1. Romance in the air

Romance in the air

The Courchevel cable car is the latest addition to Airbnb’s ‘A Night At’ series, offering overnight accommodation in money-can’t-buy venues around the world

Published: March 15, 2015 12:09 AM

HOW DOES a night in a bubble at 9,000 ft sound? If you could win a contest hosted by Airbnb, you could have been one of those lucky few to do just that—spend an evening in a cable car.

While many travelling couples make their own traditional romantic vacation plans, there are some destinations that truly evoke romance in a spectacular way. And this is one destination that combines romance and adventure in a unique way, thanks to Airbnb.

Recently, the popular vacation-sharing website slid open the doors to a fully-equipped cable car—a new luxury accommodation suspended 9,000 ft above the ski resort of Courcheval in the French Alps—as part of a contest. An entrant just had to say why he or she and three other guests deserved to spend a night among the clouds. A spokesperson for Airbnb said: “This night in a majestic and unexpected setting joins thousands of ski-friendly listings around the world and will remain in the four winners’ memories forever.”

After cruising up the ski runs by snowmobile, the four guests are greeted with glasses of mulled wine at the Saulire summit. They are then suspended over the Combe de la Saulire ski run, where they enjoy a meal of cheese fondue before bedding down for the night under the stars at the very top of Saulire, the highest point of Courchevel in France.

The luxury ‘apartment’ comes with two beds, a fancy dinner and breathtaking views of the surrounding snowy landscape. The car’s occupants have access to the station’s facilities at the top of the mountain, plus first dibs on the slopes, hours before other visitors come in through lifts.

The French Alps have been a cherished destination for hundreds of years. One of the region’s most exemplary hospitality properties is the Courchevel Ski Resort. The Courchevel resort has been a fixture in the area since its simple beginnings in 1946. Today, it’s both a ski resort and national monument.

The Courchevel cable car is the latest addition to Airbnb’s ‘A Night At’ series, offering overnight accommodation in money-can’t-buy venues around the world, including Gallery Lafayette in Paris, Waterstones in London and a KLM plane in Amsterdam.

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