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Meribel Chalet Guide

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


Are you looking for the best accommodation options on your Meribel ski holiday? You don't know which chalet to choose on your summer break in the Three Valleys? Do you want to learn what offers the best value, whether it’s catered or self-catered chalets? Is a luxury chalet in Meribel what you're after? Read on for the best advice on chalet rentals from local insiders.

Considered by many to be one of the Alps' biggest luxury ski resorts, with exceptional access to the Three Valleys ski area, Meribel is the place to come for a boutique chalet holiday in France. There are hundreds of independently-run chalets available here, from traditional Savoyard-style converted farmhouses to contemporary Alpine abodes, which are the perfect home away from home on your ski holidays or your summer escapade in the mountains. Some are located right at the foot of the slopes while others are situated in quiet corners of the valley, away from the town's hustle and bustle. This guide will help you choose the perfect chalet for your holiday.

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Why book a chalet in Meribel for your ski or summer holidays?

A chalet embodies the quintessential ski holiday. Who hasn’t dreamt of the perfect chocolate-box house, with a warm and cosy wooden interior where you can relax in front of a fireplace or unwind in the hot tub, surrounded by deep powder fields and high snow-capped peaks? That’s exactly what staying in a chalet is all about.

Chalets in Meribel have been fitted with the latest commodities, from state-of-the-art boot warmers to saunas, huge TVs, sound systems and even gyms, while maintaining their authentic Alpine appearance. Many also boast floor-to-ceiling picture windows offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

They are the perfect choice when holidaying with your family or a group of friends as they usually have at least two bedrooms with some offering space for up to 20 people and more. However, chalets can also be a good option for solo travellers and couples since some can be rented by the room, especially catered ones.

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How to book a chalet in Meribel

Booking a chalet in Meribel is really easy. Go to our Chalets page, where you can book directly with some of the best Three Valleys' 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. We recommend you book your accommodation before buying your flights or train tickets as availability may be limited.

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

1. Dates – When to book a chalet in Meribel
Chalets in Meribel are usually open for bookings during the winter and summer high seasons – from December to April and from June to September. Some chalet companies may offer their chalets up for interseason rentals, especially for large parties such as company retreats or events.

2. Duration – How long to book a chalet in Meribel 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 alternative 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. Number of people – How big is your group?
Meribel offers a wide range of chalets, spanning from cosy two-bedroom mazots to huge renovated farmhouses with nine bedrooms and more. Hence, a chalet holiday is suitable for all sorts of parties, from couples looking for a romantic escapade to families, groups of friends and even for large corporate retreats. 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 the page.

4. Whole property or 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 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 and groups of friends or for couples, however, some catered chalets can be rented out on a whole-property basis for large parties. To learn more about whether to choose a catered or a self-catered chalet, read below.

5. Amenities & services – What to look out for when booking a chalet in Meribel
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. Whether you just want a comfy sofa to rest on after a long day on the slopes or you prefer to soak your aching muscles in a hot tub with a glass of bubbly, Meribel has got a chalet for you. Many high-end properties also offer concierge services, who’ll take care of everything from your ski passes to your lessons and equipment hire, and even a chauffeur service to take you to and from the slopes and drive you around resort, a private chef or a spa with massages on demand.

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Should I choose a self-catered or catered chalet 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.

What’s a catered chalet? Catered chalets include accommodation and meals under the same roof. Generally managed by chalet hosts, a team of two who take care of cooking, serving and cleaning, they’re usually half-board and include at least breakfast and dinner in the price of your accommodation. 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 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 while, for dinner, you’ll have the chance to sample the local restaurants.

Catered chalets are usually rented by the room and are generally 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.

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. They are also usually more expensive than self-catered chalets.

What’s a self-catered chalet? Self-catered chalets include only the accommodation in your rental, so you need to take care of your own meals. They are rented out as a whole property, so you get the chalet all to yourself. 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. Meribel also has a great selection of restaurants.

Self-catered chalets are ideal for those who want the chalet all to themselves, don’t mind cooking or want to experience different catering options throughout the week. They’re also generally cheaper than catered chalets.

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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, mid-way 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. Many top-end chalets can only be rented in their entirety rather than by the room. These are often advertised as private chalets and offer you a complete choice of mealtimes, menu plans, childcare and additional extras.

Chalets for families 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.

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. The villages below Méribel generally offer great value for money. The authentic hamlets of Chandon, Nantgerel, Le Cruet and Vanthier, and the larger village of Les Allues offer 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. 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. Specialist operators are also appearing, offering snowboarding holidays, child-friendly holidays and even mountain biking in summer. Some of these chalets are run by big tour operators but a growing number are run by Méribel-specialists or owner-operators. Our Chalets page is the ideal way to compare all these chalets without having to find and search dozens of different sites.

Ski-in & ski-out chalets in Meribel

There are relatively few chalets in Méribel which allow you to ski to and from the door. 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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More inspiration...

Our guide on Where to Stay in Meribel will help give you an indication of the character and feel of the different resorts. Alpe d'Huez 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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