Celebrate New Year’s Eve in France — the month of December is coming in with the speed of light! And December in general marks the arrival of winter, snow and evenings by the fireplace, which makes it the ideal month to spend a holiday in the mountains — or even take the opportunity and celebrate New Year’s Eve there.
And we all know that for original stays, there’s nothing like a change of scenery. Nothing tickles as much as the opportunity to find a place where you can get away from the world and enjoy nothing but breathtaking views of sweet mother nature! So we let Relais & Châteaux guide us through their most eligible winter destinations.
Loved by ski enthusiasts and others alike, the Hameau Albert 1er, is located just next to Mont Blanc and the impressive Chamonix-Mont-Blanc ski area with its 400 kilometres of tracks. However, it offers plenty to do if you prefer to stay inside. Opened in 1903, this charming hotel with its refined cabins has become an institution thanks to its relaxed country atmosphere, its cuisine and of course, for his spa Le Bachal.
Not to miss: its heated outdoor swimming pool, from where you can admire, through the clouds of steam, panoramas on the snowy peaks that surround the chalet.
Many people think Christmas rhymes with snow, but if you are used to a sunny December, why not trade the pool for the slopes this year? Direction: this chalet! Located in the heart of the Trois Vallées ski area in Savoie, it offers a huge wine list and a three-starred restaurant where you can share a moment of happiness. Truly the ideal place if you are looking to celebrate New Year’s Eve in France, surrounded by good food and good wine.
Not to miss: This unique chalet, created by father and son, René and Maxime Meilleur as an ode to Savoyard art, offers everything you can imagine: skiing, mountain biking on snow, snowshoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
Opened in 2003, the Hôtel des Barmes de l’Ours blends an ultra-family spirit with an environment extremely cosy and authentic. Planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve in France with your family? Worry not — everything here is designed for children. In fact, the hotel holds 11 suites dedicated to families. And every each and one of them offers cosy bathrobes and toys for the children. The little ones can have hours of fun in a playroom full of toys while consoles, billiards and foosball tables are available for the older ones. (who said that toys were only for children?) And it doesn’t end there, the venue also had a unique bowling alley installed! Or maybe you’re more of a board game person? Don’t worry — there’s thousand board games in the hotel just by the fire!
Not to miss: the bowling alley and the family playground!
La Clusaz is a giant playground for everyone and the hotel is a tribal paradise. The suites are adapted to welcome families, the wellness area opens its doors to children at certain times so that everyone can paddle in peace and a space full of toys and other activities welcomes them after skiing (and until 10 pm!). Not to ski savvy? Worry not — ski lessons, both group lessons and private lessons, are offered and the instructors pick both you and the children at the entrance of the ski room. What more could you ask for right?
Not to miss: After a day on the slopes, nothing beats a moment of total relaxation at the crystal spa.
It’s hard to decide what’s more breathtaking — the immaculate whiteness of the facades or the snow covering their rooftops? In this Savoyard chalet, at the foot of the slopes, a discreet elegance emanates from the traditional decor. Not to mention the warm welcome of a family that practises what they are preaching. The large spa invites you on a real relaxing journey, but Le Chabichou offers above all a memorable opportunity to taste the refined gourmet cuisine prepared by the chef Stéphane Buron. Make sure to ask for the Bresse pigeon, a dish that is playing with flavours. Or for the pig breast, caramelised with verbena, accompanied by a braised pork cheek and creamy truffle polenta.
Not to miss: The gourmet cuisine!
On the heights of Megève, chef Emmanuel Renaut offers a timeless, imaginative and colourful cuisine in his three-starred restaurant. He dares to use colour, bitterness and acidity where they do not exist, which makes each dish original and surprising. Its cuisine resembles the landscape surrounding the hotel — soft undulating parts — followed by a divine surprise of boundless peaks. On the hotel side, several chalets combine comfort and design, in a cosy atmosphere. Bonus: the rooms all have a view of the mountains! The snowy landscapes will for sure make you want to ski or simply walk around in snowshoes. The spa treatments are inspired by the mountains: fir trees, flowers and Megève water.
Not to miss: the timeless cuisine with a mountain flavour! Make sure to also ask to follow Emmanuel Renaut in the mountains when he’s discovering mushrooms, flowers and wildlife.