Where’s on the radar for 2014?
Try L’APOGEE, Courchevel, France
New on the skiing scene in Courchevel is the just-opened, ‘ski-in, ski-out’ gem by ultra-luxe hotel brand Oetker Collection. Described as a ski-palace, L’Apogee has at its heart a focus on dining with its signature restaurant Le Comptoir de L’Apogée. Designed by legendary interior designer Joseph Dirand, it features a wall of windows overlooking the pristine ski slopes beyond, and has a ham-aging cellar as the centerpiece of the restaurant. Overseen by revered French chef Franck Ferigutti, there is also a fromagerie, with cheeses sourced from artisan producers and matured on site by in-house affineurs. Located at the top of Jardin Alpin, the 55-bedroom hotel has quirky, colourful interiors by India Mahdavi, as well as a top-floor, four-bedroom penthouse, a private chalet with its own cinema, a Sisley spa and Kid’s Club with a real igloo. Prepare to be wowed.