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Below is the first in a three part series of the 30 most exclusive and luxury ski resorts in the world. Hotels and Chalets frequented by the world’s elite, including film stars, royalty, sports men and women, politicians and rock stars. Resorts with heated streets and escalators, entire mountains for hire and chalets that come complete with their own butlers and mini bars stocked with Krug and Dom Perignon. 1. Courchevel 1850 (France) Located in Les Trois Vallées with a lift system linking the resort to Meribel and Val Thorens, Courchevel 1850, playground of the rich and famous, is one of the most exclusive ski resorts in the world. The resort guest list is a who’s who of the world elite including Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Beckhams, Christina Aguilera, Lionel Richie, the Saudi royal family, George Clooney and many more… Best Hotels Courchevel 1850 L’Apogee – 100 yards…

‘Meet me at Marble Arch station at 6 pm and don’t try and google where we are going!’ Gemma’s instruction was clear and tempting as it was to ignore the second part of the direction I resisted the temptation to find out the destination of my surprise birthday meal. As we entered Upper Brook Street in London’s Mayfair my hope increased that we were going to Michel Roux Junior’s two Michelin star restaurant Le Gavroche – hope soon became a reality, and I wasn’t to be disappointed. After kindly donating me a jacket (I didn’t know the dress code beforehand) the Maitre d’ led us down to our table which was a booth for two at the back of a dimly lit, brasserie-style dining room that would not have gone amiss in Paris. We plumped for two glasses of Bollinger Rose champagne as an aperitif and perused the mouth-watering menu.…