A short skiing break in Megève was just what I needed
The worst snow in my lifetime hit Scotland at the start of March and my biggest worry was “Will I get to the snow in France”.
Airports and roads were shut, I was snowed in for four days and my husband was stuck in London. I was cursing the snow in Scotland. How ironic that I was desperate to get to the snow elsewhere, especially since people were skiing on the streets in Glasgow! Lol.
However, I needed a break after a busy start to the year, we hadn’t been skiing abroad for a couple of years and I was in love with the thought of staying in a 5 star hotel in a boutique resort.
Thankfully the snowstorm ‘did one’ and we were able to drive to Edinburgh for our flight and make it to Geneva.
Our early flight meant we arrived at Geneva early morning and with only an hour transfer to Megève, we were there for midday.
Our hotel, the M de Megève, was exactly how I imagined. I was however delighted when they said we had been upgraded to a suite! At over one thousand two hundred Euros a night, we had decided to book a Deluxe Room Club, which was still six hundred Euros a night.
The hotel had a cozy bar, luxurious spa, pretty unique restaurant menu and I have to say, the most friendly, helpful and efficient staff I’ve ever had the fortune to meet.
From organising our ski passes, recommending restaurants, booking our spa treaments and generally being hugely lovely, all this was organised before we even arrived!
When we arrived, the door was opened for us every time, the reception staff were wonderful and I felt like I was a very important person. That’s what five star luxury should be like!
We ate at a couple of really lovely places, all a bit pricey, but the quality of food and service was again, five star.
- Le Hibou Blanc (Gregor had a whole sole and said it was the best he’s ever eaten)
- Le Nano Caffe (we had drinks here)
- Spaggiari Cafe (amazing homemade pizzas and the house red, Chianti, was lovely)
I wouldn’t recommend Le Bistrot Megeve, it was over priced, the service was terrible and the food wasn’t that amazing.
Places we wanted to go to but didn’t have time:
- Le TIGrr – Thai
- Les Enfants Terribles
- Le Prieure
Restaurant Le Puck was situated above the main village square beside the ice rink, where kids could skate and play ice hockey. We had drinks there two nights, but didn’t eat, but the restaurant looked amazing and was really toasty. I can recommend their special champagne cocktail!
We hired boots, skis and poles for me and skis (and one day of boots) for Gregor, for two days and it only cost one hundred and forty Euros. Again, the hotel had recommended the hire place, which was right at the bottom of the gondola (and a two minute walk from the hotel, along the road), so it was super handy and we left our boots there when we went skiing. Super friendly and helpful staff too, who gave Gregor a brand new pair of advanced skis to try out for the time we were there!
The fashion boutiques were something else. From fur shops to cashmere and expensive ski clothing places, this village had it all. More expensive the Chamonix, smaller than Chamonix (I compare everything to my love of Chamonix), but they had the products right for the people who visited.
Highlights for me:
- The size of the village but the vast opportunity to explore many runs across the mountains
- Some of the restaurants
- The jazz bar we went to, Jazz Club des Cinq Rues – we could have stayed there all night! There was even a dance-off between two children lol
- The M de Megève
- It snowed in the village two nights and the last night we were there, was magical
- The pop-up apres ski bars in the village
We will definitely be going back to Megève! Maybe even before the year is out!
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