5 Reasons Why I Love Meribel by Bella Eyre

5 Reasons Why I Love Meribel by Bella Eyre

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After spending a season in Meribel I am perhaps slightly biased, however, the way I see it, Meribel has everything you could want from a ski resort, making it the ideal choice for a luxury chalet holiday. Meribel is certainly up there with the top ski resorts in the world, but can it claim the title as the World’s best?


Set amongst woodland and founded by a British skier, Peter Lindsey, in 1938, the traditional and attractive village has a bustling atmosphere and is ideally located right in the centre of the huge Three Valleys ski area.


It really does offer something for everyone, whether you are a novice skier or a seasoned expert, if you are looking for a fun family holiday destination or a trip with a group of friends.


Here are my 5 top reasons why I think Meribel is the best all-round ski resort in the Alps:



1. Meribel is a ski resort you want to spend time in


Meribel is a traditional village with beautiful chalets galore. It’s centre incorporates several villages including Musillon and the luxury ski chalets in Belvedere. The lower resorts such as Les Allues and Meribel Village feed into Meribel centre by bus and gondola. Meribel itself is an attractive town, with Alpine chalet style architecture with a variety of shops, restaurants and bars.


The luxury ski chalets in Meribel are beautifully designed, in keeping with traditional Savoyard stone and wood style and many enjoy ski in/ski out access.



2. More skiing than you could ever cover


Meribel is the ultimate gateway into the Three Valleys, located in the heart of the huge ski area and providing access to 600km of slopes. Linking to the high altitude Val Thorens and the North Facing Courchevel, Meribel allows you to reap the benefits of all the resorts within the Three Valleys ski area.


For beginners and those wishing to take a more leisurely pace, keeping closer to home, Meribel facilitates an excellent choice of terrain. The central lift hub, La Chaudanne, sends skiers and boarders up the hill in every direction, to long green runs to practice your turns such as the Truite and Altiport to cruisy blues leading back in to resort or if you are lucky, your luxury ski chalet.


For the more experienced skiers, the couloirs at the top of Saulire are enough to thrill even the most daring in your party and the DC Area 43 Snowpark is the perfect playground for any budding freestyle skier. Kids will love flying over the rollers in the Moon Park, they can even watch a playback on the screen at the end of the run.



3. Enjoy Savoyard delights on the mountain


Le Clos Bernard is set within the peaceful forest by Altiport and has a cosy and friendly ambience. For a more lavish experience, La Fruitiere at the mid station of the Saulire gondola has an eye-catching decor and large portions of traditional Savoyard dishes.


If you like your lunch with a view then the Restaurant Le Panoramic at the top of La Saulire is the spot for you. If you prefer dining in the warmth of the lower altitudes, Le Rond Point has a huge sun terrace for you to enjoy you meal whilst you soak up a few rays.



4. Party the afternoon away in the sun


Once the afternoon comes around, music can be heard bouncing off the mountain around La Folie Douce, a lively and exotic ‘club’ on the slopes where the champagne never runs dry.


Late afternoons are spent at Le Rond Point. From 5pm onwards the sun terrace is littered with skiers enjoying a hard-earned pitcher of beer, listening (or dancing) to the live band. Both kids and adults will enjoy the novelty of taking the slide down to the loos!


If you want to carry on the party into the evening before you return to your luxury ski chalet, Meribar, Jack’s Bar and La Tavern are popular options at the bottom of the slopes.



5. Don’t fancy skiing? Meribel has plenty alternatives


The Olympic centre, built in 1992, has a pool, ice rink, bowling alley and climbing wall.


If you prefer to take in the mountain scenery then Meribel has 25km of winter walking trails, horse drawn sleigh trips and snowshoe tours.


Rather relax? The spa in your luxury ski chalet in Meribel sounds like the perfect place!









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