The Beef Lodge could be the bistro one cannot miss in Milan, a contemporary steak house with shiny brick-red tiles in the in-sight kitchen, a perfect cut of tenderloin of bœuf de Simmental, and the creamiest pot of mashed potatoes ever. Outside, the swimming pool looks like the most seraphic and desirable corner of a Provençal villa – a wall of green cypresses, hydrangeas, deckchairs and towels the colour of soft lavender, the elegant pool and the sky-blue water. Inside, the tartan padded walls, the deer antlers, the hunt relics and the burgundy leathers – wild and sophisticated at the same time – echo sports and hobbies stories that belong to other men and other times. However, you are in Haute-Savoie, in Megève’s town centre, where celebrities sleep and, above all, where Les Fermes de Marie and its Alpage are.
Val d'Arly Mont Blanc, France
We would take you all here to celebrate. It is a ferme d’alpage facing Mont Blanc that can be reached by car, by helicopter or on foot. When you enter it, you have to become smaller, like Alice in Wonderland, and discover its two small brown rooms that smell like wood and are decorated with real alpine souvenirs. The long tables, as well as the tables for two, are divinely laid and waiting for embers to be hot and for all guests to be sat. The terrace is open in summer for lunch. The barbecue is lit every day. In Flumet, in the beautiful Val d’Arly, in the heart of the Alps.
Le Grand Bornard, France
The mountain pastures outside Le Grand Bornard throb with life: cross country skiers, explorers on snowshoes, kids on sledges, farmers working the land, horses wandering within fences and people walking in line on the side of the street. The colours of the wind jackets, the reverberation of the snow, the echo of a laugh, the sound of a river…
by Luca De Santis
Luca loves traveling to discover wonders. He loves to give space to diversity. Luca loves to stay. He loves everything that becomes ritual and is handed down from father to son. (Luca, Meraviglia Paper Creative Director is also art director, photographer and video maker).
by Paola Corini
Paola loves the sun when it’s not too strong, the smell of herbs, the colour combination of Botswana’s Lilac-breasted Roller, freshly baked bread, mountain air, people who smile, words and summer fruit. Up to one year ago writing and traveling were the extraordinary, yet in 2013 she founded Meraviglia Paper together with Laura and became a self-assured Travel Editor. She keeps thinking that traveling in this world is extraordinary, magical, and essential.
Les Fermes de Marie is one of those hotels that would feature on the first pages of a book dedicated to our collection of Meraviglia places. It’s a complex of nine chalets made of wood and stone and set in the middle of a garden that smells of mountain. A place so extraordinary you could almost forget to visit High Savoy and Megève, spend a whole weekend without going out and still get back home with your soul full of this land…
In Morzine, Le Mas de la Coutettaz is known as the oldest house in the village. Years ago the house was turned into a maison d’hotes and its name changed to The Farmhouse by its owners although the original name remains on the facade. A marvellous and perfectly located retreat in the heart of the High Savoy region, it’s at walking distance from ski slopes and fairy-tale mountain paths.