New hotels and accommodation in the French mountains

In France’s mountain resorts, character villages sit comfortably alongside modern ski resorts. You’ll find a diverse range of accommodation, from five star luxury hotels to toasty traditional chalets and cosy hostels. There really is something to suit all tastes and budgets. Here we highlight some of the fabulous new accommodation options for the 2021-2022 winter season for you to plan your perfect winter getaway.

Luxuriate

In Auron, Alpes-Maritime, the entirely pedestrianised luxury resort of Le Monde des Neiges (External link) will open a 5* hotel in 2022. Looking out over the peaks of the Mercantour National Park, you’ll have sublime 180-degree views of the superb ski area. The elegant architecture of wood and stone is inspired by the barns of the alpine Tinée valley. There’s a spa, pool and five restaurants managed by 2 Michelin star chef Bruno Oger.

Indulge

If you love tradition, you’ll love the utterly charming 4* Hotel Les Chalets de la Serraz (External link) in La Clusaz. This superb 19th century traditional alpine chalet is just 50m from the slopes and 4 km from the heart of the village of La Clusaz. Restaurant La Table de Karine presents a deliciously fresh and local menu. Just what you need after a day of skiing and snowy activities.

The 4* Hotel Le Saint-Gervais (External link) is a snowball’s throw from the Mont-Blanc Tramway. This historic 20th century building seamlessly blends Art Nouveau with contemporary style to create a relaxing and elegant ambiance. The hotel also boasts a superb wellness area with both indoor and outdoor pools, jacuzzi, hammam, sauna and treatment rooms - the perfect way to revitalise and relax.

Meanwhile, the renowned 4* Hotel and Spa, Le Chalet Blanc (External link) in Montgenèvre, 1860 m above sea level and at the foot of the slopes, has been revamped. The 30 rooms of this ski-in ski-out hotel offer a charming mix of traditional alpine architecture and warm contemporary touches.

Relax

Take a break at one of the cosy, chic, and outstandingly fabulous and funky places to stay in the French Mountain Resorts such as the unforgettable and unique Rocky Pop Hotel (External link) in Flaine. A quirky design and everything you need in one place from the XXL lobby bar, three restaurants, games areas for the whole family. There’s also a grocery store, Nuxe spa with swimming pool, and apartments for 2 to 10 people.

Keeping on the pop theme, the 3* PopAlp Hotel (External link) in Alpe d’Huez really is unmissable with its balconies decorated with a hundred brightly coloured skis! The interior is also reminiscent of the Pop Art culture, an alpine gallery of dazzling murals and sculptures plus 50 original paintings commissioned for the hotel. Every one of the 28 rooms is unique – and fabulous.

Meanwhile in Les 2 Alpes, near the Massif des Ecrins, the Hostel Base Camp Lodge (External link) has 30 rooms, family suites and even dormitories for up to 10 people, perfect for friends and family. Enjoy a cosy atmosphere and sleek mountain style décor, plus there is a restaurant which serves hearty mountain cuisine catering for every taste, including vegan. There’s also a fitness room, sauna, and ski room.

And in Auris-en-Oisans, close to Alpe d’Huez, the brand new Alp’Auris 3* residence (External link) is designed to be eco-friendly. Perched at an altitude of 1,600 m in the heart of the resort with magnificent views over the snowy Oisans mountain range. With comfortable self-catering apartments for 4 to 8 people, it’s an ideal place to stay with family and friends. There’s an indoor swimming pool as well as a wellness area with sauna and hammam.

Health measures in ski resorts 2021-22: what to expect

From 4 December 2021, the pass sanitaire (health pass) is required by everyone aged 12 and over:
-For air, inter-regional train and coach travel to resorts
-To access ski lifts
-To access ski schools
-To enter bars, restaurants and cultural venues
-To enter nightclubs and late-night bars
-To access certain accommodation where there is a restaurant, fitness area or swimming pool.

It is not required for entrance to shops (including equipment hire shops) and tourist offices.

Face masks are compulsory while queuing for lifts and on board lifts (neck warmers accepted), and when indoors or in outdoor gatherings at ski schools – but not while skiing.

Further information for your skiing holiday: