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Megève resort information & après-ski

Après-ski

The village’s central square and surrounding pedestrianised cobbled streets lend themselves to fun-filled après-ski, and fortunately there are dozens of bars and cafés in which to indulge. Le Bar Saint Paul (tel: +33 4 5091 9303) is one of several popular and more affordable bars. There are four nightclubs that continue into the early hours: most famous is the chic Palo Alto (tel: +33 4 5091 8258; www.palo-alto.fr).

Away from the drinking and clubbing scene, evening activities include several cinemas and a small casino (tel: +33 4 5093 0183; www.casino-megeve.com).

Eating out

Megève has a reputation for some of the finest dining of any ski resort, and indeed of any location in the Alps. A number of the village’s 90 plus eateries are listed in prestigious gourmet guides, with chefs of each establishment competing to gain even higher prominence. Emmanuel Renaut’s restaurant Flocons de Sel (tel: +33 4 5021 4999; www.floconsdesel.com) is one of Europe’s best – in fact, it is the only restaurant in an Alpine ski resort with three Michelin stars. Cooking lessons here are available to visitors throughout the season.

But the love of food in the village is reflected in all levels of dining, not just the gourmet establishments. A statement verified by the fact OK Burger (tel: +33 6 1418 0610) is currently listed second on TripAdvisor after the aforementioned Flocons de Sel.

Other options include L’Alpage (tel: +33 4 5021 3039; www.feracheval-megeve.com), which serves regional dishes, and the traditional teashop Le Prieuré (tel: +33 4 5021 0179; leprieure-megeve.com) in the church square. Also, don’t miss the many purveyors of the local Tomme cheese.

Resort Information

Beyond the slopes

Megève has developed into a year-round, multi-activity resort of which skiing and boarding are only a part. Dog sledding and snowshoeing are popular in the village; but there are dozens of other activities on offer, from relaxing in numerous spas and beauty salons to discovering more of the Mont Blanc Massif area on scenic flights. A sports centre offers curling, ice skating and swimming.

Family fun

The village has received the official French government Family Plus Mountain award for its services to families, including activities, childcare and medical facilities. Six to 14 year olds receive an interactive comic telling them about Megève and its history on their arrival, and there are activities for the whole family, including a number of sledging areas in the resort.

Children aged three to five can be cared for at the École du Ski Français’ (ESF) Caboche Club des Piou-Piou (tel: +33 4 5058 9765). This nursery is located next to the Caboche lift station, which has its own snow play garden and English-speaking instructors. There is a second club Piou-Piou in the Mont-D’arbois sector (tel: +33 4 5021 6586). The ESF (tel: +33 4 5021 0097; www.megeve-ski.com) also teaches children aged from three on its courses.

Retail therapy

Megève, with its 200 plus shops, is an excellent choice for visitors in search of a little retail therapy; and given this choice, it’s no surprise that most tastes are fulfilled.

It’s not just the volume of shops on offer that’s impressive; it's the quality of mostly locally owned retailers that is most striking. These include La Boutique aux Chocolats (tel: +33 4 5021 0164) with its large selection of delicious, homemade chocolates; and unique gift stores such as Le Folklore (tel: +33 4 5021 2919), which has a collection of jewellery for dogs. There are also prominent designer outlets such as Hermès (tel: +33 4 5021 0290); but for something a little less expensive, head to the weekly market with its array of nick-nacks and local products.

Splashing out

There are few resorts better suited to getting airborne without skis or boards than Megève, with its scenic flights over the stunning mountain landscape of the Mont Blanc region. Options range from a paragliding trip and private plane and helicopter flights to a sedate hot-air balloon ride.

Mont Blanc Hélicoptères (tel: +33 4 5092 7821;www.mbh.fr) offers a wide variety of tours, including lunch-inclusive or full weekend trips, each with a spectacular flight allowing stunning views of Mont Blanc. Scenic flights by plane can be arranged by Aérocime (tel: +33 4 5021 0321; www.aerocime.com). Hot-air balloon trips are offered by Alpes Montgolfière (tel: +33 4 5055 5060; www.alpes-montgolfiere.fr).

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Hotels

Megève has more than 40,000 guest beds in and around the village; a good reflection of its status as one of the leading ski resorts in France. Most of these are in chalets and apartments, but there are also about 20 hotels in Megève – most in the 3- or 4-star category (the highest two categories in France until the recently introduced 5-star rating). It’s worth checking where in the village the accommodation is before booking to ensure it’s convenient for the lifts and village centre.

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Flocons de Sel

+33 4 5021 4999.

An intimate property with only eight rooms and two suites, Flocons de Sel is a great choice for those in search of a quiet base. What’s more, it has its own world-class restaurant managed by acclaimed chef Emmanuel Renaut.

1775 Route du Leutaz, 74120, Megève, France

Chalet du Mont d’Arbois Relais et Chateaux

+33 4 5021 2503.

A well-positioned 33-room, 8-suite luxury hotel, Chalet du Mont d’Arbois Relais et Chateaux became the first to officially be awarded the 5-star accolade in the resort. Facilities here include a lavish spa and a gourmet restaurant.

447 Chemin de la Rocaille, 74120, Megève, France

L’Arboise

+33 4 5055 3590.

This fully renovated wooden chalet overlooks the village, just five minutes away from the centre. L’Arboise features a restaurant, indoor/outdoor pool and luxury suites.

483 Route du Gollet, 74120, Megève, France

Au Coeur de Megève

+33 4 5021 2530.

This centrally located and affordable 3-star hotel is decorated in a traditional style and boasts two restaurants that serve local specialities such as fondue and raclette.

44 Rue Charles Feige, 74120, Megève, France

Hôtel Rond Point D’Arbois

+33 4 5021 1750.

This affordable 13-room catered chalet hotel is British-owned and is just three minutes’ walk from the lift. Guests here can be treated to a daily 3-course dinner, and will enjoy use of the games room.

111 Route Edmond de Rothschild, 74120, Megève, France

Au Refuge Margot et Leon

+33 4 5018 5202.

A friendly family-run bed and breakfast with four double rooms, Au Refuge Margot et Leon provides good value and comfortable accommodation in the Le Maz area of the resort.

32 Route du Tour, 74120, Megève, France

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Getting there and around

Getting there

Nearest airport: Geneva International Airport (GVA); Chambéry Airport (CMF); Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LYS).

Distance to resort: 90km (55 miles); 95km (60 miles); 170km (105 miles).

Driving time: 1 hour 20 minutes; 1 hour 30 minutes; 2 hours 10 minutes.

Getting around

A range of free bus services circulate around the village and the wider area – most operate between 0600 and 1900 (these are not free of charge during the summer months). There are also a number of taxi providers in the resort. Bus links to Geneva airport operate three times a day in each direction, for which advance reservations are essential (tel: +33 4 5021 1824;www.borini.com).

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