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5-Star Hotel Review

L'Alpaga

France

One of Megève’s most stunning petit-luxe gems

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L'Alpaga

Location

Only 5 minutes by carriage from the heart of Megève

Travel Information

Geneva International Airport - 1 hour

Top Tips

Stay in the summer, as well as the ski season, for favorable rates and a whole host of activities

5-Star X-Factors

Michelin-starred restaurant and breathtaking views of Mont Blanc

L'Alpaga

High up in the Mont Blanc massif lies Megève, a superbly chic retreat retaining old-fashioned charm and a reputation for being favoured by those 'in the know'. Alpaga is one of our two favourite hideways in Megève, with a cosy, intimate feel and stunning views of Europe's highest mountain.

The hotel's typical alpine chalet architecture sits well in this attractive village. The town is quite peaceful as far as ski resorts go, with limited queuing for lifts and uncrowded runs. It does get busier at weekends and school holidays, when weekenders arrive from Geneva, but Megève's charm is it still feels a bit like a secret. 

Two of Alpaga's chalets offer 22 rooms, which combine every contemporary creature comfort with an alpine rustic-chic; natural wood and cosy throws to leave you in no doubt you are in the mountains. Classic, Deluxe or Prestige rooms describe the size of the rooms, all with a terrace or balcony and views over the hamlet.

The third chalet "Gaspard" contains five suites. Recently renovated, each offers privacy and luxury with private terraces and views onto Val d'Arly or Mont Blanc. Two of the suites are perfect for families of four, offering a king-size double bedroom and a second with bunk beds, kitchen, bathroom with tub and shower and separate lounge. Two more have two double bedrooms and the largest suite offers three.

For larger travelling parties, Alpaga's private chalets will become your dream home away from home. Over three floors and 6 bedrooms, including a magical attic room for younger guests, there is room for up to 12 guests. The terraces and private gardens provide guests with more opportunities to enjoy the stunning scenery and glorious sunshine, whilst stylish interiors make it a pleasure to entertain from the indoor comforts of cosy rooms and a traditional fire.

Skiing in Megève

Megève is suitable for all levels of experience, whether you want to ski or snowboard. With access to over 100kms of runs, a Portes du Mont Blanc pass is a good bet; although you can upgrade to 400kms of runs, should you need a greater challenge. The lifts may not be the newest on Mont Blanc, but you quickly appreciate the lack of queues and uncrowded pistes.

Apart from skiing, there is great hiking and trekking in spring, summer and autumn, ice skating, tennis, climbing and mountain biking. The shops are shi-shi and around Easter there is the Megève Jazz Festival and an international dance festival.

Michelin-starred cuisine

Anthony Bisquerra won a Michelin star in 2014 and has held onto it ever since, making the Alpaga's gastronomic restaurant, La Table de l'Apaga, the town's destination restaurant. Local ingredients inspire the cuisine here, with wild mushrooms, artichokes and lake-caught fish all featuring alongside local pork, eggs and cheese. A vegetarian menu is available and, in spring, the restaurant opens its vast terrace with mesmerising views of Mont Blanc.

A second restaurant, L'Onyx, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner offering Anthony's Alpine classics with a menu that changes every day. The Lobby provides snacks and aperitifs and, if you are staying in a chalet, one of the chefs will come and cook for you in your won kitchen.

Mountain wellbeing

The spa La Colline offers pampering or just relaxing in a hot tub with a view of Mont Blanc. Signature treatments using La Colline's special anti-ageing formulas are available with treatment cabins set out around the pool.

A fitness studio with personal trainers is open each day and a Kids Club makes sure the little ones aren't missing out.

Alpaga is a perfect place to stay in the Alps - for all the family.