Luxury holidays in Savoie

Savoie is home to some big-hitting ski resorts: at the top of the winding mountain paths you’ll find the glamorous resorts of Courchevel, the black runs of Val-d'Isère and the snow-topped chalets of Tignes, Les Arcs and Méribel. There are also a few lesser-known resorts to explore, offering shorter chair-lift queues and quieter slopes, that’ll allow you to ski at your own speed; chic-yet-discreet La Rosière and Sainte-Foy tick all the boxes of our Alpine checklist. As winter’s blanket melts, swap your snow boots for hiking gear, your skis for mountain bikes, and enjoy natural thrills of a totally different kind while exploring the wildflower-clad Alpine slopes of the Savoie region in spring or summer.

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When to go

The French ski season starts in late November/early December in high-altitude, glaciated resorts such as Val Thorens, and continues until April, depending on snowfall. When not buried beneath snow, the flower-clad Alpine pastures and tranquil mountain lakes can be explored by foot, kayak and bike between May and August.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Fly direct to Chambéry airport from across Europe; you can also find direct flights to nearby Grenoble and Geneva airports (Méribel is roughly two hours away and Tignes and Val-d'Isère are about two-and-a-half-hours by car).
  • Trains

    In winter, Eurostar runs a direct train service from London St Pancras and Ashford in Kent to the stations of Moûtiers, Aime-la-Plagne and Bourg-Saint-Maurice, from where you can catch a coach to local ski resorts.
  • Automobiles

    A car (we recommend a four-wheel-drive) is necessary if you plan on venturing beyond the slopes. Car hire is widely available across France and our Smith24 team will happily arrange a car for you to pick up at the airport.