Courchevel, France

Trois Vallées, The French Alps.:

Mountainside Hideaway The name of this alpine village in the Trois Vallées might well be French for “jet set.” Even so, it’s as romantic as it is glitzy: the wooden chalets, picturesque churches, and mountain views are as much a draw as the designer boutiques, Michelin-starred restaurants, and nightclubs. With five enclaves, each named for its elevation, at 1,000, 1,300, 1,550, 1,650, and 1,850 meters, Courchevel gets pricier and more sophisticated the higher up you go. Check into the year-old Oetker Collection hotel, L’Apogée Courchevel, with its velvet, leather, and black marble interiors. Best of all? The hotel offers ski in/ski out access to 375 miles of piste.

—Christopher Petkanas


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