Airelles Val d'Isère

A sleek slopeside ski resort in Savoie

Near the Italian border in one of France's swankiest ski resorts, Airelles Val d'Isère sits on the Place de Neige at the foot of more than 180 miles of slopes. The family-friendly hotel offers ski-in/ski-out access to what's considered one of the most stunning ski areas in Europe — and it is conveniently located in the heart of the picturesque, stone-chalet-clad alpine village.

Nodding to traditional Savoyard architecture, the wooden-chalet-style resort blends into the natural backdrop of the surrounding Tarentaise mountains. From the top fifth floor, five private apartments — outfitted with open fireplaces and hand-picked antiques — place you on par with the peaks. And you'll have prime views of the mountains from your floor-to-ceiling balcony doors.

Despite having only 41 rooms and suites, the resort sports an impressive seven bars and restaurants, including cigar lounge The Smoking Room; modern Savoyard fare at La Grande Ourse, housed in a historic chalet at the foot of the slopes; and Peruvian-influenced Japanese at celeb chef Nobu's Matsuhisa Val d'Isère.

You'll have access to the highest quality ski gear and accessories by luxury brands ready and waiting for you in the Bernard Orcel Ski Room, where the valets will get you properly kitted out and welcome you back with hot drinks and crêpes when you return from your time on the slopes.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The team of Les Clefs d'Or concierges can help curate personalized itineraries that range from adrenaline rushes like ice diving in Tignes Lake to something more family-friendly, like a husky sled ride through the valley.
  • The Val d'Isère hotel was made for skiers. It offers an unbeatable location on the Place de Neige, the ski resort's main square, where all pistes connect. Valets in the Bernard Orcel ski room will outfit you from head to toe, and the ski room presents an array of drinks, cakes, cookies and more for après-ski snacking.
  • The alpine-themed Guerlain Spa is a sumptuous way to spend a day indoors or recover after adventuring around the mountains. Soak in the indoor pool or jacuzzi before indulging in a tailor-made treatment or rejuvenating signature ritual designed by Franco-Belgian osteopath Tom Pichaud.
  • You will eat well here. The French Alps hotel plies you with complimentary treats, from a spread of cakes and sweets in the lobby to the minibar goodies. But you also can choose from an array of wonderful restaurants, including Loulou, a Paris import with freeze-dried flowers hanging from the ceiling, Ralph Lauren red plaid walls, Italian fare on the plates and an expansive terrace for views; La Grande Ourse, a traditional Savoyard eatery with gooey raclette and fondue; and Matsuhisa Val d'Isère, for its namesake chef's famous black cod miso and other Peruvian-Japanese dishes.
  • The Kids Ski Club is one of the included amenities in a stay, with small-group ski lessons for children ages 6 to 12 offered every day during school holidays. After a morning on the slopes, the group heads for a mountainside meal at the resort's high-altitude restaurant or an after-school snack at the Kids' Club before ski instructors award well-deserved medals to each student. The family-friendly hotel also provides lounges for teens and kids equipped with games and toys, respectively, and an indoor grotto pool for children.

Things to Know

  • If you're traveling as a larger group or family and want your own private retreat, book the nearby Chalet Schuss. The standalone two-floor, four-bedroom residence includes access to all the amenities at Airelles Val d'Isère, plus a Norwegian bath with panoramic views of the peaks and a dedicated team that includes a butler and chef.
  • Families traveling with kids and teens can enjoy the snow-swathed surroundings together on adventures like a guided snowshoe hike (a great alternative for those who want a break from skiing) to some of the more under-the-radar spots around Val d'Isère.
  • The luxury resort treats pets like one of the family with a (complimentary) personalized collar and monogrammed mat — plus an on-call huntsman to take your pooch for a stroll around Val d'Isère while you're out on the slopes.
  • Airelles Val d'Isère is open seasonally, from December to April.

24-hour room service
Babysitting services
Fitness classes
House car
Indoor pool
Pet friendly
Getting There
145 Rue de la Poste, 73150 Val d'Isère, France
GVA (2 hr 30 min-3 hr 20 min)   LYS (2 hr 30 min-3 hr 20 min)  
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