You'll feel at home from the minute you arrive here. The welcome from the hotel's hosts is warm, genuine and comes with a complimentary cocktail too! It's convenient too as you can ski from the hotel to the nearest lift 200m away, and you can get back to within about 20m of the hotel without having to come out of your bindings.
After your day in the endless Three Valleys ski area, head back and spend an afternoon indulging in the adventure pool. You can lose hours in there as it has jet beds, lazy rivers and waterfalls. Afterwards, try the sauna and treat yourself to a bit of pampering with a massage or beauty treatment.
The whole hotel was built with relaxation in mind. There's a games room so you take on friends and family at a game of table football or pool. And the location (within easy reach of ski-lifts, ski school and the resort centre), the hotel bar with its lovely open fireplace and the very impressive food that comes from the kitchen, all enhance your mood and ensure you leave with a smile.
From the hotel to…
For beginners and children, a free shuttle bus is available from the hotel to the runs and the different districts of Les Ménuires.
Nearest lift: 200m to Preyerand gondola lift
Tuition meeting point: Complete beginner skiers - 2km in Reberty area, everyone else (including all snowboarders) meet at either Bruyères or Croisette area 200m away, depending on customer preference. All tuition is with ESF Ski School
Resort centre: 200m
About the resort
Les Menuires is all about the pistes. It's a great base from which to explore the full reaches of the largest linked ski area in the world, but without all the fuss (and prices) of the other Three Valleys resorts. It's purpose built but with good quality, slopeside accommodation where you can find everything you need.
Les Menuires sits in the midst of the largest lift-linked ski area in the world and offers the most skiing of all the Three Valleys resorts with 160km of mainly blue pistes. Families and beginners are well provided for with a superb carpet conveyor lift and tranquil slopes in the Croisette area. The closest black runs are on La Masse; try the Bouquetin, Dame Blanche or the off piste run down into Orelle.
With the emphasis on the skiing there are fewer off slope activities and après ski is fairly quiet, although there are some lively bars if you know where to look.
Area size: 160km locally, 600km in the Three Valleys area
Linked resorts: Val Thorens, Méribel, Mottaret, La Tania and Courchevel
Resort altitude: 1850m
Skiing altitude: 1260m to 3230m
Number of runs: 275 in the Three Valleys area
Range of runs: 21% green, 33% blue, 35% red and 11% black
Lifts: 78 drags, 68 chairs, 34 gondolas and 6 cable cars in the Three Valleys area
Night skiing: No
Cross country trails: 28km
Snowmaking: 41% of runs covered
Resort bus: Yes
Rest and relaxation
The hotel's spa area has an indoor pool with a whirlpool and lazy river, a sauna and a wellness centre, all with spectacular mountain views.
There's also a range of treatments available to book. Why not spend a bit of time treating yourself to a little TLC, you're on holiday after all.
Food and drink
The meals here are half board so you can enjoy a continental buffet breakfast and a four-course dinner. The cooking here has quite the reputation so expect delicious French cuisine. One thing's certain - you won't go hungry and you can even request a packed-lunch for your day on the pistes.
Each of the 41 rooms here are cosy (but not small), clad with wood and adorned in Fairisle prints. Many have views over the mountains and spaces big enough for four. All rooms are equipped with satellite TV, i-Phone dock and ensuite bathrooms. Some rooms have a balcony and can be requested for a supplement.
Official rating: ****
Salon bar with open fireplace
Games room with billiards, table football and PlayStation
Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
Free use of fabulous adventure pool with waterfalls‚ lazy river‚ jet beds‚ sauna and relaxation area with spectacular views
Ski room with boot dryers
Departure airports: Gatwick, Stansted, Birmingham or Manchester