Lodge evaluation: La Sivolière, Courchevel, France

Nestled amongst the pine bushes on the high of Courchevel 1850, one in every of France’s glitziest ski resorts sits La Sivolière. The 5-star boutique resort has lately undergone an intensive renovation by English designer Sara Copeland and welcomed Michelin Star chef Fanny Rey to run their new restaurant Le 1850 Be Natural.

La Sivolière’s laid-back ambiance and veritable assortment of nooks and crannies make it the perfect location to curve up with a ebook and glass of wine. Should you’re feeling within the get together temper, the resort’s full of life nightlife is only a fast 10-minute hop down the hill.

While Courchevel has its fair proportion of luxurious motels (ten 5 star motels and 5 palaces to be precise), La Sivolière presents their friends one thing distinct: heat, homely hospitality and a dedication to sustainability. In truth, the excellent service is what helped elevate La Sivolière from a Four-star to a 5-star resort in 2010.

A few of the workers have labored there for greater than a decade, they usually look like one huge, joyful household. That is partly testomony to Basic Supervisor Florence Carcassonne, who runs the resort and delight and vigour.

Who for

As a boutique resort, La Sivolière is much less about Lobster Thermidor and diamond chandeliers and extra about making friends really feel as if they’re being welcomed into their new luxurious residence. will love cosying up by the hearth and benefiting from the newly renovated spa and swimming pool.

La Sivoliere bar

Cosying up by the bar at La Sivolière (c) Lucy Woods

La Sivolière is a family-friendly resort that really believes in offering youngsters with a enjoyable and memorable keep. They’ll check-in at their very own desk full with mini chairs and obtain a Mini Sivo passport. There’s a roster of actions from cooking workshops to creating their very own scented water. Youngsters may dine in their very own devoted restaurant, “Mini 1850”, which is full of books, video games and actions to maintain them amused whereas their mother and father get pleasure from a second of quiet.

Canine are additionally welcome on the resort will obtain the total 5-star remedy, with their very own room service menu, canine sitting service and luxurious canine mattress

For these of you planning to benefit from the snow, you’ll be able to lease your ski gear immediately from the resort and ski proper out of the door onto the slopes. Parfait!

Lodging

In all, there are 27 visitor rooms, six suites and two flats at La Sivolière. All rooms have lately been redesigned by British inside designer, Sara Copeland, who has centered on creating areas with loads of mild and modern furnishings. The partitions of every room are made with reclaimed flooring as a nod to sustainability.

La Sivoliere double room

La Sivolière double room (c) Lucy Woods

Double rooms are shiny and comfy, with massive beds with loads of plump pillows to sink into, cozy chairs and many wardrobe area. The lavatory has a shower and deluxe steam bathe with a separate bathroom, and toiletries by diptyque Paris. My balcony had a stunning view of the neighbouring ski slope poking via the pine bushes.

Amenities

Regardless of its comparatively small dimension, La Sivolière has first-class services. The newly renovated spa features a remedy room, swimming pool, small fitness center and sauna. Calm down on one of many sunbeds and benefit from the beautiful views of the French Alps whereas delicate jazz tinkles within the background.

La Sivoliere pool

Enjoyable by the pool (c) Lucy Woods

The spa itself has additionally undergone an eco-friendly makeover. All merchandise utilized in massages are from the natural model audacité, a French firm based mostly within the US that makes use of pure and natural elements. Every product is chosen with the shopper in thoughts bases on their pores and skin kind and private wants.

Foods and drinks

Breakfast and dinner are served within the restaurant on the decrease floor ground and resort friends may prepare to have bar snacks or a lightweight lunch on request. The principle restaurant is furnished in heat yellows, browns and whites, with some spectacular chandeliers constructed from antlers. A roaring hearth completes the cosy really feel of the room.

La Sivoliere restaurant

La Sivolière restaurant (c) Lucy Woods

Tucked in a single nook of the restaurant is the unique Le 1850 Be Natural, which may match simply 12 individuals at a time (a most of two teams of six). Michelin star Chef Fanny Rey has created a really particular menu that’s 100% natural and avoids the overuse of fats and sugar, and as a substitute focuses on utilising seasonal merchandise to create some really great dishes. Her signature dish, an infinite plump scallop serve within the shell with black truffle, was a revelation. As was the Dublin bay prawn heated on a scorching stone transported all the way in which from Saint-Rémy-de-Provence within the South of France.

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Fanny additionally prepares the new breakfast menu, which incorporates a number of the most scrumptious and creamy scrambled egg that I’ve ever tasted. Not solely does Fanny produce dishes of culinary genius however she can also be humble and totally charming, which makes her an ideal match for La Sivolière.

Is WiFi obtainable

Sure, WiFi is out there freed from cost and works very effectively all through the resort.

Room charges

La Sivolière is open from December to April. Double rooms begin at €620 per night time half board and suites begin at €1400 per night time.

What’s close by

Courchevel is a part of Les Trois Vallées (three valleys), the biggest ski space on this planet. You possibly can lease (or purchase) your gear from La Sivolière, which is run by the boutique ski store L’atelier. Should you’re staying for simply a few days there may be loads of snowboarding in Courchevel itself, overlaying 4 distinct areas. High high: We advocate hiring a ski teacher or information as it’s straightforward to get misplaced within the huge swathes of ski slopes and the multitude of chairlifts.

Courchevel Skiing

Snowboarding in Courchevel (c) Lucy Woods

Exterior of winter sports activities, Courchevel is known for its buzzing nightlife, designer boutiques and spectacular seven Michelin starred eating places. There’s additionally an indoor playzone for youths and an enormous indoor and out of doors waterpark, Aquamotion, with heated swimming pools, slides & a spa.

Getting there

Geneva, Lyon, Grenoble or Chambery airports are all a two to three-hour switch from Courchevel. Geneva Airport serves a number of UK airports together with London, Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.

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