Last week, we were lucky enough to spend a couple of days at the wonderful 5* Alpaga Hotel in Megeve.
I was very impressed by the hotel, its warm welcome by an excellently attentive and friendly team of staff, the warm yet contemporary style of the hotel, in which one feels immediately at home and relaxed, and in particular, the food. The La Colline Swiss Spa, nestled below ground is very complete, and well presented, and caters for all, including a kids club at certain times of the day, and our group unanimously agreed that the beds were probably the most comfortable we have had the pleasure of staying in.
Back to the food, I was highly impressed with the restaurant, La Table de l’Alpaga. Chef Christophe Schuffenecker produced a divine menu for us, starting with canapés of scallop ceviche, and delicious fois gras crostini’s. Then to start we glugged down “pumpkin cappuccino” (an aerated soup), which had the flavour of smoked bacon infused through it, and this was followed by a divine lobster ravioli with black truffle and jerusalem artichoke. The desert, a macaroon around creme sorbet and salted caramel was the final flourish. The meal was complimented by local wine, which was delicious.
In the comfortable bar area, located near the hotel reception and open all day, one can sample a selection of lighter dishes, which match the standard of the restaurant. Naturally, a full range of drinks are available in the bar, be it a morning coffee, a glass of champagne before dinner, or a whisky after dinner, and everything in between.
On arrival we were introduced to the 56 dairy cows which the farm milk to produce a wonderful selection of cheese, yoghurt, ice cream and butter. We were shown by “Jimmy” how he makes the various produce, before being ushered up to the buildings restaurant where a selection of the delicacies awaited us. The farm also sells a fantastic range of charcuterie, which is produced by Josephs friend, another farmer in the valley.
Megeve itself, is a delightful town, with a distinct feel of a working town as opposed to a resort town. Being there on a friday, we were able to enjoy the delights of the local market – where you guessed it, the food theme continues. Stalls were selling a vast range of produce, from fine meats, to rich cheeses, to fresh seafood driven straight from the French coast. Wondering around town, we were delighted with discovering chocolatiers, great little coffee shops, and fantastic restaurants. Feeling there was still room for a little more food (only just), we eat at the very popular Flocon de Village, and along with a glass of very good local wine, enjoyed a fantastic risotto with griddled scallops. Again, absolutely divine.
We have a great selection of chalets in Megeve, including a number located at the Hotel Alpaga, where guests can enjoy the full delights of the hotel and its facilities.
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We were highly impressed with Megeve, and all it had to offer, and are sure you will be too, we look forward to hearing from you.