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Top 10 Hotels in France

A guest room at Altapura in Val Thorens, France



The exterior of Altapura in Val Thorens, France

This fabulous alpine ski resort feels as if it was designed by a Nordic Fellini. Its sloped walls may make some visitors dizzy, but we think they give the guest rooms and suites a cozy, postmodern cavern-like ambience. White on white on white brings the outdoors in, but interiors manage to feel warm and inviting. We love the attention to individual details, from the intricate wood cutwork (mirroring the snowflakes outside) to the designer faux deer heads on the walls. This ski-in/ski-out hotel resides in Val Thorens, the highest resort in Europe in the largest ski area (Three Valleys) in the world. It's no wonder then that its many services include an extreme sports concierge. Adding to the unique experience are Pure Altitude Spa with its magical birch forest atmosphere, les Enfants Terribles for classic fare in a glamorous atmosphere, and La Laiterie for traditional fondue at the end of an exhilarating day on the slopes.


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