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French Alps, Les Arcs: Ski, Lounge & Fooding

The Village Igloo Les Arcs

When I Arrived 

at the hotel Taj-I Mah the day before, I tasted the dark siver macaroons of the Michelin Starred Chef Eric Samson (first photo of the article). This morning, I head with Lo, my gorgeous “snow BFF”, to the Village Igloo Les Arcs. 

Ten minutes walk from the hotel with an amazing blue sky! What a pleasure to walk on the footpaths of the freshly groomed empty ski slopes! I really enjoy the beginning of the ski season! No crowd, so calm!

Fairy Ice Cavern


Upon Entering,

I was just expecting the traditional ice bar plus few tables. What a surprise to discover an ice cavern of 150 m² too! You follow more or less narrow corridors adorned with sculptures inspired by Nordic legends.

We had the chance to meet the team of sculptors at work. You can extend the magic by spending one night in one of the two rooms (no sanitary facilities on site). You feel out of time …


Between Two Skiing Sessions

Lunch at l’Atelier d’Eric

During this relaxing weekend, I took my two lunch with beautiful views of the slopes at l’Atelier d’Eric (located in the hotel Taj-I Mah): each time, excellent! If you follow me on this blog, you know how much I enjoy the inventive simple light cuisine of the Chef Eric Samson. In your plate, you can recognize each flavor.

Photos below: left, first day, first lunch with tuna and Japanese mushrooms. To the right, second day: tuna and Walnut St. Jacques with a tian of vegetables. And for the two lunchs, the same Valrhona chocolate and pear dessert, I love it! 

And if you don’t know where dining, I recommend you the Diamond Noir, the gourmet restaurant of the Taj-I Mah, under the leadership of Chef Eric Samson.

The Apres-Ski at The Arc 1800

Tea time at The Lodge

We drive to the Arc 1800. Picture above: the classified buildings of the famous architect Charlotte Perriand. Then we take the cable car to Mille8, where the Lodge, a restaurant-café with modern decoration and Scandinavian influences, is located.

Here, no partying vibe like in la Folie Douce, but I immediately liked this place for the space, interior design, atmosphere and view. Thank you Lo! You feel as good inside as on the terrace. It was hard for us to leave, lol!

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Taj-I-Mah, Les Arcs


Many thanks to the Taj-I Mah and the Tourist Office of Les Arcs for this beautiful invitation! As always are my opinions.

Les Arcs, France: ski, lounge et fooding

Le Village Igloo Les Arcs

Arrivée la veille

au Taj-I Mah, je découvre les très graphiques macarons du Chef étoilé Eric Samson (première photo de l’article). Ce matin, je retrouve ma BFF des neiges, Lo, pour prendre un thé au Village Igloo Les Arcs. 

A dix minutes à pieds de l’hôtel, nous marchons sous un superbe ciel bleu! Quel plaisir de se promener sur les chemins piétions des pistes vides, fraîchement damées : voilà pourquoi j’aime les débuts de saisons!

Féerique grotte de glace


En entrant dans l’igloo,

je m’attendais simplement au traditionnel ice bar agrémenté de quelles tables. Quelle surprise en découvrant aussi une grotte de glace de 150 m²! On suit des couloirs plus ou moins étroits, ornés de sculptures, inspirées de légendes nordiques.

Nous avons eu la chance de rencontrer l’équipe de sculpteurs en plein travail. Vous pouvez prolonger la magie en passant une nuit dans l’une des deux chambres (pas de sanitaires sur place). On se sent hors du temps…


Entre deux sessions de ski

Déjeuner à l’Atelier d’Eric

Durant de ce week-end détente, j’ai pris mes deux déjeuners avec vue sur les pistes à l’Atelier d’Eric (dans l’hôtel Taj-I Mah) : à chaque fois, excellent! Si vous me suivez sur ce blog, vous sauvez ô combien j’aime la cuisine simple, légère et inventive (où chaque saveur est reconnaissable) du Chef Eric Samson.

Photos ci-dessous : à gauche, premier jour, premier déjeuner composé de thon et champignons aux saveurs japonaises. A droite, deuxième jour : thon et noix de Saint-jacques avec un tian de légumes. Même dessert les deux jours, au chocolat Valrhona et à la poire, j’en suis fane!

Et si vous ne savez pas où dîner, je vous recommande le Diamant Noirle restaurant gastronomique du Taj-I Mah, sous la houlette du Chef Eric Samson.

L’après-ski aux Arcs 1800

Tea time au Lodge

Nous descendons aux Arcs 1800 en voiture. Photo ci-dessus : les immeubles classés de l’architecte Charlotte Perriand. Puis nous prenons le téléphérique jusqu’au Mille8, où se trouve le Lodge : restaurant-café à la décoration moderne et influences scandinaves.

Ici, pas d’effervescence façon la Folie Douce, mais j’ai tout de suite flashé sur le lieu, l’espace, la déco, l’ambiance, la vue. Merci Lo! On s’y sent aussi bien à l’intérieur qu’en terrasse, d’ailleurs nous avons eu un mal fou à repartir, lol!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.


Taj-I-Mah, Les Arcs, Le Village Igloo Les Arcs, Le Lodge


Un grand merci au Taj-I Mah et à l’Office du tourisme des Arcs, pour cette belle invitation! Comme toujours ce sont mes opinions.

Courchevel, France: Fooding And Spa

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The Lunch

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The Café Nikki by Nikki Beach

After arriving at the White Courchevel 1921 hotel, Nathalie who knows my (simple but sharp) tastes, invited me to lunch at the new Café Nikki (the newest of the Nikki Beach Miami, Saint Barth etc … ). The restaurant is located in the Aquamotion, where I stay the whole afternoon for a day spa.

Wide clear space (with XXL view of the snowy landscape), nice decor and friendly team. I am happy to have a late lunch without the crowd. We meet Jade and Christophe in charge of the press and restaurant. On the menu, a very good chicken satay I struggled to finish as the quantities are large! Time flies and it’s already time to go to my appointment at the spa.,,

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The Spa

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The Aquamotion

I skied nearly every day of the week. So I decided to spoil my legs by a custom program developed by therapists of the Aquamotion‘s Spa-Balneo area. After more than an hour in the wellness area, especially in the outdoor pool (which has views of the peaks), I start my spa treatments.

First treatment in a spacious room with violet light. I plunge my legs in a kind of spa tub, divided into two compartments: one with an ice water and the other one with hot water (photos above). Step two (photo below): lying on the table, I get a scrub based on marine products, while the jets massage the entire body. 

In the bluish light room, my therapist performs a specific massage legs for 30 minutes. It combines several techniques to relax and rest my legs. And final stage, I lay down a water bed that massages the whole body (like the armchair of my Parisian beautician). And here I must confess, I fell asleep :))

When I wake up, it is in 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. and I have to hurry up and quickly go back to the White 1921 hotel, to get dressed before going dinner with a friend. I would love to keep the relaxation vibe and just go to bed!

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The dinner

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La Saulire

The White 1921 hotel doesn’t have a restaurant, so they invited me with a friend at La Saulire, a cult gourmet restaurant in Courchevel (located close to the hotel!). By sitting, I noticed this phrase in Savoy dialect (photo above) that Jacques Trauchessec the owner of La Saulire, translates me : “It’s wedged between two wines that we best have our balance “.

As we say in French : “En bon entendeur” (as a good listener), I tasted at the end of dinner, a tear of Génépi, a Savoyard digestive … And I confirm, I don’t like digestive and always feel swallow alcohol at 90 ° ( lol)!

In the photos below, my excellent dinner started with a delicious cauliflower velouté with truffle, followed by saint jacques (I’ve never eaten as much since my last stay in the 3 Vallees) and finally a fantastic chocolate souflle!

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Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés


Tourist Office of CourchevelWhite 1921 Courchevel,  www.les3vallees.com  


Many thanks to the Tourist Office of Courchevel and White 1921 Courchevel for this beautiful invitation. As always these opinions are my own.