We’ve found the best places to stay and play in France’s affluent Alpine resort of Méribel. Between hitting the slopes, tuck into fondue, join the region’s best parties or seek refuge in the cinema.

In the heart of Les Trois Vallées, Méribel is one of the most favoured ski resorts among Brits. With more than 335 slopes running through the mountains, chocolate-box architecture and an abundance of eateries, it’s one of the most popular ski resorts in Europe.

From 1,600m to 1,700m in altitude, Méribel refers to a collection of quaint villages scattered across the Les Allues commune of France. Méribel Centre, Méribel-Mottaret and Méribel Village are all located in the beautiful Vanoise National Park. Popular among large groups of friends and families, catered chalets are usually a preferred choice and adhere to a range of budgets.

Méribel has a vibrant party scene and a fantastic range of restaurants for epicures. Whether it’s Michelin-starred dining or a simple Savoyard fondue, there’s food here to satisfy all appetites. Warning: Méribel is known as the mountain institute of toffee vodka, so you may well find yourself switching up your choice of beverage for the duration of your stay (more so because the beer tax here is one of the highest around).

A generous €50million investment was recently pumped into the Les Trois Vallées, making it desirably well connected and superbly time efficient. There are an impressive 46 lifts running through the resort with two high-speed Saulire Express lifts that whisk you up to a staggering 2,952m in less than fifteen minutes. Just short of 3,000m, Mont Vallon and Le Roc-des-Trois-Marches are at the peak of Sommet de la Saulire, one of the most popular mountains to ski in Méribel; it’s worth the ascent just to admire the breathtaking views across the glaciers.

Méribel’s central location also enables skiers to easily explore the local towns of Courchevel, La Tania, Les Menuires, Val Thorens or even the Fourth Valley of Orelle. With such extensive slopes, there are runs to suit both amateurs and experts.

Le Coucou

Le Coucou, Méribel is set to open on 11 December. The elegant ski-in/ ski-out hotel will boast 55 suites and rooms and two private chalets. With traditional chalet styling and stunning panoramic views across the slopes, Le Coucou will offer guests two restaurants, including BeefBar and Italian restaurant Bianca Neve by Riccardo Giraudi. Amenities also include a luxurious Tata Harper Spa and two swimming pools (indoor and outdoor).

  • +33 4 57 58 37 37
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  • 64 Route du Belvédère
    Les Allues

Le Kaïla

Opening to guests on the 20 December, Le Kaïla is a five-star hotel in the heart of Méribel. The location is unbeatable, with the town centre quite literally on your doorstep, just 50m from the lifts, and benefitting a convenient ski-in/ ski-out setup. An on-site ski rental shop, a delightful Nuxe spa and Michelin-starred restaurant L’Ekrin are just a few of the leisure facilities.

  • +33 4 79 41 69 20
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  • 124 Rue des Jeux Olympiques
    Les Allues

Chalet Hôtel de L'Adray Télébar

This is a charming Savoyard-style chalet – roaring log fires, snuggly sofas and a grand selection of board games are to be found in this unpretentious family-run hotel. Chalet Hôtel has one of the best sun terraces in Méribel, the food is magnificent and it is always full of ski instructors – a promising sign! Located on the blue Doron piste, it can be accessed by ski, by foot, by snow taxi or you can call ahead to arrange a free snowmobile pick-up.

Chalet du Vallon

A seemingly popular choice in Méribel Village, this chalet has some of the most impressive views in the valley. The open-plan living room is light and airy yet mindfully dressed in cosy furnishings, successfully combining modern comforts and traditional alpine charm. Fully catered, it can accommodate between eight and 10 guests, perfect for a group of friends or sharing families.

Chalet Bambis

A delightful chocolate-box style, four-bedroom abode, Chalet Bambi is one of the best ski-in ski-out properties in town. You can clip on your skis at the front door and ski straight down to the lift station. Following a major extension and refurbishment project it’s brand new for guests to enjoy this year. Tucked quietly behind the trees, you can enjoy a glass of champagne in the outdoor Dutch tub and sauna house.

Ski Blanc Méribel

A 10-minute bus ride from Méribel town centre, the traditional village of Les Allues has quickly become a desirable location for skiers. A slightly more affordable option that its neighbouring villages, this quaint skiing spot is home to a Ski Blanc which offers six bespoke, fully catered chalets at affordable prices. All are equipped with hot tubs, cosy log fires and sun terraces the chalets are all within minutes of a high-speed six-seat gondola straight onto the slopes.

  • +33 6 22 05 64 16
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  • La Vieille Scierie
    Route de la Resse
    Les Allues

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