Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Chamonix

Hôtel Mont-Blanc
Around for over a hundred years and recently lavishly refurbished, the Hôtel Mont-Blanc Chamonix is the grand dame of the Chamonix hotel scene.
Chamonix Experience
25 experienced guides await at Chamonix Experience, where you can choose from a variety of itineraries to really get the best out of the mountain.
Club Med
Club Med is a byword for style and sophistication, so it's hardly surprising that the spa at its Chamonix outpost is one of the best in the area.
Ski Sensations
Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix
As one of the most respected guide operators in Chamonix, Compagnie des Guides will have you up and on the slopes in no time.
Casa Valerio
Casa Valerio serves up ridiculously Fresh Italian fare; the pizza is particularly good here, and locals flock in their pasta-loving droves.
Chalet des Drus
Immaculately designed chalet pitting the traditional against the modern.
Chalet Le Marti
With space for 20 skiers, Chalet Le Marti proves that big is beautiful with plenty of room for apres-ski fun; add to that the services of a personal chef and waiting staff and you're guaranteed a good stay.
La Terrasse
Whether you want to lounge on a sofa cocktail in-hand or dance on a suitably sturdy table, La Terrasse can provide; as one of the resort's biggest and best bars, this venue is as versatile as they come.
Grand Hotel des Alpes
As one of Chamonix's grand dames, the appropriately named Grand Hotel des Alpes may be old but it's certainly not outdated.
Le Bistrot
Le Bistrot is run by a Michelin starred chef who knows exactly what he's doing; the proof, as they say, is in his puddings.
Chalet Refuge de Lognan
Chalet-Refuge de Lognan is one of the best restaurants on the mountains, thanks in large part to its secreted away location.
Ski touring
Ski touring is one of the best ways to take in the picturesque sights of the resort, without rushing past everything at breakneck speed.
Le Restaurant 3842
After a room with a view? Look no further than Le Restaurant 3842, which offers sweeping panoramas with its lunches.
Les Aiglons
Les Aiglons offers everything any discerning ski bunny would ever want under one fabulous roof.
Sportmarche
Size isn't everything, but Sportmarche proves that sometimes big is best with an oversized space that sells pretty much everything you need for your time on the slopes.
Le Morgane Hotel Spa
Le Morgane Hotel Spa is found at the hotel of the same name, and lives up it its five-star reputation with more a spa menu that's fit-to-bursting with tantalising treatments.
Brevent and La Flegere
Be sure to pack your passport if braving Brevent - you may end up in Switzerland!
L’impossible
Organic will always be hip, even in the mountains. Which is why L'impossible packs 'em in every night of the week, with a menu rammed full of the stuff.
La Cabane des Praz at Hotel Labrador
Enjoy traditional mountain food at La Cabane des Praz at Hotel Labrador, and refuel for an active afternoon on the slopes.
Nighttime skiing
Do it in the dark. Skiing, that is.
Quartz Bar
Housed inside the prestigious Hameau Albert 1er hotel, you'd expect the Quartz Bar to be a classy affair - and it is, with sophisticated cocktailing taking place against a backdrop of live jazz.
Sanglard Sports
As one of the region's oldest sports shops, Sanglard Sports has everything one discerning ski bunny could ever possibly need for the slopes.
Chamonix Guiding
Chamonix Guiding offers ready-made-itineraries or tailored routes, depending on what you're after; headed up by mountain man Sébastien Montaz, you'll certainly be in safe hands.
Albert 1er
The jewel in Chamonix's culinary crown; Albert 1er has it all, from fabulous French flare to super-stylish surroundings. Book to avoid obvious disappointment.
Amazon Creek
Amazon Creek is one of the chicest chalets on the slopes; five fabulous bedrooms offer sumptuous ski style while the heated outdoor swimming pool would thaw out even the iciest of skiers.
Eden Les Praz
Eden Les Praz boasts a menu to-dine-for, with a mouthwatering menu of simple dishes cooked well.
Heli-skiing
France and Switzerland may have banned heli-skiing from its peaks, but in Italy it's a different story altogether; rage against the machine and indulge in the adrenaline-pumping sport in Monte Rosa.
Hotel Morgane
Hotel Morgane is a must-stay; amenities include 56 well-appointed rooms and seven suites, a Michelin-starred restaurant and an on-site spa.
Munchie
Munchie is one of the hippest hotspots in Chamonix; inside is a crowd of bright young things who flock here for Asian-inspired fare and an achingly trendy scene.
Le Albert 1er
As one of Chamonix's super-stays, guests at Le Albert 1er can expect extremely well-appointed rooms and amenities aplenty.
Praz Sports
Ensure you've got your grubby little mitts on the most stylish ski equipment and accessories from Praz Sports, which offers the best your hard-earned Euros can buy.
Plan Joran
Fancy French fare is served with flare at Plan Joran; wash it all down with a glass (or three!) of red on the sun-soaked terrace.
Le Bachal
Le Bachal - meaning pool or basin - is where Chamonix's most seasoned spa lovers come to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
Argentière & Grand Montets
The most difficult on-piste skiing in Chamonix...
Aiguille du Midi (Vallée Blanche)
As the longest off-piste run in the world, Vallée Blanche lives up to its notorious name with terrain that would challenge even the most seasoned skiier.

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