The Anova Hotel & Spa in Montgenevre, France is a modern boutique ski-in and ski-out hotel in the French Alps. Pursuitist recently visited the property and found it to be both welcoming and well-appointed with panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains.
Family-owned and operated, the Anova Hotel & Spa offers 40 rooms and suites. The restaurant features Italian and traditional French dishes while the cocktail lounge features comfortable seating, a fireplace and live music during many evenings. A lively three-piece jazz band was playing during our visit. For apres ski, there’s an expansive deck overlooking the mountains.
The Anova’s beautiful spa facility offers an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam bath and sauna (a la carte for a nominal fee). The Spa’s menu has a full range of body and facial treatments that feature Anne Semonin of Paris products.
In the lower level of the hotel, there is a fully equipped ski shop where guests can rent or buy equipment. As the front desk of the hotel sells and issues lift tickets, guests can arrive at the hotel, rent equipment (if needed), buy lift tickets and hit the slopes immediately.
Standard rooms (for two people) range from 115 Euros to 165 Euros per night, junior suites are priced at 205 and the larger Anova Suites are 255 Euros (both suite categories can accommodate up to five people). The Anova Suites are well-designed duplexes with a downstairs bedroom with a king bed and bath and a larger room upstairs with three single beds and a full bath.
During the summer months, the hotel offers three day, two night golf packages that includes two nights in a standard room, three days of beginner’s golf lessons at a local 18-hole golf course and unlimited spa access with one massage. The price for the package is 389 Euros per person
Montgenevre is a charming Alpine village in the Hautes-Alpes of the French Alps on the Italian border and is the oldest ski resort in France. Located at an altitude of nearly 1900 meters, Montgenevre boasts 400 km of ski trails and three resorts that are interlinked. It is one of the few resorts where one can ski from France to Italy and back.
Foodies will love the cusine here, especially the Italian restaurants. The most popular restaurant in Montgenevre, Le Capitaine, features Italian cuisine. Located on La Playa, its telephone number is (33) 04 92 21 89 84) and reservations are recommended. The neighboring Italian village of Claviere offers a number of wonderful Italian restaurants as well and takes less than five minutes to reach by car. In Claviere, The Kilt restaurant is the best place to go for authentic Italian food. This family owned and operated restaurant is located on Via della Fontana 1. To make a reservation call (39) 01 22 87 8051).
Montgenevre is 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Turin Airport in Italy and 2 hours and 45 minutes from the Milan Airport. It is easy to plan a vacation that combines sea and ski, by flying into Nice (3 hours and 50 minutes away) or Marseille (3 hours and 15 minutes away), and spend a few days relaxing on the Cote d’Azur in a seaside town such as St. Tropez, Cassis or Antibes. Montgenevre is also accessible by TGV from Paris (5 hours 22 minutes) and Lyon (3 hours 27 minutes).
Carrie Coolidge is a Pursuitist contributor based in Manhattan. From 2009 to 2011, Carrie served as Co-Editor of Luxist, the luxury lifestyle website at AOL where she ran the Luxist Awards, a program that honored the very best in fine living. From 1996 to 2009, Carrie was a Staff Writer at Forbes magazine, where she covered real estate, personal finance and the insurance industry, among other areas. Carrie is also the author of six books, including "The Business of America is Business". Follow her on Twitter: @carriecoolidge