For many people, Méribel is a winter paradise. And it’s easy to see why. The Alpine village features pretty chalet-style architecture and sits at the centre of Les Trois Vallées – the largest ski playground in the world. But don’t overlook the summer season. As the skiers depart and the mountains burst into colour, Méribel blossoms too. And for Melony Collins, owner of Chalet Bellevue, it’s arguably her favourite time of year.
“We chose Méribel because we had friends in the area and wanted to share in the fun with them, especially during the summer months,” says Collins. “That was 15 years ago. Chalet Bellevue is a wonderful home for skiers and non-skiers alike.”
Although it is just a 10-minute walk to the centre of the village, Chalet Bellevue sits in a secluded location sheltered by fir trees. “It’s a spacious plot with plenty of space for parking, while the garden and additional plot make for wonderful views and privacy – especially in the summer when the trees are in leaf,” says Collins. “A natural stream runs down the side of the property so there’s the relaxing sound of running water too.”
Over the years, the chalet has been extensively upgraded, with new bathrooms, kitchen, boot room, wellbeing area and TV room, as well a superb outside space leading to the hot tub and garden.
“Even when it’s full of people, the chalet feels comfortable and spacious,” says Collins. “You can relax in the large, open-plan living area and get cosy by the fireplace, or catch the summer sun on the terrace.
“It’s a lovely place for friends and family. The main bedrooms are all of equal size too, so if two families are renting here, they know they are getting the same value for money. This has proved to be a big bonus for guests who are renting during the ski season.”
Méribel’s year-round appeal is sure to attract plenty of visitors. This year’s summer highlight will surely be the arrival of the Tour de France. With climbs up to 2,300m, Méribel will host one of the most physically demanding stages of the whole race.
Feeling active? Then head to the Olympic Centre – built for the 1992 Winter Olympics – home to a 25m indoor swimming pool, climbing wall, spa and indoor ice rink. Other sporting activities include mountain biking, paragliding and tennis, while the 18-hole golf course has magnificent views.
Alternatively, any walk around the village will invariably take you past Les Glaciers. The irresistible selection of handmade cakes, pastries and breads are all prepared freshly on site. More delicious local produce can be enjoyed from the stalls along Route de la Chaudanne at the twice-weekly market. Stock up for chalet essentials or treats to be enjoyed while exploring the scenery and expansive skiing of Les Trois Vallées.