Zannier Hotels Le Chalet

Megeve, French Alps, France
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Intimate luxury boutique hotel with sumptuous rooms in chic Megeve; come for winter snowsports or summer adventures in the French Alps

An Alpine getaway needs to be done in style, so you'll need a picture-perfect mountain village and a luxurious lodge to match. Le Chalet couldn't be more fitting. It perches above Megève, an affluent 1920s ski resort village long reputed as a playground for the rich and famous. It boasts a pretty, medieval centre, smart shops, fantastic restaurants, dozens of cross-country trails and access to over 400km of ski slopes.

Though technically a hotel, this bespoke retreat champions exclusivity. Its 12 rooms and suites, spread across three beautiful old wood chalet buildings, are enormous yet give a real sense of cosiness. No two are the same, but they all showcase meticulously handcrafted design and come with sweeping Alpine vistas. Le Chalet has two distinct seasons: winter, for snowsports and a buzzy atmosphere; summer, for adventure activities and tranquility.

A concierge service offers all manner of experiences – as wild as heli-skiing or canyoning - and in winter a private chauffeur will whizz you to the slopes every morning (a godsend when lugging clunky ski equipment about). Return to soothe achy limbs at the spa (winter only), complete with indoor pool, sauna and hammam, and refuel with an all-French affair at the restaurant, plus afternoon tea if you need a pick-me-up before that (yes please!). Open fires and moody interiors combine in the guest salon - bag a spot by the fire and round off the day with a book and a boozy nightcap. We'll toast to that.

Highs

  • Combines the best of a private homely ski chalet with luxury hotel services
  • Seriously sumptuous (and enormous) suites have cosy rustic-luxe interiors and terraces overlooking the slopes
  • Megeve is one of the most glam and charming resorts in the Alps (with lots on offer for non-skiers) and only an hour's drive from Geneva airport (ideal for short breaks)
  • Access to a vast and varied ski region covering 445 km with some of the best views of Mont Blanc
  • The private concierge service offers a myriad of adventure activities in winter and summer: dog-sledding, balloon rides, photography tours… you name it

Lows

  • It’s far from cheap, but you do get bang for your buck; winter rates include breakfast, dinner, afternoon tea, minibar and local chauffeur service; summer rates are B&B only but are considerably lower
  • In summer, the spa and pool are closed and lunch and dinner are not available at the restaurant (although excellent dining options are within easy walking distance)
  • Not all rooms have those gorgeous open fireplaces – check when booking
  • The chalet-style decor (lots of wood, low lighting) means some of the rooms are a tad dark - but they do look very cosy!

Best time to go

Le Chalet’s winter ski season runs from December to April; summer season is from June to September. Come in winter for snowsports, log fires and fully operational hotel services. If you don’t like crowds, avoid the peak weeks of New Year and February half term. Summer is a little quieter and much cheaper though there's still a great buzz in town, and an ideal time for hiking, biking and climbing. We love the summer Jazz Festival (over two weekends in July and August) when the streets are filled with the tunes of New Orleans. Note that the hotel’s spa and indoor pool are closed in summer, and the restaurant only offers breakfast.

Our top tips

If you're looking for Apres-ski, head to Club de Jazz Les Cinq Rues in Megève. It's one of France's oldest and best jazz clubs, offering regular live music, cocktails and a glitzy atmosphere.

For the best hot chocolate in town look no further than the Chocolaterie at the Grand Hôtel du Soleil d'Or.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Romantic
Spa
  • Boutique hotel
  • 12 bedrooms
  • Restaurant & bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: Apr-mid Jun & Oct-early Dec
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Le Chalet has four rooms and eight suites, all of which are deeply luxurious. Wood is a key element in their design – oak floors, soft pine walls, ceilings – and the look is very Swiss-chalet. Colours are muted, and lighting is dim, but picture windows bring in natural light – dazzling white in winter, golden in summer. Furniture is handcrafted locally, while coffee table books and artefacts give a subtle nod to Zannier's properties in Namibia, Vietnam and Cambodia. All rooms have kingsize beds, Sonos music systems, and all bathrooms have rain showers and large baths, perfect for bubbly soaks.

At 30sqm, the two Deluxe Rooms are the smallest (and darkest), but both can connect with Suites. Prestige Rooms are slightly larger (40sqm), each with a living area and a terrace with mountain views. The Junior Suites take things up another notch with most having open fireplaces; our favourite in summer was light-filled Number 5 with its deep sofa looking out to the slopes.

The four Suites are spectacular. Suite 4 is a duplex, with a kingsize bedroom on the mezzanine, and balconies on both floors. Suite 3 is also a duplex, with one kingsize bedroom in the attic and a living room that can be converted into a twin bedroom for kids. We loved our Suite 2, ideal for couples with its chunky four-poster bed, a walk-in wardrobe and a cosy dining area. It also worked well for our daughter staying in the connecting Deluxe Room. At a whopping 140sqm, Suite 1 is the largest spanning two floors and featuring two bedrooms, an enormous fireplace and a semi-open bathroom.

Note: only the suites have a Nespresso machine and kettle, but you can help yourself to free tea and coffee in the main bar.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Sonos music system
  • Toiletries

Eating

Beautifully prepared, locally sourced food is a big part of the ethos here. Breakfast is a continental spread, served either in your room or at the restaurant (no room service in summer). Expect flaky pastries, just-baked rolls and an array of delicious jams or raw honey from their own vineyard, dairy products from the surrounding mountains, and cold cuts from local butchers. Eggs are cooked to order.

In winter, the restaurant La Ferme de mon Père serves French fare from the Haute-Savoie region. Dinners (included in the rates) are based on sharing dishes where fresh vegetables often take centre stage - think truffled millefeuille with avocado, or smoked carrot tagine. The wine list is extensive – ask for pairing recommendations.

If you're around for lunch, a light daytime menu (croque monsieurs, club sandwiches, soups etc) is offered in the lounge (winter only). Afternoon tea, or the patisserie buffet as it’s known, is also served here, with a tempting selection of cakes, biscuits and hot drinks to choose from. There’s also cosy lounge bar where in winter you can sip cocktails and aperitifs by the open fire and in summer help yourself to soft drinks and small snacks. If you're out skiing for the day, there are plenty of excellent high altitude restaurants, many of which are accessible for non-skiers.

The hotel restaurant is closed in summer, but it's only a 10-minute stroll into the heart of the village and you’ll be spoilt for choice. Megève has a reputation as a gastronomic hotspot, with almost 90 restaurants to choose from - everything from trendy pizza joints to Michelin-starred eateries. The concierge is on hand to make recommendations and bookings. Try the fondue at Le Restaurant Alpin, or soak up the views of Megève and Mont Blanc from Face au Mont Blanc. We loved Le Hibout Blanc, a buzzing bistro with fabulous service and the largest chocolate mousses we’ve ever seen, and Le Refuge for the caramelised veal sweetbreads and Grand Marnier souffle. For top end dining, splash out at three Michelin star Le Flocon de Sel.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
  • Vegetarian menu
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

    In winter:
  • The skiing here is world-famous, comprising 136 groomed runs and totalling over 400km. It's ideal for intermediate skiiers but there are also great beginner facilities. Alex, the super concierge, will help you arrange ski passes and equipment, and the chauffeur will shuttle you to the slopes. Lessons, heli-skiing and ski safaris are all bookable via the hotel
  • Other snowsports on offer include electric snow biking, dog-sledding, snowshoe trekking, bobsleighing, ice-skating and excellent cross-country skiing with 45km of varied trails
  • Spend a day in Megève, indulging in some luxury shopping, browsing the art galleries or taking a horse-drawn carriage ride along the cobbled streets
  • Rejuvenate sore ski muscles at the spa, where there’s a small indoor pool, steam room, sauna, and a range of treatments using organic plant-based products

    In summer:
  • Head off on valley walks or mountain hikes. Megève is in a very open valley, so the slopes are not too steep. Start with the unique Calvary Way, a gentle trail leading up from the village dotted with 15 oratories and chapels, or the 45-minute hike to the Belle au Bois waterfall.
  • Take the 10 minute cable car up to the summit of Mont D'Arbois for breathtaking views of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest mountain
  • See the mountains from a bird’s eye view and go paragliding or take a scenic private plane tour over Mont Blanc
  • E-mountain bikes can be hired easily or try rafting or canyoning, plus there's rock climbing in Chamonix, or swimming and boating on the lakes at nearby Annecy or Geneva
  • The hotel spa is closed in summer but Le Palais in Megeve is the largest sports complex in the Alps offering pools, balneotherapy, an ice rink, tennis courts, football fields, and a fitness centre

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hot air ballooning
  • Mountain biking
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping / markets
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Trekking
  • Well being

Kids

Children are welcome at Le Chalet, and there are various accommodation options that work well for families. In winter, the restaurant offers kid-friendly meals. Megeve has all sorts of kid-friendly activities, from reindeer feeding to tobogganing.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Suites 1 and 3 both sleep four, each with twin bedrooms for kids. Suite 3 can also interconnect with a Junior Suite to accommodate a larger family. Suite 2 can connect with a Deluxe Room and Suite 4 can take an extra bed (on request) and connect with either a Deluxe or Prestige Room. Junior Suites can also fit an extra bed (on request). Baby cots can be setup in all rooms.

Babysitting:

Available on request

Baby equipment:

  • Baby cots
  • High chair

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

Children's meals:

In winter the restaurant offers kid-friendly meals (pizzas, burgers etc). In summer, families love Cosa Papa, an excellent restaurant with the best pizzas in town, cocktails and fun bowling.

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Reindeer Farm
  • 4 Seasons Rail Sledge
  • Le Chemin du Calvaire Nature Trail
  • Le Palais sports complex with outdoor and indoor pools, tennis courts, ice rink and kids club
  • Many pistes and schools for beginner skiers

Families Should Know:

The hotel pool is for adult use only

Distances:

  • Airport: 1 hour
  • Hospital: 25 mins
  • Supermarket: 10 mins' walk
Kid Friendly:

Location

Le Chalet is located in the French resort of Megève in Haute-Savoie, south-east France. The region borders Italy and Switzerland.

By Air:
The nearest airport is Geneva (87km), which has exits into Switzerland and France. It's just an hour's drive away and has international flights from many European cities and beyond.

From the Airport
Private transfers can be arranged by the hotel, or you can hire a car (see below).

By Car:
If arriving via Geneva Airport, it’s worth picking up your hire car on the Swiss side of the border, as you’ll find it easier - and probably cheaper. Note that you’ll need a vignette (annual permit) to drive on Swiss motorways. For car rentals, click here to see our recommendations. The hotel is just 13km from the motorway in Sallanches, and it's a 20-minute drive up the mountain from there.

By Train:
The nearest railway stations are St Gervais and Sallanches, both of which are just 20 minutes away by car.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Geneva 87.0 km GVA
  • Lyon Saint-Exupéry 171.0 km LYS

Other:

  • Beach 70.0 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

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