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Meribel Chalet Guide

Discover the best ski chalets in Meribel to rent, catered & self-catered

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A chalet embodies the quintessential ski holiday. Who hasn’t dreamt of coming back to the perfect chocolate-box house after a day on the slopes? Even better if there's a plush sofa you can snuggle up on in front of a roaring fire or an outdoor hot tub to unwind in while surrounded by deep powder fields and high snow-capped peaks. That’s exactly what staying in a chalet is all about.

There are hundreds of independently-run chalets available in Meribel from traditional Savoyard-style converted farmhouses to contemporary Alpine abodes. This guide will help you choose the perfect chalet for your holiday. Let's dive right in.

5 things to look out for when booking a chalet in Meribel

Booking a chalet in Meribel is really easy. Fill in the box at the top of this page or go to our Chalets page, where you can book directly with some of the best Meribel summer and ski chalet companies, handpicked by us. Select your requirements at the top of the page – at least your arrival date and number of people – and we’ll show you which properties are available for you.

To find the perfect chalet, there are a few things you may want to consider beforehand.

1. When should you book your chalet?
We recommend you book your chalet as soon as possible. Chalets usually sell out quite quickly and a lot of people book as early as January for the next winter season. Our top tip is that you book your accommodation before buying your flights or train ticket, the reason being that availability may be limited and chalet start/end dates are not always as flexible as travel options.

As for the best time to stay in a chalet, they're usually open for bookings during the winter and summer high seasons – from December to April and from June to September. However, some chalet companies may offer their chalets up for interseason rentals, especially for large parties such as company retreats or events.

2. How long should you book a chalet for?
Most ski chalets in Meribel are rented on a weekly basis only. You’ll find that Saturday to Saturday rentals are most common, especially with independent chalet companies, while big tour operators who sell packages including flights and transfers sometimes have Sunday to Sunday rentals. However, these dates can occasionally be flexible and some chalet companies may provide a mix of Saturday and Sunday changeovers.

Lately, thanks to the increased offer in flights, especially cheap ones, shorter and longer ski breaks are becoming more and more popular so some chalet companies may be flexible on their rental dates on request. Therefore, even if you can only find seven-day offers on our Chalets page, we may be able to accommodate shorter and longer bookings – state your desired dates in the Special Requirements box and we’ll get back to you with some options.

On the other hand, summer chalet bookings in Meribel are generally more flexible on dates and length of stay, especially outside the peak months of July and August. This means that you can come for a long weekend, for ten days or for a few days mid-week more easily. Again, state your requirements in the Special Requirements box while booking.

3. How big is your group?
Chalet holidays are suitable for all sorts of parties: couples looking for a romantic escapade, families, groups of friends and even large corporate retreats, as they usually have at least two bedrooms with some offering space for up to 20 people and more. Solo travellers and couples can opt for a room in a larger catered chalet.

However big or small your group is, you’ll need to know the exact number of people and the ages of the children coming with you on your holiday before booking. You can filter our chalets by capacity at the top of our Chalets page.

4. Should you book a whole property or a shared chalet?
Chalets in Meribel can either be booked by the room or as a whole property. Catered chalets are more often than not rented by the room, meaning that you share the chalet and its facilities with other guests, while self-catered chalets are rented out as a whole property, exclusively for your party. Booking rooms in a shared catered chalet is a great option for small families, groups of friends and couples. Some catered chalets can also be rented out on a whole property basis for larger groups, or even if you'd just prefer private use of the chalet without using the full occupancy. To learn more about whether to choose a catered or a self-catered chalet, read below.

5. What should your chalet include?
That depends on your needs and wants. There are hundreds of chalets on offer in Meribel, some providing simple accommodation at the foot of the slopes and others boasting five-star luxury commodities. After having filtered your list of chalets by date and number of people, take a look at the pictures on the listings to get an idea of what the chalet offers. If it catches your eye, then check out the amenities and services included to see if it ticks all your boxes. Whether you want WiFi, ski-to-door access, state-of-the-art boot warmers, a large terrace, a cinema room, designer decor or a pet-friendly property, Meribel's got a chalet for you.

Many high-end accommodation providers also offer concierge services who’ll take care of everything, from your ski passes to your lessons, your equipment hire, chauffeur services to take you to and from the slopes or drive you around resort, private chefs and spas with massages on demand. You're spoiled for choice in Meribel!

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Self-catered vs catered chalets in Meribel

When booking your chalet in Meribel, you’ll find that there are two main options: catered or self-catered. These depend on whether your meals are included in the price of your chalet rental or not.

Catered chalets in Meribel
Catered chalets include accommodation and meals under the same roof. Generally managed by one or more chalet hosts who take care of cooking, serving and cleaning, the chalets are usually half-board and include at least breakfast and dinner in the price of your accommodation.

Catered chalets are generally rented by the room and priced per person, based on two people sharing a room. If you’re a solo traveller, you won’t share a room but you may be charged a supplement for the empty bed. Some chalets have triple or family (quad) rooms available and these are priced slightly differently.

  • Pros: Catered chalets are the best option for those searching for a hassle-free holiday, as there’s nothing much you need to do other than enjoy your stay. You’ll wake up to the smell of freshly cooked breakfast, come back from skiing to homemade cake and tea, and sit down to a three or four-course dinner in the evenings. Chalet hosts will also clean rooms and common areas.
  • Cons: The price per person of catered chalets is usually higher than that of self-catered chalets. However, you also get more bang for your buck since chalet hosts will cook your meals and clean after you. If you don't want to share your accommodation with other people, then a self-catered chalet might be a better option as bookings are always for the whole property.

Who should book a catered chalet in Meribel?
Since catered chalets are usually booked by the room, they suit small families and groups of friends, as well as couples and solo travellers who want an easy, effortless holiday. Some companies may be able to rent out their catered chalets as a whole property for large groups too.

Our local team's advice: Chalet staff usually have one or two evenings off during the week. When this happens, you’ll get a continental, self-service breakfast left out for you by your host, as well as afternoon tea and cake. For dinner, you’ll usually get the chance to sample the local restaurants. Alternatively, some companies provide self-service dinner, carefully prepared and left out for you, often in the form of a traditional Savoyarde fondue or raclette.

Self-catered chalets in Meribel
Self-catered chalets include only the accommodation in your rental, so you need to take care of your own meals.

  • Pros: Self-catered chalets are rented out as a whole property, so you get the chalet all to yourself. Self-catered chalets are also generally cheaper than catered chalets, which means that you'll have more cash to splash on Meribel's great selection of restaurants.
  • Cons: You'll need to sort out your meals yourself. However, self-catering nowadays is easier than ever thanks to the array of catering options available in the Alps. Some chalet companies provide welcome packs or can offer additional flexible catering options as add-ons to your booking. Otherwise, you can arrange this separately – anything from flexible private chef services that you can book for one night, two days or the entire week to convenient delivery options that you can order online and receive on your arrival day, ranging from a simple pre-arrival shop to ready-made meals.

Who should book a self-catered chalet in Meribel?
Self-catered chalets are ideal for those who want the chalet all to themselves, don’t mind cooking and cleaning or want to experience different catering options throughout the week.

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Luxury chalets in Meribel

Luxury is in the eye of the beholder. What someone may find opulent, someone else may deem simple. However, Meribel does have a great selection of chalets on the higher end of the spectrum.

What's included in a luxury chalet?
When we talk about luxury chalets in Meribel, we refer to chalets boasting five-star facilities: large ski rooms with boot warmers, cinema rooms, stunning central-piece fireplaces, videogames, large chef-style kitchens, spa rooms and, of course, floor to ceiling windows so that you can soak in the views from the warmth of your living room. Luxury chalets usually come with concierge services that'll take care of everything for you, from ski passes to lessons, equipment hire, airport transfers, shuttle service to the lifts, etc. A private chef or a 24hr chauffeur can usually also be added as options.

Where can you find luxury chalets in Meribel?
If you’re looking for luxury chalets right on the slopes, the appropriately-named 'Les Chalets' neighbourhood in Méribel is a good place to start. Midway up the resort and right by the main piste, this area contains many luxury chalets offering spacious ensuite rooms, jacuzzis, saunas and the type of service you expect from top-level hotels.

Near the top of Méribel, lies an exclusive gated area, Le Domaine de Burgin. This, and the nearby equally chic area of Le Belvédère, offer large luxury chalets with ski-in ski-out accommodation in a quiet and wooded environment. Finally, the smartest area of all is Les Brames, midway between Méribel and Mottaret. This gated community is home to various celebrities and offers the ultimate in private luxury, far from the hustle and bustle of the resort centre.

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Group chalets in Meribel

If you’re looking to organise a group or corporate ski trip, Meribel is the perfect place to host it. A charming Alpine village with great nightlife and loads of choice when it comes to group accommodation, Meribel has lots going on and it’s situated in one of the biggest ski areas in the world.

What should you look out for when booking a chalet for a big group in Meribel?
Many ski chalet operators in Meribel offer large chalets that can accommodate big groups with huge communal spaces. These are located near the resort's main action hot spots, including local barsrestaurants and, of course, the slopes. However, even if they're not, dedicated transport will whisk you around.

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Family chalets in Meribel

Meribel is really well set up for mountain-loving families, with plenty of activities for all ages and a host of family-friendly chalets.

What should you look out for when booking a chalet for your family in Meribel?
Ease of access to the pistes and ski schools will undoubtedly be a priority if you are coming to Méribel for a family ski holiday. The Chaudanne area and Méribel town centre are ideal places for a family to stay, with quick access to the ski area and ski schools and child-friendly facilities such as a swimming pool and ice rink. Another good option is to choose a chalet that offers free minibus transfers to and from the slopes. Whether you opt for a chalet in the centre of town or in one of Méribel’s quieter locations, it is worth checking with your chalet owner/operator whether they offer childcare, child-specific menus and any relevant baby equipment.

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Budget chalets in Meribel

Méribel is a resort with a particularly high number of catered chalets, so there is a vast variety of mid-range chalets on offer. Standards today are generally high as the chalet market is moving upwards, more services are on offer than before and many modestly-priced chalets have spas or hot tubs. 

How can you save money on your Meribel chalet?
The villages below Méribel generally offer great value for money, including the authentic hamlets of Chandon, Nantgerel, Le Cruet and Vanthier, and the larger village of Les Allues, which have both modern and traditional chalets. The slopes are reached by a short bus ride or via the Olympe gondola lift (from Les Allues or Le Raffort only). Snow-permitting, you can ski back to these villages at the end of your day, though many operators also run free shuttle-bus services to and from their chalets.

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Ski-in & ski-out chalets in Meribel

The huge advantage of high mountain resorts is the ability to ski-in and ski-out of your chalet thereby avoiding the twice-daily trudge across town in ski boots. However, there are relatively few chalets in Méribel which allow you to ski to and from the door.

Where can you find ski-in & ski-out chalets in Meribel?
These sought-after chalets, located literally on the piste, are mostly situated on the main Doron run through town and include the area of Les Chalets, La Renarde, Le Belvédère and the main lift area at the bottom of the resort: La Chaudanne.

Morel and Méribel Village also offer some ski-to-the-door chalets. Morel is located a 10-minute walk above the centre of town and has its own chairlift. Méribel Village, a five-minute drive from Méribel, is becoming very popular for its ski-in ski-out chalet accommodation and village charm. Bear in mind, however, that chalets further from the slopes often offer a minibus service and that Méribel also runs an excellent free bus service, the Meribus, which runs regularly throughout the day and evening.

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Our guide on Where to Stay in Meribel will help give you an indication of the character and feel of the different resorts. Meribel also has plenty of self-catered apartments available to rent, take a look at our Holiday Rentals page to see what's on offer and read our guide on the best self-catered ski apartments for more information.

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