Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Val d'Isere

Alpine Experience
Head to Alpine Experience for off-piste ski instruction; highly recommended is the all-day, one-on-one session.
Bananas
Comprising two separate bars - one for beer and one for spirits - Bananas caters to a crowd of hardcore drinkers.
Bellavarde
Best Après-ski – Val d’Isere, France
Cafe Face
Stripped brick walls, comfy couches and low lighting add charm to the Euro beats and sliding scale of drink prices...
Chalet Big Yeti
Chalet Big Yeti offers designed ski luxe for high-rollers and dedicated skiers.
Chalet Lhotse
Chalet l'Hotsé is a hedonistic home away from home, with everything a discerning skier could ever want found inside.
Chalet Montana
Chalet Montana is a super-luxe chalet for aspiring oligarchs and successful hedge-funders.
d’altitude Le Panoramic
Restaurant d'altitude Le Panoramic may not offer the most salubrious surroundings, but by God is the food good.
Dicks Tea Bar
Dicks Tea Bar is the most famous watering hole in the French Alps; up to 1,000 club kids crowd in each and every day for cocktails and chatter.
Doudoune
Doudoune is one of Val d'Isere's superclubs; expect big-name club nights and even bigger-name DJs hosting them.
Ecole du Ski Français
Etoile des Neiges
Etoile des Neiges is a foodie haven, with a menu that tours the globe and views of the dam at nearby Les Boisses.
Hotel Christiania
A mere snowball's throw from the nursery slopes, the family-owned Hotel Christiania is comfortable and elegant.
Hotel Le Brussel’s
Le Brussel's is the oldest family-run hotel in Val d'Isère, with the most enviable location to boot.
Hôtel Le Savoie
The five-star Hôtel Le Savoie has been recently refurbished to offer delicious food, a sunny terrace, opulent spa and extremely well-appointed rooms.
Hotel Le Tsanteleina
Hotel Le Tsanteleina is a centrally located grande-dame with cosy but oh-so comfortable rooms. Check in and check it out.
Jean Sports
Shop 'til you drop at Jean Sports, which offers everything the serious skier needs for a season on the slopes.
L’Aigle des Neiges
L'Aigle des Neiges is a design-conscious ski hotel with an emphasis on gourmet food and sumptuous spa treatments. What's not to love?
L’Aiguille Percée
A needle of rock with a large hole worn through it, L'Aiguille Percée is perfect for off-piste enthusiasts and amateur geologists...
L’Atelier d’Edmond
Decidely upscale, L'Atelier d'Edmond is a restaurant with a past in the hamlet of Fornet.
L’Edelweiss
L'Edelweiss is a serious restaurant for serious foodies; be sure to book, even when the resort is quiet.
La Becca
Expect the unexpected at La Becca, with highly creative cuisine served up at the three-star La Becca hotel.
La Fruitière
Decked out like a traditional Alpine milking parlour, La Fruitière is all about dairy.
La Grande Ourse
As one of the most renowned restaurants in Val d'Isère, La Grande Ourse offers gourmet grub beside a roaring open fire.
La Luge
Cheese is the thing at La Luge, with fondues and raclettes aplenty.
La Poudreuse
Those who are as serious about their style as they are their ski head to La Poudreuse for upscale clothing, accessories and equipment.
La Table de l’Ours
La Table de l'Ours is one of the two Michelin-starred restaurants in Val d'Isère with traditional mountain staples given haute twists.
Le Blizzard
Chalet chic meets retro kitsch at Le Blizzard, with amenities that include an outdoor hot tub for relaxing in after a long day on the slopes.
Le Chardon
Stunning views and an emphasis on luxury mark this out as one of the most desirable and exclusive chalets in the whole of Val d’Isere.
Le Graal
Flashy and Euro-trashy, Le Graal is one of Val d'Isere's most happening hotspots; go late and finish even later.
Le Grain de Sel
It's all about the five-course evening menu at Le Grain de Sel, the in-house restaurant at the five-star Le Savoie Hotel.
Le Moris Pub
Le Moris Pub is one Val d'Isere's original - and most atmospheric - pubs. Party with the best of 'em.
Les Barmes de L’Ours
Our favourite hotel in town, the immaculate design and attention to detail at Les Barmes de L'Ours - the 'Bear's Footprints' - is only bettered by the comfort and service.
Lo Soli
Lo Soli offers a gorgeous menu of homecooked food, views overlooking the Tignes Valley and one of the best hot chocolates on the mountain.
Mountain Masters
Adrenaline junkies take note; Mountain Masters offers some of the coolest activities in the region, including heli-skiing.
Must-Have Stylish Ski Kit 2012/13
Oxygène Ski & Snowboard
Oxygène Ski & Snowboard School offers all the usual guiding and instruction, together with a special 'Scaredy Cat' beginners' course that would get even the most nervous skier up and on.
Pier, Paul & Jack
Pier, Paul & Jack; three restaurants under one roof, three different ways to dine, all of them excellent.
Rocher du Charvet
Rocher du Charvet offers enough technical difficulties to challenge even the most seasoned skier.

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