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Over the last few years, there have been whispers in the French media that Mégève—the glamorous alpine ski resort—will soon be home to a Four Seasons resort. (For more information about this winter playground in the French Alps, see this Luxury Travel Advisor feature story.) As reported by Le Figaro last December, Benjamin and Ariane de Rothschild are developing a new “Palace des Neiges” in the hamlet of Planellet—to open in 2017 and to be managed by Four Seasons.
The de Rothschild family are historically linked to Mégève; in the 1920s it was Noémie de Rothschild who first opened Domaine du Mont d’Arbois, and founded Mégève as a ski resort to rival Switzerland’s St. Moritz. To this day, this five-star Relais et Châteaux hotel lures movie stars and royalty to this iconic alpine hideaway.
To be located at the foot of the pistes and not far from the golf course, the Four Seasons Mégève will have 55 rooms and suites designed by architect Bruno Legrand and designer Pierre-Yves Rochon. Four Seasons continues its expansion in France; the luxury hospitality company will also be taking over management of the legendary Hotel du Palais in Biarritz.