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L’Apogée Courchevel opens tomorrow 11.12.13

L’Apogée Courchevel – the latest masterpiece from the Oetker Collection – will open this Wednesday (11th December 2013) in Courchevel’s Jardin Alpin.
Located at the very top of the former Olympic ski jump, with some of the finest views in the resort, the 55 bedroom L’Apogée comes complete with a four bedroom penthouse covering the entire top floor of the hotel, an exclusive five bedroom chalet, a Sisley Spa  with large mosaic pool.

The spectacular restaurant and two bars by renowned Chef Franck Ferigutti, will include a Fromagerie as well as a ham-aging cellar, whilst L’Apogée’s ski-in ski-out facilities perfectly complete the experience that guests have come to expect from this unique collection of hotels.

L’Apogée has been designed with chic individualism by architect-designers Joseph Dirand and India Mahdavi – two of the most well respected designers of their generation.  Both are known for giving their projects a unique sense of style and soul and L’Apogée’s minimalism combined with warmth is an elegant triumph. Their roles on the project entirely complement one another – Joseph has created the style for the public spaces in the hotel and India the rooms and suites.  Their combined approach merges two very different styles – India’s maximalist, colourful and more feminine and Joseph’s more architectural and more toned down.

Both designer’s inspirations of fashion, travel and a rhythmic approach to creativity are inherent throughout.  The combined aim was to create a family château or a Swiss or Tyrolian manor house rather than a traditional hotel environment.  A place with a warm, cosy environment to complement a day out on the slopes.  The public areas are therefore less formal than many hotels – there is an entrance lobby that is more like a private house and a small lounge adjacent to it.   The duo have also mixed club style furniture with more vintage pieces.

L’Apogée’s 55 rooms and suites have been designed by India in a modern luxurious style. The 20 rooms fall into one of two categories; Deluxe are up to 30sqm and Prestige rooms up to 40sqm. Each is beautifully furnished and offers flexibility with many rooms having adjoining doors.

Each of the 33 suites is designed as a mini chalet with an entrance: a place to sit, hang up a jacket and take off shoes.  The space in each room is generous yet comfortable with round shapes, arches and cosy alcoves. They are not overwhelmed by the décor but somewhere guests can make their own. The varied and rich materials chosen include pine wood, wool, suede and velvet in colours like burgundy, pine green, blue-green and ginghams - materials which create a warm cocoon effect.  The ceilings are coffered and there is marble from Sarrancolin and Saint Laurent in France and Connemara in Ireland in the fireplaces, countertops and tabletops as well as patinated bronzes and gilded touches here and there.  For the bathrooms, there is a two-tone mix of Fior di Bosco marble and black stone from Zimbabwe, to give more depth and a sense of opulence, all accentuated by brushed brass tacks. The majority of the bathrooms have double windows onto the room and a mountain view from the bath.

The L’Apogée Courchevel Penthouse is the height of luxury. Occupying the entire top floor of the hotel, it offers four en-suite bedrooms, three of which can be set-up as either double or twin occupancy, while a fourth has two single beds. Such flexibility makes the penthouse perfect for families or groups of friends travelling together. There is also a dining room, living room and extensive roof terrace as well as sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi and for sheer indulgence, a rooftop hot tub. Views are exceptional across the valley and there is also a media room with video on demand services and state-of-the-art gaming facilities. The Penthouse comes complete with a dedicated Butler.

Located adjacent to the hotel and benefiting from its own private entrance and ski-in, ski-out convenience, Chalet L’Amarante offers no less than five floors of luxurious accommodation. There are five en-suite bedrooms, a wonderful dining experience with a dedicated Chef and Butler and an array of indulgent spa facilities including a sauna, Jacuzzi and a double massage room.

Guests enter via a private entrance on the ground floor and go through to a lobby with access to the chalet’s lift. This floor totals 97sqm and accommodates a kitchen, dining room and guests’ own lounge with bar. The upper floors house two 50sqm bedrooms complete with private bathrooms and dressing rooms – one with a steam bath. The top floor presents a unique ‘mansarde’ or attic room, which also has its own bathroom and dressing room. The chalet has two lower ground floors that also offer two further 50sqm bedrooms with bath and dressing rooms as well as a cinema with state-of-the-art video on demand and gaming.

L’Apogée’s signature restaurant Le Comptoir de L’Apogée has been created as a place to meet anytime of the day. Two fabulous staircases frame the dramatic main restaurant and look directly through the venue to a wall of windows overlooking the pristine ski slopes beyond. A ham-aging cellar is the centerpiece of the restaurant - a stage for the highly skilled chefs to present aged hams that are carved before guests and a Fromagerie, with cheeses sourced from artisan producers and matured on site by the restaurant’s affineurs. The style is relaxed and guests can have a meal at the bar or in one of the dining rooms.

Le Champagne Lounge will feature fine chilled champagnes in a warm, stylish atmosphere created in the vein of a private club with its marble countertop, fireplace and soft lighting. Working with select Champagne houses, head barman Akram Rechidov has created an original menu that features prestigious names but also some new and surprising appellations. During the day, a light menu has been created by Chef Franck Ferigutti, with his inimitable gourmet flair as a witty showcase of traditional lunchtime fair, such as hot dogs with Périgord truffle or the club sandwich with foie gras.

Le Bar de L’Apogée, will combine high style with smooth music until the small hours. Every evening it will welcome guests with a trendy vibe created by resident and guest DJs. The cocktail menu will be a mix of classics and new tastes for an original dimension. Accompanying canapés are available all evening.

Le Spa de L’Apogée is in collaboration with leading phyto-cosmetology brand Sisley and consists of six exquisitely designed rooms as well as a hairdressing salon. There is also a steam room, sauna and salt cave and a special Baniya Suite for couples which has a heated cabin with iced plunge pool. The fitness centre has first class gym equipment, with professional trainers and physiotherapists always on hand to soothe away the strains of the ski slopes. The large mosaic swimming pool is especially serene with its own Jacuzzi.

Sisley sources its inspiration from the very core of plants and is one of the pioneers in phyto-cosmetology. Sisley’s know-how combines plant knowledge, their composition and their effects on the skin functions, to the understanding of the skin and its mechanisms. Combining pleasure with effectiveness, Sisley products offer a palette of naturally fragranced innovative and sensorial textures, particularly well adapted to Salon treatments. The prestigious brand is best known for its use of essential oils and plant extracts to create highly effective products of the highest possible quality. Sisley treatments combine massage rituals from all over the world and the power of aromatherapy to reunify body and mind.

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