Ter­mi­nal Neige Totem

Living Etc - - TRAVEL / ETC -

Flaine, Pays du Mont-blanc, France

The low­down An in­dus­trial-luxe out­post on the Alpine slopes.

Best for Ski lovers with a pen­chant for bru­tal­ist ar­chi­tec­ture.

Built from scratch dur­ing the Six­ties, the re­sort of Flaine is lo­cated high up on the tree line, but not super-high, so it’s ideal for skiers and board­ers of all lev­els. Orig­i­nally com­pris­ing a se­ries of lodges and apart­ments, mostly all de­signed by Mar­cel (Wass­ily chair) Breuer in typ­i­cal bru­tal­ist style, the Ter­mi­nal Neige Totem is the first to be re­cast as a plush ho­tel. Each of the dou­bles, club dou­bles and suites is dressed in hip, ur­ban fash­ion, with open ceil­ings, bold blocks of char­coal and sub­tle graph­ics (we loved the wide ex­panse of glaz­ing pro­vid­ing un­in­ter­rupted views out­side). The spa in­cludes an out­door hot tub, gym and ham­man, while food is catered for by two well-stocked din­ers of­fer­ing buf­fets and shar­ing plates. Once you’re out on the slopes, there are lifts to nu­mer­ous spots across the Grand Mas­sif, so it’s worth get­ting off the beaten track to lose the crowds and find the pris­tine snow. Book it Dou­ble rooms from ap­prox £135, in­clud­ing breakfast (totem.ter­mi­nal-neige.com).

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