We have just returned from the Chalet Zannier and it was truely a brilliant experience.
Its location is just outside Megeve and easy to reach from Geneva airport, i believe the transfer (in bad traffic) took about 90 mins, but would probably have been closer to an hour in better conditions. The town itself is glorious, as picturesque as i hoped, having expanded from a small farming village to its present form with a number of high end shops and restaurants – but without being as tasteless and ostentatious as some of the other ski resorts. The hotel itself is sited just outside the village in a quiet area surrounded by fields and with beautiful views across the valley. Its a small hotel with 12 rooms and every care is taken to ensure that guests have an amazing stay.
Being in only its second season, the chalet is still in beautiful condition with no signs of wear and tear, in fact the whole place is immaculate and clearly a lot of attention to detail has been paid. The room we stayed in (#7) was an “entry level” room, but it was very spacious and well appointed. It had a large balcony with sweeping views across the valley and a good sized bathroom, with gorgeous Aesop miniatures (small issue these weren’t refilled during our time there so we felt the need to ration ourselves). Additionally the walls (as commented on by another reviewer) are thinner than you might expect, we got woken up on day one by our neighbours music and kept awake another night so perhaps the hotel might advise people not to play music too late - as no other noises were were audible. Aside from this the communal areas are similarly beautiful and look like something out of the pages of an interiors magazine.
The staff, guest ratio is gloriously high, and everyone we encountered was utterly charming, from the guys taking us and collecting us from the slopes to the girls working in the restaurant and bar. The service was exceptional and we received many envious glances when we were collected by car from the lifts after a long days skiing. A tip is to call them at the top of the last run of the day so you don’t have to wait too long for them to arrive. On returning to a chalet we were greeted each day with the most incredible complimentary tea with homemade macaroons and cakes. Similarly breakfast was divine- the buffet selection was of the highest quality with many of the dairy offerings being from the local ferme de joseph who make the dreamiest, most delicious yogurts and cheeses, and the hot choices were beautifully cooked and delivered above and beyond what you’d expect from your average hotel breakfast. Additionally the little touches like easter eggs left in our room and a half bottle of champagne on arrival were so nice.
With regards to recreation facilities, the spa was (very) small, beautiful and perfectly formed and given the limited numbers staying the chalet any one time very quiet and private. The massage i had was amazing and fairly priced. One minor point, ski hire at the chalet was egregiously expensive. I think we ended up hiring skis in town for EUR 270 (this would have been much cheaper still – perhaps by as much as half the price- if we booked in advance), and the amount quoted to us by the chalet was EUR 650. Even with the best equipment (which we didn’t need), their charges seemed punitive. We would have paid in excess of the ski shop rates for the ease of hiring the equipment direct from the chalet but not double or triple(!)
Overall however the stay was exceptional; i have even been disinclined to leave a review so that we can keep the secret to ourselves but that would be doing the people who work so hard to make everyone’s stay there so special, a disservice(!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Chalet Zannier is an exquisite boutique hotel in Megève, a short walk from the village centre. Located at the foot of Mount Arbois in the French Alps, this luxury hotel is a charming retreat decorated in a minimalist rustic style.The hotel spa offers the perfect escape to serenity, inviting guests into the hammam and sauna and encouraging tranquillity with an array of indulgent treatments. A breakfast of rich local delicacies and cheese by Pascal Beillevaire is served to the cherished guests of Le Chalet; the perfect start to a day on the ski slopes. The hotel’s restaurant is led by acclaimed chef Julien Burlat, tempting guests and locals alike with delicious French and Belgian cuisine. ... more less
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