Les Trois Vallées

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About Les Trois Vallées

Spread over a vast terrain including not three but four valleys, Le Trois Vallées has 600 km of interconnected piste, masses of unchartered back country, 180 lifts and dozens of mountain restaurants  -  from gourmet Michelin-starred offerings in some of the best places to stay in Les Trois Vallées, to simple family-run establishments.

The Trois Vallées consists of eight official resorts: Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Bride les Bains, St Martin de Belleville, Les Menuires, Val Thorens and Orelle, plus a sprinkling of smaller villages and hamlets within its giant web. So making recommendations for the best places to stay is quite an undertaking. If you have an idea of which resort you might want to stay in then you can refine your search below, but if you’re looking for our Guru’s top choices based on levels of luxury, family-friendliness or chalet-charm, then read on...

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What not to Miss

  • Trois Vallées devotees have their favourite resort: Méribel, plum in the middle, is for many better placed and less ostentatious than its swanky neighbour, Courchevel. The south-facing slopes from the top of Saulire don’t hold their snow well in late season, but there’s quick access to higher pastures and snow-sure Val Thorens.This resort has spruced itself up with the 2011 opening of the four-star Altapura and several other four stars in the pipeline.
  • Courchevel 1850 wins the glamour stakes with 12 five-star and 11 four-star hotels. Although no beauty, the hub of Courchevel has been cleverly planned so that virtually all the hotels are ski-in and ski-out with sunny terraces for soaking up the sun. Courchevel 1650 is now considered by some to be the more exclusive.
  • Bride les Bains is good for cheap accommodation but it’s a hike to get up the mountain from here in the gondola.
  • Les Menuires would never get passed the developers now with its ‘70s architecture, but the hotels, self-catering chalets and apartments afford excellent value.
  • The unspoilt backwater village of St Martin de Belleville is charming. In late season the south-facing slopes become slushy but the snow cannons keep access open all the way down.

As with all popular ski resorts to be sure of a bed in one of the best places to stay in Les Trois Vallees then do plan ahead and book early.

for Access to the Slopes

  • Bang in the middle of the Méribel’s piste is the super stylish Hotel L’Helios which delivers a chic and calming experience. The restaurant is pretty lavish as well.
  • Méribel’s Hotel Yeti also enjoys a superb position at the Rond-Point. Perfect to stop off early for some spa treatment before returning to the piste.
  • The Hotel Val Chaviere in Val Thorens is an excellent value, family friendly hotel in unbeatable ski-in ski-out location right on the piste. Plus you’re just a few minutes walk from the resort. The bar and restaurant are welcoming and Thursday is fondu night.
  • The Altiport Hotel is a ski-in ski-out hotel right between the slopes and Méribel’s golf course. There are 41 chalet style rooms with an aviation theme, along with gourmet cuisine, a luxurious spa and a pool for the warmer months.

for Après-ski

  • The Hotel Koh-i-nor is a superb, contemporary hotel right on the slopes of Val Thorens. The rooms are luxurious, there’s an extensive spa and a Michelin starred restaurant plus extraordinary views.
  • For super cool, super modern, super five star in Val Thorens try Altapura. It's has all the traditional ski lodge motifs updated in a hip way. There's still the exposed wood, stone and fur, all in pale neutrals and modern shapes.
  • Le Val Thorens is a reasonably priced chic alpine hotel with 83 rooms and suites, an excellent restaurant and a lively bar. Right on the slopes and right next to a ski school!

for Chalet Charm

  • Inside you feel the old-fashioned warmth of exposed wood, but outside Courchevel’s Le Chabichou is a chalet-lovers rhapsody-in-white. The two Michelin star restaurant doesn't just serve wonderful food, they also prepare weekly cooking demonstrations.
  • A clever blend of grand chateau and homely chalet. Staying in one of Le St Joseph's fourteen rooms and suites, or two apartments feels like you're staying at the home of grand old aristocratic friends in Courchevel.
  • If your idea of romantic is rustic chalet chic then La Bouitte, in St Martin de Belleville, with its cosy, wood panelled rooms, wonderful spa and Michelin starred restaurant, is perfect for you. There are just ten rooms.
  • The Chalet Hôtel de L’Adray-Télébar is a much-loved, cosy, comfortable chalet on the piste. There are just 24 rooms, traditional interiors with exposed stone walls and beams and a wonderful relaxed atmosphere.

Luxurious Places

  • Le Kaïla is the undisputed king of luxury in Méribel. With rooms so pampering you won’t want to leave and you might question whether there’s any need for a spa. But don’t worry, the next level of horizontal is only a floor away.
  • One of the newest places to stay in Courchevel for luxury is Le Strato. It's not just five star - it has a gastronomic restaurant and gorgeous pool and spa. Even their fireplaces are designer. After supper your gloves and boots are returned to you pre-warmed.
  • Boasting one of Méribel's most respected restaurants, Hotel Le Grand Coeur is an all round winner with luxurious rooms and amazing service besides the gastronomic delights.
  • The Hotel Pashmina in Val Thorens is a luxury lodge with 50 gorgeous rooms and spacious suites, a gourmet restaurant and easy access to the slopes. Romantic and pampering.
  • For a near perfect, but reasonably priced, accommodation choice in Val Thorens try the Hotel Fitzroy. Five star, newly refurbished and in the heart of the resort, this hotel has its own ski shop, easy access to the slopes, classic Savoyard decor, an elegant spa and pool, excellent restaurant and a choice of rooms or family suites.

for Families

  • Le Hameau du Kashmir is a collection of stylish rooms and suites on the slopes of Val Thorens with living rooms offering spectacular views. The hotel pool and sauna are a retreat with massages available,. There are two restaurants and a lounge bar.
  • The tradition and authentic feel of L’Oree du Bois will take those fortunate enough to be staying here back into the original spirit of Méribel: no unnecessary pampering, just dignified charm. The piste side location will quickly get you and the tots into the swing of things.
  • Courchevel’s Le Portetta 1650's neighbouring nursery slopes make it a great choice for families. They also have a family suite with space for up to six, in-house ski and boot rental and a kid-friendly games room. And it's ski-in, ski-out.
  • Himalayan decor might not be quite what you're expecting in the French Alps, but La Manali 1650 in Courchevel certainly works. Enjoy a Tibetan foot spa after a long day on the slopes or relax with a drink in the fur and leather warmed bar, while the nursery, family suites, Kids Club and pool will keep the kids happy.
  • Val Thorens’ Hotel Le Sherpa is a popular 56 room hotel known for being family friendly. Typically Savoyard with a spa and hammam. The hotel has three lounges, a bar, log fires and an open fire grill in the restaurant for raclette and fondue evenings.
  • The Hotel St Martin, in St Martin de Belleville, is a rather charming family hotel with 27 rooms, family suites and apartments sleeping up to ten. The decor is chalet charming and snug. There are two restaurants and a sun terrace all close to the slopes.

Best Value

  • Let's call it traditional rather than understated, the Hotel Les Monts Chavin is a comfy B&B built by the current owner's grandfather in 1955. He was one of Courchevel's first ski-instructors. Expect all the warming necessities: plenty of roaring fires, wood panelling and a cosy bar.
  • Val Thoren’s Hotel des 3 Vallees has 33 rooms and four cosy family suites. The breakfast buffet is of epic proportions, really setting you and the little ones up for a day on the slopes. Rooms start at less than £65 per night.
  • Méribel’s Lac Bleu is an honest, good, family run hotel which will entertain everyone with their evening activities and send you into a stupor of comfort in the open fire sitting room.

For an Apartment or Chalet

If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private chalet we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Geneva, Chambéry, Lyon and Grenoble are the closest airports depending on your final destination within Les Trois Vallées. There are regular bus transfers from each airport to most resorts. There’s also a regular shuttle bus from the nearest station, Moûtiers, to Les Menuires and Val Thorens, which takes about an hour.
  • If you want to hire a car we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars
  • Because the season is so long here it can be hard to gauge the best time to visit. Christmas and New Year are very popular but it’s much quieter in January. There are French school holidays in February so book ahead if you want to visit then. Come March the snow starts to decline - but it depends on the year and the snowfall. If you want to see the mountains snow-free then June, July and August are for you.

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