The village of Megève is a perfect escape from day-to-day drudgery, an internationally renowned historic landmark set against the Mont Blanc mountain range, which offers a peek at authentic alpine life, seeped in French joie de vivre.
It was first established as a ski resort when the Rothchild family made it their winter destination in the 1910s. In the 1920s, Baroness Noémie de Rothschild opened the luxury hotel Domaine du Mont d'Arbois, which helped boost the popularity of this winter retreat. Ski enthusiasts will find thrills in the surrounding mountains and modern sports facilities, and all visitors can enjoy cultural events, especially around the holidays.
Where to stay
There are a variety of fine hotels and fully-serviced private chalets available to book for an unforgettable winter break in Megève.
Les Chalets Du Mont D’Arbois, Megève
The Rothschild tradition continues at Les Chalets Du Mont D’Arbois, which are now part of the Four Seasons Megève, which also has a separate hotel higher up the mountain. Located at the foot of the Mont d’Arbois slopes – close to the ski lifts and only five minutes from the heart of Megève – the three traditional wooden chalets are only open for the winter. Book one of the 40 unique rooms or suites, or book all of Chalet Alice exclusively to host a party of up to 16 adults and four children. This chalet is decorated with a chic bohemian flair and has a kitchen, dining room, a large lounge, an exclusive spa with two treatment rooms and a steam bath.
Enjoy the gourmet meals made with local ingredients and Savoyard specialities at La Table de Noémie restaurant, which re-opens on December 16. Have an aprés ski meal and cocktail by the hearth at the Bar Mont D’Arbois.
Visit the spa for various treatments and relaxation, work out at the gym, or enjoy swimming in the heated indoor-outdoor pool.
The Four Seasons, Megève
Alternatively, you can book a room or suite at the Four Seasons location at Chemin Des Follieres, Megève. This ski-in ski-out resort, located at one of the highest points in Megève, offers breathtaking views, elegant decor, and a pampering spa.
Sample the Michelin star-winning special tasting menu at La Dame de Pic – Le 1920 with views of the surrounding hillsides. Delight in Asian Fusion cuisine at Kaito. Or venture out and dine at one of the local mountain restaurants, including IDEAL 1850, where you can savour fine meats or truffle pizzas while gazing out on Mont Blanc as a backdrop from the large solarium terrace.
The Four Seasons is only ten minutes from the centre of Megève, so guests can easily spend the afternoons and evenings enjoying everything on offer at the village centre during this time of year.
A Megève Christmas
Megève puts on its festive best around the holidays. You’ll be surrounded by sparkling lights and the scent of cinnamon in the air as you stroll casually through its cobbled streets, enjoying the music and magic.
The tree-lighting ceremony at the centre of town during the first weekend of December sets the mood for the season.
The Esplanade of the Outdoor Ice Rink becomes Santa's Chalet from December 10 to January 3, 2023. Santa Claus himself will be there to greet the kiddies with photo opportunities on 23 December from 17:00 to 19:00. There is also a planned Santa Claus parade on Christmas Eve, 24 December, starting at 17:00 with Christmas carols sung by the Satin Doll Sisters.
Other holiday-themed events at the village include:
• 17 December: The bearers of light at 17:00.
• 18 December: Dream blowers street theatre on stilts at 11:00 and 16:00.
• 22 December: Parade of the Santa Claus brigade at 10:30 and 17:30.
• 23 & 25 December from 17:00 to 19:00 Christmas carols sung by The Satin Doll Sisters.
• 26 December: White parade at 16:00.
There are also several creative and gourmet workshops for children from December 20-30.
• 20 & 23 December: Creative workshop—making a photophore scheduled from 10.00 to 12.30 p.m. and from 15:00 to 17:30 open to children four years old or older, accompanied by an adult.
• 21 and 27-28 December: Woodland toddlers from 9:00 to 12:00.
• 21 and 27 December: Gourmet workshop from 15:00 to 18:00, open to children two years old or older.
• 29-30 December: Face painting from 10:00 am to 12:00 and from 15:00 to 19:00 for children three years or older (requiring registration on-site to book a sitting).
How to get there
Book a private flight to Geneva, the nearest airport, and ask your LunaJets advisor to arrange a private car transfer directly to your chalet.