48 hours in Chamonix
1. The Spa
Open to the public, the Spa 'Le Bachal' comprises a well-being centre with aestheticians and masseurs who offer a complete range of care for ladies, including personalised massage with essential oils from the Anne Semonin range of products. For men, it provides care with the Vitaman products from Australia. You can also benefit from their indoor and outdoor swimming pools facing Mont-Blanc.
6. The Bar
The Hameau Albert Premier Hotel has opened a new wine bar on their premises called the Quartz Bar. The classy, elegant bar is decorated with rock crystals and other treasures from Mont-Blanc. From Thursdays to Mondays, live music is provided by Samir Hodzik from 6.30pm until 11pm. The bar has more than 16 wines you can buy by the glass, including vintage wines from the Savoy area and the best of the rest from the Champagne region.
8. The Restaurant
If you want to splurge, make for Le Hameau Albert 1er for reowned chef Pierre Carrier's superb cuisine and the vast 20.000-bottle wine cellar. Dinner might include pan-fried scallops with risotto and lobster sauce, or foie gras with truffled chicken rillettes. Carrier also pays his respects to traditional Piedmontese cooking, with dishes such as gnocchi with Alba truffles. Bay windows offer jaw-dropping views.
11. The Après Ski
In a space which brings to mind images of rock crystals, the treasures of the Mont-Blanc massif, the Quartz Bar, and the gastronomic restaurant Albert 1er, offers a chic place for a glass of wine, a cocktail or a cup of tea. For an aperitif, the Albert 1er kitchen proposes a mouth-watering menu of sweet and savoury appetisers: tartines of homemade foie gras, a selection of regional charcuterie and aged cheeses.