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Hotel Altapura, Val Thorens

Hotel Altapura, Val Thorens

The Hotel Altapura is a luxury five-star hotel in Val Thorens, which the owners call the 'highest ski palace in Europe.' It opened in 2011.

It's one of the top hotels in resort. Situated right by the foot of the Plein Sud piste, access to the snow couldn't be more convenient. Everything you need is on site, with a ski shop, bar & brasserie, and two restaurants. However, if you do wish to visit shops and bars in the resort, it's easily walkable, or the hotel's minibus will take you there.

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The Hotel Altapura is owned by the Sibuet Maisons & Hotels group, which also has Les Fermes de Marie in Megève, the Cour des Loges in Lyon, and the Villa Marie at St Tropez. 

The hotel's architecture stands out in Val Thorens, where almost all the buildings are a modern version of an Alpine chalet. The Altapura looks a little different: the hotel's website says, 'As a connoisseur of a certain way of life and appreciative of beautiful things, you will fall under the spell of this 5-star hotel. Spacious, elegant areas bring to mind the flair of luxury palace hotels, the atmosphere is Nordic-chic with a choice of noble materials such as wood and stone.'

The Altapura has a concierge service, and a Goitschel ski shop on site.

Hotel Altapura, Val Thorens: location

Hotel location map

The Hotel Altapura is at the bottom of the resort of Val Thorens, at the foot of the Plein Sud piste. (Click on image above to see hotels location map).

The advantage of the location is ease of access to the slopes - you come straight out of the ski room onto the snow. From there, you can take the lower lifts - Plein Sud, Deux Lacs, Moutière, Boismint, or Caron - or go up on the Musaraigne magic carpet, allowing access to Cascades or Péclet. Similarly, you can ski right back to the hotel.

Another advantage of this location is that it's away from the bars and nightclubs, so you're unlikely to be disturbed by late-night revellers. On the other hand, it is a few minutes walk away if you want to visit the resort's shops, bars or restaurants. However, the hotel does have a free minibus shuttle service.

Hotel Altapura, Val Thorens: rooms

The Altapura has 72 rooms and 16 suites, which are modern, and have large windows with views of the mountains. They  have mini bar, iPod dock, and Mac Mini TV. The feather mattresses are very comfortable. Room sizes are from 28m2 for a classic room to 57m2 for the largest suite.

Hotel Altapura, Val Thorens: bar and restaurant

Bar, Altapura Val Thorens

You can have a drink in the lounge, or on the south-facing terrace, or at Les Enfants Terribles.Stove, Altapura Val Thorens

Les Enfants Terribles is a bar and brasserie. It serves classic dishes, and aims for a festive atmosphere, with live music at times. 2.Mille.3 is the main restaurant, which serves dishes from a rotisserie or Asian wok, plus pasta, cheeses, and delicious desserts. La Laiterie, the third restaurant, serves Savoyarde specialities, including fondue.

Hotel Altapura, Val Thorens: spa

There's a large (1000m2) spa area. On the Altapura website, it even has its own 'philosophy'! '...[T]he energies from the five natural elements (wood, fire, stone, plants and water) interact to provide you with total well-being.'  

There are beauty treatments in a 'birch forest' atmosphere, plus a gym, an indoor-outdoor pool, and a jacuzzi, steam room, and sauna.

Hotel Altapura, Val Thorens: video

The hotel's video shows its bedrooms, lounge, and restaurants:

Hotel Altapura, Val Thorens: booking

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