Dining Under the Stars
Nothing beats a luxurious night in at a catered chalet. Just picturing it makes you feel cosy: curled up in front of the fire, warm and well-fed, in the comfort of your home-away- from-home. Sign me up, please!
Still, it’s essential that there are good options for dining out. For those special occasions, sometimes a fine-dining restaurant perched on the slopes is exactly what’s needed. And if you’re looking for the winning combination of superb restaurants and quality catered ski chalets, Tignes is the resort for you.
Part of the famous Espace Killy ski region of south-eastern France, Tignes is a cluster of five villages. It’s a real bucket-list destination for the foodie skier. In this guide, I review two of the finest restaurants that the region has to offer.
‘Like dining in Narnia’ is perhaps the best way to describe an evening at Le Chalet. Set in the grounds of a hotel, amongst picturesque woodland, it’s the perfect place for a tranquil, romantic meal à deux. Emphasis is on local produce, taking inspiration from the growing slow food movement worldwide. Think classical French cookery with a refined edge.
One of the great joys of a skiing holiday is the chance to get back to nature: just you, the snow, the vast skies and the sublime mountains. Le Chalet takes that natural, salt-of-the-earth philosophy and translates it into simple yet stunning food.
If you’re after something a touch more dramatic, then take the funicular up to the top of the Grande Motte (the glacier which obligingly allows Tignes to offer year-round skiing). Up here, on top of the world, you’ll find the aptly-named restaurant, Le Panoramic.
Trust me, it’s like stepping back in time, complete with archetypal Savoyard berets for the waiting staff. The whole restaurant has the atmosphere of an age-old Alpine retreat: sheepskins draped over dark wood; timeless views of the mountains. The food is just as winning. Reassuring, hearty mains like burgers garnished with foie gras jostle for attention alongside an excellent fondue, that favourite of the hungry skier.
A Private Dining Room?
Even the best restaurant can’t replace the dinning opportunities in catered chalets.With all the adrenaline of skiing, it’s crucial to get enough R&R, so having your meals cooked for you – and the washing-up done! – will help turn a skiing break into a real holiday. After all, you don’t go skiing to spend your time working out where to eat and who’s going to pay the bill. Instead, embrace the ease and comfort that comes with opting for catered ski chalets.Tignes is known for them, after all!
This ski resort is renowned for its excellent range of local eateries combined with an array for genuinely restaurant-quality catered ski chalets. Tignes, here you come!
Tim Heal is the founder of Chaletline, a travel agency offering catered chalet accommodation in worldwide ski resorts. With an extensive knowledge of resorts and excellent post booking care, they pride themselves on the personal touch they offer to each and every client. If you're looking for catered ski chalets, Tignes is just one of the superb ski resorts in which they can quickly and efficiently match you with the perfect accommodation. Catering for individuals, couples and groups up to 50, the knowledgeable Chaletline team will help you choose the right chalet in the right resort.