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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.

France, Arcs 2000: Hotel Taj-I Mah

A Room With A View

The Pleasure of Mountain

Long live the skiing season! Few years ago, I’d never imagined I could like the mountain and ski as much! I am back in the French Alps, for the inauguration of the Taj-I Mah, the first 5-star hotel of Les Arcs 2000 at the foot of the slopes.     

Blue sky, snowy peaks bathed in bright light. It’s pretty difficult to leave my terrace. The air is invigorating with hypnotic view. The comfortable room is well soundproofed, a cocoon with impeccable bedding. The interior design reminds me the rooms of the Koh-I Nor in more intimate version (the same owners).  

The bathroom with its deep large bath, opens onto the bedroom and mountain view (a large sliding glass door allows to separate the two spaces, picture left above). I like the separate toilet in the entrance of the room.


Lunch at L’Atelier d’Eric

Between Activities,

I sit down at one of the hotel’s outside terraces (great!). Picture above: the long terrace of the lounge, where I am rocked by the warm rays of the sun. It quickly becomes really complicated to leave (LOL)! Except for discovering the menu of L’Atelier d’Eric, one of the two restaurants of the Taj-I Mah, under the leadership of the Chef Eric Samson.

I had lunch there a few times (pictures below): tasty simple inventive cuisine nicely presented. Excellent tuna prepared with scallops. I love  the Valrhona chocolate with pear dessert (picture below), a treat!

A Massage at The Spa

The Swimming Pool and Jacuzzi

have a panoramic view to the slopes and the peaks! The last two days, I made a long stop at the Cinq Mondes and Carita spa: 400 m2 including a sauna, hammam, jacuzzi, salt wall, showers, relaxation area and treatment rooms. The icing on the cake is the Cinq Mondes facial massage (inspired by Shiatsu) that relaxed my tensions in the neck and shoulders.

Dinner at The Diamant Noir

Voluptuous Dessert

The second evening, I have a dinner with a journalist friend at the Diamant Noir, the gourmet restaurant of the twice starred Chef Eric Samson. We start with an apetizer of raw tuna with egg yolk and cream. 

I don’t take any first meal. While reading the menu, I recognize one of the Koh-I Nor’s first meal I really recommend you: Grilled foie gras acidulated with the passion fruits and Savoy wine, Mango and Litchi. A surprising extremely fine dish! So delicious!

I choose the Supreme of Farm Poultry filled with foie gras, Périgueux sauce and potatoes. Really good and not greasy. When the dessert The Chocolate Caraïbe at 66% in Different Textures arrives, I capsize! It looks like a haute couture piece and tastes fantastic! Gorgeous!


The Ski


Energic wake-up to the aurora and meditation on the empty icy main terrace of the hotel. I am happy, I will ski from 9 am to 11. I haven’t had the opportunity to discover the Paradiski ski area (which includes Les Arcs) yet. The previous days, I visited as a pedestrian a bit of the Arcs 2000 (altitude 2100 meters) and 1800

I couldn’t leave without making at least a morning of skiing! After being equipped at the ski shop of the hotel (picture below), I follow the ski instructor on slopes. First, we head to Les Arcs 1950 and cross the village in ski. Then we take the chairlift to the Col de la Chal (altitude 2600 meters). From where we ski to the Arc 2000 surrounded in a beautiful panorama. To be continued…

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Taj-I-Mah, Les Arcs


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