3 of the best off-piste gourmet haunts in Europe

Let’s be honest, the apres-ski experience can be as alluring as the skiing. And while there is often no shortage of watering holes to throw back a few drinks after a long day on the slopes, the choice of gourmet hotspots is often limited in the small mountain resorts. So when we come across the perfect mix of fabulous food, ambience and that little something extra, we quickly put the reservation number on speed dial and make it our regular. Heading to Gstaad, Villars or Megeve in the coming months? Check out one of these 3 fabulous foodie finds and you will not be disappointed.

Megu, The Alpina, Gstaad, Switzerland

It has been an exciting winter season for Gstaad with the opening of its first newly built 5-star hotel in 100 years. The Aplina Gstaad offers all the luxury expected from Switzerland’s glitziest ski resort: grandeur, elegance and the perfect sprinkling of Alpine charm. With 3 restaurants, a beautiful bar, and a state of the art spa all under one spectacular roof, there really is nowhere else to spend your off-piste time. You could do no wrong dining at any of The Alpina’s restaurants, but we recommend Megu.

Serving world-class contemporary Japanese dishes, Megu’s decor is as tantalizing as the contemporary Japanese fare.

Cookie, Villars, Switzerland

The quiet resort town of Villar-sur-Ollon offers great skiing and a break from the glitz and glamour of the neighbouring Gstaad. And if you’re looking for a family-friendly, laidback lunch and dinner place with an eclectic menu to satisfy all taste buds, Cookie is your go-to. Got a sweet tooth? Cookies may not be on the menu, but their chocolat fondant is to die for.

Domaine de la Sasse, Megeve, France

A little off the beaten track, but once you descend on Domaine de la Sasse, one of Megeve’s more unusual gourmet experiences, you will agree it was well worth the journey. Only accessible by foot (or helicopter), the journey to the farmhouse will take 20 minutes from where you leave the car. What makes the Domaine so unique is that bison, from the chef’s own herd, forms the basis of every dish. Reservations are required, as Chef Meridol does not open his doors unless at least 6 people have booked a table. Domaine de la Sasse is the perfect alternative for when you tire of fondue and raclette and are looking for a bit of a culinary adventure.

Source: www.aluxurytravelblog.com

Ski Roundup- Newsletter Feature

We can’t wait to start schussing down the slopes at our favourite ski resorts… but how to choose the destination? Our selection of chalets spans the globe, so you are spoilt for choice, no matter where your priorities lie. Here are our top picks for Europe:

Best for… Party Animals
If it’s nightlife you’re in search of, look no further than Verbier. Le Farinet reigns as the top club, bringing in live music and internationally renowned DJs. See and be seen on the glass-fronted terrace as you dance the night away… You might even be able to fit in some time on the slopes!

Best for…. Royals and Celebs
The British Royal Family have favoured Klosters as their ski destination of choice for years, and you’ll see why if you visit this exclusive, up-market resort yourself. For those hoping to keep a low-profile, this charming spot is the best bet for privacy.

Best for… Beginners
Val d’Isere features free nursery slopes and lots of well-linked, wide, “motorway runs” which give new skiiers the thrill of the heights without much risk. It’s the perfect introduction to the Alps, and many Olympic gold medal champions have made their start in Val d’Isere, so there is no shortage of inspiration at hand.

Best for… Explorers
Meribel is part of the Les Trois Vallées, the largest ski area in the world connected solely by ski runs and ski lifts. If it’s choice you’re after, you’d be hard pressed to find a more diverse and exciting area to explore. Purchase a ski pass to all three valleys and the pistes are yours to discover.

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