“Super-stylish designer hotel just outside a chic French mountain resort, with an excellent spa and impressive restaurant, plus private chalets sleeping up to 12”
There are 22 designer rooms arranged over 2 buildings, plus a third building encompassing 5 much larger suites, and 4 self-contained chalets in the grounds. The hotel rooms range from Classic to Deluxe and Prestige; the Prestige Rooms are the largest, sleeping 3 people, with a single bed located either behind the main double or on a mezzanine above it. All rooms have either a terrace or balcony and are linked via underground tunnels to the main reception building and bar/restaurant, so guests do not need to walk in the snow.
We stayed in a Deluxe Room, which was quite gorgeous. The colour scheme was grey - from dove-grey stained pine walls to charcoal grey faux-fur cushions and throws. There was grey granite stone in the bathroom, which had a separate bath and a shower with a slate seat, no less. The toiletries were by Hermès. Other rooms are themed either snow-white or beige, and we particularly liked Classic Room 19’s flawless white décor.
Suites are larger, with their own lounge, terrace and kitchen, as well as chic décor punctuated with neon-bright cushions and contemporary chairs. Despite being the smallest, the 1-Bedroom Suites are good for families as they have a bunk-bed corner in the main living space. If you want more space, or are travelling with friends, plump for the 2- or 3-Bedroom Suites, which each have a mixture of double and twin bedrooms.
There are also 4 individual chalets (sleeping 8-12) scattered around the resort. They are far more traditional in design, with natural wood walls, open fires and comfy sofas in earthy shades. They're extra roomy, covering 250sq.m. over 3 floors. You get garage space for 3 cars, a self-contained 2-bedroom ground-floor apartment (great for older kids or grandparents), 4 more bedrooms - including a twin and a master suite - and a palatial first-floor living space with a kitchen and a terrace looking towards Mont Blanc.
See Rates for full details of the suite and chalet layouts.
Alpaga has 2 restaurants: L’Onyx (open daily), which is a bar area serving casual dishes like fondue, hamburgers and risotto, and La Table de l’Alpaga (open most evenings and weekends for lunch), which is more gastronomic. The chef in the latter does highly imaginative twists on contemporary mountain dishes and likes to use underrated vegetable varieties such as turnips and Jerusalem artichokes. Everything apart from the bread is homemade, from the delicious jams to the pasta, and all dishes are wonderfully light. We had a frothy pistachio cappuccino with lemon as an amuse-bouche, followed by a selection of farm eggs cooked in different ways and sprinkled with black truffle. Our main course was a truly heavenly lobster ravioli, and dessert was a melting chocolate soufflé accompanied by a powerful thyme-flavoured Serpollet digestif. This really is dining of the finest standard.
The price of your stay, whether you are in a room, suite or chalet, includes a buffet breakfast. This involves the usual fresh pastries, yoghurt, cold meats and cheeses, as well as a hot tray of bacon and scrambled eggs and fancy variations such as sweet butter and soya milk. Guests can choose to dine in their room, suite or chalet for an additional charge.
Those staying in either the suites or the chalets also have the option of self-catering in their kitchens, which have microwaves, ovens, fridges, kettles and Nespresso machines (chalets also have freezers); a 24-hour room service menu is available, and chalet guests can book a private chef. Other dining options outside the hotel include a broad range of restaurants in Megève, encompassing everything from a 3-star Michelin eatery to pizza joints, Italians and Chinese restaurants.
Alpaga welcomes families and the flexible accommodation options mean you can tailor your getaway to your needs.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
All rooms, suites and chalets have space for a baby cot (free of charge), and Prestige Rooms have a single bed (in addition to the double), so would work for a family with 1 young child. Two rooms - a Classic and a Prestige - can interconnect, sleeping up to 5 people.
However the suites and chalets are the best option for families in general, as they're larger and have full kitchens. The 1-Bedroom Suites have bunk beds in the living space, and can therefore sleep up to 4 people, while the 2-Bedroom Suites have a private twin room as well as a double. The 3-Bedroom Suite has 2 doubles and a twin bedroom. The chalets are the most spacious by far, sleeping 8-12 with 3 floors, plenty of communal space and a self-contained ground-floor apartment (great for grandparents or teens).
Babysitters are available on request (extra cost).
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
On-site crèche and kids' club for ages 3-12.
Kids' menus are available on request.