In the heart of Courchevel 1850, the idyllic mountain retreat of Les Airelles Courchevel stands as a vision straight out of a fairy tale. Its gingerbread-like exterior, adorned with whimsical turrets dusted in powdered sugar snow, twinkling lights, and the ever-present staff in their distinctive white baker boy-style uniforms, make it one of the most exclusive resorts in this elite alpine destination. It’s only fitting that this remarkable hotel has now become the sweet capital of France’s Trois Vallées, thanks to a recent partnership with the celebrated French pastry chef and social media sensation, Cedric Grolet, marking his very first alpine residency.
Nestled amidst snow-covered pine trees, this luxurious escape is a highly sought-after haven within the French ski resort, which has seen an increasing number of Arab travelers in recent years, including the annual visits by the Dubai royal family. Les Airelles Courchevel’s latest collaboration offers yet another enticing reason for GCC travelers to include Courchevel in their winter travel plans, courtesy of the delectable and highly Instagrammable creations by the acclaimed chef, who boasts an astounding 9.2 million followers on Instagram.
In this delectable partnership, Grolet has taken charge of all the property’s desserts, viennoiseries, pastries, and sweet treats, including the iconic dessert table at Les Airelles – a communal centerpiece featured across its four dining experiences and a highlight at the renowned La Table des Airelles restaurant. Grolet’s artistic touch infuses new life into traditional French mountain desserts, incorporating his signature fruit-inspired creations and a playful use of gloss and color, which have earned him a place in culinary history.
For fortunate guests staying at this prestigious ski-in, ski-out Alpine address, an entire day can be devoted to savoring Grolet’s confections. Breakfast choices include intricately crafted croissants, oversized and glossy pain au chocolat, and brioche, accompanied by delightful creations such as vanilla flan, kouglof, and apple turnovers.
Lunchtime introduces the famous dessert table – a testament to the hotel’s philosophy of “more is more.” Here, Grolet’s signature “Flower” tarts take center stage in a grand, shareable format, complemented by sumptuous chocolate mousse, floating islands, and warm, fluffy madeleines. These same madeleines make a delightful appearance for afternoon snacks, where returning guests from the slopes can relax by the fireplace while indulging in Grolet’s many delights, including marble cake, crêpes, waffles, and Bourdaloue tart. Not to be missed is an iteration of Grolet’s famous afternoon tea, featuring traditional finger sandwiches alongside his signature creations, this time in miniature form. For dinner, the dessert table returns, this time adorned with sculpted fruits – Grolet’s most famous creations – with flavors like lemon, hazelnut, mango, and vanilla pod.
Les Airelles Courchevel’s commitment to opulence extends to all its unique and impeccable restaurants. Whether it’s post-dinner or during lunch, guests can visit the dessert table, reflecting the property’s warm and convivial approach to luxury living. The restaurants are tucked away on the main open-plan ground floor, complete with roaring fireplaces, cozy corners, and during the festive season, extravagant Christmas decorations and displays that add a touch of kitsch charm.
With iconic venues such as La Table des Airelles, which hosts Courchevel’s most celebrated breakfast, lunch, and evening buffet dinners, and officially houses Cedric Grolet’s dessert table, Les Airelles Courchevel ensures guests experience the best of regional cuisine at Le Coin Savoyard. Additionally, it offers a wine cellar and private dining experience at La Table des Grands Crus. Palladio, with its wooden beams, pinky-red velvet seats, and nostalgic Sixties-ski resort ambiance, transports diners to the mountains of nearby Italian ski resorts.
In summary, Les Airelles Courchevel indisputably stands as the dining epicenter of Courchevel 1850, and its partnership with Cedric Grolet is a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity, elegance and playfulness, indulgence and refinement. For an unforgettable alpine experience filled with exquisite desserts and impeccable dining, look no further than this enchanted mountain retreat.
For more information and reservations, visit Les Airelles Courchevel at airelles.com, or follow them on Instagram @airellescourchevel and @cedricgrolet. Elevate your alpine adventure with Cédric Grolet’s pastry magic.