The gem of the Three Valleys!

Fri October 17, 2014 by Mia Sweetland
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st Martin de Belleville

If you are looking for a skiing holiday this season away from the ever increasing swarms of well known resorts, but one that still provides easy access to arguably the best skiing area in the world then look no further….

St Martin de Belleville has managed to retain the charm you wish for when thinking of a magical winter resort and is exactly what I envisaged as a child when I was first thrown into skiing at the tender age of 6. That was after my initial horror of “WHAT you’re taking me away to somewhere even colder than England…for Christmas! But how is Santa Claus going to find me?”…

A traditional Savoyard hamlet dating right back to the 17th and 18th century, it really is a hidden gem within the Three Valleys. This charming unspoilt village is a mainly french speaking community with family owned delicatessens and patisseries, quaint boutiques, rural buildings including an old church floodlit at night, a modest square and beautiful buildings carved of both wood and stone. There are a selection of delicious restaurants and lively bars in keeping with the theme of the town, but also a little more extravagance if desired with the 2 Michelin star La Bouitte restaurant just a 5 minute drive from the village (or a short helicopter ride from Courchevel which is the preferred method of transport for the rich and famous!)

The general misconception with St Martin de Belleville is that it is a low altitude resort cut off from the rest of the Three Valleys, however with a height of 1450m it is in fact at the same altitude as it’s more famous ‘sister’ resort of Méribel. There is 600 kilometres of skiing within the Three Valleys, 300 kilometres of which are in the Belleville Valley alone! Two lifts and two runs gets you into Val Thorens in approximately 30 minutes and for the intermediate skier you can be sat enjoying a Vin Chaud drink in Courchevel 1650 within the hour.

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Because St Martin de Belleville is set predominantly on pasture land, the resort only needs 10cm of snow to be able to ski in comparison to neighboring resorts where 1 metre plus is required. Queues are rare for the lifts and there is a huge range of fantastic off-piste skiing available alongside tree lined cruisey runs. The village is blessed with the afternoon sun which is ideal to ski back into after a day trip across neighboring valleys. The entire Three Valleys resort is accessible by foot for the non skiers of the group and there are plenty of other activities including local dog sledding, a swimming pool, ice rink and skidooing to name a few in the nearby ‘ugly sister’ resort of Les Menuires!

….If we haven’t managed to convince you already, the following beautiful boutique chalets will leave you in no doubt that St Martin de Belleville is a must on your skiing destination bucket list!

 

Chalet Abode
Sitting in the heart of the village tucked behind the church in the enclave of Villarabout, this 120 year old chalet has been lovingly restored to a beautifully modern yet still traditional living space able to accommodate 8-10 guests. The essence of Abode is the meeting of ancient and modern to create an atmospheric mountain home in the heart of the town and there is no doubt you will fall in love with its unique charm!

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There are 4 king / twin bedrooms with en-suite facilities and one room has an adjoining bunk bed area making it perfect for a small family group. The chalet is also used to accommodating adult only split chalet bookings perfect for that romantic getaway with a more personal experience to your standard hotel.

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Chalet Chamois
This contemporary chalet is the left side of a stunning ‘demi’ new build, also nestled in the peaceful hamlet of Villarabout and can accommodate 6-9 guests. Although technically adjoined to the neighboring chalet, the balconies are set back maintaining privacy for guests at all times. The main living and dining area is again positioned on the top floor to maximize the spectacular views down the valley.

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There are 3 king/twin bedrooms and a triple bunk room for smaller members of the group. Each of the bedrooms has large windows, 2 with balcony/terrace, so you can make the most of the gorgeous views, and all rooms offer the same high levels of comfort & style with luxury pocket sprung beds, Egyptian cotton bed linen & hotel standard en-suite bathrooms.

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Beautifully run along the lines of a boutique hotel, the company owners are always on hand, discreetly, to ensure consistently high standards, exemplary service & sumptuous food. A professional team of Chef, Host, Chauffeur & Chalet Manager provide an exceptional service.

All staff live out and the driver service is available from 7am – 10pm daily, ensuring you never carry your skis anywhere! For larger parties looking for flexible accommodation, Chamois Lodge is only 1 minute away from Chalet Abode.The sumptuous food you’ll experience is just one of the many reasons so many guests return with this season welcoming a chef and host duo who have both previously worked in the world famous Claridge’s of London.

 

Please click on the chalet names and follow the links to our website or alternatively contact our Ski In Luxury office on +44 1202 203650.

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