Méribel sits in the Les Allues Valley at the heart of the world’s largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées. With over 600km of pistes The Three Valleys is the largest ski area in the world. With its highly efficient lift system you can ski for days without ever getting bored and the connections between the valleys make exploring the huge variety of pistes from the Courchevel valley over to Val Thorens incredibly easy.
Méribel sits in the Les Allues Valley at the heart of the world’s largest ski area, Les Trois Vallées. With over 600km of pistes The Three Valleys is the largest ski area in the world. With its highly efficient lift system you can ski for days without ever getting bored and the connections between the valleys make exploring the huge variety of pistes from the Courchevel valley over to Val Thorens incredibly easy. As part of a world class ski area Méribel is a very popular choice for skiers of all abilities. If you are looking to cruise down corduroy blue runs, tackle some tough reds, blacks or moguls then there is plenty of skiing for all levels. If you are travelling with the family then little ones will love the snow parks, especially the Piste des Inuits and the Yeti Park at Mottaret.
Méribel and Mottaret are the two main resorts in this valley and both are extremely popular with British skiers, possibly because a British man called Peter Lindsay founded the resort in 1938. However the vast skiing area and the unspoilt alpine charm of Méribel are the most likely reasons for its enduring appeal among skiers from all over the world. Méribel is a really picturesque resort, unlike some of its purpose-built rivals and retains a traditional feel. Nearly all of the buildings are low rise quaint, timber-framed chalets built in a Savoyard wood and stone style.
MÉRIBEL BARS AND RESTAURANTS
To many people, après-ski is as important as the skiing itself! Meriski guests certainly won’t be disappointed: there are a number of Méribel restaurants and bars to visit during your stay, each offering something different.
If you’re staying in one of our Meriski catered chalets, our driver service operates until 18.30 every day and will pick you up from anywhere in Méribel, including Méribel Village. Otherwise, there are plenty of reliable taxis to return you to your accommodation.
Barometer Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 41 06 Barometer offers a relaxed atmosphere during the day for a quiet drink before it transforms into a more sophisticated evening bar and restaurant. Snacks are available all day!
Copiña Tel: +33 (0)4 79 24 07 90 In the heart of Méribel Centre, Copiña has established itself as one of the more popular pre and post-dinner cocktail bars. Open late into the night, the intimate and cosy atmosphere is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the theatrical world of cocktails. Their collection of world wines by the glass and rotating craft beer on tap accompany authentic tapas giving you the opportunity to indulge whilst sat at their elegant marble bar – the perfect alternative to restaurant dining.
Jack’s Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 44 26 Jacks is located at the foot of the piste, just across from La Chaudanne, which makes them one of the go-to spots for lunch and après! Whether you need to refuel or you’re ready for après, drop into Jack’s for a bite to eat from the Evo Kitchen.
O’Sullivans – Sullys Bar Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 19 O’Sullivans is the number one ‘club’ in Méribel. ‘The Den’ above is a quieter place for a casual drink and bite to eat, with weekly live acoustic sets.
Le Pub (Hotel Doron) A Popular British run bar with a young atmosphere and live music most nights on its bustling dancefloor. There is also a pool table for a quieter, early evening drink.
La Taverne Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 32 45 One of the most popular spots in town – the bar gets lively most evenings and it’s also a great coffee spot during the day. La Taverne’s terrace is a real sun trap overlooking the centre of Méribel.
L’Abreuvoir Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 74 31 A favourite with Meriski guests, L’Abreuvoir has a great cocktail menu and eclectic selection of drinks for every taste. It’s more popular with the French locals than the seasonnaires, so if you’re looking to come and practice your French in a sophisticated venue, come to L’Abreuvoir!
Le Rond Point Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 37 51 If you’re looking for Aprés, no Holiday to Méribel is complete without a trip to the ‘Ronnie’. This place is one of the number one spots for an après-ski session. You can watch the sun set behind the valley with a Beer or a Vin Chaud in hand alongside frequent band performances most nights of the week.
MÉRIBEL RESTAURANTS – RELAXED AND INFORMAL
L’Igloo Tel: 04 79 08 53 90 Best known for its pizzas and Italian-style tapas, this restaurant also serves a choice of burgers, steaks and salads. If you would rather stay in the chalet, the driver service can pick up a takeaway for you.
The Den Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 19 Newly refurbished, The Den is a seasonnaires’ favourite. The new menu offers something slightly different from that traditional Savoyard fare serving Asian inspired cuisine, sharing platters and tapas-style dishes in a relaxed modern setting. It is located above O’Sullivans, serving food until 1am.
Tsaretta Spice Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 51 26 A great culinary experience, now in it’s 3rd year and situated at Méribel 1600. Authentically cooked contemporary Indian cuisine. Their highly trained and experienced chefs have created a unique menu, complemented by a selection of fine wines and beers. Takeaways can also be arranged!
MÉRIBEL RESTAURANTS – INFORMAL BUT REFINED
Hotel Le Savoy Tel: +33 4 79 55 55 50 Slap bang in the centre of Méribel, The Savoy hotel is excellent for a morning coffee, an afternoon tea or glass of wine and equally good for an evening meal.
La Kouiséna Tel: +33 (0(4 79 08 89 23 This is a very and beautiful Savoyard restaurant, warmed by several wonderful log fires. Food is traditionally Savoyard cuisine, specialising in cheese dishes and grills. It has a rustic charm and traditional feel.
Aux Petits Oignons (Altitude 1600m) Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 64 62 This bistro style restaurant has long been a favourite of many of our guests. With a warm log fire in the centre, candlelit tables, cool music and extremely friendly management; it’s always a great evening here. The food is excellent with a good choice of fish and meat main courses plus a different chef’s special every evening. Many French specialities also feature on the menu such as Foie Gras, Snails… etc. Aux Petits Oignons is good value and has long been very popular in Méribel.
La Fromagerie Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 55 48 This is without doubt the no. 1 choice for a Cheese Fondue or Raclette. La Fromagerie is a superb cellar restaurant with rustic atmosphere. Upstairs is its own shop with a magnificent choice of local cheeses, but for the restaurant the owner has a special cool, cellar room absolutely full of superb giant cheeses from different regions. It’s always very, very busy so book early and don’t be put off by the smell!
La Flambée Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 31 70 This is Méribel’s original Italian restaurant & is a really attractive, tempting little restaurant-full of Italian flavour, even down to the music! In addition to the many Italian specials, the menu includes traditional Savoyard dishes and meats from the grill. All meals are prepared to order so in the busy periods relax with a pre-dinner drink. Some of the best pizzas in town with a Savoyard tinge. (Takeway Pizzas are also available)
Le Bo A Mil Tel: +33 (0)4 79 00 75 48 Le Bo A Mil is one of Méribel’s best secrets. Tucked behind the lively Lodge Du Village on the Méribel Village roundabout, this quintessentially Savoyard tavern will not disappoint. The wooden clad, chalet-style setting is quaint and romantic with attentive service on hand to help you select the perfect wine to compliment your food.
MÉRIBEL RESTAURANTS – FINE DINING EXPERIENCES
Le Cèpe Tel: +33 (0)4 79 22 46 08 A gem in Méribel’s crown and Meriski favourite. Chef Alan Plouzané was previously the chef at the Allodis Hotel, and he and his wife welcome you to their restaurant which offers fantastic food at good value. You can treat yourself to a cocktail at the bar before you are waiting to be seated and soak up the restaurant’s warm and rustic ambience. Le Cèpe’s patrons who return year on year to this marvellous restaurant are a true testament to it’s ongoing success.
L’Ekrin Tel: +33 (0)4 79 41 69 35 L’Ekrin exudes a sophisticated and welcoming atmosphere, elegantly dressed in black velvet and warm tones. Chef Laurent Azoulay, has recently been awarded his first Michelin Star.
Beef Bar (Restaurant de l’Hôtel Le Coucou) Tel: +33 (0)4 90 65 99 11 The Beefbar offers the opportunity to try the rarest meats with the most prestigious origins, all matured and prepared to perfection: Black Angus from Argentina and the USA, Australian Wagyu, Japanese Kobe… What a delight it is to find the Beefbar’s classics for the first time in the mountains, on the vast sunlit terrace of Le Coucou! At midday, ski straight off the slopes onto the sunlit terrace for a cosy lunch in the dry. While you eat, recharge your connected ski equipment and warm your gloves ready for the afternoon ski session. Unless the temptation to laze tranquilly on the terrace is too much…
Bianca Neve (2nd Restaurant de l’Hôtel Le Coucou) Tel: +33 (0)4 90 65 99 11 Bianca Neve restaurant offers the chance to savour the best of the region in a refined decor designed by Pierre Yovanovitch. From Veneto to Sardinia, enjoy an exceptional culinary journey with all the timeless classics, created using quality products carefully selected from well-known Italian producers. The adjoining wine cellar is stocked with wines from around the world, stored in perfect conditions that will delight connoisseurs.
Le Grand Coeur Hotel Restaurant Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 03 For a special occasion, Le Grand Coeur’s restaurant is fine dining at its best. Nestled just above Méribel’s Centre, it offers traditional dishes ‘with a gourmet twist’ teamed with exceptional service. The staff are on hand to help you choose the perfect wine from their vast cellar.
L’Adray Télébar Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 60 26 A favourite for locals, mountain professionals and visitors alike, this Hotel Restaurant is open all day for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Popular dishes include tartiflette, raclette and fondue. Situated on the piste, the hotel will pick you up from the road just beneath Le Rond Point after dark.
Bar 80 Tel: +33 (0)4 79 08 61 76 A brand new brasserie in the Heart of Meribel with delicious and authentic cooking: The traditional and iconic recipes of a sophisticated brasserie to discover. A festive atmosphere accompanied by a live band or a DJ set, from lounge music to pop rock.
There is plenty to keep non-skiers occupied on a winter trip to Méribel. There are many scenic walks for either snow shoeing or on foot around Meribel and Mottaret as well as the nearby valley of Courchevel and La Tania. These can be easily accessed with the pedestrian lift pass. If you are planning on meeting up for lunch at a mountain restaurant with the skiers in your party then there are plenty of restaurants that can be accessed by lift, thereby giving you the amazing “top of the world” mountain views, without ever having to put on a pair of skis.
The Olympic sports centre in Méribel was opened for the 1992 Olympics. There is an ice rink, which also hosts regular ice hockey matches which really are not to be missed. The centre also houses a swimming pool and gym offering cardio and fitness training, weight rooms, rowing machines and spin bikes. The Spa area at Parc Olympic offers beauty treatments, massages or access to the sauna, Turkish bath, steam room and spa facilities. If you fancy a little pampering there are a number of hotels with luxury spas and pools and a wide variety of in house treatments. Therapists can also be booked to come to your chalet or hotel and individual yoga sessions can also be arranged.
For the more adventurous ski / horse jouring is a combination of skiing and riding. To try this sport you simply need a good basic level of skiing. Méribel has a small secure arena to get to grips with the basics of ski jouring and when you are confident enough you can enjoy a safe and wonderful trip in the forest! For the more thrill seeking amongst us husky sledging, balloon flights and snow-mobile safaris can all be booked.