A serenity that can't be found in the city was revealed as the French Alps came into view on a crisp December day. The boughs of evergreen trees were heavy with snow and began to form a canopy over the road. I was approaching one of the world's most prestigious ski resorts, Megève, for a winter getaway with a twist. Not only has the quality of the landscape earned the destination such a reputation, but this winter resort has mastered the French art of living.
Chalet du Mont d'Arbois was glowing warmly amidst the frozen landscape as we approached. A passion for hospitality was on display from the moment the door was held open and the courteous and good-humored staff whisked me inside. The winter season was just beginning, and there was an excitement in the air of welcoming the first guests to the 5-star Chalet. Owned by the Rothschild family, this 19-room Relais & Chateaux property has a cozy lodge atmosphere, but infuses refinement at every opportunity.
The story of Megève as a luxury destination began with the Rothschild family in the 1920's. Seeking an alternative to the popular ski resorts of Switzerland, Megève became the preferred winter getaway of Baroness Noémie de Rothschild. An introductory tour revealed the family's taste for comfort and effortless elegance. The lounge with its crackling fireplace was just the beginning, and with our bags waiting in the room, we immediately settled into our mountain retreat.
The room was just as peaceful as the landscape; infusing pale wood, intimate lighting and soft fabrics throughout. With a few hours before dinner, we decided to unwind in the spa. Discovering my partner had forgotten his swim trunks, one phone call and 5 minutes later there was a helpful staff member at the door with a spare pair. This type of anticipation to a guest's needs shows an experienced passion for hospitality. We threw on our fluffy robes and 'his and hers' slippers for the best part of a winter getaway: warming up.
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