Megeve: The Original French Resort

09 Feb, 2016 by Investors In Property
When you think about Megeve, you probably think about luxury chalets and expensive hotels. You might also think about stunning mountain restaurants, or the famous Rothschild family.  You see, Megeve has a reputation for being the original French resort.

A huge part of that is the fact that although there was an original medieval town where the resort was built, Megeve is widely perceived as the first purpose built ski resort. It was largely built up by the Rothschild family, and turned into a ski centre that would rival glitzy Swiss favourite St Moritz. The resort is well known for its excellent spa facilities, five star hotels and fantastic mountain restaurants.



The skiing might not be particularly terrifying, but for those looking to enjoy the sunny setting and the classy atmosphere, there are few places better than this. Too often though, the resort is overlooked because of the high end reputation it has; St Gervais and Combloux are both far more reasonable, and St Gervais now comes with the added bonus of a Folie Douce.

Whether you’re looking at Courchevel 1850, Megeve, or Verbier, there are usually a few ways to get the same skiing without the hefty price tag attached. In Courchevel, that means staying in one of the lower resorts, like charming Le Praz or up-and-coming Moriond. If you’re looking towards Verbier, you might head for Les Collons, Nendaz or Veysonnaz. From challenging skiing to extensive slopes, après ski to mountain restaurants, you don’t have to be in the most famous part of the ski area to enjoy yourself.

Having said that, you won’t be surprised when we tell you that although the ski in / ski out convenience of the Demi Quartier area of Megeve might be an enticing prospect, St Gervais is arguably better connected (certainly if some of your family is keen on skiing the infamous Aguille du Midi over in Chamonix), with a charming centre and a low-key atmosphere. That it’s only fifteen minutes from Megeve is just another bonus.

Wherever you’re looking for your dream ski property, don’t be afraid to consider somewhere off the beaten track; it’s not always a bad thing, after all. You’re just ahead of the curve.
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