True adrenalin junkies might find the French resort of Megève lacking in altitude but who cares when the gourmet scene at this picture-postcard French resort is so prosperous? The ritzy resort of choice in the early 20th century, it was championed by Baroness Noémie de Rothschild. These days, the still-gingerbread-pretty village is choc-full of luxury boutiques yet the glamour remains low-key.
One of the best places to stay is Les Fermes de Marie, a cluster of ancient wooden farm buildings, with Alpine chic interiors, that form a village-like huddle on the edge of town. There’s a highly regarded spa on-site and two restaurants serving elegant Savoyard dishes. Leave room at breakfast for the divine beignets filled with myrtle berry jam that sell out early at Le Fournil de Mègeve (38 Quai Prieuré, 00 33 4 50 34 93 11) in the centre of town. Regulars also flock to Le Refuge in nearby Leutaz, a pretty mountain chalet that serves standout rôtisserie rack of lamb (€55 for two) and giant bowls of homemade vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce.
You can scale the gastronomic heights with dinner at the three Michelin starred Flocons de Sel just outside Megève, where chef Emmanuel Renaut treats diners to flavours of the Alpine surroundings, such as poached roast pigeon with hay and blackcurrant (€60). Or book a table for simpler (and cheaper) fare at sister bistro, Flocons Village, in the centre of town. For a truly memorable meal, however, walk through the snow to L’Alpage des Têtes (Route du Leutaz Véry, 00 33 6 09 40 55 12), a pretty mountain farm accessible only on foot. This is the place to sample traditional Savoyard staples like mushroom-laced fondue and tartiflette (around €15 each).