As the largest ski area in the world, this elegant resort finds its way to the top of many a snow lover’s holiday wishlist. Méribel is made up of five distinct districts: Méribel Les Allues, the lowest and main village offering a serene atmosphere of bygone authenticity; Méribel Village is a little higher and the place for shopping, apres and easier runs; Méribel Centre is the heart of the action; Méribel Les Hauts is much further up, placing you among the trees and slopes; and finally, Méribel Mottaret, sits at 1,750m with guaranteed winter snow. Where will you stay during your next trip to Méribel?
Get the perfect night’s sleep in one of 18 fully soundproof suites at the centrally located Hôtel L’hêlios. Most offer double bedded facilities, however, The Duplex Suites and the Helios Suite have an added twin bedroom making them ideal for families. The decor is modern chalet style, taking cues from the local Alpine design and French vintage vibes. This hotel has its own private cinema, a Pro Shop by Lacroix, The Spa by Carita, a dining room and a terrace (the hotel’s refined Savoyarde cuisine can be enjoyed inside or out, with mountain views).
Hôtel Le Coucou
Found at Rond Point, this is an uber-stylish five-star boutique property with direct ski-in/ski-out access. Family-owned (it’s part of a small chain) a Parisian architect, Pierre Yovanovavich, was brought in to create a mid-century feel, that stands apart from the region’s Alpine themed hotels. 54 forms of accommodation make use of a retro palette, such as mustard yellows, salmon pinks, moss greens and burnt terracottas. Elsewhere, it has a boot room, a Tata Harper spa, gym, yoga studio, indoor-outdoor pool, kids’ club and the Beef Bar diner with Mediterranean-inspired dishes, as well as lots of succulent red meat.
Hôtel Le Savoy Méribel
Guests are greeted at this homely venue, nestled in Méribel village, by a large green topiary bear. Inside, is cosy and bright, with plenty of contemporary Alpine style touches. Guests can sip on drinks and listen to music by the fireside in the bar, or retreat to the calmer library (also with a roaring fire). 37 rooms come with iPads and south-facing views, while the dining room provides gourmet cuisine (including a weekly Savoyarde night), under the direction of Michelin star chef Stéphane Froidevaux. Spa Temea offers therapies calling on homoeopathic, ayurvedic and shiatsu traditions, as well as beauty treatments.