Saint Martin de Belleville is often marketed as part of neighbouring Les Menuires. However, this charming old village – part of the huge Three Valleys ski area – is a distinct resort in its own right.
Savoie tradition is what you'll find in abundance in Saint Martin. The village has stayed true to its origins, and that is what makes it so attractive to the local fans who come back year after year. Here you'll find an authentic Savoyard village with a clock tower, narrow streets and stone and wood-clad farms.
Saint Martin provides a base to access a massive 600km of pistes, ranging from 1,400-3,400 metres in altitude, so there's plenty to explore. Access is via the Saint Martin gondola and then a chairlift, which whisks you up to the top of the Tougnete peak.
The charm of the village of Saint Martin makes it a very sweet location for families. For those who can already ski, the relatively gentle and quiet local slopes will suit fine, while the more advanced have plenty of terrain to explore.
After a day on the slopes, pamper yourself at the 'La Bèla Vya' spa, which offers a swimming pool a sauna, steam room, outdoor Jacuzzi, as well as 'the Solant' - a steam bath infused with Alpine pasture hay, and 'the Bain de Marie' using milk and honey from Saint Marcel.
Chalet La Loy is on the Piste du Biolley in an attracive location by the old church of Notre Dame de la Vie.
At the top of the St Martin gondola, Le Corbeleys restaurant offers local favourites and Le Chardon Bleu is a good spot for a hearty lunch.
Nightlife in Sainte Martin de Belleville is more low-key than in most of the other Three Valleys resorts. However, Le Dahlia, at the bottom of the ski area, is a convenient first port of call when the slopes close.
You'll find some wonderful chalets in Saint Martin de Belleville, with many beautifully converted from old farmhouse buildings.
Two companies that specialise are Ski Talini and The Alpine Club.
Moutiers is the nearest Eurostar station.
By bus: around 30 minutes; Adult 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)
By taxi: around 25 minutes; about 90€ for an 8-seater taxi.
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