If skiing epic off-piste lines is your idea of luxury, then Chamonix offers elegance in spades. This famed expert and extreme skiing paradise is certainly not for the timid, but offers challenge seekers an unforgettable ski vacation. As a sought-after destination and only an hour from Geneva, Chamonix has plenty of high-end hotels and upscale restaurants to please those who desire world-class experience on- and off-mountain.
The historic Hotel Mont Blanc was built more than 160 years ago. All finely decorated rooms are spacious and comfortable with private bath, hairdryer, bathrobe, WC, radio, satellite TV with English language channels, safety box, direct-dial phone and minibar. The "Flambeau d'or" award for 150 years of hotel tradition was given in 1999. The "Le Matafan" restaurant features Savoyarde cuisine served at tables surrounding a magnificent open fireplace and an exceptional wine-list. Internet cafe, beautiful lounge and bar with occasional piano music.
The 14 chalets of Les Granges d’en Haut are located high above les Houches, at the entrance to the Chamonix Valley. Each luxury chalet is built over three floors consisting of four bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as a private sauna. Guests are able to take advantage of hotel services such as a restaurant, spa by Caudalie, which includes an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam bath, tropical showers and treatments with the Caudalie product line. Fine dining and creative cuisine in the best French tradition can be enjoyed at the gastronomic restaurant “La Table des Granges”.
While Chamonix may be a “bucket list” destination for the world’s most dedicated ski bums, it’s also a quick weekend vacation from many of Europe’s major cities, so you can bet there are options to satiate the most discerning urbanites and cutting-edge foodies. At the top of the list is Le Bistrot. Gourmet aficionados will love Le Bistrot, located on avenue de l’aiguille du midi. Le Bistrot is one of Chamonix’s few Michelin restaurants, so foodies are guaranteed a meal they won’t soon forget an evening there. Chef Mickaël Boudrillat’s menu is a beautiful balance between traditional and contemporary French techniques, sure to delight every palate. The wine list is phenomenal as well, you’re in France after all. Le Panier des 4 Saisons, a French restaurant on rue Paccard, serves up a nice mix of traditional and fusion game and fish dishes, with an obvious French flare and offers a great wine list. This spot is off the beaten path, which is nice if you’re looking for a quiet dinner.
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