Savoie hotel M Lodge is a bit of a looker: not just in its thoughtful design – an enticing textural tour of caramel timbers, slate, marble and fondle-me fabrics – but in its picturesque Tarentaise setting, too. Balconied rooms with picture windows shine a light on breathtaking valley views, as well as à la mode interiors dressed in designer kit. And yet the hotel’s appeal goes beyond the superficial: with a location near the lift, a restaurant you’ll want to dine in every night, multi-room options for families and a top-notch Valmont spa, M Lodge is an alpinist’s dream refuge.
Please note These images of M Lodge may look like the real deal, but are in fact computer generated. Apologies, authentic photographs will be with us soon…
Modern Alpine interiors throughout come with Arpin fabrics, Tom Dixon lighting and Eichholtz furniture. Junior suites have broad balconies and a freestanding bath tub in the bedroom. Of the two-bedroom suites, it’s 303 for a billiards table in your living room, or 305 for table football. For families there are options with a king-size bed and either two or four bunks in an integrated room. Luxury rooms are spacious and all have a balcony.
Spa du M is home to a 16-metre long lap pool, open 10am–8pm daily, overlooking the terrace.
A welcome foil for the exertion a day in the mountains can bring, Spa du M is a timbered complex with mountain views on the lower level of the hotel, home to a photogenic lap pool beside a 50-square-metre terrace, a sauna and gym, plus tucked-away rooms, where Valmont face and body treatments (a Swiss spa brand) are deftly executed.
Don’t hold back on textured layers: cable knits, fleece, borg or shearling all fit the cosy mountain vibes.
One luxury room and one family room (both ground floor) are wheelchair accessible.
Very welcome. A choice of family rooms and suites are available; babysitting can be arranged at extra cost; puzzles and games are provided and kids are autorisés at the spa.
Over sevens – the welcome is warm, extending to spa access and babysitting options, but this is still a sophisticated space where children dine en famille and the raft of outdoor activities demands a degree of stamina.
One family room has two bunks; a luxury family room sleeps two adults and up to four children. Two-bedroom, two-storey suites are as spacious as they are luxurious. Three luxury rooms can fit an extra bed (€90 a night for children aged five to 17).
There’s no crèche or kids club at the hotel.
Tobogganing, ice skating (at Val Thorens), skiing and snowboarding lessons through M Snow Academy, dog sledding. In summer: mountain biking or e-biking, high ropes course, rafting, hiking.
The 16-metre lap pool at the spa is open to children from 10am until 8pm, but there’s no lifeguard and children must be accompanied by an adult.
A list of trusted babysitters is available at reception.
No need to pack
Art materials, puzzles and board games are provided at the hotel.
Take the hassle out of equipment hire by booking rentals through the hotel.
Low-slung curvaceous armchairs in the bar encourage staying put. Such is the cosy low-lit ambience in the restaurant that all tables come with a side of intimate romance.
Suitably arresting colours or statement knits to complement the drama of your surroundings; a little shimmer or embellishment won’t look out of place at this glamorous address.
Table du M barely closes its doors – its marble-top tables are available for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, apéro hour and dinner. Glass-globe pendant lights and walls curated with colourful art bring modern flair to this cosy timber-lined space. Chef Clément Hericotte oversees a menu of tapas such as labneh with flatbreads, savoury beignets and arancini du jour. Order a Japanese platter of sushi and sashimi with apéritifs and linger over hearty mains such as confit shoulder of lamb, slow-cooked braised beef with fondant potato and John Dory sautéed in seaweed butter. Favourites such as shellfish linguine and tartiflette are always on the menu.
Beside the restaurant, tub chairs set around marble-top tables welcome guests for apéro hour at 6pm. A French-led wine list is bolstered by an impressive line-up of spirits, including a wide choice of whiskies and rums.
Breakfast is from 7am until 10am; lunch starts at 12 noon; afternoon tea from 3pm; dinner from 7pm.
A dedicated menu offering a selection of plates available in the restaurant can be ordered to your room at extra cost.
M Lodge is in the Alpine village of Saint-Martin-de-Belleville in Savoie, just over the mountain from Méribel with lift access to the Three Valleys ski area.
Chambéry is the nearest airport, an hour and 15 minutes away by road; alternatives include Geneva (a two-hour drive) and Lyon St Exupéry (two and a half hours away).
Moutiers is a 30-minute drive away from the hotel and private transfers can be arranged.
There’s an underground private car park at the hotel (charges apply) with free valet parking and electric vehicle charging points.
Worth getting out of bed for
Made up of 22 hamlets, Saint-Martin-de-Belleville has been inhabited for centuries and a heritage walk around the village reveals much about its past from the 17th-century baroque church to its bath house and village oven. A guided snowshoe walk is ideal for discovering the terrain surrounding the village. Winter adventures from dog sledding to paragliding to night rides on a snow groomer are all on your doorstep. As well as access to skiing and snowboarding in one of France’s biggest ski areas, the resort is linked with Les Menuires just up the valley, and you’ll find an ice rink at Val Thorens, as well as tobogganing hills at La Croisette and Les Bruyères. Summer brings hikers and mountain bikers to town as well as those seeking high-adrenaline thrills such as rafting and canyoning, biathlon, high ropes and zip-lining all on offer nearby.
The refined Savoyard dishes on offer at father and son René and Maxime Meilleur’s restaurant, La Bouitte, is reason in itself for many to come to Saint-Martin-de-Belleville: crozets are given a risotto twist; raclette is made airy and light, perch is served meunière on a bed of wood sorrel and an assortment of milk puddings is elevated into a love letter to lactose. At Le Toré, a wood-lined dining room warmed with caramel upholstery and brass pendant light shades serves as a backdrop for rustic fare reworked into culinary art: chef Jean-Sebastien Prijot’s plates showcase mountain ingredients such as ripened cheese, cured meats and herby sausage with tweezered precision accompanied by a finessed Franco-Italian wine list.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this Tarentaise lodge in the Three Valleys and unpacked their Sorrel boots and wraparound Oakleys, a full account of their mountain break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside M Lodge in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville…
There are resorts that put you nearer to the Three Valleys ski area and mountain trails, but none as peaceful and pretty as Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, a Savoyard village that retains a traditional Alpine charm. Thankfully, newcomer M Lodge is wise to the wiles of old-school chalet architecture… without a hint of purpose-built modernity, it takes all that’s appealing about traditional timbered lodges (exposed beams, pretty gables and wooden balconies) and brings it bang-up-to-date with contemporary comforts such as a state-of-the-art spa with a sauna, pool and terrace, and a top-notch restaurant with a daily-changing menu of small plates, sushi and mountain fare. Rooms and suites (all with balconies) blend practicality with panache – ranging from family rooms with bunks to two-storey suites featuring billiards or table football. Elitis wallpaper, Eichholtz furniture, Arpin fabrics and Tom Dixon lighting bring upscale polish to modern Alpine interiors throughout. And a pole position near the lift and only a short walk from centre-ville means it’s easy to make the most of your poised-for-adventure locale.