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A country of diverse landscapes: the ski holidays and rural resorts of France

France has countless things to boast about. Arguably the jewel in the country’s crown is the beautiful selection of ski resorts and rural getaways scattered across the landscape.

Here is a look at some of the best France ski holiday destinations: boasting luxury, adventure, fine dining and above all, stunning landscapes.

Les Deux Alpes

With a glacier underfoot, skiing continues in the beautiful part of France almost all year round. It offers a getaway to suit almost any traveller’s budget, from hostel accommodation through to the stunning four-star Hotel Chalet Mounier, complete with a Michelin starred restaurant.

While the ski village lies at 1,650m, the ski area goes up to a staggering 3,600m. This offers some of the most spectacular views in the country and it would be hard to beat a sunset from these towering heights.

St. Martin

While some ski resorts in France foreground the benefits of convenience over attractions, St. Martin’s is certainly the exception. Located in Trois Vallées, it’s an old cheese-making centre below Les Menuires in the Belleville Valley. It might not be the destination for party animals, but its stunning farmhouses and 17th-century churches offer an abundance of charm and ambience.

There’s a gondola with access to the ridge above the Belleville and Les Allues valleys. From there you can ski to Méribel, Les Menuires, and Val Thorens. You need not skimp on luxury here either, with the two Michelin starred restaurant La Bouitte, located only a small journey away in a neighbouring village.

Méribel

A favourite ski destination for the younger members of the royal family, Méribel is a luxurious and picturesque ski resort in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps. It’s one of the country’s most expensive destinations, but it’s worth every penny, boasting some of the finest views, most challenging ski runs and opulent accommodation the continent has to offer.

However, with a royal price-tag comes royal standards, so if you treat yourself to a stay in Méribel, prepare for the best.

Away from the slopes
While it might be famous for its snow season, France also boasts countless rural hideaways and locations well away from the ski slopes. If you fancy a slightly warmer getaway this year, you can’t look past the rural resorts located in the Normandy and Brittany countryside. Follow the delicious cheese and cider routes for some outstanding local produce, enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery and discover the slow meandering rivers of the region.

La Chaumière hotel and restaurant in Normandy offers the best of the coast and countryside, with picturesque views and countless activities such as horseback riding. Another scenic resort in rural France is the Chateau D’Audrieu. This resort is set amongst the exquisite French gardens and acres of beautiful parkland and includes a magnificent historic 18th-century château which remains a popular tourist attraction.