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.
Les Houches
Ski Sensations
Les Aiglons
Les Aiglons offers everything any discerning ski bunny would ever want under one fabulous roof.
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.
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.
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.
Chalet des Drus
Immaculately designed chalet pitting the traditional against the modern.
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.
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.
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.
Le Restaurant 3842
After a room with a view? Look no further than Le Restaurant 3842, which offers sweeping panoramas with its lunches.
Evolution 2
Evolution 2 has ski bunnies of all levels flocking to its classes; the all-mountain course is its crowning glory.
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As one of Chamonix's grand dames, the appropriately named Grand Hotel des Alpes may be old but it's certainly not outdated.
Jeu de Paume
Chalet just got a whole lot more chic at Jeu de Paume; 23 super-stylish rooms await, all decked out with traditional mountain décor.
Chambre 9
Expect loud rock music and strong drinks at this après-ski favourite; indeed, Chambre 9 is where the after-party's at, and everyone's invited!
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.
Les Balcons du Savoy
If self-catering is more your thing, then Les Balcons du Savoy is one of the finest apart-hotels in the region; expect a four-star stay with style.
Mountain Guide Office – AIGMB
The official office of Chamonix's mountain guides who offer a range of summer and winter activities for the outdoors enthusiast...
Le Privilege
Those looking to clink flutes of Champers without looking posh or pretentious should check out Le Privilege; bubbly stuff is served by the ice bucket-load here amid shabby chic surroundings.
Alpina
Three-star doesn't necessarily mean below-par, as the Alpina proves; with comfortable rooms and an on-site spa, this is one of Chamonix's super-stays.
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.
Brevent and La Flegere
Be sure to pack your passport if braving Brevent - you may end up in Switzerland!
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.
La Bergerie de Planpraz
Tradition abounds at La Bergerie de Planpraz, where hearty man food is served up against a backdrop of mountain restaurant chic.
ESF de Chamonix
With an emphasis on on-pisted skiing, ESF de Chamonix will sharpen up your ski skills enough for you to show off on the slope.
Chalet Valhalla
Chalet Valhalla is one of the coolest chalets in Chamonix; located at the foot of the Vallee Blanche, it offers room for up to 16 people in super-stylish surroundings.
Rendezvous
Sleek and downright sexy, Rendezvous is the new kid on the Chamonix block; with a clean, modern aesthetic and a strictly locally-sourced menu, it's hardly surprising its reservation book is fit-to-bursting.
Nighttime skiing
Do it in the dark. Skiing, that is.
Elevation 1904
Elevation 1904 is one of the most famous après ski venues in Chamonix, with plenty of al fresco seating for drunken fun in the sun.
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.
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.
Le Bistrot des Sports
Expect a warm welcome at Le Bistrot des Sports, which offers regional favourites on its menu and a buzzing atmosphere of locals.
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.
Eden Les Praz
Eden Les Praz boasts a menu to-dine-for, with a mouthwatering menu of simple dishes cooked well.
MBC Micro Brasserie
Looking for beautiful home-brewed beer? Call off the search! MBC Micro Brasserie can provide with more of the golden stuff than you could ever possibly drink in any one lifetime.
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.
L’Atmosphere
As something of a local favourite, L'Atmosphere serves up comfort food classics on a glorious, sun-soaked terrace. Be sure to bring your shades.
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.
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.

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