Four Seasons Megève

If you aren’t going hiking in Portugal this summer, then might you consider Megève
France? We haven’t stayed yet, but I think a site inspection should be added to my spring schedule!

There are only a few hotel brands I trust without a visit and the Four Seasons is one I trust. We reserve a phenomenal amount of business with Four Seasons and I have been fortunate to visit many of their properties. Sending the hotels much business translates to superb VIP attention for our clients, usually includes upgrades and always scrumptious amenities.

Introducing the recently opened Four Seasons Megève – this is the only hotel located on the slopes of Mont d’Arbois, five minutes from the village center. Consider a summer adventure, exceptionally situated beneath Mont Blanc, the breathtaking scenery is in its glory during summer. When the sun comes out, the mountains transform into an Alpine playground, with so much to be explored. Family friendly, enjoy discovering the region by land, air and water or you can simply relax and enjoy the sunshine or the enchanting and picturesque Megève village. Easy access, arrive Geneva and enjoy a 75 min drive to the village. Petite resort with 55 rooms, including 14 suites. Six spa suites, and five dining options. A mountain perch, the suites include a separate living room with fireplace, inviting you to curl up for a cozy evening. Lounge outdoors on your furnished balcony, savor spectacular views of the mountains and valley. On warm summer evenings, it’s your own private sanctuary for quiet relaxation or al fresco dining.

One of world’s preeminent ski destinations, Megève is set among the snow-capped peaks of the Haute-Savoie Alpine range, facing Mont Blanc, Europe’s highest mountain. Founded in the 13th century and transformed into an exclusive ski resort by the Baroness Noémie de Rothschild in the 1920s, this small French town has become known for sophisticated luxury in a discreet understated atmosphere. Megève has a pedestrian-only medieval center with cobblestone streets, designer boutiques and excellent restaurants. The main square is dominated by its church, which dates back to the 14th century and is designed in late Gothic style. Many of the houses in the old center are medieval in origin and from the main square you can easily wander through the appealing narrow lanes, sometimes discovering the lavoir (communal washing areas) on Rue d’Arly or small fountains. Summer visits are enhanced by colorful mountainsides, lush green forests and fresh air.

A plethora of summer happenings: hiking, serious trekking or meandering ambles, mountain biking, canyoning, mountaineering, hot air balloons, paragliding, kayaking or heli-escapes and even golf! Craving a more relaxed experience, then consider village life and sampling divine French cuisine. For hikers there are 150km of marked walking trails to explore and those on bikes can explore a system of over 300km of sign-posted trails.

An invigorating ride by mountain bike – set out exploring trails connecting to nearby towns, such as Sallanches, Combloux, Flumet and Praz-sur-Arly. Savor the spectacular scenery and views of the majestic Mont Blanc.

Mountaineering – whether you are a beginner or an experienced mountain climber, with one or several days to explore, Megève offers a choice of spectacular circuits, varying in both geography and difficulty.

Hiking or biking – discover Megève’s large network of trails through colorful mountain meadows and lush green forests. For more vigorous hiking, climb towards the peak of Mont Joly.

Golfers –  enjoy priority access to one of the world’s oldest and finest Alpine golf courses. Four Seasons Hotel Megève overlooks the 17th hole of the Mont d’Arbois Golf Course (Golf du Mont d’Arbois). Designed in 1964 by three-time British Open champion Sir Henry Cotton, the course combines splendid mountain scenery and impeccable Four Seasons management, creating a peak golf experience.

Spa is the largest in the region, which covers 900m² with six treatment rooms including a VIP suite for couples with sauna and steam room, a beauty salon and a fitness center.

Surrounded by large terraces, Four Seasons Hotel Megève also has a wonderful indoor and outdoor pool with underwater music, a lounge area, a fireplace and a bar. The Kids Club with its Kids for All Seasons activity program and the Teen Zone with its own cinema are the largest in the region and means your kids will be catered for throughout their stay.

 

Hmm- I’m enticed, are you? Sounds heavenly!

Popular Portugal – Why ?!

Top Reasons Why Everyone is Visiting Portugal.

The country has gleefully reported the tourism numbers are steadily increasing every year. An uptick of 13% in 2017 for the first seven months of the year. Named recently by Travel & Leisure as Europe’s best destination. U.S. travel has increased by 22% in the last 12 months.

Lisbon, the capital and largest city is located on the coast overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, near the beautiful Tagus River. Often referred to as the city of seven hills and according to legend, it was founded by Ulysses on his journey back from the Trojan War. Picturesque views from the harbor and a maze of cobblestone streets accented by pastel colored buildings. Ride the century old wooden trams and iron funiculars to traverse the neighborhoods. Baixa district hosts tailors, haberdashers and ancient herbal salons in the baroque city center. Regal kings and queens, empires of the Moors and Christians all have left behind a colorful rich history with palaces, monuments and cathedrals to explore. 

Wine Tasting, of course! The national drink porto is abundant across the country, and to enjoy that tasting to the ultimate, why not stay at the luxurious Six Senses Spa property in the Duoro Valley? Hotel and spa is set high in the hills overlooking the rolling vineyards of Portugal’s northern region. A genteel 19th Century manor with river view rooms and acres of forested grounds. Fancy aerial yoga amid the trees? Dining at the Chef table, learn to paint tiles from a local expert and indulge yourself at the award-winning spa after a day of wine tasting.

Six Senses Douro Valley, Portugal

Porto, a dazzling second city, is halved by the Douro River. The seaside has blossomed over the last few years and hosts charming restaurants, cafes and a few noted Michelin Star restaurant’s. Mosey through the old downtown and discover magnificent gilded churches. And of course, stop by a charming cafe for an afternoon in the sun sipping the national tipple, Port!

From the Foodie Column. The pork is almost as good as the famed Jamon Iberico from Spain.  The local semi-wild black piggies nosh on acorns from the Cork Oak Trees and produce juicy slabs of tasty ham. Presunto (cured ham) rivals the best from Spain.

Olive oil and goat cheese are also highly rated – notably, try the hard, pungent cow’s-milk cheeses made on the precipitous mid-Atlantic slopes of Sao Jorge island or the creamy Serra da Estrela from the milk of ewes raised in Portugal’s loftiest mountain range. Fancy a stronger dry cheese: try the peppery Terrincho produced in remote Tras-os-Montes. Award winning olive oil based on the world wide ranking finds four firms producing Olive Oil in the top twenty in the world, including the producer: Oliveira da Serra – Lagar do Marmelo.

Activity besides these mentioned, we can organize bike rides through the culinary and cultural heartland, bike through small villages in the middle of farmlands, olive groves and oak tree forests, vineyards and indigo lakes. Six day trips or custom day rides can be organized.

Harry Potter Connection: Did you know JK Rowling taught English in Porto in the 1990’s and was a frequent visitor to Livraria Lello Bookstore, which is one of the most famous shops in the city. Apparently, its decorative bookcases, carved wooden ceilings and lavish staircases inspired the Hogwarts Library in her Harry Potter books.

Weather – Portugal has a moderate year-round temperature.  Lisbon is the continents sunniest city, with close to 3000 hours of sunshine a year.

Exquisite beaches, the swell of the Atlantic Ocean makes Portugal one of the best surfing destinations, the beaches are incomparable. The Azores and Madera are only a few hours away as well.

Charming cities, not far from the capital, dotted with Palace hotels, fine dining, quaint streets and luxury hotels. Sintra is one such city, known for its dominating lush hills, a Moorish Castle and proximity to the Atlantic coast. The entire city is dedicated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A Portuguese Gem!

And did I mention Western European luxury hotels at less expensive rates? The currency is the Euro, but the room rates at luxury properties are significantly less. Portugal has been noted as the second-best value destination in Europe. Portugal is also very safe.

Até mais tarde!

Lisbon