St Martin de Belleville , France

St Martin de Belleville is a totally traditional Savoyard village with an old church, small square, pleasant buildings and very easy links into the entire Three Valleys ski domain.

St Martin de Belleville is known for its traditional restaurants (4 of which are listed in the Michelin guide) which serve local Savoyard dishes with a smile. One of these is the luxurious La Bouitte Restaurant (with 2 Michelin stars) which is located in the neighbouring hamlet - perfect for the chalet staff night off! The village nightlife is not rocking but there are enough bars to satisfy.

Being a small resort the local ESF ski school is really very good. The Piou Piou creche takes children from 2.5 to 6 years old and can look after children all day (9am - 5pm) with lunch included. As the creche is located right next to the main lift station it makes this resort very easy for families with younger children. If you prefer, children can take half day lessons or care.

There are two spa centres (one that is part of La Bouitte restaurant) with Jacuzzi and sauna as well as treatments so there is something to do for non skiers or those looking for a luxurious end to a hard day’s skiing.

St Martin de Belleville has been voted a 'Top 10 Picture Postcard Resort' by Peter Hardy (travel journalist).


Resort Statistics


  • 235 euros

Pros & Cons


  • Pros

  • A very attractive little village and some good modern developments too
  • Easy access to the enormous Three Valleys ski area
  • Long easy intermediate slopes lead down to the village centre
  • Extensive snow making keeps the home pistes going late to the season's end
  • There are some excelent chalets in St Martin de Belleville
  • Cons

  • The home pistes are West facing and therefore get slushy at the end of the season
  • There are no easy green runs for total beginners to progress to
  • The village is quiet and offers little in the way of off-slope entertainment

Food


Resort Restaurants

For its size St Martin de Belleville punches well above its weight when it comes to good restaurants. Three are mentioned in the Michelin Guide and a fourth, La Bouitte, is a legend. This father and son owner/managed establishment has gained national acclaim and also 2 Michelin Stars. A lunch here, as in all the Worlds best eateries, is something of an experience and should be savoured. Memories of their delicious pan-fried foie gras will linger with you for years afterwards. The Eterlous and the Dahlia are both great spots for lunch or dinner. With easy access from the slopes it's very possible to make St Martin a viable lunchtime venue. For something a little more special we recommend Le Montagnard - very atmospheric converted hayloft.

Mountain Restaurants

For a small resort the choice of on-slope eateries is actually pretty good so if you're going to have a long, lazy and filling lunch, best warn your hosts you want a small dinner at your chalet! Val Thorens' Bar de la Marine on the Dalles piste is good with a large terrace area playing music after 3pm. The Moutiere in the same area is more reasonably priced. The Chalet Plan Bouchet refuge in the Maurienne Valley is very popular. The Chalet (Val Thorens enthusiasts report it as one of the best!) des 2 Lacs gets rave reviews, the potato pie in particular!! For food and value and also the Deux Ours (half way down the Blanchot run) gets good reports - large portions and reasonably priced.

Apres Ski

Limited to the local bars. However, some of these are located slope side so actually get quite buzzy at the end of the ski day. The Piano bar, which is tucked behind the church in the centre of the village, has live music on two evenings each week and is a popular spot.

Nightlife

Very quiet with just a handlful of late closing bars to choose from.

Resort Map


Key
  • Funicular 3545022401d4cbcd363e07397500eb11e3c0a8b9938ecfc1bd44a5c240306315 Funicular
  • Cable car 262438c5626f68940e156df868b18890cdda3d131cdffa026f19e15448a2f3ea Cable Car
  • Gondola 08fc130c360bf663b5723567aab3384edc88bcec2e297e955865a20bc8050cb2 Gondola
  • Chair lift 207bbb7ef0c7c3f5458d8e1b5bb1a59b179909dbc96c70cbc66d08927a59c61f Chair lift
  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
  • Chalet e74a3b79ab6c7c9200e443bb0a5a0ba591d5a08b249288e6336bcbb2fd95d64d Property
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