What: A rustic Savoie chalet hotel made of wood and stone, with a focus of food.

Where: In the picturesque Rhône-Alpes, within the domain of the vast three valleys.

Why: Father and son team René and Maxime Meilleur have been serving up innovative French fare (using herbs picked fresh each day from the hotel's own vegetable garden) at La Bouitte for the past 30 years. La Bouitte also boasts a cookery school, a sumptuous spa and a well-being area. This gourmet heaven and haven for rest and relaxation offers mountain milk and honey baths, a whirlpool, massages and a hot sauna – the perfect end to a day on the slopes. Not just a favorite outpost for Alpine pursuits, during the summer months, take in the mountain air and enjoy less strenuous activities in the region, such as horseback riding and golf.