Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

La Grave

Le Plage du Macoomba
Open 'til midnight, Le Plage du Macoomba is where ski bunnies come to relax over dinner and drinks.
The Refuge Chancel
Take, er, refuge at The Refuge Chancel. Trust us, food tastes damn good at 2,508-metres.
Couloir le Banane
A route with a kink; Couloir le Banane requires a good level of ability to master.
Serre Chevalier
With Le Grave closed at least two days of the week due to tempestuous weather, head over to Serre Chevalier, skis in-tow.
Esf de la Meije
Need to brush up on your ski skills? Head to Esf de la Meije to book a couple of lessons to help you get up to speed.
Edelweiss Hotel
Le Castillan
With a boisterous bar and a stunning in-house restaurant, who cares about rooms? Fortunately Le Castillan has it all.
Le Castillan Spa
Le Castillan Spa proves that size isn't everything with a small but incredible stylish space that boasts both a sauna and a gym.
Hotel Le Serac
Les Chalets de la Meije
The K2 Pub
The K2 Pub is where the party's at apres-ski; cocktails are the thing here, so indulge in one or two and hit the floorboards for some serious dancing.
Meije Massage
While Meije Massage doesn't offer spa facilities, it does offer massage - and incredibly good ones at that.
Objectif Meije
Whether you want to buy or hire, Objectif Meije provides a range of suitably stylish skiwear, equipment and accessories.
Ski Extreme
Serious skiers should drop by Ski Extreme for equipment and more; if you can't find it here, you can't find it anywhere.
Mountain Guide Office
Get in touch with the Mountain Guide Office to find an experienced, enthusiastic guide.
Philippe Andre
With 25 years of experience behind him, it's hardly surprising Philippe Andre's books are fit-to-bursting with avid ski bunnies.
Hotel Le Serac
Fabulous French fare and a wine list to please even the most discerning connoisseur make Hotel Le Serac a must-eat.
Pan de Rideau
Danger abounds at Pan de Rideau, where falling simply isn't an option.
Tree Skiing
Weave in and out of trees at 2,000-metres; just make sure you don't run into, er, trouble.
Les Enfetchores Appartments
Like a home away from home, Les Enfetchores Appartments offers oversized apartments that sleep six or more. Bring apres-ski back home.
Skiers Lodge/Hotel des Alpes
What can we say? Skiers Lodge/Hotel des Alpes offers some of the best accommodation in Le Grave, albeit a little basic. But, steeped in history, it's fabulous nevertheless.
Au Vieux Guide
Those seeking hearty mountain food and fabulous wine to wash it all down with should drop by Au Vieux Guide; it is here that stylish skiiers come to relax and unwind after a hard day on the slopes.
Chez Baptiste
Take a drive out to Chez Baptiste and sample the exquisite culinary delights on offer; be sure to book a table, as the reservations book is always fit-to-bursting.
Ice Climbing
While a wall of ice may be somewhat daunting, those with a taste for adrenaline should scale the frozen waterfalls of Comde de Malaval or Lautaret; if that doesn't get your blood pumping, nothing will.
Edelweiss Hotel
With fabulous French fare on its mouthwatering menu and a wine line extensive enough to please even the most discerning drinker, it's hardly surprising that the Edelweiss Hotel is one of our favourite places to eat (and indeed drink).
Pub Le Bois des Fees
Hardcore hedonists should head to Pub Le Bois des Fees; it is here that those with energy to burn dance until the small hours against a backdrop of live music.
The Haut-Dessus
Cosy and chic all at the same time, The Haut-Dessus is just what the doctor ordered after a day on the slopes.
Skiing and shopping go together like a horse and carriage; head to Twinner for ski supplies and more.
Pelle Lang
A legend among ski guides, Pelle pulls in the punters with expert knowledge of the area and a cutting-edge coaching style.
Girose de Droitte
A route with attitude; Girose de Droitte is a spectacular ski from beginning to end.
La Lauzette
We love La Lauzette; a suitably spacious apartment that has lashings of style and more superstar fixtures and fittings than you can shake a large ski pole at.
Les Chalets de la Meije
You're a superspa, that is what you are. Enter the spa at Les Chalets de la Meije, a spa for non-residents and residents alike. Amazing. Go.
Trifide Coloirs
Made up of three routes; Trifide Coloirs is sure to challenge even the most seasoned skiier.
Les Enfetchores House
Owned by the same people at Les Enfetchores Appartments, Les Enfetchores House is a two-floored wonder that sleeps a group of six for the ultimate post-ski house party. Hedonism just found a home.
Vallon de la Selle
Vallon de la Selle; one of our all-time favourites, with descents that really get the adrenaline pumping.
Cross-Country Skiing
There's nothing quite as relaxing as cross-country skiing; take in forests, lakes and mountains across serene, undulating slopes.
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