23 Mar 2023

Glamour UK

This hotel in the Alps is the antidote to concrete-jungle ski resorts (and the royals are fans)

Au revoir, 60’s brutalism. Bonjour, chocolate box chalets đź‘‹

By Lucy Smith

Philippe Schaff

Avoriaz and Les Arcs are two winter holiday destinations bound to scratch the adrenaline itch of any well-versed skier or snowboarder. Certainly, what with their high-altitude slopes and boarding-friendly terrain parks, the pair are understandably popular with families and après-goers alike. What these resorts don’t boast, however, is a sense of wintery comfort, warmth and charm. Excellent off-piste? 3-6 clubbing at La Folie Douce? Check, check. A long-standing family history and a trio of Michelin-starred restaurants? Not so much. Enter, Megève: an enchanting resort with over 100-years of tradition (thanks to the Rothschild family, no less) and a lavish Four Seasons hotel at the centre of it all. 

Naturally, I would be doing the Four Seasons a disservice if I didn’t declare my love of the hotels’ magnificent gastronomic offerings. With a total eight bars and restaurants to feast in, you’ll be spoilt for choice come breakfast, lunch and dinnertime. Famished after a morning of shoop shoop shooping on the slopes? Look to L’ideal 1850, a mountain-top restaurant with Mont Blanc as the backdrop and a menu to suit all diets. Seafood, antipasti or a glass of crisp rose (Whispering Angel, of course) – L’ideal have got you covered.