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Luxury in Meribel

The French ski resort of Meribel is centrally located in the world-famous Three Valleys domain, with a base altitude of 1,400 metres and slopes running up to an impressive 1,700 metres. With the neighbouring resorts of Courchevel and la Tania within easy reach to one side and St Martin, les Menuires and Val Thorens to the other, few resorts in Europe can lay claim to being so beautifully situated. 
 
Meribel has earned its place among Europe’s finest luxury ski destinations, and draws discerning skiers from across the globe keen to experience its diverse nightlife and varied terrain. The resort is home to a wealth of 5* and 6* chalets and hotels and a swift, modern lift system. On top of this, it also boasts impressive standards of piste grooming throughout the skiable domain. 
 
Families are drawn here for the high-quality ski tuition available, the varied childcare options to choose from and the wealth of non-ski activities on offer, while family-and-friends groups are enticed by the vibrant and varied nightlife and superb restaurants both on the slopes and down in town. The outstanding selection of luxury chalet and hotel options also plays an important role in the resort’s long-term popularity among skiers in the upper echelons of the accomodation market.
 
Luxury Accommodation
 
At the top of Meribel’s accommodation spectrum, skiers in the luxury market can select from a truly impressive range of beautiful chalets and hotels. Some are nestled in the hills away from the hustle and bustle while others take pride of place right in the action, but the one thing they all have in common is quality. 
 
Features and services vary among Meribel’s top-end chalets, but visitors to the resort in search of something special are spoiled for choice. Steamy saunas await tired skiers coming in off the slopes each day while hot tubs bubble away under starlit skies. Private cinema rooms screen the latest releases, and tranquil office spaces allow busy guests to keep abreast of current affairs. Private chauffeur services are on hand to whisk keen skiers to the slopes in moments, and talented chefs work hard each day to prepare and deliver delicious meals. 
 
A fine example of the level of luxury guests can expect to enjoy in Meribel is the 6* chalet les Brames. Located close to resort centre yet tucked away in its own private grounds, the chalet accommodates 14 guests in the lap of luxury. Facilities and services include hot tub, sauna and steam room, billiard room and gymnasium plus private driver service, and the interior features sturdy timbers and smooth stone.
 
 
Meribel’s beautiful chalet les Brames blends traditional Alpine architecture with contemporary design. File photo. 
 
Haute Cuisine
 
Meribel is home to a wide selection of high quality restaurants, both on the slopes and down in town, but the crème de la crème is Restaurant l’Ekrin, located on the Route de la Montée in resort centre.
 
L’Ekrin is a Michelin-starred restaurant boasting an atmosphere of chic sophistication. Chef Laurent Azoulay brings his creativity, experience and talent to the fore in his dishes, serving up fine food accompanied by wines from the restaurant’s well-stocked cellars. 
 
On the Slopes
 
Aside from the impressive portfolio of luxury accommodation options and fine dining establishments, Meribel attracts discerning skiers from far and wide for the outstanding quality of its pistes and terrain. 
 
The Altiport area is home to some of the finest learner slopes in Europe, with tree-lined and sheltered gradient ideal for youngsters and beginners keen to master the basics at their own pace. Serviced by a number of different chairlifts and gondolas - from Meribel centre as well as Meribel Village - the Altiport sector is a learner’s haven. 
 
In the Meribel valley alone, intermediate skiers can select from a huge range of gentle blue and more challenging red runs, cross-crossing the valley sides. The breadth of intermediate-level terrain in the local area alone is most impressive, and it’s ideal for skiers looking to push themselves to cover more ground as they gain in confidence. 
 
Sitting in the heart of the Three Valleys ski area, Meribel offers swift access to nearly 500 kilometres of groomed runs across Courchevel, Meribel, St Martin, les Menuires and Val Thorens. Lift access is easy via the Saulire and Tougnete gondolas from Meribel centre (la Chaudanne), and guests staying in Meribel Village can simply hop on the Golf chairlift. The entire ski area boasts over 180 lifts, transporting upwards of 250,000 skiers per hour, and for advanced skiers keen to cover the kilometres on their skis, the terrain is just amazing. 
 
 
Meribel’s pistes attract all levels of skier, from beginners right up to seasoned professionals. Image courtesy of SkiMarmalade on Flickr