During my recent stay in Les Houches, I took myself and my partner for a lovely lunch and a relaxing session in the SPA of the hotel Granges d’en Haut. I was looking forward to this experience, as it was greatly recommended to me back in February, when I stayed in the valley.
The hotel is situated a short drive away from the Prarion lift. The SPA and lunch experience the hotel has to offer is available to the general public. I advise you to reserve some time for it if you’re visiting Chamonix valley, you won’t regret it.
I was looking forward to the SPA but I hadn’t put much thought into what the lunch would be like. And let me tell you, the French do know how to do food!
After the morning spent in the mountains filming, we arrived to the hotel quite late.
We made ourselves comfortable in the restaurant overlooking the Alps. The view is just magnificent. It was my ‘ME’ time and I was there to relax and enjoy myself! I love Les Houches, it’s like being on another planet. When I breathe the fresh air of the Alps and look at the breathtaking views they have to offer, I can’t think of a better place to be.
First on the table arrived an appetiser made of basil and cream with some goats cheese all served with some bread … and champagne of course :)
Soon our starter “entrée” followed. A beautiful fresh pea salad with herb vinaigrette, poached egg and onion rings.
For the main we had Veal heart fillet prepared to mouth watering perfection by cooking it at a low temperature. This was served with a polenta fine tart and vegetables.
After the main, to clear the pallet, a small pot of strawberry soup arrived served with fresh mint. We were now ready for the dessert, which was a true explosion of flavours.
Our dessert was Fresh raspberries mille feuille. Well, I’ll do my best to give you some idea what it was like. Beautiful fresh raspberries in vanilla cream served with a sorbé of basil. As much as this combination may seem very strange, it had just the most beautiful combination of tang. It makes my mouth water even now.
After this beautiful meal we made our way to the Spa.
Upon entering we were immediately met by a lovely swimming pool with a huge window overlooking the Alps. I can just imagine how amazing it must be in the winter when you can watch the snow flakes falling while sitting in a Jacuzzi or having a swim. In the spa there is also a sauna and a hammam. If you fancy some ‘vinotherepe’ The Granges d’en Haut Spa offers treatments by Caudalie, which sadly I didn’t have chance to try this time. I have planed my next ski holiday though already to Les Houches and I shall give it a go then, reporting back of course. I did however leave with a small, handbag size mist for the face by Caudalie, which I became addicted to very quickly.
After having such a relaxing time in the Granges d’en Haut I’m not surprised everyone in the valley speaks highly of it.
Me and Mr.D paid €35 per person plus a little extra charge for additional drinks. Considering the rather lavishing lunch it’s a very fair price.
Until next time dear Les Granges d’en Haut.
I’d like to take this opportunity to also thank the chef who kindly mid-meal made another salad despite the fact the kitchen was already closed, only so I can take some pictures for this post as Mr.D accidentally deleted my photographs of it while playing with the camera. Silly.
You can find the link to the hotel here.