The most luxurious chalet we’ve ever stayed in, our three-story home comfortably slept four adults and four children. Inspired by the traditional architecture of Megève, it was both spacious and cosy, with huge picture windows looking out over the peaks, and an exposed-wood interior with alpine-chic decor. It came with a fully functioning kitchen (although the hotel restaurants were only a stone’s throw away) and wrap-around balcony – perfect for après-ski drinks.
Anyone who travels with children will know that space to unpack is a must, and on this front, the bedrooms delivered. Three of the light, airy rooms had ensuite bathrooms, and each one came with comfortable beds and extra pillows if needed. We particularly loved the alcove bed, which was just the right size for two under-fives. Bathrooms were stocked with everything you could need, from shampoo and conditioners to hairdryers.
The relaxed atmosphere of the hotel means that, even though it has a 5-star rating, the dress code is informal; think cashmere layers and classic Fair Isle knits. Though there are plenty of bars in the town, we opted to après at the chic hotel bar, which also served complimentary chocolates, tangerines and biscuits. The kids were fans of the hot chocolates topped with cream, while we enjoyed the extensive drinks menu.
Two restaurants meant there was no shortage of amazing food choices. For blowout evenings, the two-Michelin-starred La Table de L’Alpaga serves gastronomic French dishes. We tried the more informal, but equally delicious L’Onyx bistro, which has a daily menu and specials for kids. Breakfast can be eaten in the chalets or at the main hotel and consists of a full buffet with every option imaginable, from yoghurt and muesli to hot dishes.
The village of Megève has been a skiing hotspot since the 1920s, and it’s easy to see why; situated in the Mont Blanc massif, it offers a breathtaking Alpine landscape with a multitude of ski runs and cross-country trails, as well as plenty of rustic charm. After a day on the slopes, you can head down to the medieval-style square, where boutiques and restaurants line cobbled streets.
The friendly Alpaga staff couldn’t have been more helpful and accommodating. Each morning, the cleaning team blitzed the chalet in record time, leaving it sparkling and tidy. We also utilised the in-chalet dining service one evening and had a menu of raclette followed by the best tarte tatin either of us have ever eaten. The staff did everything, from laying the table to cleaning up.
Holidaying with four children under 10 is a challenge, but we were impressed with how well-equipped the chalet was for little ones. There’s also an on-site kids club and babysitting service, as well as a mini treatment menu at the spa, which is perfect for older kids. As the chalet is a shuttle-bus ride away from the slopes, it’s best suited for families with children old enough to stay on the snow all day.
Geneva is the closest airport to Megève, and we found reasonably priced flights with Swiss Air, though plenty of other airlines also fly there. The hotel organised our transfer to the chalet, which took around an hour. The entire journey was convenient, making it perfect for a long weekend away. Chalets or rooms at Hotel Alpaga can easily be booked online.
As well as the stunning views of Mont Blanc, Megève’s extensive ski offering includes beautiful tree-lined slopes, which, outside of peak French holidays, tend to be much quieter than in other areas. There are plenty of options for beginners and intermediates, and free buses will take you to the lifts.
We’d never refuse an offer of time on the slopes, so when Les Hôtels d’en Haut kindly invited us to stay in a private chalet at the Alpaga, in the French Alpine village of Megève, we had to say yes. Armed with our salopettes and both families (including four kids) we spent a long weekend schussing, eating and relaxing in pure luxury. Catering for all ages, if you’re looking for a family-friendly ski holiday, this is it.
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