A little nugget of serenity and luxury in the French Alps, Meribel is one of the three valleys that together make up the largest ski area in the world. It allows you to be a part of the pomp and show of Courchevel without committing to the madness, and with plenty of its own action to offer this little hamlet is sweet harmony.

Home in the valley

After a long day on the slopes there is no sight more welcome than your personal butler waiting at the door to help with whatever it is that you need including yanking your ski boots off! The delicious cakes, hot chocolate, roaring log fire and hot tub and sauna at the perfect temperature also awaiting your return complete the feeling of being super special. CHALET GIRL

Carcajou is the perfect chocolate box chalet located in the exclusive Dou de Pont area guaranteeing privacy and yet easy access to the village and main ski lift station. Furnished tastefully with every comfort in mind and carefully selecting not just the fine wines to go with the gourmet food but also the five member team who cater to your every whim, Carcajou delivers luxury with absolute finesse. Here the kids can amuse themselves in the games room while you snuggle up on the sumptuous sofa with a good book in hand wearing your comfy Jardin des Orangers cashmere and all the while outside, feathery snowflakes do their merry dance only to softly land on the chalet balcony.

Refuelling on the slopes

After the rigours of tackling runs like the Grand Couloir and Combe de Vallon and being in the the crisp alpine air have flamed your appetite, lunch at Le Clos Bernard, Chalet de Pierres, Le Cap Horn, Le Bel Air or the La Fruitiere will serve as a great excuse to indulge in the fantastic food and wine on offer on the slopes. The French know how to do decadence with style so whether you want to lunch indoors opposite a crackling fire or sat outside on huge fur throws, either of these restaurants will not disappoint.

Party in the Alps

Think bright, colourful cabarets and gorgeous shirtless men with perfect six packs. Throw in an A list DJ, live singer, a sexy saxophonist and lots of champagne spraying on your VIP table and you’re set for the party in the mountains at the La Folie Douce! The live music, entertainers, exotic sheeshas and jovial staff at Chalet de Pierres and Le Cap Horn also guarantee a party vibe amongst the bold and very beautiful.

When the sun goes down

If you don’t mind a 45 minutes jaunt across the Alps, the shenanigans at Le Mangeoire make for a fantastic night out. However, should you want to stay local then Le Chabichou, Le Resto Savoy and l’Abreuvoir in the village are all excellent choices.

Retail therapy at 1450 AMSL

Only in the French Alps will you find a Moncler shop as a pit stop on the run and more telling of the odd French humour is a shop aptly named “Save the Rich”! But if you don’t fancy sending your chalet driver round the mountain bend to pick up your shopping then Sports Boutique will cover every ski essential you may need and also offer little luxuries to spoil yourself with. You don’t want to miss the delicious Beaufort d’ete Gruyere so do stop by the Les Glaciers selling fine chocolates and cheeses in the village.

Friends in high places

Whatever takes your fancy, whether it is jetset travel, an uber luxurious chalet, a vintage wine at dinner, carefully vetted instructors or the best table at the restaurant or club, Ski Boutique will make it happen. Recognised as the world’s best ski agents 2015 and having extremely high standards that reliably match yours, they are definitely friends worth having in the Alps. 

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