If you love to ski, snowboard or enjoy another winter activity on some of Europe’s finest slopes, you will no doubt be acquainted with the luxury ski resort of Méribel in the famed 3 Valleys in France.
Comprising three neighbouring villages in the Les Alles commune of the Savoie department of France – Méribel Village, Méribel Centre and Méribel-Mottaret – the ski resort sits in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps and attracts adventurers the world over.
Méribel is not just the ideal escape for hitting the slopes in winter, but it also provides a welcome break full of exciting activities in summertime, too. So, if you’re looking for a luxury destination that ticks all the boxes for the adventurer within, then look no further. Here, we take a look at what you can get up to in the fabulous resort of Méribel.
Méribel in winter
The area is, of course, well-known for its winter sports and it doesn’t matter what abilities you have as Méribel provides a range of activities across its 600km of slopes. Enjoy downhill skiing – where 50 per cent of the slopes are blue or green – as well as snowboarding, handiski, heli-skiing and off-piste skiing and freeride.
Take part in private lessons to improve your technique with an expert, join competition camp to acquire solid skills to free ski and get into competition skiing, undertake slalom training, learn snowboarding and more to make the best of your time here.
When you’ve put enough of your energy into the slopes, you’ll be reassured to hear that there’s plenty to keep you entertained throughout the resort. From live music to figure skating performances, plays performed at the theatre to show for the kids and Christmas parades, there will always be something to keep you entertained. And when it comes time to relax, the spas will be calling you for a relaxing massage to ease tired muscles.
Méribel in summer
If you’re looking for the finest French Alps summer holiday then Méribel is great option, as an action-packed schedule among its mountains awaits. Whether you’re looking to explore, indulge, use this as an opportunity to take a wellness break or have an adventure with your loved ones, there will be something to suit.
Head out to the lush, green hills and hike the paths, while discovering the local wildlife and stunning scenery. The Tueda Nature Reserve and Vanoise National Park showcase nature at its finest, while there are wellness areas galore for a spot of yoga, trails invite mountain bikers to explore the lands and golfers can head to the 18-hole course, considered one of the best in the Alps.
There’s also tennis, horse riding, glacier tours, canyoning, paragliding and a treetop adventure up for grabs as well as a cinema, bowling, indoor climbing, a museum, library and exhibitions to spend your time at, while top-quality restaurants are ready and waiting to spoil you and your palate.
Where to stay in Méribel
Luxury hotels, opulent chalets, cosy bed and breakfasts and extravagant residences await, ready to make your stay one to remember. Bedecked in wood and suitable for large groups, chalets make a private stay the best it can be with extras such as saunas, games rooms, cinemas, wellness areas and pools the norm.
If you’re a smaller group and love to be pampered from day to night, then a hotel will be able to satiate your desires. Look out for L’Hélios and Spa hotel, Le Kaïla Hotel and Le Coucou Méribel – all five-star offerings with a range of services, high-end furnishings, and plenty of ways to relax and indulge to make your stay the most welcoming at any time of year.