then stretch out in the relaxation room as music is piped overhead. Wow factor: Don't miss the fondue night at the restaurant. Go: Seasons ( offers seven nights half board in a Double Valley Room from £1,315 per person, including British Airways flights to Geneva and transfers.