Tignes in the French Alps is famous for being a popular destination for the winter sports enthusiasts who love to push the boundaries of their skiing skills. Tignes is all about skiing and snowboard, and it’s hard to find a better place if you’re into winter sport. My problem: I don’t ski (tried it once, big disaster, don’t ask). So why did we go to Tignes anyway? Because Jempi used to be a ski-instructor and he really wanted to hit those slopes again. And as for me: the promise of staying at Les Suites du Nevada was all I needed to rush to Tignes.
Les Suites du Nevada is a 5* hotel that offers a luxury boutique experience with a focus on gastronomy, a wow-place to stay during a holiday in the snow. The resort is owned and managed by Jean-Michel Bouvier and his wife Catherine Bouvier. Les Suites is one of the most luxurious places to stay in Tignes and surroundings. But it’s not only luxury that’s the pride of Les Suites: Jean-Michel is an award-winning chef (Michelin) and gastronomy is a big part of the Suits du Nevada-experience. And Catherine has a real talent for design and hospitality, so it’s a perfect match.
A winter sport dream
.Tignes is part of the incredible Espace Killy ski area, a real winter-sports mecca with an extensive and high-tech ski infrastructure. This is the place where you can challenge yourself and with 300 kilometers of extraordinary ski-slops that should be no problem.
The hotel: hip meets cozy
Hotel Les Suites du Nevada is situated at 2,100 meters altitude, in the heart of the Val Claret district, less than 150 meters from the slopes and 200 meters from the ski lift.
The wooden facade of the hotel hides a decor that is the perfect blend of trendy lounging and old-fashioned fun. The sophisticated bar/tea room Le Whitney Bar (next to the hotel reception) has the feeling of a large living room, complete with fire-place and deep seats to sink in (and where you never ever want to get out). During the day homemade cake is served and in the evening it’s the place to have a drink with friends. A great place to relax after a long day on the slopes.
And there’s more to discover: Les Suites du Nevada also boasts a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, saunas and a gym that is open only to hotel guests.
With a name like Les suites it’s pretty obvious you won’t find regular hotel rooms here. Every room is a suite with bedroom, living room and bathroom and they are fabulous decorated: kingsize bed, separate bathroom with whirlpool tub and rain shower, a lounge area with LED TV, blue-ray player, iPod dock…
There’s a hotel concierge available 24u/24u, wi-fi is free and with the suites comes a (heated) vault where you can safely store your skis and snowboards.
Omg, the food!
The hotel restaurant is called La Table en Montagne and dining here is an experience in itself. The cuisine is a fusion of the Savoy gastronomy with a personal touch. The chef only uses the best local ingredients and the dishes are creative and omg so good. Even breakfast is a gourmet feast!
For more than 25 years chef & owner Jean-Michel Bouvier has led several large gourmet restaurants in Paris and Savoy, but in 2003 he put up permanent residence in Tignes.
Apart from the hotel (and La Table en Montagne & Le Whitney Bar, the hotel restaurant & bar/tea room) Bouvier runs a couple of other restaurants: the cozy Chalet Bouvier and the legendary Le Panoramic, spectacular located on the Grande Motte glacier at 3032 meters altitude (fun fact: on top of the glacier Catherine Bouvier opened a small boutique; it’s the highest shop in Europe).
So what do we think of Les Suites du Nevada? Of course it’s an elegant place to enjoy Tignes but besides all the luxury it’s the friendly hospitality atmosphere that made us feel welcome and relaxed, a place to return to least once a year.
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