The resort where anything is possible
Sparkling, flashy and breathtaking! Nestled at the heart of a stunning mountain landscape and boasting the largest ski area in the world (Les Trois Vallées), Courchevel 1850 is the resort to end all resorts. With no fewer than eighteen 5* hotels, including five luxury hotels (Cheval Blanc, Le K2, Les Airelles, the Apogée and the Barrière Les Neiges), seven Michelin-starred chefs and numerous spas, and high-end boutiques to its name as well as an altiport safely accessible by jet thanks to the BARNES iXAir service, the resort is certainly no stranger to luxury. People come here to ski, to see and be seen, to feel exhilarated and to take care of themselves, with some of the world’s biggest names in beauty and well-being competing to win over a demanding clientele. Minimal effort for maximum comfort really is the name of the game here. Those who appreciate quiet time together will no doubt enjoy the charm of Courchevel Moriond (1650), while families tend to prefer Courchevel Village (1550) and forest skiing aficionados Courchevel Le Praz and La Tania.
The real estate market: still at the peak
The resort, one of the three most expensive in the French Alps, comprises six districts located at different altitudes. The overall price per square metre in the particularly high-end Courchevel 1850 varies between €15,000 and €25,000, with some chalets costing up to €50,000 per square metre. In Courchevel Le Praz, prices are more reasonable and vary on average between €8,500 and €14,000, while properties in Courchevel Moriond and Courchevel Village vary between €9,000 and €16,000 per square metre.
Make sure you choose the area that’s right for you, since each neighbourhood has its own advantages according to BARNES real estate experts Peggy Maluchet and Emilie Bernard.
"Prices are only going to continue to rise, as space is limited and construction highly regulated, so this is absolutely the right time to buy if you’re looking to rent out the property seasonally or use it as a second home. Demand for this ‘holiday’ destination is certainly not decreasing and we’re experiencing a real surge in buyers as a result of the COVID crisis."
Interesting fact: It is common to have a basement housing a spa or car park.
The place to be? Courchevel Le Praz: directly accessible from the motorway and bustling all year round, this less expensive and more authentic historic hamlet is a typical mountain village, complete with snow-covered streets, old chalets and slopes snaking through the forest.
Village Life, an intense lifestyle
BARNES has put together a selection of top restaurants, trendy boutiques and cultural venues to help you discover what the bustling Courchevel has to offer! Diaries at the ready!
Our pick of the restaurants
Le Piaf Courchevel
Following its success in Paris, the Piaf is opening its very first branch in Courchevel. This smart and stylish restaurant serving up delicious classic recipes is also a cocktail bar and has developed its own bespoke piano bar concept. Great news for après-ski party people!
168 rue Park City, 73120 Courchevel
Le Fouquet's at the Palace Barrière Les Neiges will be warming the cockles this winter season with a brand new gastronomic menu created in collaboration with triple Michelin-starred Chef Pierre Gagnaire, guaranteed to take the culinary experience to new heights! We couldn’t get enough of the Rossini beef fillet, potato purée with truffle, or toasted vanilla and roasted hazelnut mille-feuille.
422 rue de Bellecôte, 73120 Courchevel
L’Aile ou la Cuisse, Mamie Courch’
L'Aile ou la Cuisse, in Courch' 1850, as the guys at brand-new retro-pop hotel Mamie Courch' call it, is open for lunch, dinner and even tea and specialises in providing a warm, friendly atmosphere in which to eat to your heart’s content.
Jardin alpin, 144 Rue Émile Allais, 73120 Courchevel
La Ferme Saint-Amour
©La ferme de Saint amour
A replica of the Megève restaurant, La Ferme de Saint-Amour brings a new flavour to Courchevel 1850 with its chic mountain bistro style. Oh, and did we forget to mention that it boasts triple Michelin-starred chef Éric Frechon of Le Bristol at its helm? Some of the delights that the menu has to offer include cream of red kuri squash soup with chestnut shavings, veal chop in a cured ham and Parmesan crust, Piedmont hazelnut soufflé, and Mont Blanc with blackcurrant juice and pieces and marron glacé.
90 rue des Chenus, 73120 Saint-Bon-Tarentaise
Places to visit
Galerie Saint Martin
The work of some of the great names in contemporary art is on display at the Saint Martin Gallery in Courchevel (which also has branches in Megève and even Saint-Tropez), along with pieces by a number of young emerging artists, guaranteeing plenty of punchy artistic discoveries to be made!
235 rue de la Croisette Courchevel 1850, 73120 Courchevel
Le Planté de Bâton
From 4pm to 8pm, it’s high time you kicked off your skis, relaxed and enjoyed the après-ski atmosphere on offer at Le Planté de Bâton, the ice-bar on the Courchevel 1850 snow front. In terms of setting, we’re talking a cable car that can seat up to 30 people and 8 *gondolas* for a more intimate affair, and when it comes to music, you can expect 1980's all the way, à la French Fried Vacation 2.
If you fancy a change from skiing to try your hand at being an adventurer like Jack London, how does a dog sled ride sound? We’d recommend booking this timeless experience offered by Courchevel Aventure sooner rather than later!
Le Chabichou Hôtel 5 étoiles
Courchevel’s legendary 5* Le Chabichou Hotel has reopened its doors with great fanfare this season following a full renovation that included its spa. Both die-hard skiers and tired holidaymakers alike will be able to enjoy being pampered with the leading Sothys range at this brand-new wellness centre, complete with hydrodynamic pool, hammam, polar bath, ice fountain, walk-through channel, sensory shower, salt cave and no fewer than six treatment rooms.
90 route des Chenus, 73120 Courchevel
L’Écorce Concept Store
L'Écorce Concept Store is a key feature of the resort, comprising a smart and welcoming restaurant, a cosy tea room and a shop selling the very latest in off-the-peg fashion and skiwear. The perfect way to spend some time away from the slopes.
349 rue Sainte-Blandine, 73120 Courchevel
Having first opened its doors in Courchevel in 1992, this shop selling tasteful flowers and decorative pieces (think Baccarat and Lalique) has become an institution that is very popular among the resort’s larger hotels. A beautiful winter garden to immerse yourself in!
9 rue de l’église, 73 120 Courchevel 1850
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