Luxury Chalets in Méribel
Chalet BorealisSleeps 10 + 2
Chalet Aurora ISleeps 10
Chalet LightbowneSleeps 12 + 2
Chalet L’ArpegeSleeps 12 + 2
Chalet ArollaSleeps 10
Chalet BaitaSleeps 8 + 2
Luxury Hotels in Méribel
One of, if not, the most popular destination for the British skier, Meribel is a fashionable choice. Sitting in the middle of the vast Three Valleys ski region, the south facing resort basks in sunshine. This can mean that during the late season slopes can look a little green, however, with Courchevel and Val Thorens next door you will still find snow on the pistes.
The town of Méribel is a skier’s paradise, with its roots dating back to the 1930s, it can claim to be one of the oldest French alpine resorts, and its charm and beauty still reflect this. Various runs cut through the town, enabling most of our chalets to offer a carefree ski-in ski-out experience.
Méribel is an impressive example of how contemporary has been exquisitely blended with traditional, the rustic ambience is ever disarming, yet modern-day creature comforts also pervade the resorts everyday life. As illustrated in the extravagantly luxurious chalets on offer.
The style of architecture throughout the town has been beautifully maintained and yet we have world-class chalets complete with outdoor pools & hot tubs, hammams, cinema rooms, climbing walls and private gyms, the temptation to never leave your accommodation has never been so strong.
Ski in/Ski out
Méribel Ski Overview
Boasting over 600km of elegantly designed pistes, accompanied with jaw-dropping vistas in every direction, this exclusive alpine resort has all the trimmings. 180 state-of-the-art lifts effortlessly connect these super resorts with a sleek smoothness that allows you to maximise your time racking up the miles on the descent.
With a huge variety of skiing at hand within the Trois Vallées, there is ample potential for skiers of all abilities. If you’re looking for an early or late season trip, do not be dismayed by the resort’s south facing direction, the heavily fortified snow guns dotted throughout the valley make it is easier than ever to jump from one resort to another to reach the freshest powder of the day.
Whilst Méribel sits at 1450m, there are various lifts within the town, which make mincemeat of the surrounding ascent, up to dizzying heights of 3,200m. The height of these peaks, along with Mont du Vallon – the highest point in Méribel’s local ski area at nearly 3,000m – means good snow throughout the season, even if it can get a little slushy in March.
The villages of Méribel Centre range from 1,600m to 1,700m and include Mussillon and Altitude 1600 to the east and Rond Point and Belvedere to the west. The highest area is Altiport (1,700m). Feeding into Méribel by shuttle bus and gondola are the lower outlying resorts of Brides les Bains (600m), Les Allues (1,200m) and Méribel Village (1,400m).
For an early morning blast, the red Creuz, that takes you from Méribel towards Courchevel is wide, long and, as the name suggests, cruisey. For your last run home in the sun, Biche from the top of Saulire is immense.
In bad visibility or if snow is falling head to the La Tania trees for fun runs off piste or some great groomed reds and blues. You can easily spend a whole morning or afternoon tearing up and down (although there’s few buses linking Méribel and La Tania so you will have to ski back to resort).
- Ski area: 3 Vallees
- Resort: 1400-1600m // Top: 3230m
- Pistes: 600km
- Beginners: 101
- Intermediate: 146
- Advanced: 28
- Ski Lifts: 198
- Snow Park: 4
- Nursery Areas: 2
- Cross Country: 34km
From relaxing, to full on adrenaline there is something for everyone, every ability and every age in Méribel. From a range of alternative mountain pursuits to more sedate cultural or therapeutic options, it can be as intense or as relaxing as you wish.
Hiking & Snowshoeing
Méribel is a winter walker's paradise, with lifts giving access to the higher ground and a network of groomed trails in the winter, it's very easy to discover the resort on foot. If you fancy some walking at high altitude, meet your friends at the Plan des Mains restaurant (at the bottom of the chairlift of the same name above Mottaret) where there are some new walking paths laid out.
If you’ve never tried paragliding before then Meribel is a great place to learn how to fly. From the heights of the mountaintops you can glide down to the bottom of the valley on a tandem paraglider controlled by the instructor. He manoeuvres the parachute while you enjoy the ride and fantastic views.
Parc Olympique is located in the heart of Meribel right next to the pistes and in the centre of town. It houses an indoor ice rink, indoor swimming pool, fitness centre and wellness area and spa. You can also relax and indulge with a beauty treatment or massage or just use the sauna, turkish bath, steam room and spa facilities.
For something less physical, Helicopter tours are thrilling and yet a beautiful way to admire and see the incredible landscapes of the Alps. Daily panoramic helicopter flights are available (weather permitting) with a number of local flight companies. Relax and enjoy the stunning views as you fly over the snow-capped mountaintops, glaciers and alpine forests of the Alps.
Ten Pin Bowling
Set in the centre of Meribel is the Bowling alley and sports bar. Challenge your friends to a bowling game and enjoy a different après ski. With 6 bowling lanes, billiards video games and a sports bar showing regular sporting events. The perfect place to enjoy an evening of bowling and sport with friends and is open from 4pm.
This is one winter activity that doesn't require a lot of expensive equipment, just grab your sledge and head for the nearest snow-covered hill! In winter ‘tubing’ is offered everyday during the afternoon and for après ski you can whizz and slide down the slopes in an inflatable ring.
Those who enjoy speed will love riding a powerful snowmobile around Meribel. Discover the different dimensions of driving; carving turns, accelerating in a straight line, ascents and descents. Remember to wrap up warmly especially if you go after dark, and bring goggles if there is powder.
The idea behind speed riding is to combine the sensations of skiing and paragliding into one activity, and then descend off-piste sections of the mountain using a mini-wing to enable you to access areas that you might not normally go. Learning and having fun with speed riding comes very fast as long as you are a competent skier.
Take a ride high above the slopes and villages of the 3 Valleys and enjoy a unique and unforgettable adventure. Trips always take place in the morning, to take advantage of gentler wind conditions, and the whole experience lasts for 3 hours from start to finish.
If you want to try something different in Meribel, then why not try ice climbing. Whether you are an experienced climber or a beginner you can have a go at ice climbing on one of the many beautiful ice falls. All the equipment is provided such as harnesses, helmets and crampons but just make sure you wrap up warm as it can be a cold start.
It's a fun thing to do with the family, or in a group if you want to do something a little bit different for apres ski. Perfect for children and families and those who just want to enjoy the beautiful mountain views whilst playing around on some skates. There may be one or more ice skating rinks in Meribel, find out where the ice skating rinks are and enjoy some icy outings!
If you don't fancy climbing outdoors, or you're new to climbing and want to give it a go in an indoor centre, then Meribel has somewhere for you to go. Climbing equipment is normally provided, or you can bring your own and insurance is normally needed before you hit the climbing wall.
Take a plane ride in a small aircraft that has been adapted especially for the snow and the Alps and experience spectacular mountain views. Let a pilot take you on a tour of the beautiful mountains whilst giving you local knowledge and most importantly outstanding views.
Méribel is also a food-lover’s dream with a variety of gourmet restaurants to hand, although the fine-dining catering included within our luxury chalets often hinders many guests’ quests to discover new spots further than their dining rooms.
Le Clos BernardEuropean, French, Meat
This restaurant is located in the ski resort of Méribel, ideally situated near the ski slopes. Their terrace, on the edge of a forest, is a great place for sunny lunches while their traditional dining room is perfect for cosy dinners. Their specialities are local meats grilled on wood fire; choose from beef, lamb, pork sausages or chicken and choose your sides and sauce.
Les CrêtesFrench, European, Savoyard
Traditional mountain restaurant close to the top of the Tougnete lift, a popular little lunch spot where you can sit in the cosy chalet style inside, or soak up the sun on the terrace outside. Reasonable prices and good quality food make it a busy place to stop off, oh and the "Diots au vin blanc" sausages in white wine, is highly recommended.
La FruitièreInternational, French, European
The menu itself is rich in locally produced goods, inviting customers to explore the wealth of regional, Savoyard delicacies. La Fruitiere transforms simple fare into a wholesome, gourmet experience. The specially designed cellars store and mature a range of local cheeses, and fine French wines specially selected by the head cellarman. Oh and the Folie Douce is next door so have a late lunch and straight in to après.
L’AllodisInternational, French, European
For lunch share special moments with friends and family, savour the chef’s creations and enjoy an exceptional view from the panoramic ski in/ski out terrace. For dinner, allow yourself to be charmed and surprised by the delicate and refined flavours showcased by head chef Philipe Vrignaud. Gourmet menus, noble ingredients and gastronomy, prepare you for an evening full of fine dining.
Tsaretta SpiceIndian, International
Bringing you contemporary Indian cuisine of the highest quality. The Head Chef, Yousuf Mohammed, and his team of experienced Indian chefs bring you an exciting and original menu of amazing dishes. Under new ownership from the summer of 2016, this bar and restaurant has been totally transformed with aspirations to become one of Meribel’s ‘go to’ places - relax after a fun day on the slopes and enjoy some of the best food in town.
Aux Petits OignonsFrench, European, Italian
During the winter season; true to its reputation, the evening menu mixes a richer menu, traditional French but also world cuisine and vegetarian dishes! From noon to 2 pm, we have a simpler but also tasty menu. Delicious burgers, Milanese escalope, 'Maxi' croque monsieur maison and our Menu of the day. In the afternoon, the bar is open and we have homemade snacks: maxi croque monsieur, fries and soup.
Le Bistrot de l’OréeItalian, European, French
Right by the slopes of Méribel and the 3 Valleys, discover a colourful restaurant - the perfect spot for grabbing a bite to eat or kicking back over a drink. At Le Bistrot de l’Orée choose from wide selection of dishes - hand-cut steak tartare, casserole, raclette, pasta dishes, gourmet pizzas, creamy soups, or cheese and meat boards - to enjoy at the bar or at one of our tables.
Chez KikiSavoyard, European, French, Grilled Meat
This restaurant has been serving fine products and traditional recipes in Meribel for over 50 years. Choose from the traditional fondues, steaks, fish and more. Many of their famous meat dishes are cooked in an open-fire grill to give them great flavours. They also offer a great value skier's menu for lunch and a children's menu. Located in a quiet area of Meribel on Route de Morel, not far from the Altiport.
Most ski schools start children skiing from the age of 4, although ESF run a kindergarten for 3 to 5-year-olds that include playing about on skis. At this age, they normally can manage a couple of hours on the slopes before they tire and want to go home. Luckily in Méribel, there are other activities for little ones to enjoy – from tobogganing to swimming, the whole town caters for young ones. If your kids aren’t skiing all day, and you are, then you have various choices.
Méribel has designated several safe toboggan areas, at La Chaudanne (the main lift area), and at Altiport (the main beginner slope). There are also picnic tables there too. Kenotheque – new this year – an indoor play session, with games, books, arts and crafts, and other organized activities.
Bubble car rides are always a favourite, take the Olympe bubble from Méribel all the way down the mountain to Bride les Bains. Wrap up warm as it can be a bit chilly sitting in a bubble car but kids love the experience. Something as simple as watching the planes and helicopters taking off from the snowy runway at Altiport is a surprisingly fun for children. Also in Altiport, check out the nature trails. Alongside the animal ski-run is a walkers path, so you can take your toddlers for a stroll through the woods and see lifesize models of local wildlife – red deer, fox, badgers, grouse and more. You can read their names in French, see their footprints, and also learn about their stools – this is so much more than just a ski holiday.
If the weather is inclement, there is a French and English language cinema, where they regularly show child-friendly English films – or go to a French version, and improve their French whilst on holiday!
Fortunately for shopaholics, there is plenty to see and do to keep the kids amused and alongside your window-shopping. There are pancake restaurants, bakeries, hot chocolates – so many hang-outs for kids to indulge their taste-buds. Other fun activities include bowling, an arcade, and Ice rink. Méribel does not disappoint when it comes to caring for children, the only question is how you want to split your time!