New in winter 2021-22

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Find here the news of the 2021-22 winter season concerning accommodation and restaurants in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville.

Hôtel le Lodji****

The former Alp’Hôtel*** has totally reinvented itself and moved up a notch, making way for Le Lodji****. Ideally located by the ski lifts in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, Le Lodji has expanded, going from 31 to 47 bedrooms, all completely renovated (including a 46 m² suite and 6 family rooms), plus 3 luxury apartments (2 duplex). The property owners, originally from Liège in Belgium, wanted to create a feeling of simplicity and elegance for their new family project, while adding some hints of their home town (Lodji is a contraction of “Liège” and the French word “se loger” (stay) and there also is the 2 tonne “Torè” sculpture standing at the entrance to the hotel, a nod to the famous “Bull Tamer” statue in Liège).

The hotel has undergone an impressive extension on 3 sides, which has enabled a proper Spa area to be created with views of the snowy summits, featuring a beautiful pool, two outdoor jacuzzis, three treatment rooms, a sauna and steam room and a gym. The exterior wasn’t left out of the renovations and features a beautiful terrace serving 150 covers together with the “Volle pétrole” snack bar, which is open at lunchtime and in the evening serving crêpes, Belgian waffles (from Liège, of course) and takeaway pizzas. The restaurant is focused on appetising and creative dishes that use local, seasonal produce, without forgetting a little touch of the owners’ beginnings. Après-ski entertainment featuring music and festivities is open to non-residents and takes place on the terrace or in the heart of the hotel’s lounge bar.

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chalet Voland in Béranger

This intimate hideaway has a surface area of 430m² over 4 levels and is the ideal place to unwind with friends. Located 4 km from Saint-Mar tinde-Belleville in the small and utterly charming hamlet of Béranger, this new destination welcomes 12 guests into its unique and well-preserved environment. Bathed in light with views of the Grand Perron and the Mont du Fût, the Chalet Voland is an invitation to sit and contemplate. A separate office with Wi-Fi allows remote workers to ski during the day and return to their laptop once the slopes are closed.

Chalet Duchesse

Nestled just 200 metres from the slopes in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, the Chalet Duchesse is a prime example of successful renovation, brought to life by interior architect Jorge Grasso from Lyon. Six months of renovation work allowed for both the structure and decoration to be re-imagined. A simple flow; creating a warmer atmosphere while respecting the mountain landscape. The pale wood floors combine with the weathered larch external cladding, darkened by the passage of time, to provide an cosy atmosphere. The finest materials are also used in the choice of furniture, with contemporary forms such as bespoke Eileen Gray chairs reupholstered in leather and the Moooi hanging light fitting, which is a key feature of the large living room. The unusual open kitchen with its verdigris shades brings a further touch of individuality.

The Maya Altitude

Here’s a destination that promises to be a new temple to lovers of Alpine gastronomy. Right at the top of the Tougnète chairlift, between Méribel and Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, the Maya Altitude restaurant (previously “Les Crêtes”) sits up at 2,400 metres altitude and has a spectacular wraparound terrace with panoramic views. A balcony looking out towards Mont Blanc and the surrounding mountains, it extends all around in a joyful mix of colourful seating in fun, eye-popping shades. The theme continues inside, where architect Sylvestre Murigneux (Hong Kong) has shown his playful side up on the slopes, combining a grand lounge with wide red benches, a sculptural wooden ceiling and a fiesta of mix and match prints. The mix and match theme continues on the plate, with a menu by 2 Michelinstarred chef Akrame Benallal who works alongside executive chef Christophe Dupuy from the Maya Collection to provide high-end yet accessible dining, all cooked on a coal-fired stove. Opening December 2021

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