Nestled in the foothills of the Italian side of the majestic Mont Blanc, Nira Montana is the perfect mountain hideaway resort. We arrived after a stunning two-hour drive from Geneva airport to a warm and welcoming greeting from their friendly staff.
The hotel strikes a great balance between old and new with a decidedly contemporary yet Alpine style that blends effortlessly with its mountainous surroundings. Wood features heavily in a variety of ways – from Italian high-end furniture, to paneled walls, tables, and “wooded” wallpaper in the rooms.
Each of the 55 rooms and suites are decorated in a luxurious and modern but quirky style with thoughtful touches such as a selection of interesting complimentary books. The beds are eternally comfortable and each room has beautiful views (but ask for one away from the road if possible).
Served in the double-height mezzanine restaurant, the breakfast offering is marvelous, with a selection of freshly baked goods and enough nuts and seeds to keep any health-freak happy. Using local and regional ingredients, the chefs produce meals that are perfectly paired with their excellent wine list, all enjoyed with spectacular views.
The spa was the real highlight of our trip. With stunning décor, and a pool, jacuzzi, and a variety of steam, saunas, and relaxation rooms, it’s the ideal place to unwind after a day spent skiing or trekking. My boyfriend and I each had an incredible massage from Arianna – we floated out.
We visited in summer, however La Thuile is an internationally renowned ski location, connected to La Rosiere in France with 160 km of varied and long slopes catering to all levels of difficulty and accessible with one ski pass. It’s also a great destination for affordable Heli skiing in the Alps, if that’s your thing. The hotel offers a free mini bus to the ski hill.