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Les Trois Vallées

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, and contains a host of smaller villages and hamlets within its giant web. Spread over a vast terrain including not three but four valleys, it has 600 km of interconnected piste, masses of unchartered back country, 180 lifts and dozens of mountain restaurants, from the gourmet Michelin-starred to simple family-run establishments.

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.

Trois Vallées devotees have their favourite resort: Méribel, plum in the middle, is for many better placed and less ostentatious than its swanky neighbour. 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, a resort which has spruced itself up, with the 2011 opening of the four-star Altapura and several other four stars in the pipeline.

Les Menuires would never get passed the developers now with its ‘70s architecture, but its 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. 

  • Hôtel Les Monts Charvin Courchevel 19 rooms from £134

    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Outstanding location
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    A rare find: a boutique bed and breakfast in the heart of 1850. Authentic and cosy with roaring fireplaces, traditional fabrics, and leather sofas. A delightfully understated spot. See More

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  • Le Strato Courchevel 25 rooms from £695

    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor Pool
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Courchevel’s latest cutting-edge five-star hotel right on the piste. Spectacular traditional-chic interiors - furs, parquet floors, paintings, designer fire places, and wonderful private balconies. Gourmet delights in the fantastic restaurant and bare foot luxury at the spa. See More

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  • Le Chabichou Courchevel 41 rooms from £390

    Foodies  -  The restaurant has 2 Michelin Stars.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Families
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    Recommended by  -  Michelin Travel

    Beautiful, traditional white-painted wooden chalet with exceptional MIchelin-starred cuisine and wonderful service. Rustic-chic rooms and family friendly suites. A gourmet ski holiday for romantics, foodies, and families. See More

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  • Le St Joseph Courchevel 10 rooms from £347

    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Traditional
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    An 1850 building with an eclectic and quirky mix of chalet and château. Parquet floors, furs, fireplaces - a cosy home from home with two fantastic restaurants, and minutes from the slopes. See More

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  • Le Portetta, 1650 Courchevel 38 rooms from £334

    Active Holiday  -  The surrounding mountains offer a plethora of activities from skiing to hiking and climbing.
    Skiing  -  The Three Valleys boasts some of the Alps' most diverse and arguably best skiing.
    Families
    Restaurant  -  Cucina Angelina – a restaurant overseen by Chef Angela Hartnett
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    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection, I Escape

    A superb family friendly hotel, set on the slopes in the Three Valleys, offering ski-in ski-out access. Featuring rustic wooden interiors with stone fire places and rooms with private balconies. The restaurant, over seen by Chef Angela Hartnett, is a real draw and the location is unbeatable. See More

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  • Chalet Hôtel de L’Adray-Télébar Méribel 24 rooms from £259

    Families
    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Outstanding location
    RestaurantPet friendlyViews

    Delightful and much loved, a cosy, comfortable chalet on the piste. Traditional interiors with stone walls and beams. A wonderfully relaxed chalet with board games aplenty. See More

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  • Hotel le Grand Coeur & Spa Méribel 40 rooms from £252

    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Outstanding location
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
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    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux

    The epitome of old-fashioned comfort, glamour and service in the middle of the village. Gourmet delights and spa relaxation in this winter paradise. See More

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  • Hotel L’Helios Méribel 18 rooms from £334

    Skiing
    Active Holiday
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Indoor Pool
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Classic, new boutique hotel in prime position on the piste in the heart of the resort. Sumptuous rooms with log fires, cinema, luxury spa, and chic terrace. Revitalisation and relaxation in a super stylish chalet. See More

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  • Hôtel des 3 Vallées Val Thorens 28 rooms from £170

    Active Holiday  -  The ideal active getaway with downhill skiing, snowboarding, sledging, and hiking all on your doorstep!
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Traditional
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
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    Recommended by  -  Design Hotels, Great Small Hotels

    A luxury boutique hotel, at the foot of Val Thoren's ski slopes. A cosy cocoon perfect for families with its four family suites, gargantuan breakfast buffets and set three-course dinners. Great value for money. See More

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  • Hotel St Martin St Martin de Belleville 27 rooms from £269

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    Traditional
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    Appealing family hotel in pretty traditional French village, close to the slopes. Family suites and apartments that can sleep up to 10. A charming chalet with snug rooms, two restaurants, and a sun terrace. See More

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  • La Bouitte St Martin de Belleville 10 rooms from £258

    Restaurant  -  Michelin starred dining
    Skiing
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Air conditioningSpaRestaurantGardenPet friendlyDisabled accessViewsParking

    Romantic farmhouse in tiny hamlet with cosy rooms and gourmet Michelin-starred restaurant. Phenomenal food, quaint rustic wooden panelled rooms, and a wonderful spa. A charming gourmet treat. See More

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Written by Clare Mann