The French Alps, in the Southeast region of France, are composed of some of the most emblematic mountains in the Alpine chain. Skiers, trek lovers and anyone fond of majestic landscapes are enamoured with the various ski resorts there, some of them worldwide renowned like Chamonix, Courchevel, Megève, Tignes and several others. Enjoying dream weather and plenty of snow, you'll easily be seduced by a getaway surrounded by nature.
Go to higher grounds at the Panoramique Mer de Glace, bistro with a view
Taken over by the Maisons et Hôtels Sibuet label, in partnership with the Compagnie du Mont-Blanc, Panoramique Mer de Glace is more than just a high altitude restaurant. Overlooking the Mer de Glace and the Drus, the view is absolutely breathtaking. The interior design is simple yet refined, and traditional dishes are served in cast iron casseroles. You will forget where you came from in this new hideout!
Enjoy the classic veal blanquette, lamb shanks with mountain herbs and the veal confit with morels in vin jaune. For those with a sweet tooth, choose the Mont Rose raspberry-vanilla glass jar dessert with a pistachio crumble, or the Montenvers blueberry cheesecake with Spéculoos. All these incredible flavours will prepare you for an unforgettable moment.
Panoramique Mer de Glace
Terminal Neige-Refuge du Montenvers
+33 (0)4 50 90 63 37
Starting December 2016
La Datcha, Val Thorens' new eco-lodge
Located in the heart of the Val Thorens famous ski resort on the mountain side, and only a few metres away from the nearest slopes, La Datcha will open during the 2016-2017 Winter season, managed by a local multilingual family. Built in an eco-friendly way while maintaining traditions, it is the first high-end guest house to be accredited as a passive house (not losing heat nor energy). Upon five different floors and 1,200 sqm, La Datcha offers 5 suites as well as exceptional services, such as the presence of a personal cooking chef, two wine cellars, two cinema theatres, a golf simulator, a swimming pool and a spa. Everything to gently start the winter with delight.
La Datcha Val Thorens
73440 Les Belleville
+ 33 (0)6 88 08 29 58
Chalet from 58,000 EUR per week
La Mourra Val d'Isère, mountain gem
In a lovely mountain hamlet located in the heart of Val d'Isère and only a few ski poles away from the slopes, La Mourra and its quiet setting will win you over. Intimate and discreet, this 5-star hotel emits charm and elegance all over. 4 chalets are integrated to the main building, all decorated in warm hues and wood material for a cosy mountainous style.
After a day on the snowy slopes, take a rest at the spa that includes a swimming pool, a sauna and a Turkish bath. Relaxation guaranteed! For those who dare, sleigh rides, ice tours, paragliding and other outdoor activities are available.
Hôtel Village La Mourra
Avenue du Prariond
73150 Val d'Isère
+33 (0)4 79 40 28 70
Chalet from 3,100 EUR per night
Eclectic rendez-vous at Terminal Neige - Totem
Flaine, here we come! This resort nested between 1,600 and 2,500 metres of altitude offers an unobstructed view on the Mont-Blanc. Conceived by the famous French skier Émile Allais (1912-2012), Flaine's skiing area has become a must-go-to. Discover the Terminal Neige – Totem hotel at the heart of this unique territory, the designer, vintage and sports oriented establishment of this winter season. This very unusual hotel took over a brutalist building designed by famous architect Marcel Breuer. In a harmonious and stripped down style, the hotel marries concrete structure with chestnut furniture for a very intimate result. Overall, a very surprising change from usual mountain hotels.
Terminal Neige - Totem
Route de Flaine
+ 33 (0)4 30 05 03 40
Rooms: from 170 EUR
Les Neiges Barrière, luxury and elegance right next to the slopes
The opening of Les Neiges Barrière is without a doubt one of the high points of the 2016-2017 winter season, as it is the first mountain hotel of the Barrière group, especially given its location in one of the poshest Savoyard resorts. In a luxurious and contemporary setting, Les Neiges is all the more beautiful than its elegant and refined design is made of pale wood and white marble. You will live an experience at an altitude of 1,850 metres in this gem of the hotel trade, with direct access to the slopes. The Barrière expertise allied to genuine alpine traditions.
Les Neiges Barrière
422, rue de Bellecôte
+33 (0)4 30 05 03 40
Rooms: from 1,200 EUR