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resorts. Luckily for those who don’t have their own chalets, L’Apogée is a very special offering to the latter destination, which has become synonymous with fashion houses such as Prada, Chanel and Gucci as well as many Michelin-star restaurants. Located at 1,850m, the hotel (which cost €100 million to build) opened in December 2013 and is situated on what was once an Olympic ski jump in the Jardin Alpin area, affording the most incredible views.

There’s nothing better than waking up to the mountainous outlook breathing in the alpine air, fresh coffee in hand I visit in peak season and on arrival am struck by the homely and sophisticated chalet feel of the hotel, which has been brought to life by architect and interior design team Joseph Dirand and India Mahdavi. Wool plaid carpets, supple leather and reams of plush velvet give a sense of indulgence to Le Bar de L’Apogée, while a fire, sofas and throws add warmth and cosiness to the space. It makes the most idyllic spot for lunch, and with hearty food such as black truffle risotto and macaroni pasta with smoked salmon on offer, it’s easy to ski and flop here. However, for those who wish to return to the slopes after regaining their energy, it is effortlessly done thanks to the exceptional level of service at L’Apogée. Having been on many a ski holiday, I often find myself lugging my skis over one shoulder, waddling in my boots while trying not to fall over with each of my poles at vertical and horizontal angles respectively. Instead, not only is my equipment expertly fitted at the Ski Room, my skis and poles are placed directly on the ski run outside of the hotel, so all I have to do is click myself in and go. It is the ultimate in ski in/ski out. And this season, with the opportunity to ski with Olympic medallist, Florence Masnada, what’s not to love?

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Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine January 2017  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...

Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine January 2017  

Welcome to the latest edition of Marylebone & Fitzrovia magazine, celebrating the dynamism of the area and bringing you the latest features,...

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