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The Waters Run Hot and Cold at Altapura Saint-Martin-de-Belleville  France

The Waters Run Hot and Cold at Altapura

The 88 rooms at this new hotel in the French Alps have Nordic etched-wood panels and white fur throws, plus floor-to-ceiling mountain views. Altapura is within Europe’s highest-elevation ski resort. Guests can get tips from a ski coach every morning on their room’s Mac mini before hitting the slopes.

The Nordic Spiral service incorporates dry and wet heat, cascading showers, and a cooling rubdown in the on-site igloo. At the restaurant La Laiterie diners can choose from four fondues. Each pays tribute to a different French or Swiss region with native cheeses and complementary wine.

From $723. 33/(0) 4-5774-7474. This appeared in the January/February 2013 issue.