Get some fresh air by getting to know the peaks, and hike for a better rest: the mountains are on the rise right in the middle of the winter sports season. Whether you’re into a meditative or sporty setting, or simply to treat yourself to a bubble of well-being, Luxe Magazine invites you to take to the skies with 5 hand-picked mountain hotels for a weekend getaway or more.
Saint-Nicolas de Véroce: L’Armancette, luxury made simple
One of Armancette’s charms? appreciated! Located in Saint-Nicolas de Véroce, on the heights of Saint-Gervais, near Megève and facing the Mont-Blanc massif, this five-star hotel has found the right balance between elegance and character. It only has 17 rooms but it is also spread around the private chalets. Wood, light, gray or antique, leather and velvet, big names in design: the decoration exudes refinement without ostentation. A lasting impression when you go to Table d’Amarante, the gourmet restaurant with Alpine flavors enhanced by the creativity of Chef Fabien Laprée. A few steps from the hotel, Le Mont Joly offers generous family cuisine and stunning panoramic views of the Dôme de Miage or Aiguille de Bionnassay. All like the spa that is offered in the city of Paris: indoor piscine and extérieure, 3 jacuzzis, sauna and hammam, fitness hall and soins signé Kos Paris, the compte is bon et le lieu ideal for a week-end In winter
Chamonix: Mont Blanc mountain hotel as a guide
An hour and 15 minutes from Bellegarde station, a nice car ride links the foot of the Mont Blanc, or approx. We need no longer introduce the resort of Chamonix, at the heart of which lies the azure-shuttered façade of the Hôtel Mont-Blanc; This esteemed local institution – opened in 1849! – Tastefully redesigned…and without tarnishing: Just enjoy the glowing Art Deco staircase or the solid-colour moldings. However, the Belle Epoque mansion has replaced this classic with a more saucy vibe, as evidenced by the brightly colored pillows or the gilded fireplace. As for the bedrooms – 41 in number and from 20 to 100 sqm for the penthouses – they compete for elegance and space. The atmosphere, contemporary yet relaxed, befits the four stars for this mountain hotel. Of the amenities of the facility? Swim in our delicious heated pool facing the Mont Blanc mountain range, until 11pm. As for the 250 square meter spa with hammam and sauna, they have adopted the Clarins brand for treatments. When it’s time to dine, we trust Chef Mickey Bordellat’s seasonal and local cuisine. Like the hotel, it is full of joy.
La Rosière: The ILY Hotel is eco-friendly and modern
We came here in the heart of Tarentaise, just a few kilometers from Italy (you can also ski in Italy in winter in the opulent San Bernardo region that includes the La Rosière ski resort). The entrance to the ILY Hotel is discreet in the Eucherts district. As if desired is better. I love you, 3 letters of sweet promises. Those rooms have a view of the peaks first. Those with a real commitment, then, are environmentally responsible: green electricity, welcome organic products like those for maintenance, the filtered water we drink, no reusable plastic. Even used furniture gives a tasteful vintage touch to the decor. Let’s talk about the decoration: all in mountain delicacy and winks, warm and bright tones, pictures and sculptures. Of the 39 rooms, we vote a couple for the suites that have a bathtub in the room. We go up to the seventh floor for meals. Blue duck walls, green forest banquettes, autumnal yellow armchairs, soft woods and lights: Bonami Restaurant cultivates its comfort and serves a meal using local, seasonal, organic or vegan dishes. The bar’s signature cocktails and delicious Tonka snacks keep the whole family happy. On the spa side, there are only cabins with Pure Altitude treatments, but a splash pool with large windows opening onto snow-capped peaks and 3 jacuzzis, including a very popular one on the balcony.
Evian: Royal Evian Resort, an exceptional complex
Royal, Evian Palace Resort for sure. It was opened in 1909, and since then its imposing façade has been erected on 19 hectares of nature overlooking Lake Geneva. From the splendor of the past, it has retained Art Deco and Art Nouveau details that have been revamped with a fun modernity. The original furniture, now restored, is combined with the designer’s creations, and the blond wood is reflected in the marble. The residence includes 150 rooms, and is keen on elegance. The Michelin-starred restaurant naturally finds its place in one of the most beautiful rooms decorated with neo-Baroque frescoes. It drips cuisine with perfectly mastered, barely twisted classics, ditching the fusion menu at La Véranda and at Oliveraie – stuffed with century-old olives – a delightful Mediterranean buffet. Of course, kids are pampered at the Kids’ Club: parents who spend time enjoying their holidays, two 18-hole golf courses on the estate, playing tennis or taking a leisurely stroll or bike ride are reassuring. in the summer, or go skiing at nearby resorts in the winter. In fact, if the kids’ club takes care of the youngsters’ clothes and takes them to ESF lessons (15 minutes by minibus to reach the peaks of Bernex), parents are spoiled for choice: go skiing in Bernex with a view of Lake Geneva, unless you decide to get to Portes du Soleil (40 min) on a ski trip to Switzerland. In the evening, the bar, symbolic, deserves an amazing menu: creations have been added to the classics including these unique healthy cocktails: we want more!
Bill Blaney: Hotel Carolina, Beautiful Savoyard
This hotel is charming, located 200 meters from the city center but facing the mountain. Typical mountain charm with its stone and wood architecture. Push the door to breathe in this friendly and cocooning atmosphere. The 47 rooms have adopted the codes of a typical Savoyard chalet: panels on the walls, white and gray tones for softness and, for all, a balcony or terrace. Big surprises on La Table du Carlina’s menu yet fun and generous dishes. L’Ercheu’s second restaurant reinterprets local specialties without disavowing them. On the way back from the hike we appreciate the pool and jacuzzi as the last rays of the sun seem to sink in. Instant detox in the sauna or hammam, a signature treatment from Pure Altitude. It’s time to go and sip a drink in the sweltering heat of the bar.