After meticulous renovations and more than EUR 10 million of investment, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, Megève, A Four Seasons Hotel, the historic 5-star hotel of the Edmond de Rothschild family, will open their doors on December 13, 2019 as a Four Seasons experience. Beautifully complementing the existing Four Seasons Hotel Megève, which opened in December 2017, this new addition will extend the exceptional luxury offerings in Megève, marked by Four Seasons quality and service. These sister properties are offered in partnership with Edmond de Rothschild Heritage.
“When we opened Four Seasons Hotel Megève, we knew we were creating something truly exceptional in a very special destination,” said Christian Clerc, President, Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “With the addition of Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois, the guest experience will be enhanced even more with expansive, beautifully-appointed chalets as well as a Michelin-starred dining experience at Prima, now officially under the Four Seasons brand. Together with the Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, we have elevated the history, elegance and charm of Megève to extraordinary new heights.”
“It has been wonderful to partner with Four Seasons, an iconic luxury brand, on a project that has been part of my family’s history for many years. We have brought to life a vision for Megève that extends many generations, and created a hotel experience like none other in the region,” said Ariane de Rothschild, Chairwoman of the Board of Edmond de Rothschild Group. “I look forward to offering new and returning guests of Megève a new experience within this wonderful destination with Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois.”
Three Unique Offerings: Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois
Ideally located at the foot of the ski slopes of Mont d’Arbois in the upper region of Megève, and only two kilometres (1.2 miles) from the existing hotel, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois are named after Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild’s first three daughters. The main chalet, renamed Chalet Eve, was bought by Edmond de Rothschild in 1960 to host a celebration to inaugurate the renovation of the family’s very first hotel, Le Palace des Neiges.
Along with 25 rooms and suites, Chalet Eve also features the recently awarded Prima Restaurant by Chef Nicolas Hensinger, which now boasts one Michelin star, adding to the exceptional dining experiences in Megève. Chalet Eve also features a spa with a beautiful indoor/outdoor pool for guests to enjoy the natural surroundings from indoors or outside.
Chalet Noémie was built in 1927 for Baroness Noémie de Rothschild by French architect Henry Jacques Le Même, and was initially the family’s private chalet. Its location offers the ultimate in privacy, yet features large windows from which to enjoy the idyllic surrounding scenery. The chalet combines the charm of an old farmhouse with a modern twist.
Chalet Alice, built in 2005 as an extension to Chalet Noémie, is the most recent of the three chalets. Both Chalet Noémie and Chalet Alice can be privately reserved for guests looking for more exclusivity during their stay, and are the perfect option for those travelling with a larger group of friends or family.
Baroness Ariane de Rothschild, deeply involved in the project and the destination, commissioned the renovation from Thierry Curty, under the artistic direction of Pierre-Yves Rochon, who was also the designer in each of the Four Seasons hotels in France. Through successive renovation phases encompassing all the chalets and suites, Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois have been successfully modernised while conserving the charm of bygone eras. Each chalet features its own personality: Chalet Eve has kept its traditional style, Chalet Noémie features classic luxury décor and refined elegance, and Chalet Alice offers a bohemian chic atmosphere. The character and décor of each chalet has been curated to offer distinct yet complementary experiences for guests.
The timeless decoration of alpine chalets remains throughout, with wood-framed windows, exposed ancient beams, aged pine wood, rough stone and traditional alpine fabrics. The interior materials combine in a playful mix of textures, the tactile fabrics creating an eye-catching look and feel. The Rothschild family has left its mark throughout, with the distinct style of each chalet reflecting Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild’s daughters’ personalities.
Experiencing Megève with Four Seasons
Guests now have even more opportunities to experience the brand’s first European ski destination, enjoying the many sights and activities of the French Alps with the quality and service of Four Seasons. Guests of Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois can enjoy skiing on the Mont d’Arbois slopes in the winter, along with many more activities that highlight the beauty of Megève.
Those looking for unique travel experiences will be intrigued by Suite Idéal, a mountain “refuge” suite situated above the L’Idéal 1850 restaurant at the very top of the Mont d’Arbois ski area. Nestled at 1,850 metres (6,000 feet) high, the outstanding 140 square metre (1,507 square foot) Suite Idéal boasts a master bedroom and en-suite bathroom equipped with a chromo-therapy Turkish shower and bath, all with magnificent views over the majestic Mont Blanc. With its private hotel services, the Suite can accommodate up to eight people. Guests can be transferred by a Polaris snow quad ride to the restaurants onsite at the hotel or to Megève village. Suite Idéal offers a unique opportunity for couples, friends, and family to experience magical moments in the mountains, up in the stars of the French Alps.
Les Chalets du Mont d’Arbois:
- Opening : December 13 – April 14
- Total number of rooms: 41
- Area of the rooms: 24-140 square metres (255-1,507 square feet)
- Winter rates from EUR 660 per night
- Chalet Alice and Chalet Noémie can be booked for exclusive use including a dedicated hotel service.
- Spa offering treatments by Bamford, plus an outdoor/indoor pool
- Prima, 1 Michelin star restaurant and its Chef Nicolas Hensinger