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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.
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.
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.
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.
Casa Valerio
Casa Valerio serves up ridiculously Fresh Italian fare; the pizza is particularly good here, and locals flock in their pasta-loving droves.
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As one of Chamonix's grand dames, the appropriately named Grand Hotel des Alpes may be old but it's certainly not outdated.
Hotel Les Lanchers
Proving once and for all that size doesn't matter, Hotel Les Lanchers is a boutique beauty on the outskirts of Chamonix; expect charm and comfort from the moment you check-in.
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.
Evolution 2
Evolution 2 has ski bunnies of all levels flocking to its classes; the all-mountain course is its crowning glory.
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.
Le Restaurant 3842
After a room with a view? Look no further than Le Restaurant 3842, which offers sweeping panoramas with its lunches.
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.
Les Aiglons
Les Aiglons offers everything any discerning ski bunny would ever want under one fabulous roof.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Bergerie de Planpraz
Tradition abounds at La Bergerie de Planpraz, where hearty man food is served up against a backdrop of mountain restaurant chic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Le Albert 1er
As one of Chamonix's super-stays, guests at Le Albert 1er can expect extremely well-appointed rooms and amenities aplenty.
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.

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