Haute Savoie / France
For a small Alpine village, St Martin de Belleville packs a big punch as a holiday destination. As a gateway to the Trois Vallées, it sits on the edge of the largest winter sports domain in the world, with fast access to Val Thorens, Courchevel and Meribel.
And when it comes to eating out, many of the village’s former barns and farmhouses have become fine dining restaurants - including the three Michelin-starred La Bouitte, which also has its own spa!
Another thing St Martin de Belleville can offer, which is lacking in the bigger resorts, is peace and quiet. At the end of an exhilarating day in the mountains, you’ll return to your holiday rental in a peaceful farming community - there is a good selection of bars and restaurants, but if you’re looking for lively aprés-ski, you might have to look elsewhere.
This is one of the reasons families are drawn to St Martin de Belleville - that and its dedicated beginners’ area complete with magic carpets.
There’s a real sense of history to this authentic village - visit the museum or book a heritage walk to discover its evolution from farming community to ski resort.
With fast lifts ready to whisk you into the heart of the vast Trois Vallées ski area, there’s more than 600km of pistes waiting for you, just minutes from your holiday rental.
In 15 minutes, the gondola and the six-person express chair-lift will take you up to the ridge between St Martin de Belleville and Meribel. From here, you can take blues and reds back down to the village, explore the varied terrain above Les Menuires or carry on to Meribel and Courchevel. And if you’re looking to go off-piste, there’s plenty of that too, including the Vallée des Bellevilles. Why not hire a guide for the day to get the most from your holiday?
Some of the best views can be had from one of the most popular pistes in the Trois Vallées, the rolling Jerusalem, just above St Martin de Belleville.
There’s a dedicated area for beginners right next to the main lift and ski school - magic carpets and gentle nursery slopes cater for even the most cautious youngsters. When they’re ready to take the next step, head to the easy blues from the top of Tougnete, or the Grand Lac blue from the top of the Granges lift.
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