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Sandwiched between Chamonix and Albertville (known for the 1992 Winter Olympics), Megève is famous for its upscale hotels and glittering clientele. Everyone from Brigitte Bardot to Audrey Hepburn has graced the slopes here. As a ski resort, it is perfect for beginners and intermediates, with plenty of blue and red runs. Advanced skiers may find it a little limiting, although you can buy a pass that also covers nearby Chamonix for more adventurous ski options. In its impressive roster of hotels, five-star luxury sits beside tiny cabins and chalets. Read Culture Trip’s guide to the best hotels in Megève, France.
Les Fermes de Marie is almost a village in itself – a selection of beautifully restored wooden houses have been modernised, though still in keeping with their surroundings. Expect tartan prints, wooden beams, open fires and cosy blankets in all of the rooms. These vary from the cosy ‘Classic’ to the huge ‘Prestige’, and all have spectacular mountain views. The spa is one of Europe’s best, and includes an enormous array of both a dry and wet wood-clad sauna, indoor lap pool as well as an outside hot tub. It also houses one of the area’s top restaurants, perfect for an easy night in after a day on the slopes.
Stuart Kenny contributed additional reporting to this article.