Les Arcs was born in 1968, the brainchild of local skier Robert Blanc. It always stood out for its pretty, sloping architecture, which was designed to blend in perfectly with the landscape. It’s grown into a snow-sure destination popular with families and fun-loving holidaymakers. But recently new pistes, lifts, buildings and some innovative thinking from the resort have grabbed attention and made people look at it again. It seems Les Arcs is growing up.
This year, Les Arcs is showing off its sophisticated side with the opening of its first 5* hotel, the Taj-I Mah, at Arc 2000. Sitting on the highest part of resort, at the top of Le Cabriolet telecabin with stunning views across the ski area, it’s being described as the jewel in its crown for a reason. The Taj-I Mah, which translates to Crown of the Moon in Persian, is named after the largest unmounted diamond in the Iranian Crown Jewels collection. The story of this precious stone is reflected in the way light has been designed as a feature of the hotel. And with two restaurants run by a Michelin starred chef, cosy lounge bar, and top-carat spa, it’s bound to dazzle.
Last year Les Arcs unveiled Mille 8 – a unique snow theme park. The ski and leisure hub above Arc 1800 boasts ski runs, play parks, discovery trails and toboganning. It has its own ski lifts and is enclosed by the stunning Lodge restaurant and event venue at the top, and new glass-walled aqua centre at the bottom. It’s a modern and mature take on family ski holidays, with something for everyone from kids looking for adventure to parents looking for an awe-inspiring après drink location.
The brand new Edenarc accommodation complex at Arc 1800 takes advantage of being right next to Mille8 as well as several new ski lifts. And a recently modernised village of 5* self-catered residences sits proudly at Arc 1950, just below the breathtaking Taj-I Mah, making the top part of resort a haven of high altitude high-life.
Of course, the things Les Arcs has always been known and loved for – high altitude skiing in the second largest linked ski area in the world, fun après at Arc 1800 (try Happy Hour at Bar King Mad), slopeside hot chocolate in chocolate-box pretty Arc 1950 – remain its biggest draws. Find more apres bars in our directory here. But now the resort is widening its appeal and looking forward to an even brighter future.
Ski In Luxury
If you always look good in the latest gear at home, why should you settle for less on the slopes? Fortunately you can now get kitted out in the most on-trend ski equipment and clothing, in the lap of luxury, at the new 5* hotel Taj-I Mah Ski Shop La Boutique. Their expert team promise to attend to your every need, giving personalised advice and accompanying you on and off the slopes. Their brand new range combines “the finest materials in the most trendy lines, inspired by professional skiers and designed by modern stylists”.