The Domaine du Mont d’Arboise at Megève is a mythical destination, inaugurated in the 1920’s by Noémie de Rothschild.
A living repertory of a prestigious lifestyle, the Domaine de Mont d’Arbois shares its fundamental values of good living without any pretensions, maintained for three generations by the Baron Benjamin de Rothschild family who are personally involved in developing the estate.
The successive members of this great family have each left their mark and contemporary imprint of their generation. They have established an intimate and familiar ambiance, characterised by the importance attached to the smallest detail, whether this involves your comfort, their hospitality, the décor or even the gastronomy.
A mythical destination
During the 1920’s, the Baroness Maurice de Rothschild, also known as Noémie de Rothschild, revealed Megève’s potential as a tourist destination.
Exhausted by her unflagging charity work, the Baroness initially went to Saint Moritz in Switzerland to convalesce. Becoming bored with the place, she dreamed of creating a new French winter sports resort. On the advice of her ski instructor, Try Smith, she discovered Megève and the splendid sweeping views visible from the Mont d’Arbois plateau overlooking the village.
This wonderful site was worthy of rivalling the Swiss alpine sites, and the Palace du Mont d’Arbois was created. With King Albert of Belgium as the hotel’s sponsor, the resort rapidly became the preferred meeting place for the aristocracy and the financial and business worlds.
The first golf course, earliest ski-lifts and altiport were progressively developed under the aegis of the energetic Baroness Noémie de Rothschild, without whom Megève’s destiny would certainly never have been the same.
An authentic destination
From generation to generation, the Domaine du Mont d’Arbois has always managed to keep its unique personality whilst updating its infrastructures to meet contemporary expectations. Traditional architecture and the work of the best local craftspeople blend harmoniously with each of Mont d’Arbois’ buildings and its alpine setting.
Likewise, the menus of the Domaine’s five different restaurants promote the best local or seasonal produce in order to reflect the culinary heritage of Savoie and other areas. The cheese board, for example, offers the only Meaux brie boasting a farm label, produced at the Compagnie Fermière Edmond de Rothschild Heritage, which the Rothschild family owns in Seine et Marne.
The Rothschilds have always been great connoisseurs and this integral part of their lifestyle is still reflected in the wonderful wine list where vintage wines from the Compagnie Vinicole have a prominent place.