Check out the tips Melissa Freitas and discover one of the most charming destinations in the French Alps.

Courchevel is a village in the French Alps, more specifically in Rhône-Alpes, and this small village is so amazing that it has won the title of the most luxurious ski resort in the world.

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Courchevel 1850 is a charm, one of the most beautiful villages in the world

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Maybe you don't know yet that Courchevel is divided by altitudes, starting with 1100, followed respectively by 1300, 1550, 1650 and the famous and charming Courchevel 1850, darling of the famous and the magnates who visit the region.

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The luxurious village of Courchevel 1850 is home to numerous 5-star hotels and several award-winning restaurants, as well as exclusive luxury stores such as Chanel, Fendi, Dior and others.

But the true charm of this village for me is due to its typical architecture of an alpine village, but with all the luxuries that a village can have, making the place even more charming. In addition, Courchevel 1850 has a ski center in the middle of the village, there you can go skiing, or you can take one of the many lifts for other seasons.

Perfect ski slopes for all audiences 

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The huge variety of ski slopes make Courchevel a perfect place for all audiences of different ages and levels of practice. 

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced skier, you can be sure that you will find excellent options for slopes there.

Top-notch cuisine in the French Alps

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Courchevel may be small, but the village has one of the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants compared to other famous ski villages around the world.

If you are a food lover and want to enjoy the best it has to offer, this is the ideal village for you. Among the most famous options there, I recommend visiting Le 1947, L'Azimut, Les Airelles, Le Montgomerie, Le Chabichou, Le Kintessence and Baumanière 1850. It is essential if you want to dine there.

Stay at the charming Ecrin Blanc ski resort

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The hotel chosen for my stay in Courchevel was the Ecrin Blanc, a newly opened ski resort in the village that really surprised me. 

The hotel has 127 rooms, offering rooms and suites that are modern but rustic at the same time, without losing that magical feeling of staying in a village in the mountains.

Among the various amenities offered to its guests, for me, the best was the free access to Aquamotion.

The hotel is also ski in – ski out, which means that you can leave it skiing, because at the door of the hotel there is a lift that takes you to the best slopes in the region. In addition, Ecrin Blanc offers all the comfort in the world for families, as it has a kids club that works seven days a week for the little ones, so parents can go skiing without the slightest worry.

Ecrin Blanc also offers rooms for up to 8 people, which is perfect for larger families who want to stay in the same environment. I take the opportunity to leave a recommendation, be sure to visit The Grill, one of the hotel's restaurants, which is wonderful. Without a doubt, staying in such a complete resort made my experience in Courchevel even more special.

To relax a lot after a day of skiing at Aquamotion

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Aquamotion is a true paradise in Courchevel. The indoor water park and at the same time a wellness center, which offers a gym, Spa with different types of cosmetic treatments, saunas and heated pools for its customers. In addition, to please those who love an extreme sport, it has a swimming pool for artificial surfing and a climbing wall, both must-see. 

To buy a lot in luxury brands

By attracting celebrities and millionaires from all over the world, Courchevel has several designer stores. Among them are: Chanel, Moncler, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Fendi Ski, Dior Ski, Gucci, Prada and many others.

The cool thing is that these stores often have exclusive winter and ski collections, that is, with pieces that you probably wouldn't find elsewhere, amazing isn't it? In addition to the stores mentioned above, expect to find some extremely refined jewelry stores, as well as some exclusive shoe stores.

For the convenience of skiing on the best ski slopes in the world

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Courchevel offers about 150 kilometers of ski slopes, and also has 58 lifts, that is, there are many slopes.

My tip is to pay attention to their classification. For beginners, the green and blue tracks are recommended, while for the more experienced, the recommendation is to enjoy the red and black tracks, which are more advanced.

You can buy a ski pass to ski all over the three valleys, which together add up to more than 600 km of slopes. It is worth mentioning that the ski slopes of the three valleys are classified among the best in the world for skiing.

Take a day trip to Annecy, one of the most beautiful cities in France

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Annecy is about 90km from Courchevel, and it's one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to. Surrounded by the French Alps and with a spectacular, crystal-clear lake that cuts through the city, this place attracts thousands of tourists every year.

I confess that I went at an even more special time, after all, there were only two days left for Christmas, and the Christmas atmosphere took over the city through the famous fairs.

I took the opportunity to delight myself with the typical French racclete with the traditional mulled wine.

Finally, my trip to Courchevel was incredible, and certainly one of the most memorable I've made. The region is beautiful, has sophisticated hotels, excellent restaurants and shops, in addition to being part of the largest ski area in the world. My last recommendation for you is to set aside at least 4 days for the city, so you can enjoy the best it has to offer.

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