Alpaga

Megeve, French Alps, France Book from Eur345

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
Alpaga, which is French for alpaca (think cute mountain animal with exclusive wool, but the name was also chosen because it has ‘alp’ in it), is a supremely tasteful, infinitely stylish contemporary hotel. It is just 2 minutes outside the historic, chic French mountain town of Megève, and unlike the other local hotels, which are heavy and traditional, this one (one of a handful of 5-star hotels in Megève) is modern and light.

The interiors have a colour palette of muted taupes, charcoal greys, creams and chocolate browns, sometimes punctuated by lime-green or mustard-yellow cushions and throws. There are designer fireplaces, oversized vases of luxurious flowers and sink-into sofas and armchairs throughout, plus funky music playing in the communal areas. But while the design is ice-cool, the atmosphere manages to be friendly and warm. The hotel has a collection of beautiful, contemporary rooms and suites, as well as a handful of more traditional self-contained chalets in the grounds. Add in a world-class spa and gourmet food, and you have a fantastic base for Alpine action and relaxation

Highs

  • Couples will love the hotel rooms with their private terraces or balconies, while groups and families can spread out in the suites (for 2-7) and chalets (for 8-12), with kitchens if you want to cook
  • The main restaurant, La Table de l’Alpaga, gained its first Michelin star in February 2014 and there's less formal dining, too
  • Superb, cutting-edge interior design throughout the hotel, from the contemporary eateries to the cosseting bedrooms
  • The uber-exclusive Swiss spa - one of only 5 La Colline spas in the world (a brand that rivals, if not exceeds, La Prairie)
  • Megève is a super-fashionable, world-famous resort with superb skiing and views; come in summer for rafting, rock-climbing and hiking

Lows

  • The hotel is not in the centre of town, but its location does mean it is nice and quiet, and there is an on-call shuttle service
  • Megève is quite low, at 1,100m, so the snow is not always sure, particularly early in the season
  • La Table de l’Alpaga serves dinner Wednesday to Sunday, and lunch on Saturday and Sunday only; the rest of the time you'll have to dine elsewhere
  • All bookings require full pre-payment 1 month prior to arrival, and there's a 4-night minimum stay in the chalets

Best time to go

The hotel is open from the beginning of December through to mid-April, then in the summer from mid-July to mid-September. It is best, if possible, to avoid the crazily busy peak winter weeks of New Year and February half term.

Our top tips

Treat yourself to an afternoon of strolling around the centre of Megève and indulging in a little luxury shopping. The shops are gorgeous, and the town itself full of old money, glitz and charm - lots of fur-clad ladies with small dogs.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 27 rooms + 4 chalets
  • Restaurant and bar (open daily)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 18 Apr 2016 - 30 Jun 2016...
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Concierge Service
  • Board games
Room: Suite

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Cots Available
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Ipod dock
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi
  • Wifi internet

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Children meals
  • Private chef on request in chalets
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating: Bar and lounge
Activity:

Activities

  • The skiing is excellent in Megève and the hotel shuttles guests on demand to local slopes. There are 3 ski areas - Rochebrune, Le Mont D’Arbois and Le Jaillet, which are good for all levels. The resort is also linked with St Gervais, Les Contamines and Combloux (all on the same pass)
  • Try Nordic skiing, as opposed to Alpine skiing, during which your heel is not fixed to the ski - there are 40km of trails in the area
  • If you tire of the slopes, try some other adventure sports: ice climbing, snow-shoeing, ice diving or snow biking
  • Get a birds-eye view of the Alps by paragliding, or take a hot-air balloon or sightseeing flight
  • Go dog sledding in winter, or cani-rondo (walking with huskies pulling you) in summer
  • Though skiing is off the cards, summer also allows for mountain hiking - Megève is in a very open, Heidi-like valley so the slopes are not too steep
  • When the snow has melted, rafting and canyoning become an option, plus there's rock climbing in Chamonix, or swimming and boating on the lakes at nearby Annecy or Geneva
  • Back at Alpaga, the top-end La Colline Spa has a tempting menu of treatments including massages, facials, dedicated men's treatments, manicures and pedicures
  • You can also unwind in the spa's indoor pool (with massage jets) and the steam room, or take a dip in the alfresco hot tub which has gorgeous views of Mont Blanc

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Dog sledding
  • Hiking
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Nightlife
  • Paragliding
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Rafting
  • Shopping / markets
  • Skiing
  • Skiing
  • Swimming

Kids

Alpaga welcomes families and the flexible accommodation options mean you can tailor your getaway to your needs.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

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).

Babysitting:

Babysitters are available on request (extra cost).

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chair
  • Stair gates
  • Night light
  • Baby bath

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Creche/Kid's Club:

On-site crèche and kids' club for ages 3-12.

Children's meals:

Kids' menus are available on request.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Playground
  • Games room
  • Kids' DVDs
  • Kids' books and toys
  • Spa (under 14s welcome before 4pm, when accompanied by an adult)

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Kids' ski club
  • Sledging
  • Outdoor games in Megève
  • Prariand Farm
  • Megève art galleries
  • Ice skating

Distances:

  • Airport: 1 hour (Geneva)
  • Shops, including a pharmacy: 5 minutes (Megève)
  • Hospital: 25 minutes (Sallanches)
Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

8/
Rooms
10/
Food
10/
Service
8/
Value
9/
Overall

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