L’Alpaga – Megève
Hotel Type: A unique 5* boutique ski hotel with six luxury chalets and a two Michelin star restaurant. It is its own hamlet in Megève.
Location: An Idyllic location, just over an hour from Geneva, and five minutes drive from Megève, with a driver service to the lifts. It is the only resort in Megève to offer breathtaking views of Mont-Blanc and hotel and chalets face south to over-look the beautiful Val d’Arly.
Style: Alpine luxe.
Ideal For: Romantic ski weekends and weeks with the family.
Dining: The gourmet plant-based restaurant La Table de l’Alpaga has been awarded 2 Michelin stars and is a delicious fare of local and seasonal produce. The second restaurant Le Bistrot de l’Alpaga which is a ‘bistrot lounge’ and the perfect place for a lunch, informal dinner or a spot to enjoy cocktails with friends.
Spa: The SPA de l’Alpaga is a quiet haven of tranquility. Here there is a hammam, swimming pool with massage jets, a gym, and two treatment cabins. Outside you can enjoy the Scandinavian heated bath and the Sauna heated bath overlooking the Mont-Blanc
Children: Most definitely a place for families.
Activities and Experiences: All things Alpine! Skiing, boarding, hiking, or just exploring Megève and its environs, there’s plenty to keep you active all day.
Low season price from: €531 per night in a Classic Room, including breakfast.
High season price from: €738 per night in a Classic Room, including breakfast.
Open: December – April and Mid June – September. Please note summer rates are cheaper. (€338 per night in a Classic Room including breakfast).
If spectacular views are your thing, then the Mont Bland Massif panorama from L’Alpaga will definitely move you. L’Alpaga is an elegant hotel, with a Megève style, that has beautifully designed rooms and suites as well as six luxury chalets. This collection of accommodation is set in the Arly valley just outside Megève and enjoys one of the best locations around. The design brief was to create a village atmosphere, and what you’ll find is a contemporary ski lodge, with all the trimmings. Delightfully and traditionally Alpine on the outside, with a chic and eclectic mix of rustic and modern on the inside, L’Alpaga is effortlessly stylish and comfortable. A slick and efficient concierge service can organise almost anything, including an in-house ski fitting service, and a courtesy driver will drive you to and from the slopes, or into Megève of an evening. You may wish you were staying longer than a week.
The hotel rooms & suites:
Luxury meets cosy at the L’Alpaga hotel. Bleached wide wooden panelled walls, soft rich velvet head boards, faux fur throws and uber stylish bathrooms, the suites and rooms are a haven after a day on the slopes. All of them have a balcony or terrace, and many have magnificent views up to Mont Blanc itself. Classic Rooms are snugly and light filled, with king size beds and an option to interconnect. The slightly larger Deluxe Rooms have mountain views and make the perfect ski bolt hole. The Prestige Rooms can accommodate two adults and a child and are comfortable and spacious – two of them have a mezzanine level. The Suites resemble mini private chalets – with all the comforts you’d expect – kitchens; large living areas with wood burners and total privacy. The Two Bedroom Suites are large and light filled, and perfect for families. Equally spacious are the Parental Suites, with a large double bed and bunks for the children. The largest are the Three Bedroom Suites that can accommodate up to six people with three bathrooms. These all have a terrace and look out over Mont Blanc.
We love the design and beautiful furnishings of the chalets. Traditional Savoie style retreats, they offer privacy with all the use of L’Alpaga’s services. Each come with a private studio, library, open fireplaces and everything you could possibly need for a week of luxurious mountain living. Built over three floors, the Three Bedroom Chalets each have three bathrooms and can accommodate up to eight guests. Each comes with a large terrace and garden looking over Mont Blanc. The Four Bedroom Chalets can sleep up to 12 guests, and mix modern comforts with cosy alpine living. The Six Bedroom Chalet can sleep up to 12, with six bathrooms and large south facing terraces for soaking up the sun. The magnificent Chalet E has six bedrooms and bathrooms, together with a children’s room, and can accommodate up to 15 guests. Beautifully designed, it’s a real haven. A few minutes’ away from the hotel is the Chalet Reine des Prés – a four bedroom retreat with four bathrooms and a children’s sleeping area under the eaves, that can sleep up to 10 guests. With balconies and terraces, spectacular mountain views and supremely comfortable interiors, this chalet is perfect for independent families and groups.
You might want to go easy on your lunches on the mountain when you stay here. Michelin starred Anthony Bisquerra runs the restaurant and fifties style bistro, mixing Savoyard dishes with international influences. The two starred La Table, is a full blown gastronomic experience, where the flavours of locally sourced and seasonal produce are exceptional. For more informal dining, Le Bistrot de l’Alpaga has local favourites mixed with a few surprises. The breakfast buffet is plentiful, and in the warmer months, you can enjoy it out on the terrace. As dusk draws in, this is the place to be, under a faux fur throw and close to a fire pit, with a cocktail in hand, looking out over Mont Blanc and the changing colours of the setting sun.
L’Alpaga welcomes families with open arms. The suites and chalets are perfect for family groups, and cots can be put into rooms. There’s a children’s menu too.
Dominated by Mont Blanc, the ski terrain around Megève promises wonderful skiing for all levels. A driver will take you to the slopes and bring you home at the end of the day, and the mountains are all yours in between. Skiing, boarding, hiking, or just exploring Megève and its environs, there’s plenty to keep you active all day. The Spa at L’Alpaga is simple but indulgent, with its indoor pool, hammam, hot tub and sauna cabin. Just what you need for your weary limbs after a day’s skiing.
In the summer months, the Alps take on a whole different life. Visit in late spring for hiking high up in flower filled pastures, or explore some of the 300km of trails and paths on a mountain bike (L’Alpaga has a fleet of ebikes for hire), or on horse back. Picnics in the mountains are one of our favourite summer activities. For a bird’s eye view, take to the air in a balloon, a plane or, if you’re an adrenalin junkie, in a paraglider – there’s no better way to see Mont Blanc. Megève has a golf course, with some of the outstanding views from a green, and there are plenty family activities, from summer sledging, canyoning, abseiling, and tree top adventures. We love that you can stay here and learn a new skill too. There are painting, photography and writing workshops at L’Alpaga, and in July and August the Megève astonomy club hosts evenings under the stars. The sommelier holds tastings, letting you discover local and wines from around France, and the two starred Michelin chef will guide you around the hotel’s garden. And start or end the day with yoga.