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Wills and Kate opt for France’s Courchevel over Switzerland’s usual ‘royal’ resorts

Posted on 22 May 2016

Courchevel’s reputation as one of the Alps’ most glamourous resorts was confirmed earlier in March this year when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose it for a ski holiday with their young family.

Prince William and Kate stayed with children George and Charlotte in Courchevel 1850, the most upmarket of the four villages that make up Courchevel, which is part of Les Trois Vallées ski area, the world’s largest that includes equally fashionable Méribel.

The couple’s preference for Courchevel contrasts with other members of the royal family, who tend to prefer Switzerland. Prince Charles has always been loyal to Klosters, so much so there are chair lifts named after him, while Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson are regulars in Verbier, where Prince Harry was also spotted in 2014, and Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex tend to head to St Moritz.

Known as a playground for the super-wealthy and for its designer boutiques, Michelin-star restaurants and multi-million-euro chalets, Courchevel’s celebrity fan club includes the Beckhams, Kate Moss, George Clooney, Lionel Richie and jet set Russians, including Roman Abramovich. Of the 16 six-star so-called palace hotels in France, three are in Courchevel.

In fact, official photographs of the young royal family at the resort are said to have been taken outside the £70 million home of French-born Saudi Arabian businessman Mansour Ojjeh.  Called Chalet Lalisa, the property is located in a very exclusive part of Courchevel.

During their stay, William and Kate dined at Le Pilatus, where they were spotted relaxing on the sun-drenched terrace. The couple are also said to have visited Méribel.

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