There can be few places on the planet as exciting for enjoying a wonderful birthday celebration as this stylish ski resort in Tarentaise valley in the French Alps. It is a world renowned resort popular not only in the winter ski season but also in the summer.
Meribel is well situated in the center of Les Trois Vallées (The Three Valleys), the largest ski area in the world. However, the resort is not all about skiing. The mountainous landscape is great for rock climbing and hiking especially in the summer. Below are some of the things that make Meribel a perfect destination for a birthday trip.
The full catered chalets in Meribel are a fine blend of traditional and modernity aimed at maximizing luxury. Most have plenty of space with some having up to 9 bedrooms which is more than enough to host your family and friends. The Meribel chalets comes second to none with a splendid living room perfect for throwing a birthday shindy and blowouts. And thanks to the chalets’ personal chefs, you and your fellow revelers will be treated to the incredible alpine cuisine. From the Savoyard meal to the gourmet cuisine or even your ordinary pizza, you will have it all.
What more? The indoor pool and sumptuous poolside Jacuzzi make for incredible area for relaxing. Add to that the awesome climbing walls and archeries and you will have yourself a fun filled birthday.
Who thought having a birthday in the winter could be such a good thing. At Meribel, you don’t get to feel less celebratory because it’s all about the winter. The incredible skiing and snowboarding on the steep slopes are enough to make anyone excited. While the most are found above the tree line, covered runs are also available and are an excellent choice for days when the weather is not quite so delightful. The efficient and improved network of lifts will ensure you don’t waste your time queuing. The vast terrain at Méribel makes the resort ideal for all levels of skiers from the individuals getting their first runs on the slopes to the advanced skiers.
The steep off-piste runs from the Saulire peak into Méribel Mottaret are great for those seeking a challenge. Mont du Vallon is another amazing area to ski thanks to its exceptionally long downward slopes. Also, the route is well managed and you’ll be guaranteed a smooth sail.
Meribel has a legendary apres ski with most ranked amongst the hottest apri ski lounges. There are lots of ways to spend with your friends and family after the usual skiing excursions. Excellent live shows and performances by both the locals and visiting bands serve for a great travel experience. This town never seems to sleep and is as friendly and peaceful as a place can possibly be. The Folley Douche is a great spot with an unmissable party feel that is open all day and serves great food. At the end of the Geai bleu run, is situated the fun filled Rond point. It is known for its happy hours, live bands, in-house Djs, barbecue, and affordable drinks. The town also plays host to a range great restaurants from the reassuringly expensive Four Star Le Zinc through to quality budget options such as Les Cretes.
Complimentary winter activities
As incredible as the skiing is in Meribel, the resort is however not all about skiing. There is are multiple activities that are sure to spike your birthday. From helicopter adventures over the expansive Alps to the competitive hockey games, Meribel has it all. And should you and your companions be feeling more adventurous, you can also get to try ice hiking.
Meribel is a magnet for partygoers. The town center is awash with great bars making nightlife very lively. You can get to dance on table tops with your friends – fun right? – till the wee hours of the morning. After all it is your birthday. Or you can opt for casual nights, late night dinners, champagne parties or cozy up in the fireplace bar instead. The options are endless. O’Sullivans is the preferred hot spot for merrymakers thanks in part to its booming music and expansive dance floor.
For a relaxed night, I would recommend La Tsaretta. Bar-o-Meter, Le Pub, La Taverne and Le Poste are some of the many others worth a mention. Add to that the incredible cinemas under the stars Meribel becomes the most ideal destinations for family celebrations in the French Alps.
After the snow has melted, the area transforms incredibly revealing a beautiful landscape. And as such, summer brings its own set of activities that are sure to spike your birthday.
- Mountain biking: The terrain is pristine for mountain biking and other alpine sports. Spend a portion of your day racing your friends and get to enjoy a few victories on your birthday. Even if you end up losing, I guarantee you will still have fun. The chairlifts are always at hand to assists riders access the huge Les Trois Vallées area.
- Hiking: Meribel is home to some great hiking routes. Depending on what your preferences are, you can walk through the woodlands or to the top of the mountains and enjoy the panoramic view from up there. None of these routes are necessarily easy to tackle, but the challenge is part of the fun. You can also take a walk through the Vanoise National Park above Mottaret and get to sight the alpine marmots and other wildlife.
Via Ferrata: Made of several courses in and around Meribel, this alpine activity will undoubtedly give you an adrenaline rush. Get to follow the original miners track up the steep Fleetwith Pike and the Lake District Mountain. There is no better way to test your mettle. However, fear not as the addition of a continuous steel cable has made the activity safe for all skill levels.
There are many other activities to be enjoyed in The Three Valleys. These include lake swimming and boating among others. The area boasts beautiful golf courses as well as tennis courts and other sports fields. Everything is designed to entertain, for people of all ages. With a network of green runs and the wide spectrum of stunning slopes blended with the wooden alpine buildings Meribel feels like a picturesque village addendum to the sprawling mountains on the horizon.
After years of celebrating your birthday in the same place or in the same manner, it’s about time you shaked things up a little bit. And there is no place better than Meribel to celebrate your birthday. Not only is it a scenic fun-filled destination, but pocket friendly making it one of the best places to travel on a budget. So, what are you waiting for? Start making your plans and get ready to have a memorable birthday filled with the alpine charm. All the best!