As the story goes, owner Denis Carrier’s father was going to build his home here, but friends convinced him that the stunning mountain vistas deserved to be shared—so he built a hotel instead. Each of the 12 rooms (including junior suites and suites) at the five-star Auberge du Bois Prin claims sweeping views of the Alps and Mont Blanc across the valley and either balconies or private terraces from which to enjoy them, as have such “celebrities” as the Dalai Lama and French president Valéry Giscard d’Estaing. This classic Savoyard-style chalet, with its dark-stained wood and stone facade, enjoys a convenient location just one-third of a mile from the village center, and an even closer walk to the Brévent ski lift. In the summer, flowers tumble from the window boxes and decks, where guests can take breakfast in pleasant weather. Rooms are spacious and well equipped, including satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. The sauna and whirlpool are pleasant rewards after a day of skiing or hiking.