History and tradition at La Bouitte Relais & Châteaux hotel in Savoie

The strength of Savoie roots

They have inherited the strength and diversity of their Savoie roots from their ancestors.
They have inherited the sense of effort, the taste for work well done from their parents.
A living and vibrant heritage which René and Marie-Louise have demonstrated for 40 years and which they have passed on to their children, Sophie and Maxime, and to all those they work with.

A family saga

The story starts in 1976, when René and Marie-Louise bought an apple tree field in Saint Marcel (Saint Martin de Belleville). With family woodworking knowledge, they created La Bouitte, a “small home” in Savoie dialect. Savoie raclettes and fondues have been replaced by more refined dishes.

In 1981, a dinner with Paul Bocuse marked a turning point and helped them discover their vocation. René, who has never received formal chef training, decided to conquer the highest peaks.

He was joined by his son Maxime in 1996, also self-taught. The two moved forward together, forming unwavering bonds and driven by the same desire to go higher.

In 2003, the first Michelin star was awarded.

A lot of work, a search for perfection, attention to detail, and in 2008, the second star!

Then in 2015, the third star was awarded, a historic first in Savoie.

During this time, the rest of La Bouitte has also progressed: the hotel became a 5-star Relais & Châteaux hotel, supplemented by the La Béla Vya spa. The Hotel has become a benchmark by keeping its soul and identity. And the story isn’t over!

The Meilleurs, a close-knit duo
for over 20 years...

Head Chef

“La Bouitte? An authentic home, from the heart... just like us”

His iron will is only equalled by its kindness and his love for the job. A regional native, he built La Bouitte day after day with his own hands, regularly working on the project.

His life’s work, just like his family, beautiful, unified and proud of its roots. A head chef in a home which flies the flag for Saint-Martin de Belleville and the valley worldwide.


“La Bouitte - it’s life, my heart and my passion”

She is the manager who offers a friendly and generous welcome. Always with a smile. Always aiming to offer an authentic welcome from the heart.

She is discreet and ensures that you have a excellent stay, or even a unique experience. She is the soul of La Bouitte, her home, from the early days.

Head chief

“I want to make those who come to La Bouitte happy”

From high-level sporting competition - biathlon - he has acquired perseverance, rigour, an appreciation for effort, the desire to go further and humility.

Converted to culinary delights, for 20 years he has formed a masterful duo with his father, for a unique gourmet offering which combines excellence and ultra-refined simplicity.. always looking to surprise.


“La Bouitte is a way of living”

Introduced by the grandparents of Maxime, she left Mayenne for Saint-Martin de Belleville, providing a new eye.

Maxime’s partner, she is one of the “living stones” of the hotel: she welcomes guests to the table, takes orders and forms links between the kitchen and restaurant team.

A large family

You can’t understand La Bouitte without experiencing the family spirit running through everyone on site. Regardless of their role, the 50 employees are passionate about their job, with a rare and precious sense of belonging. Together, they bring this hotel to life, which is a bit of their own each day.


He manages the restaurant, providing a personal touch to the service and loving to telling you the stories behind the dishes at La Bouitte.


“I’ve learnt great values at La Bouitte. I am proud to have worked here for fourteen years”

He welcomes you each morning for the “Berger breakfast”. He can do anything, he likes to do anything. He knows La Bouitte like the back of his hand and helps with hotel upkeep.

Our friends

The same goes for our customers. Our cosmopolitan guests from 65 countries are unbelievably loyal for a hotel with three Michelin stars. Some come 5 to 10 times a year, and they are a key part of the La Bouitte extended family.

Friendly discussions in the lounges, sharing with the chefs and the team, La Bouitte offers hospitality which is difficult to imagine before you’ve experienced it.


Morning and evening, he sets the pace of the kitchen team, combining high standards and a smile. The sous-chef is an essential part of the score played daily in the kitchen.

Pastry chef

Throughout the years, he has become one of the pillars of La Bouitte, creating airy, finely crafted and gourmet desserts to reflect the chefs’ culinary identity.


He is fully committed to taking care of every detail, from day-to-day operations through to a VIP welcome. As the Chef’s right-hand man, he’s also happy to look after your car and luggage. He will always make sure that you enjoy an exceptional stay.

Head sommelier

The head sommelier shares his love for wine and vines

He knows the terroir, history and personality of each, to offer an unforgettable wine-food pairing.

Maître d'Hôtel

Maître d'Hôtel at La Bouitte for over 5 years, she offers excellent professionalism and a broad smile on each service.

Spa Manager

Savoie native from Aix les Bains, she contributes her love of the region and her passion for the job to the La Bèla Vya spa.

Always listening and available, she can advise on the best treatment adapted to each person’s requirements.

Reception Manager

The youngest of the team and the first face you see when arriving.

With her hotel training which suits La Bouitte, she offers an excellent service to create a home away from home.