Chalet Kaya, Tignes
This is the new address to try in Tignes this winter. Designed and managed by locals Tanguy Reymond and Jules Baralo, this 350-square-metre, five-bed chalet boasts an incomparable view of the lake and the famous Grande Motte glacier. Inside are ultra-luxurious, spacious suites, a brand new spa and services worthy of a palace. Add to that a concept store, an art gallery and a quality restaurant and you get what we consider to be the crème de la crème of Tignes living. Opening on 14 December 2019.
Villages Igloo, La Rosière and Val Thorens
Good news for adventurers: Villages Igloo is opening two new addresses, one in La Rosière and the other in Val Thorens. This is your chance to spend a night in Inuit mode. Once the piste groomers have replaced the skiers, you can walk or snowshoe to this ephemeral village for a Savoyard dinner and a night in a beautifully constructed igloo. Rest assured that it’s perfectly equipped to ensure guests’ comfort: fleeces for any expeditions, animal hides and hot drinks. You don’t get a lie-in, but it’s worth the breakfast overlooking the mountains while the rest of resort is still asleep.
Refuge D’Ze La Voye, Manigod
Not really a novelty – but one of our little favourites in the Alps. The D'Ze La Voye refuge is an 18th-century farmhouse that’s been renovated as a cosy chalet. Owners Lionel and Lucie cultivate the art of letting go. There’s bio-electricity here but no magnetic field. There’s internet but no Wifi. From the refuge, snowshoes or cross-country skis are available for day trips to Charvin, Mandallaz or Sulens, the Aravis’ most beautiful peaks. Guests can put their trust in Lionel and his 18 years of experience as a mountain guide, and once returned, enjoy the spa and restaurant. If you were seeking a change of scene – you’ve found it.
Refuge D'Ze La Voye - French only
Perfectly located at the foot of the Rond Poind des Pistes, Coucou is Méribel's new ski-in ski-out address. There are 55 rooms and two cabins at this five-star hotel, which has one of the most beautiful valley and mountain views in the whole resort. Inside, it’s all down to the architect who has turned every window into a panoramic painting, set up an outdoor pool to soak up the views and transformed the ski locker into a lounge boutique. Instagram, eat your heart out. Top-end services and two on-site restaurants complete the picture. Hurry, before everyone else gets there!
La Féline Blanche, Saint-Gervais Mont-Blanc
A contemporary reinvention of a charming hotel, the Féline Blanche in Saint-Gervais is great for a romantic getaway, overlooking the Aravis and Mont-Joly mountains, with access to the slopes via the Bettex gondola. It’s no surprise the Michelin Guide has included La Féline Blanche in its 2019 listing. From this haven of Scandi-inspired calm, guests can choose the pistes of Saint-Gervais itself, those of chic neighbouring Megève or the family-friendly runs in Saint-Nicolas-de-Véroce. There’s an embarrassment of choice: a real luxury for a stay in the mountains.
La Féline Blanche