"Like a modern Alpine chalet on the outside and a contemporary art gallery inside, it offers just 55 spacious accommodations to ensure the feeling of intimacy and exclusivity isn’t lost."
As the only hotel on the Mont d’Arbois slopes, the newly-opened Four Seasons Hotel Megève was a delight to stay in. Like a modern Alpine chalet on the outside and a contemporary art gallery inside, it offers just 55 spacious accommodations to ensure the feeling of intimacy and exclusivity isn’t lost. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the reception area provide exceptional views over the Haute-Savoie Alpine range, with Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain, visible in the backdrop and, only 10 minutes away by car, lies the old town of Megève with its pedestrian-only medieval centre.
All guests who stay for three nights or more at Four Seasons Hotel Megève are entitled to a complimentary ski safari, which includes the use of a helicopter to transfer across to Chamonix (or another resort nearby) should the snow conditions be more suitable to your tastes elsewhere in the Alps. And, if you’re looking for an incentive to stay for longer, here it is - you’ll receive more helicopter rides throughout your stay, meaning you can expand your Alpine playground as much as you want.
For those who aren’t keen to take a heli-transfer, or for those who are simply happy to stay put, Four Seasons Hotel Megève will drive you to the foot of the slopes in your very own horse and cart transfer. The short 5 minute journey is magical in its own right, with beautiful scenery all around. The transfer will leave you at a small tent on the slopes next to the lift, where mulled wine and hot cookies will be served up.
With the largest wellness facilities of any hotel in the region, Four Seasons Hotel Megève wins out on its spa alone. It’s ultra-modern, all-white and over 900sqm in size – reminiscent of a classical Roman spa in both grandness and design. Offering a huge indoor-outdoor heated pool next to a fireplace with floor-to-ceiling view over the slopes, five spa treatment rooms and a VIP couples spa suite with its own private bathtub and experience shower, as well as a relaxation zone with sauna and steam room, you are certain to discover a nurturing place of calm from the moment you walk in.
Offering five indoor-outdoor options for dining and drinks, there’s something to suit all tastes here. Their famous two Michelin starred restaurant, Le 1920, has been moved into the hotel, and is presided over by chef Julien Gatillon, while the new Japanese restaurant Kaito offers delicate and creative cuisine inspired by Japan. I can highly recommend the teppanyaki prawns, which were beyond tasty and offered a refreshing alternative to the traditional French cuisine found locally.
The Kids’ Club and Teen Room at Four Seasons Hotel Megève were honestly the best I have ever seen in a ski hotel. The teens club had everything from a DJ booth to a juke box, as well as cinema room, and the flashing lights created an atmosphere not dissimilar to being in a nightclub – very cool. Younger guests will feel right at home at Kids For All Seasons, which has a full program to keep them occupied and an outdoor children’s pool for times when they just want to splash around. Activities include educational events celebrating life in the French Alps, as well as trekking around the property and snow-scooter excursions.
The design of the hotel was very sophisticated, holding true to traditional Four Seasons style but with plenty of quirky and personal touches. This is thanks to Ariane de Rothschild who, working closely with designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, has artfully dotted paintings from her private collections and items collected from her travels around the world throughout the hotel. The result is a typically Alpine exterior with pops of colour livening up the otherwise natural-looking interior.