Early summer sunshine
The Kashmir is a really choice place to stay in Val Thorens. The spaces are all so well thought out and beautifully presented with warm, rich colours, exquisite details and very comfortable furnishings.
The fact that you have direct access to the slopes, a wonderful selection of places to eat and drink with equally wonderful cuisine and a luxurious spa complete with indoor pool makes the Kashmir a special place to stay.
You'll love the panoramic terrace too. The views across the resort and glacier are made even better when you have a well-earned après drink in your hand!
Nearest slopes: You're on the slopes
Nearest ski lift: 100m
Tuition meeting point: 350m
Resort centre: 500m
The highest ski resort in one of the largest ski areas in the world, Val Thorens is a reliably snow-covered area with swift lift access right at your door. It's the most southerly of The Three Valley resorts, and most of the nursery slopes are close to the village centre, making it the perfect ski holiday for families and beginners looking for a good time.
A huge variety of pistes make it an excellent choice for all levels, and the nightlife is fun and lively, with a fantastic après-ski scene. The die-hards looking for some off-piste mileage will also love the freeriding between Val Thorens and Mottaret.
Since it's a purpose-built resort it's got a good mix of activities, although it's not the place to be if you aren't going to be on the mountain. Because of the resort height and layout, it's ideal for both skiing and boarding.
There's a great range of bars, restaurants, creperies and pizza joints all huddled together in the centre of the resort, so it's easy to find something to do in the evenings. On top of that, there's a sports centre, which has a load of activities for kids and adults.
Area size: 600km Three Valleys area
Resort altitude: 2300m
Skiing altitude: 1260m to 3230m
Number of runs: 275
Range of runs: 21% green, 33% blue, 35% red and 11% black
Lifts: 78 drags, 68 chairs, 34 gondolas and 6 cable cars
Night skiing: Yes
Snowmaking: 41% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
The Kashmir spa is dedicated to peace and relaxation. With multiple saunas, a relaxation room, a small fitness room and a beautiful pool reserved for over 16s, it's easy to achieve peace here. All are free for guests too.
The hotel use Nohèm bodycare products in their massage and beauty treatments as they use natural, organic and fair trade ingredients. You can book and pay for the treatments at the hotel reception.
The half board meals are an absolute delight. The breakfast is an extensive buffet with cooked and continental options. In the evenings, head to the restaurant which serves quality fresh gourmet meat and fish dishes. They do cater for vegetarians too, but make sure you let us know when you book and also tell reception at the start of your stay.
The rooms are just as luxurious as the rest of the hotel and feature everything you would expect from a a hotel of this calibre. You have a choice of very impressive suites which sleep between two and five people.
The styling in the 53 suites matches the rest of the hotel and is contemporary yet warm and inviting. Each has a flatscreen TV in the living room, a ski locker with boot dryers, a mini-safe, hairdryer, bathrobe, slippers and one free access to the WI-Fi.
Junior suites are all on one floor, approximately 40m2 and have a living room, a kitchenette, a balcony and a double and single bedroom, each with its own ensuite bathroom with bath or shower and wc.
Family suites are split over one or two floors, approximately 45m2 and have a living room, a kitchenette, a balcony and a double and twin bedroom, each with its own ensuite bathroom with a shower and wc.
Prestige suites are also split over one or two floors, approximately 80m2 and have a living room, a kitchenette, a balcony and a double and twin bedroom, each with its own ensuite bathroom with a shower and wc. There's also a mezzanine or an alcove with a single bed.
Official rating: ****
Traditional restaurant ‘Le Yack'
Gourmet restaurant ‘Le Karmin'
Indoor pool, three saunas and fitness room
Massage and beauty treatments available
Bar & lounge area
Panoramic terrace with direct access to the piste
Departure airports: Birmingham, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Manchester or Stansted
Departure day: Saturday
Arrival airport: Grenoble
Flight duration: 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 5 minutes
Transfer time: approx. 3 hours 30 minutes