In the heart of La Cour Jardin, Hôtel Plaza Athénée unveils a whimsical haven. Until 20th January 2024, guests are invited to step into the magic of Le Chalet du Plaza Athénée, a fairytale winter chalet that transports them to a land of enchantment, an ode to cosy candlelit chalets and snowy Alpine slopes.
Guiding this culinary adventure is Executive Chef Jean Imbert. It would be a mistake to refer to Jean Imbert as a chef, he is so much more. He is an artist, a dreamer and a visionary. For him there is no glass ceiling. Like Midas, whatever he touches turns to gold, so it comes as no surprise that Le Chalet du Plaza Athénée is a roaring success with locals and travellers alike.
Jean Imbert’s menu, a symphony of Savoyard specialties, invites guests to embark on a gastronomic journey featuring fondue in three delightful variations, including the decadent Champagne Fondue. Starting at €200, this culinary escapade is open for reservations of two or more, promising an Alpine dining experience that dances on the taste buds.
The hotel’s courtyard undergoes a magical metamorphosis, with a whimsical ice-skating rink. Here, skaters of all ages, adorned in scarves and mittens, twirl and pirouette on the glistening ice. Children between three and 12 years old can partake in private skating sessions guided by a professional instructor, adding a sprinkle of youthful joy to the winter wonderland festivities.
Among the stars of the whimsical winter menu is The Mount Plaza, a suspended yule log inspired by the Ardèche chestnut. Priced at €125 and serving eight guests, this gravity-defying dessert not only tantalises the taste buds but also captures the imagination. Its visual and gastronomic allure make it a dessert fit for a fairy feast.
Adding to the sweet symphony is the Hazelnut Galette, an edible masterpiece fashioned entirely from hazelnuts. Priced at €57 and serving four to five guests, this dessert embodies the essence of winter with its rich, nutty flavors. The Hazelnut Galette is not merely a dessert; it’s a bite-sized enchantment which will have you lusting for more.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s winter chalet is a portal to a realm where whimsy and wonder collide. Whether you find yourself gliding on the ice rink or savouring the delights of a decadent Alpine feast, each moment at Le Chalet du Plaza Athénée is a page torn from a fairytale book.
In the grand finale, as the winter sun bids adieu, the courtyard transforms into a romantic spectacle under the stars, illuminated by golden lights that cast a spell of joy on all who see them. Hôtel Plaza Athénée’s Le Chalet du Plaza Athénée invites one and all to indulge in some winter magic.
25 Avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris, France