I’ve just returned from a fantastic ski trip to the French Alps, staying in Méribel, which is simply the most perfect ski resort, offering A-list luxury and incredible food for any serious foodie like me. It is friendly, fun and picture perfect being a traditional chalet resort.
We stayed at Chalet du Vallon, run by Avery Crest, which was the best possible base we could have had for our stay and we would very highly recommend it. As you might expect, the views were incredible from every room and we loved waking up to the spectacular views of the mountains in the morning, and sitting down to enjoy a glass of champagne next to the log fire looking out across the village after a day on the slopes.
Chalet du Vallon comes with own chef in the chalet, Adam Jowett, who is a very accomplished chef having worked in a number of top restaurants back in the UK, and Jess who was there to look after us very well, so we immediately felt very relaxed and in full holiday mode, as really, there was nothing for us to do but ski and enjoy ourselves.
Every evening we were treated to a delicious three-course meal, which included fantastic local charcuterie, meat and cheeses, all from the Savoie region. We had some delicious local venison one evening, and a selection of superb local cheeses every night after dinner, including local Beaufort Hiver, Abondance, Tarentaise & St Marcellin. The food was exceptionally delicious.
All this merriment was balanced out with plenty of time on the slopes, however. We had an instructor with us the whole time from the École du Ski Français, Claire Radecka, who was the best instructor we could have asked for. We both made huge amounts of progress with her and she was so much fun to be with. Fortunately, we didn’t need to spend any time travelling around whilst we were in Méribel though, as the ski lift was just a few steps from the chalet.
To break up the day, we all stopped (instructors, too) for lunch at Le Blanchot on the slopes which is a great alpine restaurant serving traditional French food and plenty of Savoie specialities in enormous portions in cosy surroundings. It’s a favourite local spot for lunch.
There are some great shops, restaurants and bars in Méribel, although we only managed to pop in once to go to a fantastic bar called La Maison. Run by a chic French married couple, it has a wonderfully vintage look to it, which is rare to find in France. They served an excellent selection of delicious Savoyard wines and charcuterie. The bakery in Méribel Village is outstandingly good. Le Village des Pains is run by a lovely couple, and we were lucky enough to have a tour on the last day. A traditional wood-fired oven is still used to bake hundreds on baguettes and patisserie every day.
If you love to ski and haven’t been to Méribel, we’d highly recommend it. It’s luxurious and fun yet discreet, and Chalet du Vallon is such a perfect place to relax and unwind.