Hotel L'Oxalys Hotel 0 star
Val Thorens, France
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Mostly famous for its gourmet restaurant run by Jean Sulpice, the Oxalys combines the comfort of a hotel with the privacy of a holiday residence. It was invented in 2002 by the Montagnettes Group, which aims to satisfy the requests of its guests. The result: a concept that combines the services of a hotel with the independence of an apartment. The major advantage of the apartments is their surface area. The 100m² 3-storey flats with 4 bedrooms make it possible to easily and comfortably share one with some friends. On the other hand, given the size of the residence, the relaxation area is not very extensive. The other inconvenience is some of the apartments can only be accessed from outside or the garage. Any visit to the Oxalys is worthy of a meal at the 2-star restaurant run by Jean Sulpice. First he will surprise you, then he will seduce you. Creative and refined, his cuisine will delight your taste buds.

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    Location 9.79 /10

    Not far from the entrance to the resort, this hotel residence is perfect for skiers as they have direct access to the slopes. If you like, there is a shuttle to take you around. It is free and runs regularly during the ski season.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    The Montagnette Group has always made space in its chalets an important priority. The 36 apartments divided between 2 to 8 person units offer a surface area that ranges from 35 to 100m². The 3 storey flats are ideal for spending a holiday with friends. Two rooms face each other on both the bottom and top floors, while the middle floor holds the living room, dining room and kitchen. Maintaining some privacy while enjoying time with others is entirely possible here, which isn't always the case in other more cramped residences. All of the chalets have a different layout. The slight drawback is that some of them can only be accessed from outside (which is not very pleasant in cold weather) or the car park. In terms of decor, simplicity seems to be the guiding principle, with light-coloured parquet flooring and a wooden interior that has been nicely decorated. There are no signs of the typical mountain patterns you might expect, like the edelweiss. Some of the chalets were entirely renovated in 2011 and the rest should be completed shortly. Bathrobes to wrap yourself in to reach the relaxation area can be found in either the bathroom (some with a bathtub, others with a shower) or in the bedroom. The fully-equipped kitchen, with a dishwasher even, means guests can enjoy full autonomy, however, it would be a shame to not set aside at least one evening for the 2-star restaurant!

    Overview 7.45 /10

    Opened in 2002 to satisfy a new type of request indicated to the Montagnettes Group by its guests, the Oxalys is an establishment that serves as both a holiday residence and a hotel. The township of Saint Martin de Belleville was searching to build a 4-star hotel with numerous services, a gourmet restaurant and a swimming pool. This is why the Oxalys offers the privacy of apartments with the comfort of hotel services.

    Hardly having walked through the entrance doors, guests will find themselves at the small reception counter and in front of the restaurant run by Chef Jean Sulpice. Noble materials, such as wood, decorate the entrance and the lounge area. The decoration may be sober but it is modern as well. Contemporary paintings and decorative wrought iron detailing provide some original touches. Comfortable chocolate-coloured sofas and unassuming coffee tables next to the fireplace represent a lounge area, kind of like at home. One of the nice things about this spot is that when you look out the window from here, you can see the slopes on one side and the swimming pool and well-being centre on the other. The well-being centre has a small swimming pool, two saunas, a hammam and a jacuzzi. Compared to the number of rooms, its size is somewhat limited. Also, hopefully you won't have to share the place with a noisy group of visitors, which somewhat spoils the mellow atmosphere of the surroundings. To take advantage of the private spa with its resistance swimming pool and chromatherapy, you will need to book a chalet in the superior category or choose one of the treatments that are given in a small room near the pool. The icing on the cake: the hotel also has a sports shop where you can reserve your gear in advance, as well as a ski room equipped with shoe-dryers.

    Food and drink 8.70 /10

    Dining at the restaurant run by Jean Sulpice is reason enough to justify a stay at the Oxalys. More than just a meal, it is a culinary experience. Excellent, refined, inventive... There is no lack of adjectives to describe the 2-star chef who can boast having the highest (in terms of altitude) restaurant with a Michelin star in Europe. The simple decor in a low-key atmosphere serves to highlight the view (of the surrounding mountains) and your taste buds. On the menu you will find truffles served with vegetables, venison with celery, and Comté cheese with celery! All of this is mixed with skill by the chef and his wife, the restaurant's wine steward. Also on the menu is a special lunch for skiers, who trade their boots for slippers upon entering and enjoying some of the chef's specialities. To serve this inventive cuisine, created using fresh produce, the chef has to work with the conditions imposed by the altitude: supply, longer cooking times and the dryness of the air, which affects the bread and the food. The results are delicious. Enjoy the chaud-froid chestnut soup with parmesan cheese and grated truffles, the roe deer infused in hay served with cocoa and cardamom jus, and the emblematic 'pomme en coque meringuée' (an apple which has had its skin replaced by a perfectly spherical shell of crunchy meringue) served with anise-flavoured mountain honey.

    To know

    There is a storage area in the car park where guests can leave their skis. You just have to ask for the key at reception.

    Half of the guests at the Oxalys are from abroad, especially from the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany.

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