Chic interiors mix local materials and contemporary design
Intimate 28-seat restaurant has a cheese cellar and serves classic French dishes
All rooms have private balconies overlooking the village or the courtyard
What To Know
Located in the heart of Megève, just 100 meters from the Chamois ski lift
Cinq Mondes products are used in the spa
A city tax of $3 (€2.50) per person, per night, will be collected by the hotel at checkout
Parking on site
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Luxe chalet in Mont Blanc's shadow with a sublime spa and an intimate restaurant with a cheese and wine cellar
In the center of Megève, a chic village in the shadow of Mont Blanc, Le M de Megève is a luxe chalet with an intimate French restaurant and a sublime spa. The property underwent a $10 million renovation by designers Jean-Noël Picot and Alain Perrier that finished in December 2013, and the interiors showcase traditional Savoyard materials (local stone, larch wood, exposed timber) alongside fancy fabrics (fur, leather, throws by local wool merchant Arpin). The overall look is cozy and contemporary and has a strong sense of place, from the crackling fire in the lobby to the stag antlers that adorn the restaurant.
Bed and Bath
The 42 rooms are typical of a rustic mountain retreat, with pine paneling and vast windows overlooking the village or the courtyard. The fabrics for the cushions, curtains and throws (in graphite, ash and bright orange) are all from Arpin, a 200-year-old local textile factory, and the thick carpets are easy on post-piste feet. All bathrooms feature dark stone and are stocked with a range of Cinq Mondes products. The Deluxe Suites are split-level and sleep up to four — a good option for families or groups of friends.
The hotel excels when it comes to gallic gastronomy. Le Salle à Manger du M (open only in the evenings) is an intimate eatery that seats just 28. The day's menu (which features such dishes as salt-baked wild sea bass and roast pigeon) is scribbled in a Moleskine notebook, and the wine list features vintages from famous French labels as well as lesser-known vineyards. The laid-back Bistrot du M serves rustic fare and subtle variations on regional dishes all day. Finish your meal with a selection of fromage from the cheese cellar, and head to Le Bar du M for an after-dinner drink or a cigar from the cellar. The small basement spa specializes in balneotherapy (water therapy) with a counter-current swimming pool, a Jacuzzi, a sauna and a hewn rock hammam, reputedly cut from the mighty Mont Blanc.
In the Area
Megève, with its medieval cobblestone streets, is a chic Alpine village that has been dubbed the 21st Arrondissement of Paris for its posh boutiques and Michelin-starred restaurants. In winter it's all about skiing; conveniently, Le M de Megève is just 100 meters from the Chamois lift. Summer pursuits include hiking, canyoning, mountain biking and golf. Or you can explore the charming streets by horse-drawn carriage and visit the village's 13th-century church tower.