The Inside Track … Mountain Me Time in Megève
Hansine Johnston wanders through an indulgent day – staying clear of the slopes yet avoiding ski-resort FoMO
If you can’t ski…won’t ski… or simply fancy a different kind of Alpine experience then Megève has more to offer than most. Instead of that Fear of Missing Out sensation as skiers stomp past you on their way to the piste, this quaint cobbled town lends itself perfectly to indulgent days. In fact it’s wonderfully easy to blend in with elegant Megève regulars perusing stylish stores, eating and drinking with gusto and indulging in state of the art Spa treatments, without breaking the bank. Really.
You can party in Megève if you want to, but the best way to do this town is to channel your inner aristocrat and take a stroll with a statement coat, extra large shades and matching dog. Ok the dog’s optional but you get the picture. Shopping and lunching - then afternoon Spa treatment and an early evening apèro…
For a classic Megève-style designer feast this place is a reference point. Feeling flush? Kit out the whole family with a full designer look. Every known brand from Balmain to Saint Laurent, for the full lavish, luxury label look, both on and off-piste.
Super-stylish, slimline skiwear with a retro twist. Since the Lacoste family has been involved Fusalp has gone upmarket and their well-cut ski pants and sculpted jackets are the fashionista’s go-to.
It’s not all about the bling - so check out this ethical skiwear brand. From cool surf dude t-shirts in organic cotton to full ski wear made from recycled polyester. Ski chic with a soul.
Sumptuous yet understated mountain style for your Alpine retreat. Super-informed staff will guide you into a world of made – to - measure layers of pared down luxury and offer interior design services. The focus is on Made in France, independent designers and artisans.
The foodies favourite lunch spot and sister to the legendary Michelin-starred Flocon du Sel. Interesting and delicate cuisine with fast service and reasonable prices.
Sometimes you just want to escape from the cheese. Great quality Tapas with a mixture of seasonal offerings and refreshing twists. Check out spicy ceviche and Corsican specialities …
Local legend says it’s the best burger in France. There’s nothing more you can add to that.
Nowhere beats Megève for perfect pampering ... For the ultimate indulgence grab a towel and drop in to luxury Hotel les Fermes de Marie for a five star Pure Altitude Spa experience. This hotel is THE address in Megève, and a signature location of the Sibuet group. Why not try a Detox and Pampering: A complete facial adapted to the age of your skin, combining manual techniques with the use of hot stones and jade rollers, leaving the skin pure and fresh.”
Not feeling quite so indulgent? Megeve’s recently revamped Le Palais offers a bargain day-Spa ticket with fantastic snowy views, super-warm indoor pools and a range of treatments.