Winter 2016 Another idea of luxury
Even the fondue evening took on the appearance of a « dinner buffet” between friends. What if we had finally found an alternative to the bombastic codes of the 5 stars? Changing the genre, in an intimate luxury holiday and feel-like-home mode? All of it, at the foot of the most beautiful ski area in the world.Last « out” of land authorized in Courchevel 1850 in the last two years, Le Hameau de la Voilère is the new gem by the confidential EVOK Hotels Collection group . Come on, one more? We can already see you smile … First (good) surprise: in the heart of Courchevel, the locality is nestled in a discreet perimeter, even peaceful, from the terraces, an unobstructed view of a beautiful part of the Alps. Where are the jackets sewn with gold thread?
The first impression is always the good one: We learned the lesson … and arriving in the main lodge, called Les Bastidons, all our little fears evaporate like snow. Ostentatious luxury, fancy table sets … that was before. The luxury here is something else. We just reached the front door, and that’s with big smiles that we are being proposed with a disarming ease slippers just like at home to quietly sit by the fireside. A glass of champagne wearing triple thick slipper, that’ the definition of palace.
Three exceptional chalets – Les Bastidons, Nanuq and Cryst’Aile – three sublime refuges of the genre, which communicate (or not) for organized gangs. Each spread over 5 floors and can accommodate 12 people, necessarily logistics and facilities are up to standard: true spa and pool for everyone (even with a kitchen space for impromptu nibbles for midnight swims ..), small cinema (the one that fantasy for years with friends, vautroirs sofa), ski room and new equipment (obviously!), jacuzzi on the terrace and … precisely terraces almost on every floor. Fossilized in my chair with my plaid cashmere and the sunset over the mountains, I am alone in the world. What do you mean I’m not really at home?
Classy: the incredible wine cave and the vintages bottles that we glaze at behind the windows of the Chalet Les Bastidons, with a selection at every price range for amateurs.
We do not forget … the massage, booked after a day of skiing and then, finally: the concept of personalized care. Therapists wisely left a little aside the “protocols” brands to work intuitively and focus on sensitivity. After the effort, comfort takes his whole dimension. And it is rare enough to put the stress on it.
We liked the large family chalet spirit and elegance with simplicity, clean lines and a few constants. The interior designer Christophe Tollemer has avoided clichés and has not transformed these chalets into Deco showroom annexes. Favoring wood, beautiful fabrics and a real sense of comfort and charm that are sufficient to characterize the “living home”, those who can be eventually forgotten over the stay.
Of course, as elsewhere, nothing is impossible – concierge, butler, private chef, personal trainer … – but first the concept of “luxury home” will be remembered. And the perspective to bring together 11 playmates to book the next winter.