9 January 2013
The French resort of Val Thorens boasts three impressive feats – firstly, set at 2300m above sea level this is Europe’s highest mountain resort. Secondly, when positioned alongside Meribel and Courchevel in Les Trois Vallées, VT (as its affectionately known) is smack bang in the heart of the world’s largest and most sought after ski terrains. But last and by no means least, whilst the town itself has rather unfairly been dubbed a purpose-built resort, here the mountainside is home to of one of the Alps’ leading “skipalaces” – the five star, glass-clad, birch-lined boutique hotel, Altapura.
Entering the plush surrounds of Altapura the hotel’s efficient team will whisk you to a world far away from the bustle of chair lifts and ski schools in France’s most snow-sure mountain resort. Taking design and interiors inspiration from its surrounding landscape, Altapura is a ski hotel with a twist and its Pure Altitude spa is a haven for skiers seeking some much needed R&R. The Pure Altitude concept was devised by stylish French hotelier and visionary behind Altapura, Jocelyne Sibuet. By developing a range of pure, natural cosmetics Sibuet’s Pure Altitude spa is an expression of unadulterated wellbeing inspired by its alpine setting.
Whether you want to take a dip in the mineral waters of Altapura’s indoor pool which leads to a steaming outdoor terrace overlooking the snowy mountains beyond, or prefer to kick back in either one of the spas two saunas, a final refresher in the spa’s frozen igloo will awaken your senses and have you back on the piste in no time. But, if you are really feeling the strain of the slopes make an appointment with the spa’s highly trained therapists and experience the balancing and relaxing “Énergétique des Alpes” treatment. Combining a hot oil massage with detoxifying Himalayan salts, this is a pick-me-up pamper session well worth missing an afternoon on the mountain for.