L’Alpaga’s sits on a pristine hillside overlooking Val d’Arly and Mont Blanc © Benoît Linero
As the world’s first ski resort, Megève is famed for its impressive downhill runs, snow parks and cross-country trails on the breathtaking Mont Blanc massif. Frequented by French aristocracy since the ’20s, Megève remains one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world thanks to its prime location, easy ski lift access, and wide and gentle slopes that make it suitable for all ages and abilities. Likewise, the town itself cultivates the spirit of a traditional Alpine village with its elegant vernacular architecture. Yet, its stylish boutiques and contemporary dining options firmly root Megève in the present day.
One of the standout accommodation options for fostering this idea of authenticity-meets-refinement is L’Alpaga, a Beaumier Hotel. This gem of a hotel is slightly set back from the Alpine village and offers hotel rooms as well as self-catering apartments and chalets. Each accommodation option has been finished to an impeccable standard — all boasting breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc mountain, coupled with a stylish aesthetic that seamlessly blends traditional architectural elements with modern facilities.
Comparable to a hamlet, L’Alpaga offers everything you could want during your stay in Megève. On the basement level of the main building, guests can access a charming spa with a massage-jet plunge pool and a dedicated wellness team on-hand to create bespoke treatments using pioneering holistic beauty brands Kalmar and Holidermie. There is also an outdoor wood-fired sauna and a Scandinavian bath, allowing total relaxation as you absorb the surrounding mountainscape in all its glory.
As a region famous for its traditional dishes and premium produce, including local cheeses such as Reblochon, Abondance and Tomme de Savoie, L’Alpaga offers another vision of Savoy’s epicurean delights to its discerning guests. Visitors can choose between an immersive gastronomic experience at one-Michelin-starred restaurant La Table de L’Alpaga, explore traditional flavours at the more casual Le Bistrot de L’Alpaga, or sample some signature or personalised cocktails at Le Bar de L’Alpaga. During the warmer months, L’Alpaga also opens the outdoor sun terrace for al fresco dining.
L’Alpaga offers sublime dining and wellness experiences © Benoît Linero
The food at L’Alpaga is guided by the same tenets that can be felt throughout the hotel — elegance, honesty and detail. The menus are driven by nature and the small producers and artisans that live nearby. The flavours and ingredients are anchored in Savoy, but inspired by ideas from all over the world, making each restaurant a truly unique option when visiting Megève.
We also can’t take a trip to L’Alpaga without mentioning its ideal location for skiing and winter activities. With Alpette, Aiguille Croche, Tête du Torraz, Mont Joly, and, of course, Mont Blanc at your doorstep, L’Alpaga offers easy access to some of the best mountain terrain in the world. Guests are invited to explore the region with its endless skiing both on and off-piste, downhill and cross-country. Those with venturesome spirits can also embark on one of L’Alpaga’s many signature experiences, including hot-air balloon rides, dog-sledging, ice climbing, paragliding and guided snowshoe tours.
Megève also makes for an ideal spring and summer location, offering a playground of meadows, forests and rivers to inspire the senses and reconnect with nature. With a prominent golfing scene and a host to part of the route for the Tour de France, Megève is brimming with energy for outdoor activities the whole year through. From horseriding, mountain biking and hiking to tobogganing and zip lining, Megève is a reference resort for all things adventurous.
To further this already bountiful offering, L’Alpaga plays host to a music festival and outdoor cinema during the summer months. You can also join Tess Evans Mialet, L’Alpaga’s Head Pastry Chef and all-round mountain fairy, on a wild-herb-picking expedition. Having worked closely with local farmers, producers and foragers, she will take you on a one-of-a-kind trip to discover wild herbs and edible plants and learn their benefits and how to cook with them.
A place where you can escape, rest, explore and indulge, L’Alpaga uniquely combines a sense of place, tradition and casual luxury to create something truly distinct in a town that has everything.
L’Alpaga is home to a Michelin-starred restaurant, La Table de l’L’Alpaga, along with a stylish bar offering personalised cocktails
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