The ski resort of Chamonix in the French Alps is one of the world’s great winter destinations. In the shadow of Mont Blanc, the peak that inspired the Romantic poets, skiers enjoy the legendary pistes and après-ski scene. New in town: the 100-year-old Hotel Mont-Blanc has unveiled a complete renovation by famous designer Sybille de Margerie (who’s behind the glam interiors of the Mandarin Oriental Paris).
Taking inspiration from the Chamonix valley and the surrounding alpine landscape, de Margerie has created a chic space with soothing colors. The 40 rooms have all the creature comforts (like free wifi and flat-screen TVs), and you’ll find bathrooms resembling mini-spas in the Junior Suites and Suites. Tip: Book the Junior Suite Mont-Blanc for a balcony with mountain views. The two Suites on the top floor also offer sublime vistas, plus they’re equipped with private saunas.
The hotel itself was acquired in 2010 by the Taittinger family, and elegant, historic elements have been preserved (like the mouldings and marble fireplaces). The spa has a gym and an outdoor pool with a jacuzzi, and the restaurant is helmed by Chef Guy Martin of the Grand Véfour in Paris.
Hotel Mont-Blanc; 62 allée du Majestic, 74404 Chamonix, France; Tel: +33 (0)4 50 53 05 64; www.hotelmontblancchamonix.com