Sat. Jan 28th, 2023

The secluded French mountain retreat, Armancette, is offering a year-round Alpine experience for the first time in 2022.

While many visitors to the French Alps head straight for the area’s most prominent mountain towns, Armancette draws travelers to the small village of Saint Nicolas de Véroce, which is idyllically set at the foot of Mont Blanc.

In this location, the secluded mountainside retreat, which is now open year-round for the first time, provides a luxurious base encompassing both gastronomy and wellness for exploring the Evasion Mont Blanc region in both the summer and winter months.

This off-the-beaten-track chalet-style hotel opened in summer 2019 within the village’s former bakery. The intimate retreat—still featuring a bakery with indoor-outdoor seating—was then expanded in 2020 with the addition of three standalone chalets located at the foot of the slopes of a ski area close to the main 17-suite property.

In 2021, the hotel experience was further enhanced with the opening of Le Bistrot du Mont Joly, a separate restaurant, bar and lounge plus boutique positioned just a stone’s throw from the hotel with an outdoor terrace facing the mountains.

Bringing all of these enhancements together in its first full year, the inviting Alpine property now hosts guests in a sumptuous space integrating the fine dining restaurant La Table d’Armante serving tasting menus highlighting seasonal local produce, the more casual Bistrot du Mont Joly offering Alpine favorites like Savoyarde fondue, a wine bar and gourmet bakery.

Wellness facilities at the hotel then span an indoor-outdoor pool with uninterrupted mountain views, indoor and outdoor Jacuzzis, a steam room, fitness suite and three treatment rooms for therapies using KOS Paris products.

Each room and suite of the main hotel is individually designed with a different color scheme and aesthetic fitting in with the contemporary Alpine style that’s seen throughout the property. The three ski-in ski-out chalets continue this look and feel with wood, stone, marble and slate featured alongside silk and woollen fabrics.

In summer, days here can be spent hiking the scenic trails leading away from each stop of the historic Mont Blanc tramway, e-biking up and down the mountainous slopes outside Saint Nicolas de Véroce and paragliding from nearby Le Mont D’Arbois.

At the hotel, time is spent unwinding at the spa and by the outdoor pool, with a coffee and pastry on the terrace of the on-site bakery or with a private yoga session amid the mountain scenery.

In winter, the attention then turns to the surrounding slopes with skiing and snowboarding catered for alongside other snow-based activities such as snowshoeing, sleigh rides and an igloo-making experience with aperitif.

Year-round, experiences in the surroundings also encompass hot-air balloon flights over the peaks, discovery of the Mont Blanc massif by plane or helicopter, cave exploration and trips to the thermal springs of Saint Gervais.

Armancette is a part of the 2020-established Almae Collection also including the spring 2022 opened Palazzo Garzoni, which was launched following the renovation of a Venetian house dating back to the 15th century, encompassing just four apartments with hotel services overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice. The collection is now being expanded with the creation of a hotel in Cognac, which is expected to open in 2023, and more forthcoming projects including properties in Ibiza and Italy’s Veneto region.

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