Set in the heart of the Mont Blanc massif, Megève has long been popular with British holidaymakers in search of an authentic French Alpine experience.
With near-perfect ski conditions, world-class gastronomy and a range of superb cultural attractions, the traditional Alpine village is still popular with artists, intellectuals and lovers of the great outdoors after more than a century. It’s renowned for a rich agricultural history that dates back much further.
The traffic-free, cobbled medieval centre features an abundance of artisan shops, boutiques and an impressive array of quality three, four and five-star hotels, as well as an unprecedented four Michelin-starred restaurants that sit alongside affordable rustic eateries.
Megève is also home to fascinating museums as well as seven art galleries, showcasing the work of some the best regional and international artists, spanning a range of styles and disciplines.
Home to 235 slopes across eight ski lifts, the region combines 400 km of pristine pistes and 46 km of walking trails, Megève offers something for skiers and boarders of all abilities, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country ski.
Beyond traditional ski, there are other must-do winter experiences including enchanting horse-drawn carriage rides through the village centre, spectacular light aircraft flights over Mont Blanc and authentic Alpine dog-sledding excursions.
And for those that prefer to simply relax and unwind after a day on the slopes, there are several renowned spas in the village.
Events in Megève in winter 2019/20
Megève also has an enviable winter events calendar, which this year includes a key leg of both the men’s and women’s Audi FIS Ski Cross World Cup, when 120 international athletes will descend on the region for the second time from 29 January to 1 February 2020 for what is expected to be a hotly contested championship.
Megève’s renowned International Jazz Festival returns from 26 to 28 March 2020 when more than 200 artists descend on the resort for the fifth edition of the festival. Performances take place in the village streets and on the ski slopes, with higher-profile concerts held in the town’s impressive Palais night club and Jazz Club. Past headliners have included Gregory Porter, Marcus Miller and Norah Jones, with the 2020 line-up being much anticipated.
Megève hotel renovations & offers
As the 2019/2020 winter season approaches, several hotels have unveiled renovation news and details of new guest promotions, strengthening Megève’s accommodation offering.
Megève’s hotel Soleil d’Or, a landmark hotel in the village centre for 120 years, has undergone a major renovation to all its rooms and public spaces. and reopens on 6 December 2019. Recently acquired by the French hotel group Millésime, the hotel will become the 11th in the company’s portfolio. The elegant property, which has achieved five-star status, has 16 bedrooms and three high-end chalets with four bedrooms each. The hotel also includes an outstanding restaurant, a panoramic bar lounge and its own chocolate shop.
Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, a Four Seasons Hotel, opens its doors on 13 December 2019 after extensive renovations costing more than €10 million. The property, which beautifully complements the existing Four Seasons Hotel Megève, features a swimming pool, sauna, hammam, hot tub and the Michelin-starred restaurant Prima. The historic five-star hotel of the Edmond de Rothschild family combines Old-World charm and stylish modern comfort, with the updated rooms benefiting from antique furnishings, ornate fireplaces and balconies with impressive mountain or valley views.
Les Fermes de Marie, an iconic a Megeve accommodation, is celebrating its 30th birthday.
To celebrate its anniversary, the much-loved property is teaming up with 30 leading French lifestyle brands, which will see fashion, beauty and cuisine products on offer to guests. Brands announced so far include IZIPIZI spectacles, Paul & Joe popcorn, Manucurist natural nail polishes, French clothing brand Modetrotter and Staub cast-iron cookware.
Opened in 1989, the hotel is a stunning five-star property on the outskirts of the village formed of nine beautiful chalets converted from farmhouses in a Savoyard hamlet dating back hundreds of years. Ideal for both small and large groups, there are plenty of spacious accommodation options to choose from.
The hotel is set in five acres of picturesque grounds and features two superb restaurants, an opulent bar and a high-end spa with an indoor pool and 17 treatment rooms, as well as an on-site kids club, Hameau des Enfants.
How much is a ski pass in Megève?
2019/2020 ski season lift passes have now gone on sale, with the Évasion Mont-Blanc pass being the most popular option for British holidaymakers wanting to make the most of their time in Megève. Providing unlimited access to the wider region, this pass gives the freedom to ski and board where holders choose.
One-day passes are priced at €49.50 for adults, €39.50 for children aged 5-15, and €44.50 for seniors aged 65 and over. Six-day lift passes cost €250 for adults, €200 for children and €225 for seniors.
The first lifts open on the weekends of 7 and 14 December 2019, with full operations from 22 December 2019 up to 29 March 2020. For more information and to book lift passes online, visit the Megève Tourism website.
How do I get to Megève
Megève is one hour from Geneva Airport, with direct, low-cost flights from London airports, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Bristol and Leeds. The SNCF railway station is Sallanches-Combloux-Megève, 13 km away.
For more about Megève, visit https://megeve.com
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