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Megeve, France

One of world’s most iconic ski destinations, Megeve was created by a Baroness of the famous Rothschild family a century ago as a French answer to St Moritz and since then, it has always been synonymous us with the best of everything. With its cobbled streets surrounded by enticing restaurants and boutiques, it oozes Gallic charm.

How to get there

Megève is located just one hour from Geneva. Your best option is to book a transfer car from Geneva airport directly to the ski resort. Since it’s close to Sallanches railway station, just 12km away, it’s also easy to access Megève by rail from London, Paris, and other major European cities.

Where to stay

Les Fermes de Marie is a super-chic, rustic retreat offering romantic bedrooms, a stylish spa, ski shop, children’s programme, good restaurants and a relaxed, woodsmoke-scented atmosphere. The nine mountain chalet-style buildings are made of reclaimed timber and clustered in four acres of Alpine garden on the outskirts of Megève.

What to do

Megève offers downhill runs, snow parks and cross-country trails. Its pedestrian center has cobbled medieval streets dating back to the 13th century and with an open-air ice rink, horse-drawn sleighs, and a grand church, it makes for a great walking route. Lots of smart clothing, jewellery and antique shops add to the chic atmosphere. A Mecca for foodies, Megève is also home to the only three-Michelin starred chef in the Alps. The surrounding slopes, located within the Mont Blanc massif – and extending to 445km thanks to connections to neighbouring ski areas – are some of the most scenically attractive in the skiing world.

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