Chic – and child friendly – hotels in the French Alps

Ski-in, ski-out convenience in Courchevel and Méribel

Those looking for great skiing with small children on sun-kissed slopes need only head to Méribel in the French Alps, which has recently opened its first five-star hotel – Le Kaïla (; from €345) – or Courchevel 1650.


Le Portetta is the hotel that makes this latter Trois Vallées resort popular (; from £148), its self-catering, loft-style apartments (pictured) working best. One can sit on the terrace while watching the children make their first descent: ESF’s nursery slope is within a snowball’s throw, and there’s a new Scott Dunn kids’ club. Add to that the open-air bar, Fire & Ice, with Chesterfields, fire pits and a pizza oven and you’ve got a hotel that’s glamorous without being pretentious.

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