The architecture in the ski resort of Avoriaz in the French Alps is certainly unique. Some may even say austere.
But the beauty of the resort’s apartment blocks lies in them being built to replicate the landscape, as you look up from lower down the mountain – and it achieves this aim with great effect.
While Avoriaz has long been considered to be of architectural merit, for most people the more traditional wooden Alpine chalet look has typically been more appealing for a ski property.
But in recent years, a greater appreciation of resorts such as Avoriaz – and even the brutalist resort of Flaine – has begun to emerge.
Superstar quality: The Hôtel des Dromonts was one of the first buildings in Avoriaz
Perhaps the most iconic building in the resort – and the first one to built in Avoriaz in 1964 – was the Hôtel des Dromonts, an iconic pine-cone like structure, which today has been decorated with a heavy nod to the 1960s and 1970s.
The hotel’s original nightclub is now a spa and the bar is adorned with photos of famous faces who have been there.
The building helps to provide the resort with a sense of history and glamour that others do not have. Avoriaz is a unique resort that ranks among the best for building design and facilities.
A seven-night stay at Chalet Kakisa costs from £1,249 per person based on two people sharing a room on chalet board basis. Price includes return flights from London Gatwick and transfers via VIP SKI.