The Ultimate Guide to St Martin de Belleville
Explore this traditional village with easy access to the Three Valleys ski area.
Take a look at our definitive guide to St Martin de Belleville and discover everything you need to know to enjoy a luxury ski holiday in the Three Valleys.
Where is St Martin de Belleville?
Acting as a hidden gateway to the Three Valleys, St-Martin-de-Belleville is a traditional village which has developed into a mini-resort, just down the valley from its offspring Les Menuires. Whilst Les Menuires is purpose-built with towering apartment blocks, St Martin is anything but. Centred around an old church, the village is visually attractive with ancient wood-and-stone clad buildings and traditional-style chalets lining the narrow streets. Tempting visitors back time and time again, St-Martin-de-Belleville has an authentic soul whilst offering an inspiring, yet never ostentatious, level of luxury.
The Belleville valley is renowned for being one of the most reliable in the whole of the Three Valleys when it comes to snow cover. Access to the vast 600 km ski area is via a speedy gondola, so you can reach the heart of the Three Valleys in no time at all, whilst enjoying a quiet, traditional Savoyard experience away from the hustle and bustle of larger ski resorts. Well-suited to families, there is little in the way of après-ski here so bear in mind this is not a resort for party goers…!
Winter in St Martin de Belleville
Situated in the Belleville valley along with Les Menuires and Val Thorens, St-Martin-de-Belleville offers something for skiers and boarders of all levels. At the foot of the slopes is a dedicated beginner slope with blue runs to progress to just above. With its famous rollers, one of the most popular runs is Jerusalem, taking you from the Meribel ridge back down into the resort. For the more experienced, there’s a fantastic patrolled off-piste section ‘Liberty Ride’ above the resort, and of course, acres of terrain to explore further afield in the Three Valleys.
In fact, St-Martin-de-Belleville is one of the best connected resorts in the Three Valleys. It takes less than 15 minutes to reach the ridge separating St-Martin-de-Belleville and Meribel. From here, you can ski back down to the resort on a variety of blues and reds, down to Les Menuires, or into Meribel and on to Courchevel. The sheer volume of skiing on offer is staggering.
Aside from skiing, there are plenty of alternative activities to enjoy during your stay from snowshoe treks at night to dog sled rides and microlight flights.
St-Martin-de-Belleville has a wonderful array of luxury chalets to choose from, both in the centre of the village and in the surrounding satellite hamlets.
One of our favourites is Chalet Floralie, a charming family-friendly chalet just metres from the gondola. For stunning wellness facilities, stay at the luxurious Chalet Pure Black Crystal in the centre of the village. Here you can relax in the sauna and go for a dip in the indoor pool. Next door is the equally impressive Chalet Pure White Crystal, an inviting mountain retreat for 10 guests with a light and spacious open plan living area and a private spa with indoor swimming pool.
Where to Eat & Drink in St Martin de Belleville
For a small village, St-Martin-de-Belleville has a surprising number of excellent dining options. On the mountain enjoy wonderful views from Le Corberleys, a traditional family-run restaurant serving a variety of Savoyard dishes. Located on the Biolley piste on the way back to Saint Martin, La Loy is a popular spot to stop for a drink or a delicious snack. The menu is centred around regional produce with classics such as tartiflette, charcuterie and steak frites on offer.
In town, the centrally-located La Voute is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the menu varies from pizza and burgers to snails in garlic butter and frog leg fricassee if you’re feeling adventurous! For a cosy dinner, Le Montagnard serves innovative Savoyard dishes in a historical setting. Another favourite for lunch and dinner is Le Grenier. Part of Hotel Saint Martin, this delightful restaurant offers Savoy cheese specialities as well as delicious casseroles that showcase fish, meats or vegetables according to the seasons. A relative newcomer to the scene, Le Simple & Meilleur has a bistro, tapas bar and a lounge bar, perfect for an aperitif.
Summer in St Martin de Belleville
For peace and quiet in the mountains, summer is the perfect time of year to visit St-Martin-de-Belleville. Discover the Belleville Valley on foot with over 50 marked trails to choose from. There is also a programme of themed hikes, tours, climbing routes and rafting for the more adventurous. The resort is also fantastic for mountain biking with 40 routes and 321 km of trails across three valleys.