Neither temples of luxury, nor fashions, these addresses perched in the resort share the warmth of their welcome. Fruit of a family history, or created to innovate, they offer all the attention we dream of.
La Ferme du Golf *** in Megève, intimate retreat at the foot of the slopes
On the sunny side of Mont d’Arbois, a snowball’s throw from the cable car, the Ferme du Golf is the smallest establishment today owned by the Rothschild family at the origin of the development of the Haute-Savoie resort. Savoy. This old wooden chalet, which initially belonged to the ski champion and local child Henri Duvillard, has kept its authenticity, its small paned windows and its simplicity. The 18 cozy rooms reflect a traditional mountain spirit and are judiciously enhanced by the more modern and colorful furnishings in the warm lounge and the brand new restaurant.
For who : a couple of lovers in search of the great outdoors and a little nest without frills in the temple of the art of living.
Table : the promise is made to give pride of place to local products and traditional dishes. Without forgetting the exceptional family heritage on the wine side, and the famous Brie de Maux AOP, also a heritage of the Rothschild family. Menu from € 29.
The price : from 159 € per double room.
Hotel La Ferme du Golf, 3048, Route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120 Megève. Phone. : 04 50 21 14 62.
Terminal Neige Totem *** in Flaine, concrete base camp
Like the arty and atypical resort of Flaine, the hotel also imagined by the architect Marcel Breuer, offers a raw concrete setting that has the unexpected gift of being extremely warm. The huge lobby is a real place of transgenerational life, where fabrics with Native American motifs, a large fireplace, paintings by street artists and Dubuffet’s work warm the atmosphere. Design sixties continues in the rooms, suites and lofts, which accommodate up to 6 people depending on their category. Meals are taken facing the large bay windows opening onto the ski area and overlooking the cheerful beginners area. From the soup of the day to Alpine specialties, including the vast “healthy corner” and the delicious dessert buffet, there too, everyone will find what they are looking for.
For who : a large family or a tribe of skier friends; art fans or arcade game enthusiasts will be in paradise.
Table : dinner € 42 buffet (starter / main course / dessert of fresh and seasonal products). A la carte lunch; casserole of the day at 16 €, fountain salmon gravlax at 12 €.
The price : from € 158 the Forum room with breakfast (€ 230 half-board for 2).
Terminal Neige Totem, Flaine forum, 74300 Flaine. Phone. : 04 30 05 03 59.
L’Héliopic **** in Chamonix, a sport-chic refuge in the shade of the Aiguille du Midi
The first establishment of the Assas group, which never ceases to shake up the codes of mountain hotels, has become since 2013 a great sure value. Its location opposite the cable car station delights athletes and contemplatives alike; without forgetting the children who will immediately feel at ease between the library and the dedicated play areas. The 102 sober rooms, with a very light Scandinavian accent, oak parquet floors and Arpin woolen fabrics, are perfectly complemented by the 500 m² of the Nuxe spa. The relaxed sporting atmosphere is complemented by good taste and a remarkable table.
For who : couple or friends skiers, motivated to be the first at the top of the Vallée Blanche.
Table : Arkashon. Very rightly crowned in 2020 with a Bib Gourmand, the restaurant offers top-notch bistronomy cuisine, also with excellent value for money. Starter / main course / dessert menu at 35 €; Gourmet menu € 55.
The price : from 140 € per night in a double room with breakfast.
Héliopic Hôtel & Spa, 610, route Blanche, 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc. Phone. : 04 50 54 55 56.
Les Cimes in Le Grand-Bornand, chalet and village life
Authentic and historic address of the Hudry family, whose grandfather, Ernest was one of the pioneers of the Aravis resort. His daughter, whom everyone up there calls “Kiki”, knew better than anyone how to showcase her 5 rooms and 3 suites located in the old village of Chinaillon, 100 meters from the slopes; thus making this place a very cosmopolitan institution. In addition to the rooms with very mountain decor and the spa located in the basement, the hostess offers in this old wood chalet a boutique of personally selected clothing and accessories, and the elegant Le Strato Lounge bar. Now run by his son, the Strato is improving this winter with a terrace overlooking the slopes and a new organic and local menu.
For who : couple or friends in search of comfort and originality.
Table : no restaurant. Gourmet brunches with mountain butter, country cheese and homemade pies (25 €); the charcuterie boards or smoked lake fish from Strato are also produced and promote young local producers.
The price : from 119 € per double room.
Hotel Les Cimes, Le Chinaillon, 74450 Le Grand Bornand. Phone. : 04 50 27 00 38.