Luxury holidays in Le Miroir

Crenellated mountains form the backdrop of a stay in chic-yet-discreet Le Miroir, an Alpine enclave in the Tarentaise Valley, which – despite not have a single slope – is earning a reputation as a high-end ski destination. Those who venture to this quiet corner of eastern France trade ski-in/ski-out accessibility for authenticity and all-encompassing luxury at Chalet Pelerin, knowing that the Savoie resorts of Sainte-Foy and La Rosière are nearby, and the larger runs of Tignes and Val d’Isère are within reach. Indeed, there are seven world-class resorts within a 30-minute radius, plus the chance for powder-heads and peak-baggers to heli-ski in pursuit of off-piste terrain through the glaciated runs of the Valgrisenche Valley, on the Italian border. One of the Alps’ best restaurants is also on the doorstep at Chez Mérie, with local fire-grilled lamb and gratin dauphinois served alongside mountain views, pelt throws and crackling fires.

When to go

The French ski season spans from late November to late April, depending on snowfall. The intervening months of spring and summer bring the chance to go hiking, rafting and road cycling amid lush Alpine meadows, ideally from April to August.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Geneva airport has frequent international flights, taking around two hours to reach Le Miroir. Chambéry-Savoie airport and Grenoble Alpes–Isère airport are also within reach.
  • Trains

    In winter, Eurostar runs direct trains from St Pancras International in London and Ashford in Kent to the French Alpine stations of Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-Saint-Maurice, from where you can connect by coach to the top ski resorts. Day services run on Saturdays between December to April and night trains on Fridays from January to April, with a luggage allowance that lets you bring skis or snowboards, plus two suitcases, at no extra charge.
  • Automobiles

    Car hire is widely available across France, though in this mountainous area, four-wheel drives are advisable. As of July 2012, French law requires you to carry a breathalyser while driving. Also avoid using headphones and headsets, and check in advance if travelling in Low Emission Zones, which can incur a charge or ban, depending on your mode of transport.