La Cordée des Alpes

An Opulent Getaway

Text Claude Hervé-Bazin / Photo La Cordée des Alpes
Date of publication Winter 2018-2019

La Cordée is a hotel, a residence, and a prestigious chalet, combining the timelessness of the mountain spirit with a contemporary design and friendly atmosphere. Nestled in the background are all the services of a luxury four-star plus establishment.

At La Cordée des Alpes, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it’s all about discreet luxury in inviting surroundings which cater to your well-being. The décor is discerning; contemporary interiors infused with subtle touches of nostalgia harking back to the Alps of times gone by. A pair of old, weather-worn skis lean delicately against the wall, old wooden panelling and furniture feature throughout, and the intricacy of the carved balconies is akin to lace.
The cosy décor makes you instantly feel at home — but better! In the 32 bedrooms and suites, the quilts are plumped up like clouds, the pillows dreamily soft, and cosy throws yearn for you to wrap yourself up in them — an unadulterated invitation to kick back and relax. Further on, you come to a lounge area with a fireplace, a huge bathroom and a balcony offering a panoramic view of the mountains.
The pursuit of well-being continues in a delicious spa (that can be privatised) in the basement. Sink into the water in the Jacuzzi or do a few gentle laps in the adjacent 15 m pool (heated to 29 °C), surrounded by high vaulted ceilings and sculpted wooden screens. Along with the steam room and a sauna, there’s a warm stone bench, a fireplace, a panoramic view and three wellness rooms where you will find Cinq Mondes and Karin Herzog Spa treatments with aromatic plants and Balinese fruit.
La Cordée’s fine dining restaurant (Gault&Millau’s verdict: 14 out of 20) is a blend of urban brasserie, cosy booths, exposed beams and shuttered windows which lay claim to its Alpine identity. Working away in the open kitchen is the chef Fabrice Taulier who comes from Cannes and has worked in a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in France and Switzerland. He swears by fresh and local products.
Tucked inside La Cordée des Alpes there are also 17 very high-end private apartments (ranging from 75 to 300 m²!), some of which can be hired for the day or by the week. Comprising two or three bedrooms, they can accommodate up to six guests and have access to the same services as the hotel’s rooms. They also come with the personalised services of a concierge, which can be called upon to book private ski lessons or a mountain guide for example. Ultimate luxury.