Think skiing on pristine-white slopes, majestic snow-capped mountains dotted with green firs, blue skies and charming little villages and the French Alps spring to mind. Now there’s one more ski resort to escape to in time for the season: Four Seasons Les Chalets de Mont d’Arbois is set to open in December 2019 after extensive remodelling.
Located at the foot of the ski slopes of Mont d’Arbois in the upper region of the picturesque village of Megève, this is the Four Seasons’ first European ski destination in the area.
Given that it’s part of a special collaboration between the hotel group and the Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, this historic resort ticks all the boxes when it comes to impeccable tradition, elegant aesthetics, quality service and sophisticated opulence.
It was Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, chairwoman of the board of the Edmond de Rothschild Group, who commissioned this creative renovation from Thierry Curty, under the artistic direction of French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon.
“It has been wonderful to partner with Four Seasons, an iconic luxury brand, on a project that has been part of my family’s history for many years,” she said. “We have brought to life a vision for Megève that extends many generations, and created a hotel experience like none other in the region.”
But it’s not just in the Savoyard architecture — wood-framed windows, exposed ancient beams, aged pinewood and rough stone — that the Rothschilds make their mark.
Each of the three chalets that compose Les Chalets de Mont d’Arbois is named after the baroness’ daughters and reflective of their different personalities. For instance, Chalet Eve, with its 25 rooms and suites, a stunning spa with an indoor/outdoor pool, and the Michelin-starred Prima restaurant, is built along traditional lines and has an old-world appeal that’s hard to match.
The family’s private residence at one point, Chalet Noémie combines the charm of a cosy farmhouse with a modern twist, instilling refined elegance in a classic yet plush décor. And Chalet Alice amuses with a bohemian chic atmosphere. These two chalets can also be privately reserved, which makes them ideal for large groups and families.
For sheer ‘take-one’s-breath-away’ value, however, nothing beats Suite Ideal, a mountain “refuge” suite situated at the very top of the Mont d’Arbois ski area. Sitting at a height of 1,850 metres and spread over 140 square metres, this haven boasts a master bedroom and a Turkish shower and bath, all with magnificent views of the natural landscape. If for nothing else, check in just to experience the glittering night sky—it’s truly a sight to behold.
The pertinent question to be asked then is, when one is so close to touching the stars, should one even consider leaving?