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5-Star Hotel Guide

Alps

Enjoy the French Alps in summer sunshine, as well as under the soft blanket of winter snow

Alps
Alps

5-star hotel guide to the French Alps

The French Alps have always been a playground for adventure, set amongst truly majestic scenery, the equal of anywhere on earth. High up in southeastern France lie picture postcard towns and resorts which manage to retain their special appeal with chic, weather-toned chalets, historic hand-built stone churches and mairies.

This beautiful, mountainous region complements the trend in active holidays with a plethora of activities, from traditional skiing in winter and hiking in summer to mountain biking, canyoning, rafting, paragliding, ice skating, snow shoeing, rock & ice climbing, to name but a few.  With some of the finest hotels, spas and haute cuisine restaurants, the French Alps offers exhilaration with refined indulgence and well-being that is a benchmark for any venturesome traveller. The French Alps prove that adventure and sophisticated luxury are not mutually exclusive.

If a more tranquil approach to the Alps suits, you can still take in all the activities with two feet firmly on the ground. In winter there is much to enjoy with outstanding shopping and apres-ski, the BMW Snow Polo Masters, Freeride World Tour, European Ski & Telemark cup heats, Ski Jumping World Cup or Ski Freestyle World Cup.  Summer in the Alps is a revelation, as well as breathing the fresh mountain air and absorbing the beauty of wondrous alpine peaks, enjoy the Cosmojazz Festival, Climbing World Cup, Tour de France, Fete de l’Air,  weekly local food markets, golf, tennis or simply lounging by the pool. Take in the panorama of the Mont Blanc massif from the summit of the Auguille du Midi accessible by cable car at almost 4000m. Behold the sight of the Mer de Glace glacier at 1913m via the historic Montenvers railway and tour the “Grotte de Glacier” (ice cave). 

We have picked some of the finest 5-star hotels in the French Alps; the Hotel Mont Blanc and Les Chalets de Phillipe in lively Chamonix, positioned in the world-renown valley with stunning 360° views; chic and newly renovated Aman Le Mélézin in Courchevel; and L'Alpaga and Les Fermes de Marie nestled into lovely Megève.

For something different, how about staying in a luxury refuge above Chamonix? A night or two at Terminal Neige Monteveners is the cherry on top of any Alpine stay.

There really is something for everyone in this magical year-round alpine region.