When you visit a world-class ski resort as Val Thorens you rightly expect there to be a vast choice of accommodation to match the prestige of the setting. A new hotel here is always hugely anticipated and the 5-star Hotel Koh-I Nor certainly doesn’t disappoint. With a Persian name that translates to ‘Mountain of Light‘ and situated right at the top of Val Thorens the exceptional location combined with everything, the hotel has to offer its guests has already put it firmly on the map.
With its ski-in/out access and outstanding panoramic views over the entire resort complete with its unique ‘white circus‘ whoever designed the Hotel Koh-I Nor deserves a medal. The vast expanses of glass achieve their objective of maximising the hotel’s ability to be flooded with natural light to such an extent one reviewer said you were treated to a “full light sensation”.
The hotel offers 63 rooms and suites which are the final word in luxury. Each are fully equipped with every amenity you could imagine including a private balcony, full-size bath, and separate toilet. Every guest can also enjoy the flat-screen TV’s, hairdryer, minibar and safe. Large, spacious and tastefully decorated in contemporary colours, it is easy to see why room service is so popular here.
There are 2 restaurants at the Hotel Koh-I Nor; one a luxury brasserie and the other boasting top-end international cuisine. The choice of the two caters to the gastronomic desires of all visitors and a fabulous dining experience is awaiting whichever you choose. The décor of the restaurants are best described as cosy luxury; you know you are in a top-end establishment but with a relaxing ambiance.
The lounge bar is the perfect place to relax in the evenings with a drink or three. There are two main features here; the large, roaring fireplace and the grand piano. There is a definite musical atmosphere in the lounge bar and sitting relaxing listening to some of your favourite tunes emitting from the expertly played ivories is a very special experience.
Those wishing to sit outdoors and watch mountain life go by should head for the south-west terrace. The positioning of it ensures it catches the sun all day long and you can sit for hours here watching both the action on the slopes and in the resort itself below.
For those guests who want to take their relaxation and well being to a whole new level, there is an outstanding 800m2 spa. Operated by spa experts Valmont, the spa will offer 2 swimming pools, fitness room, hammam, sauna, jacuzzi, ice fountain, salt wall, solarium, relaxing zone and 4 treatment rooms offering the very best in those special treatments which make you feel more relaxed than you thought possible but also put a spring in your step.
If the opportunity of staying at a brand new, luxurious hotel doesn’t happen very often but you now have that chance by booking into the Hotel Koh-I Nor. Check out their website for all manner of opening season offers including packages that allow children to stay for free as well as plenty ski orientated ones for the adults. This may be its first season but the Hotel Koh-I Nor is set to make its mark on Val Thorens, and for all the right reasons.
How many Stars: 5* Hotel
Sleeps: 63 rooms
Closeness to the piste: Ski in Ski out
Resort location: Rue du Gébroulaz, Top of resort
Style: Modern, beautifully done
Swimming Pool: Yes
Michelin Stars: none
Specialness: It has the comfiest piano bar in the resort which crackling fire
Internet: Free WiFi
Disabled Facilities: Yes
Pets allowed: No
Our rating: 5/5