Ski, aprés-ski, and eat within walking distance of your hotel.
Ed's Pick winter Travel Hotels France
There’s something innately cozy, warm, and intimate staying at a ski hotel. Wrapped in wood with soft, sensual furnishings and dimmed lighting, they’re like a cocoon welcoming you back from the cold white snow and blinding sunshine. And what better spot to take in the scenic slopes and atmosphere than the French Alps. Here, a breakdown of where to take refuge after a day on (or off) piste and where to dine in style nearby.
Eat: The hotel’s haunt for carnivores, the aptly named Beef Lodge, has a very “animal” decor: trophies, animal hides, leather. Like traditional American steakhouses, Beef Lodge offers high-quality meats, carefully selected and matured, including Black Angus, Simmental, and Texas premium beef. €€
Eat: Chef Emmanuel Renaut’s Flocons Village showcases simplicity and boldness in its meticulous contemporary cuisine and tasty terroir dishes. €€€
Eat: This typical farmhouse is home to La Maison Carrier and its beautifully devised seasonal menu. Sample the charcuterie that they smoke and dry on site, and take your pick from the legendary and lavish buffet of desserts, including biscuit de Savoie and blueberry tart. €€
Eat: Despite the name, the hotel’s restaurant, Les Enfants Terribles, is inviting and intimate. The menu is a smattering of gastro, bistro-inspired dishes like gilthead bream ceviche with lime and ginger or thick Salers steak with green peppercorn sauce. €€€
Eat: Chef Sylvestre Wahid regales around 15 guests per sitting in an exclusive open kitchen setting. This bespoke fine dining experience draws on Wahid’s signature dishes like Roscoff crab or lemon and seaweed dessert. Magnificent produce, luxury ingredients, comforting sauces, expert seasonings, impeccable technical skill and, above all, emotion shine through the generous tasting menu. €€€€
Eat: Le Chabichou by Stéphane Buron serves a single set menu of five to nine courses that highlights the ingredients of the region, down to the trolley decked with fine mountain cheeses. As for the decor, the interior exudes a hushed elegance: carpeting, coffered ceiling, comfortable immaculate-white designer chairs, modern tables with smoked glass tops. €€€€
Eat: Within the hotel is La Table d’Armante, run by chef Fabien Laprée. Serving a modern menu showcasing a succession of fine ingredients, mainly from the region — think Arctic char with chanterelles and watercress; Chartreuse veal, sand carrots and lemon balm — the resulting meal is innovative and flavorful. €€€
Hero image: Le Refuge de Solaise, Val d’Isere, France
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