Designed by a local architect, the new 4-star hotel MiL8 in Avoriaz, is perfectly integrated in the resort’s unique architecture style. This stylish hotel has 42 bedrooms and suites, a bar and lounge area with a fireplace as well as a restaurant with a terrace. The MiL8’s spa is entirely glass-fronted so guests can relax with a view, before or after enjoying the beautiful infinity pool!
Ski-in, ski-out, the hotel is family-friendly.
One of Val d’Isère’s oldest hotels was bought by Les Airelles group and had a complete make-over. It has become a 5-star hotel, Le Mademoiselle, with an architecture inspired by the medieval period. Le Mademoiselle has 33 suites, 3 Deluxe bedrooms and 5 apartments with butlers, a spa by Guerlain, a cinema, a ski room lounge and 3 restaurants.
Le Coucou is a new 5-star hotel in Méribel, part of the small hotel group Maison Pariente. Nestled on the ski slopes above Méribel, it is a stylish mountain chalet spread over 10 floors. Famous French interior designer Pierre Yovanovitch (www.pierreyovanovitch.com) has created a unique contemporary alpine style. Le Coucou has 55 bedrooms including 39 suites, 2 private chalets, 2 restaurants and a spa with an indoor and outdoor pool.
Courchevel Moriond has a new 4-star hotel, the Ecrin Blanc, with 127 bedrooms sleeping from 2 to 8 guests. Ecrin Blanc is ski-in, ski-out thanks to the new Grandes Combes chairlift and is linked by a tunnel to Aquamotion.
120 years after its opening, hotel Soleil d’Or in Megève, is reopening on 6 December after a complete makeover. It is the 11th hotel of the group Millésime. This elegant hotel, which should become a 5-star, has 16 bedrooms and 3 chalets with 4 bedrooms each. It also includes a restaurant, a panoramic bar lounge and a chocolate shop! www.millesime-collection.com
Located in a forest at 1,650m, Refuge de la Traye is accessible by foot or electric vehicle from Les Allues. It’s a hotel-hamlet concept, with a strong environmental focus, with 5 bedrooms and suites, 2 mazots (small chalets) and a chalet for 4 people. It also has a chapel, a spa and a restaurant with a panoramic terrace. Refuge de la Traye combines perfectly nature and comfort for an unforgettable stay.
After a full renovation, hotel La Cascade in Flaine became hotel Le Lapiaz and reopened during last winter. It includes 10 stylish bedrooms and communal rooms as well as a spa.
Located on the slopes, close to the Grandes Platières cable-car, it is a great place to stay to discover the Grand Massif ski area.
In Courchevel 1850, the famous 4-star hotel Le Chabichou, has been bought by the Lavorel family and is being redecorated. Chef Stéphane Buron will still work at the hotel’s two Michelin star restaurant.
Hotel Les Ancolies in Arêches-Beaufort has been awarded a third star after its renovation.
In Tignes, the owners of the Kaya restaurant are opening Chalet Kaya. It boasts 5 suites, each with a unique décor. One has a New York loft style, one has a Scandinavian décor, one has a fish tank in its bedhead…https://www.le-kaya-tignes.fr/
In Val d’Isère, luxury chalet Ô Valala, has 6 bedrooms decorated in a Scandinavian style. Hygge adepts will love the cosy lounge with a fireplace and a library corner, as well as the indoor pool, steam room and large outdoor jacuzzi. https://chalet-ovalala.com
In Morzine-Avoriaz, the operator Alikats has 2 new chalets: Melodie (for up to 10 guests) and Harmonie (for up to 12 guests). Alikat offers made-to-measure services while trying to be as eco-friendly as possible: free transfers for guests arriving by train, electric cars to take guests around, vegetarian menus, homemade yogurts, etc. https://alikats.eu/chalets/chalet-harmonie/
The three luxury tree houses ‘Cabanes entre terre et ciel’ in the Val d’Arly open in the winter as well. Each tree house is unique. The Nest (for 2 persons) is braided like a bird’s nest and provides breathtaking views of the Mont Blanc from a private rooftop terrace. The Mont Blanc (for 2 to 4 persons) combines traditional Savoie architecture with comfortable luxury. For the ultimate in relaxation, enjoy the Mont Blanc-facing terrace, spa et sauna... 5 metres up! The Stream (for 2 to 5 persons) is every child’s idea of heaven, with access via a monkey bridge, and a safe, covered tubular slide, as well as a well-equipped play area under the treehouse.
Base Camp Lodge in Bourg-Saint-Maurice/Les Arcs is a new eco-friendly hotel and hostel. It offers several types of rooms: double, family rooms and dormitories. It has a restaurant and a bar but also a small kitchen for those who want to cook. The bathrooms don’t have single use products, the linen is washed in-house, the restaurant only use bamboo straws, a transfer to and from the train station is organised and guests can take the funicular to go skiing.
Toî du Monde, in Flumet/ St Nicolas la Chapelle, Val d’Arly, is a 600m² family farm dating back to 1886, located on a 5-hectare site. It has undergone major refurbishment and is an innovative hospitality hub today, with guest rooms for 20 persons, restaurant, tapas bar and concert hall.
Toî du Monde is self-sufficient in energy and only serves locally produced food.
New apartments, residences and clubs
Two years after opening a club in Samoëns, Club Med is launching Apartments-Chalets Exclusive collection in Samoëns Morillon. Designed as duplex and triplex, the apartments can sleep up to 8 people, and offer high end services: concierge, transfers, meals served in the apartment or in the resort. www.clubmed.co.uk
The Auberge Nordique in Grand Bornand is expending and getting modernised. Two new chalets will open this winter with 26 bedrooms (double and family rooms). The Auberge Nordique offers all-included stays at very competitive rates. www.auberge-nordique.com
The group Mont Blanc Collection, who already has several properties in Chamonix Mont-Blanc, is opening La Maison du Génépy. In an old house from the beginning of the 20th century, 3 duplex apartments are created in a classy mountain style. La Maison du Génépy has a traditional French café on the ground floor. www.montblanc-collection.com/en/
P&V is opening a new 5-star residence in Méribel, called the Hevana. The residence includes a Deep Nature spa, an indoor pool, an outdoor jacuzzi, a restaurant, bar and a tearoom.
Lodge des Neiges is a new CGH & Spa residence in Tignes 1800, with apartments for 4 to 10 people. Lodge des Neiges has a spa, a pool and a gym.
Les Saisies has a new family-friendly residence: Amaya by MGM Hotel & Residence. There is an area dedicated to children with board and construction games, tablets, a book corner and the wellness area has a paddling pool.