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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!

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.


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.

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…

Photos : © Mademoiselle Le K – Tous droits réservés.


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.