Megève has become a symbol of classic French-style luxury living. Nestled in the mountains of the Savoie at the foot of the Mont Blanc massif, Megève maintains its eminence as a fashionable yet relaxing retreat for famed figures all year round.
Megève has preserved its origins as a charming village of narrow, cobbled streets threaded around the centre of a quaint medieval church dating back as early as the thirteenth century.
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Rich with Tradition and Local History & A Mecca for Sporting and Cultural Pursuits
Megève has preserved its origins as a charming village of narrow, cobbled streets threaded around the centre of a quaint medieval church dating back as early as the thirteenth century. Brought to fame by the Rothschild family in the early nineteen hundreds, Baroness Noémie de Rothschild decided to create ‘a Saint Moritz français’; a glamorous après-ski scene in France to rival the luxury resort in Switzerland. Launched as a popular destination for the beau monde, such was the prestige of the high-class social scene in Megève after the Second World War, Jean Cockteau famously referred to the resort as “the 21st arrondissement of Paris”.
Megève boasts a range of medieval buildings and twentieth century architecture to discover. Commissioned by Rothschild to build a mountain farmhouse, it was in Megève that architect Henry Jacques le Même first combined traditional elements of Savoyard farms with luxurious modern amenities to create the conventional ski-chalet style we know today.
Famed for exceptional skiing and varied cultural attractions, Megève also provides a range of sporting activities, upmarket shopping and local galleries. With a thorough network of ski lifts linking approximately three hundred kilometres of pistes catering for all abilities, there are always new slopes to discover beneath the shadow of the majestic Mont Blanc. Whether you are an experienced thrill-seeker or a cautious beginner, you can be assured that the natural barrier of Mount Blanc guarantees excellent skiing conditions throughout the season.
For sport enthusiasts, each year Megève plays host to a selection of prestigious international events not to be missed. The exciting Megève Polo Masters is an international polo tournament played on snow in January, providing exhilarating spectator sport worthy of the biggest polo tournaments on grass. Likewise, the Snow Golf Cup is a unique golf tournament played on snow on the Mont d’Arbois plateau, enabling you to enjoy top-class golf set against a stunning winter backdrop. Jazz music is a key cultural attraction in Megève and the International Jazz festival in August is a vivacious annual event renowned for bringing the streets and bars to life with the rhythm and tradition of world-class jazz musicians.
Refined yet Lively Après-Ski Entertainment
After dark, Megève becomes a vibrant hub of exclusive bars and clubs offering a myriad of refined yet lively après-ski entertainment. If you wish to experience one of the most glamorous nightlife venues in Megève, Les Caves de Megève has established an A-List name for itself as a sophisticated place for partying and celebrity spotting. Located at the end of a narrow staircase, the small and cave-like feel of the club adds to its exclusivity. Pulsating live jazz music and an intimate dance floor invite you to dance the night away.
Hidden among the tiny back streets of Megève you will find one of the oldest non-Parisian Jazz clubs, Club de Jazz Les Cinq Rues. Renowned as the ultimate nightlife venue for live music in Megève, Jazz notables such as Memphis Slim and Bill Coleman have performed on its stage and the club continues to attract impressive line-ups of contemporary international Jazz stars. Swinging with Jazz music from evening into the early hours, the warm, cosy interior of Club de Jazz Les Cinq Rues adds to its brimming popularity.
A Master of World-Class Gastronomy
Regarded as the premier ski destination in the world for fine dining, Megève is celebrated just as much for its world-class gastronomy as it is for its skiing. Characterised by imaginative and colourful cuisine with a mountain flavour, at the Flocons De Sel< Restaurant chef Emmanuel ensures that each and every dish is creative, original and surprising. With a reputation for providing one of the best dining experiences in the country, use of the finest local ingredients introduce you to a particular savoir faire, taking the authenticity of the alpine art of living to the very peak of perfection.
Honouring regional flavours in a setting exuding alpine charm, the L’Alpage Restaurant at Le Fer à Cheval enables you to discover inventive gourmet cuisine in the warmth of a traditional alpine environment.
With a lively Art Deco interior and a bold approach to traditional flavours, the infamous Les Enfants Terribles embodies the opulence of an avant-garde era. Jean Cocteau's mural fresco is a distinctive interior feature of the artistic bistro in the Mont-Blanc Hôtel, and an impressive open-plan kitchen ensures that culinary art and local products remain at the heart of the restaurant. A great place to go to try something a little daring, Les Enfants Terribles fuses gastronomic tradition with creative innovation.
Luxury Hotels of Authentic Charm
Catering for the most discerning of travelers, top hotels in Megève provide an unsurpassed standard of alpine comfort and luxury. With its personal welcome, delightful mountain location and sumptuous accommodation, a stay at Le Chalet Zannier enables you to enjoy the best essence of Alpine heritage, beauty and taste. The sophisticated interior is complimented by the panoramic views outside, which are particularly magnificent when viewed from the peaceful terrace. At Le Chalet Zannier, everything has been thought about with style and comfort in mind.
Close to the heart of Megève, the welcoming complex of chalets of Le Fer à Cheval-Hôtel boast a harmonious blend of luxury and tradition that will ensure you have a well-located and comfortable stay. Each of the beautifully maintained traditional-style guest rooms and suites are authentically unique; filled with genuine Savoyard antiques and offering fantastic views of the surrounding area, Le Fer à Cheval-Hôtel is an ideal romantic hideaway.
Hôtel Les Fermes De Marie prides itself on quality, hospitality and generosity whilst guaranteeing a stay full of elegance, charm and distinction. Home to one of best Spas in the world, creating an unparalleled sense well-being is at the forefront of the philosophy of the hotel and it delivers by providing you with a tranquil and profoundly relaxing spa experience. If you wish to break away from it all, combining modern comfort with rich local heritage the magical setting of Les Fermes de Marie is the perfect family retreat.