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The Koh-i-Nor is Val Thorens' newest five-star hotel and is named after the 105.6 carat diamond set in the Queen’s crown.


As the highest building in the highest ski resort in Europe (2,300-metres) the Koh-i-Nor is the loftiest five-star hotel in Europe. It is, of course, ski in/ski out.

The phrase ‘koh-i-nor’ is Persian for ‘mountain of light’ and the hotel’s architecture plays on this, featuring large glass facades which look out onto a spectacular snow-plastered mountain panorama, and light, airy rooms with a décor of distressed pine, stainless steel and glass.

Naturally there’s a spa – all 800 square metres of it – and the restaurant and brasserie are in the charge of two Michelin-star chef Yoann Conte.

Apparently there’s an art to cooking at this altitude – boiling an egg takes two-minutes longer, for instance, and the low humidity makes bread, pastries and cheese dry out three times faster than normal.

As will you if you don’t remember to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate…

For pricing see www.hotel-kohinor.com