The first Four Seasons mountain experience in Europe is now open in one of the most beloved resort areas in the French Alps: this is the new Four Seasons Hotel Megève. Long a see-and-be-seen retreat for Europe’s elite, Megève is perhaps best known as a winter destination, but the summer season brings a new world of possibilities for those who love the outdoors, beginning with a few rounds at Mont d’Arbois Golf Club, adjacent to the Hotel. Other popular summer activities include hiking and mountaineering, paragliding, biking, kayaking and air tours via plane, helicopter or hot air balloon, not to mention designer shopping in town.
Four Seasons Hotel Megève is now home to one of the region’s most coveted gastronomic destinations, the two Michelin star Le 1920. Here, guests are treated to the creations of Chef Julien Gatillon, who also oversees all dining outlets at the Hotel as well as several of the village’s best restaurants.
Must try: Chef’s famous mille feuille de foie gras de canard et truffe noire façon opéra – a creation that combines two pastry styles in a savoury journey for the palate that includes delicate layers of duck foie gras and black truffles.
The only hotel located directly on the slopes of Mont d’Arbois, just five minutes from the charming medieval town of Megève, Four Seasons Hotel Megève is the newest addition to one of Europe’s most important mountain resorts. With direct access to more than 400 kilometres (277 miles) of skiing, plus the region’s only in-house Ski Valet and Ski Concierge services, Four Seasons is also inviting skiers to experience more remote runs with the new Helicopter Ski Safaris. Back near the Hotel, myriad other winter recreational pursuits are virtually at one’s doorstep, from snowboarding to sleigh rides, ice fall climbing and ice sports including hockey, skating and curling.
When not enjoying the mountain air outdoors, guests can relax inside at the 900 square metre (9,700 square foot) Spa, the largest in the region, with six spa treatment rooms including a VIP couple’s suite sauna and steam, salon and fitness centre. Spa Director Aurianne Hurelle particularly recommends the Sodashi Asian-European Fusion Body Massage after a strenuous day on the slopes, or the rejuvenating Swiss Perfection facial treatments. The Spa also offers osteopathy and physiotherapy sessions on request, and a tai chi program focused on martial arts and health.
Surrounded by large outdoor terraces, Four Seasons Hotel Megève boasts a unique indoor-outdoor swimming pool, complete with massage jets and underwater music, and an array of lounge chairs, recliners and a fireplace at the poolside. This most certainly sounds like an absolute heaven of relaxation and tranquility after a long day out in the snow. Why not plan your next trip to Megève this winter now? To find out more and book your next stay at this luxurious winter destination click here.
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