Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Chamonix

The Arpin Boutique
Comfortingly dear mountain lifestyle luxury, dear
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.
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.
Ski Sensations
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Nighttime skiing
Do it in the dark. Skiing, that is.
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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.
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...
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.
Maison Carrier
Maison Carrier is chalet dining at its most chic; think hearty fare, heavy red wines and a crackling fire in the background.
Les Vielles Luges
Les Vielles Luges is the perfect place to a booze-soaked lunch - if you can find it, that is.
Les Houches
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.
Les Aiglons
Les Aiglons offers everything any discerning ski bunny would ever want under one fabulous roof.
Le Restaurant 3842
After a room with a view? Look no further than Le Restaurant 3842, which offers sweeping panoramas with its lunches.
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.
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.
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.
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 Bachal
Le Bachal - meaning pool or basin - is where Chamonix's most seasoned spa lovers come to rest, relax and rejuvenate.
Le Albert 1er
As one of Chamonix's super-stays, guests at Le Albert 1er can expect extremely well-appointed rooms and amenities aplenty.
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.
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.
La Bergerie
Those seeking traditional French food should head to La Bergerie, which boasts a seasonally-changing menu and a warm, intimate atmosphere that is an inviting respite from the cold outside.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Golf de Chamonix

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