11 Reasons to Make Megève Your Next Alpine Vacation
1. The five-star luxury of M de Megève
M de Megève finds a balance between Alpine charm and modern design. The hotel, which reopened last year after extensive renovations, now has 42 rooms and suites offering high-end comfort with a warm vibe. The downstairs bar with fireplace is the perfect place to relax après-ski, and in-house dining can be done casually at Le Bistrot or more formally at Le SoMMet du M de Megève. The Cinq Mondes-operated spa, with its gorgeous treatment rooms, hammam, sauna, and heated indoor pool, is the icing on the cake.
2. The 360° views from L’Alpette
At an altitude of 1,895 meters (about 6,200 feet), L’Alpette restaurant offers incomparable views of the nearby mountaintops, including the legendary Mont Blanc. With its red and white napkins and tablecloths, valet service for your skis, and extensive wine menu, the place is much more of a fine dining establishment than we’re used to seeing so near the slopes. If you want to enjoy lunch without having to ski up to it, L’Alpette is also accessible via the Rochebrune cable car.
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3. Natural beauty
Some ski resorts sacrifice natural beauty in favor of well-mapped-out slopes. That’s not the case in Megève, where you’ll ski past intimidating rock formations and fairytale woods where trees bend under the weight of freshly fallen snow.
4. The fine dining at Le 1920
29-year-old Julien Gatillon won his first Michelin star in 2014 for his work at Le 1920 at Le Domaine du Mont d’Arbois. He does decidedly modern treatments of classic ingredients such as foie gras, truffles, and scallops as part of his apparent mission to give French haute cuisine a youthful and fresh makeover. Ask for a table by the window, or on the terrace if weather permits, to enjoy the beautiful view.
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5. The luxurious shopping sprees
Megève may be a small town, but it has presences from major French luxury brands like Hermès, Moncler, and Façonnable. But if you want to expand your shopping range a little bit, head to multibrand boutiques like BluBerry, L’Adress or Blue.Ink.
6. Arts, culture, and a snack in between
Art lovers take note: Although Scarlett is technically a librarie (aka bookshop), it also sells antiques and art objects, while the Leica-sponsored CT Gallery, not surprisingly, focuses on photographic exhibitions. Take a break between art tours at the newly opened outpost of macaron mecca Ladurée.