It is for everyone "Cham", the most glamorous center at the foot of Mont Blanc, just across the border from Italy. Walking through its streets you will hear at least three different languages, you will see young people from all over the world for work, study, or simply to have fun on the other 60 downhill slopes free that are part of the ski area. In addition to this, Chamonix is the home of snowboarders and freerides, for stunts in fresh snow. Sports, but also relaxation in the suggestive Wellness Centers and Spas, as well as a lot of nightlife in the trendy clubs where the night is always young: all this is what awaits you as soon as you cross the Mont Blanc Tunnel.
Surrounded by some of the most beautiful mountains in the entire Alpine arc, between the peaks of the Aiguille des Grands Montets and the Bossons glacier, Chamonix is the place to spend days surrounded by nature, walking along snow-covered paths, or romping in some of the adrenaline-pumping disciplines in fresh snow. And for the after ski, if what you are looking for is a stop in the name of tranquility and quiet, the hotel Le Hameau Albert 1er, Relais et Châteaux it's the place for you. The Carrier family, at the helm of this luxury hotel since 1903, awaits you to pamper you here, in this oasis of peace at the foot of Mont Blanc. Rooms with attention to every detail, with fireplace, family suites or independent chalets: you will find an answer for your every need. And inside the hotel you will find a spa with an outdoor heated swimming pool with a view of Mont Blanc and an indoor one, as well as a 2 Michelin star restaurant where you can choose from an à la carte menu or from three proposals at 73, 110 and 176 euros . In addition to this there is also a Restaurant de pays, where to taste the authentic mountain dishes revisited in lightness.
Le Hameau Albert 1er, 38 route du Bouchet, 74400 Chamonix Mont Blanc France
Tel: +33 (0) 450530509
If you prefer oriental disciplines such as yoga and meditation to skiing, rest assured, you are still in the right place. The Mont Blanc Hotel reserves an unmissable proposal: from 4 to 7 December, Anne Francin, professor of Prana Vinyasa in Paris, will be present at the facility. With her you can live whole sessions of exercises and meditations, use the spa with its 250 square meters by Clarins, as well as a heated swimming pool overlooking the Mont Blanc massif.
Hôtel Mont-Blanc Chamonix, 62 Allée du Majestic, 74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 (0) 4 50 53 05 64
Just outside the center of Chamonix is the B&B Chalet Kidou, the perfect place for those who love skiing, walking on the snow or hiking on glaciers. Located 4 km from the Aiguille du Midi cable car, Chalet Kidou offers accommodation entirely covered by free WiFi and free private parking. There are 4 rooms equipped with all comforts, in a relaxed and well-kept atmosphere.
Chalet Kidou, 70 Chemin du Fouffion Chamonix
What to do, where to eat in Chamonix
The Montenvers train
The landscape around Chamonix is one of those that take your breath away. If you do not want to miss an incredible panorama, what you need to do is to get on the Montenvers red cogwheel train, dating back to the early 1900s, which will take you to the foot of the Mer de Glace, the longest French glacier. Around you the most beautiful mountains ever, in a fairytale show. For those who do not suffer from claustrophobia there is also a visit to the ice cave, accessible with a 20-minute walk or by cable car.
Mer de Glace et train de Montenvers, 35 pl de la Mer de Glace, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc
Tel: +33 (0) 450532275
Relax at the Chalet de Charamillon
For a break after skiing, or for a relaxing break between skiing, try it Chalet de Charamillon, where you will find a selection of typical dishes, as well as hand-made sandwiches or delicious hand-made cakes. Hot chocolate with the fresh cream or the classic "bombardini" are inevitable.
Chalet de Charamillon
Arrivée du télécabine de Charamillon
Tel: +33 (0) 450540472
If you want to treat yourself to a pampering, no place will be able to satisfy you like them QC Terme, 3000 square meters of swimming pools, Turkish baths and wellness programs where you will be spoiled for choice. Immersed in a breathtaking scenery, you can choose from 30 practices that guide your multisensory journey, as well as an infinity pool that is mirrored by getting lost in the water of the adjacent alpine lake, with an unmissable view of the Bossons glacier. And then massages, remise en forme treatments, face care, to rediscover the pleasure of taking care of yourself.
QC Terme Spas and Resorts
For an experience that takes your breath away (and not in a metaphorical sense!) A paragliding flight that's what it takes. We fly with a professional master over the snowy peaks of Le Brevent and Chamonix, 20 minutes of true drunkenness suspended in the void. The appointment is at the paragliding school on 24 Avenue de la Plage, 74400 Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. Equipment and protections provided directly by the school.
To redo the load of energies, al Restaurant Le Cap Horn you can dine in a very nice and charming environment and at the same time with a very familiar atmosphere. A tasting menu or à la carte proposals will make you travel between the mountains and the sea, with Asian influences. Excellent desserts
Cap Horn, 74 Rue Des Moulins
Tel: +33 4 50218080
If instead the altitude does not disturb you, you must not get lost The 3842, a restaurant at high altitude (3842 meters above sea level!), reachable with the Aiguille du Midi cableway. The restaurant is a chalet immersed in the sky, from which you can have a 360 ° panoramic view of the entire Mont Blanc massif. The menu is succinct, and changes every week to take advantage of seasonal products. Reservations are required, there are only 26 seats inside!
Restaurant Le 3842
Tel: +33 4 50558223