$570 per night

Room2 guests
Megève, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France
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Checking into Le Chalet Zannier feels like a special occasion. It’s not just that this exclusive hotel, located in the French Alps, just outside the village of Megève, is a paragon of modern elegance and first-class service. It’s also that it’s closed for most of the year.

That’s right: ski season only. No one’s going to try to convince you how pretty the mountains look in the spring, or tell you about the hiking trails and alpine lakes, or talk about the trees’ changing colors in autumn. You’re here for one reason only. Or, two, technically: to ski or snowboard, and to relax in the lap of luxury. (Is that three?)

There are just twelve rooms, too — Le Chalet Zannier is often booked in its entirety by families or groups — so you’ll have to plan ahead. The reward is simple. It’s the alpine paradise of your dreams, lavish yet wonderfully cozy. The decor mixes minimalism with rustic chic: think vaulted ceilings made with beams of rough-hewn wood, white linen sofas, stone fireplaces, hand-thrown pottery, the occasional plant. Integrated in-room sound systems, Nespresso machines, and free wi-fi are standard features, as are views of the village and mountains.

The idea is that you feel like you’re in your own private chalet, but with all the amenities you’d expect at a five-star hotel: a huge indoor swimming pool, a great spa, and a gourmet restaurant, La Ferme de mon Père. The adjacent wine bar is also a lovely spot for après-ski and small plates. Breaking the spell that you’re alone up here at Le Chalet Zannier, both restaurant and bar are open to the public. But only to discerning guests, of course, who manage to make it here during the brief but glorious window of time between mid-December and the end of March.

Text courtesy of Tablet Hotels

Modern home with Living Room, Table, Chair, Track Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo  of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Doors, Swing Door Type, Wood, and Exterior. Photo 2 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, and Table. Photo 3 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Exterior. Photo 4 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Coffee Tables, and Light Hardwood Floor. Photo 5 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Bench, and Table. Photo 6 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Bath Room, Undermount Tub, Track Lighting, and Undermount Sink. Photo 7 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Bedroom, Light Hardwood Floor, Bed, and Track Lighting. Photo 8 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Outdoor. Photo 9 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Living Room, Track Lighting, Table Lighting, Sofa, Light Hardwood Floor, Chair, Coffee Tables, Desk, and Standard Layout Fireplace. Photo 10 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Light Hardwood Floor, Bench, and Chair. Photo 11 of Le Chalet Zannier
Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Light Hardwood Floor, Chair, and Table Lighting. Photo 12 of Le Chalet Zannier

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