Gabi Goes to Méribel

By Gabriela Passos

This month, Gabi takes us to the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps known for its powdery snow, magnificent alpine views, and the best aprés-ski around. Check out our vetted spots to stay, visit and savor. 


Hôtel Le Coucou

Live the Alpine dream at Le Coucou. Perched on the side of the mountain this ski-in/ski-out hotel has all the charms of a classic chalet redefined! Pierre Yovanovitch, the interior designer behind this property, fuses the qualities of a traditional alpine chalet with the whimsical elements of his design style to make a genuine work of art in Hôtel Le Coucou. Embrace the mountain spirit by enjoying the days on the “piste” and the early evenings on the rooftop restaurant–with a spritz in hand.


With the ski season quickly approaching we can’t help but start dreaming of all the things there are to do in Les Trois Vallées, here are a few of our favorites!

Ski Courchevel:

Courchevel, known as “the world’s ski capital” is renowned for having one of the longest ski seasons and the best snow cover in the whole of the Alps. World’s largest ski area – Courchevel sits within the Three Valleys, which boasts 600km of pistes and an interlinked lift system, with over 170 lifts. Meribel, located at the center of the Three Valleys, allows for easy access to Courchevel and neighboring towns. There’s no shortage of good times & great skiing in Les Trois Vallées.

Spa Day:

With many days of mountainous adventures ahead make sure to take some time to treat yourself to one of the many luxurious packages offered at Le CouCou’s Spa. From a deep tissue massage to a Le Coucou signature facial, there is so much to choose from in your journey towards relaxation. Not to forget their range of treatments specifically designed for men and mothers-to-be!


Restaurant Beefbar:

Originally from Monaco and with locations in Saint Tropez, London, and Paris to name a few the partners behind Beefbar bring their first ever location to the slopes. Discover a discrete setting in Hôtel Le Coucou, overlooking the entire French Valley!

La Folie Douce Méribel Courchevel:

Who says you need to wait until the ski day is over for the perfect Après celebration? Join us at La Folie Douce for an afternoon full of champagne showers, dancing, and delicious food! make sure to not get too carried away so you can still enjoy one last run down the mountain.

L’Ekrin by Laurent Azoulay:

For a chic date night after a gorgeous day on the slopes we recommend the exquisite L’Ekrin.

“L’Ekrin is the perfect fit for this elegant, luxury hotel, offering its guests an intimate setting in which to enjoy an apéritif by the open fire to the sound of quiet piano music in the background. Chef Laurent Azoulay, himself the son of restaurateurs, worked at the Oustau de Baumanière and for Chef Pierre Gagnaire before taking the helm here. Skillfully playing with the flavours and traditions of different regions, Azoulay takes guests on a culinary journey through his native Provence and adopted Savoie. He includes the best Mediterranean fish on his menu, alongside ingredients such as pine honey, saffron and snails from the Savoie, as well as vegetables sourced from Eric Roy in Tours. The result is creative and colourful cuisine which is refined and delicate yet also offers some bold combinations.” – Michelin Guides’ quote

Thank you for joining me on this virtual journey through Méribel! Stay tuned for our future trips and don’t forget
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Boarding soon,

xx Gabi

1 reply
  1. Alexis
    Alexis says:

    Great piece! You have me dreaming of the white Christmas i will not be having here in Florida but super excited for my ski trip in early 2023! Def putting this one on my “to go to “ list !


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