Discretely elegant and fantastic skiing… Designed to blend in with nature, Méribel is the oldest resort in the 3-Valleys domain, the biggest ski domain in the world. It was also the favourite residence of Charlotte Perriand, who loved her chalet "close to a singing stream". The famous architect contributed to developing Méribel with Peter Lindsey in the 1930s.
Perched on the heights of Belvédère, close to Le Rond-Point des Pistes, Le Coucou is in one of the loveliest sites in Méribel, next to the slopes. The hotel rubs shoulders with the snow-capped summits and overlooks the entire valley. It contains 55 rooms, including 39 suites, two private chalets, directly accessible ski-in ski-out slopes, two restaurants, one spa, one Baby Club and one Teen Club, one indoor and one outdoor pool… Nestled in a charming wooden chalet, just like one inhabited by the mischievous bird from which it takes its name, Le Coucou interprets mountain lifestyle in a chic and casual way, where 5-star luxury enhances every experience, thanks to the careful attention of the teams. Atypical, surprising, always unexpected, Le Coucou sings a tune that everyone loves, the exhilarating happiness of holidays and the euphoria of living every moment to the full.
The Mountain In All Its Splendour
When it comes to the art of choosing the best spot, Le Coucou is an expert. With the elegant look of a traditional chalet, snuggled on the mountainside, the hotel blends in perfectly with its environment. It is difficult to believe that it contains ten floors in a space of 12,000 square metres. From top to bottom, on the mountainside and on the valley side, there are majestic peaks as far as the eye can see, and magical points of view where nothing disturbs the beauty and nature. Inside, Pierre Yovanovitch has made each opening into a breathtaking panoramic picture, from the rooms to the bar, from the spa to the restaurants…
A Re-Enchanted Chalet That Hides Its True Nature
It’s a game of hide-and-seek, one where you think you are entering a chalet, but in fact you find yourself in a cathedral with superb proportions… Le Coucou cultivates the art of contrast and rupture, between the monumental and the intimate, solid geometric lines and singular blurred volumes, vintage and innovation, impeccable regularity and artisanal imperfection, wood and stone, fabric and metal, glass and leather…
Engaged in a global architectural approach, from layout to decoration, with Le Coucou, Pierre Yovanovitch signs a reinterpretation of the classic repertoire of the Alpine style with a contemporary look that is minimal, but warm and subtly original. Items of antique furniture sit alongside the architect’s drawings, who playfully inserts a few mischievous surprises here and there: legs in the form of bird feet (of course) or old ski poles, coat hooks in the form of stylised owls, suspensions of frosted glass evoking melting ice, etc. Little nods to this cheeky cuckoo that leaves its chalet to sing every hour.
A Chalet Can Hide Another…
Le Coucou is completed with two private chalets to rent; warm spaces with luxury proportions to relax in the utmost comfort. Independent, but connected to the hotel via an indoor corridor, the chalets benefit from all the 5-star services of Le Coucou. Fully fitted, with four bedrooms with four bathrooms, a kitchen, a lounge opening onto a splendid view, a games corner and TV room, a private swimming pool and spa, a ski-in ski-out ski room, each chalet is perfect for cosy and charming mountain holidays in a décor by Pierre Yovanovitch.
The Feeling Of Absolute Relaxation, Just Like At Home But… In The Mountains
The singing cuckoo that makes everybody smile has a place of honour in the hotel with an entire collection of old cuckoos on one of the wall of the slope-located restaurant. An idea that symbolises the joy of life in a place where luxury does not take itself seriously, where comfort is never sacrificed for appearance, where making unforgettable holiday memories is a fulltime activity.
The architecture has solved all the constraints of mountain life, with smooth flows to make way for the pleasure of skiing. Designed like a boutique lounge with a changing room and cosy café area, the ski room opens directly onto the slopes, with a take-off terrace. Every day, all the ski equipment is managed by the teams, which provide a 5-star service with personalised set-up per room, so that each person is ready to go without wasting any time. Once back, just leave everything where it is and you’ll find it in perfect condition the next morning. The gentle and comfortable atmosphere of Le Coucou is just the one we dream of after an intense day’s skiing, with warm crêpes waiting at the Bar. Just enjoy the moment with family or friends, without worrying about anything else.
Bar & Restaurants With View
The Bar is the ideal observatory for watching skiers race down the slopes. It is a meeting place at any moment of the day, with a peak for the snack time buffet and cocktail hour… In the Fumoir, fans can enjoy their cigars and fine liqueurs next to the fireplace, or watch sports in peace. At lunchtime and in the evening, the BeefBar, a restaurant concept created by Riccardo Giraudi in 2005, welcomes lovers of exceptional meat, inside or on the immense terrace with a view of the valley. It is just what you need to restore strength before getting back on the moguls or racing down the slopes. The menu of the Italian restaurant invented by the Giraudi Group serves specialities from Tuscany and delicious pizzas cooked in the splendid woodfired oven every night. It is also here that the wonderful breakfast buffe is served every morning, with a profusion of Viennese pastries, all kinds of fresh fruits, tasty recipes and regional cheeses. A perfect brunch every day…
Spa with six treatment rooms, including one double, fitness space, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, hair salon… The exceptional setting of the spa is an invitation to relax and unwind. There are also two swimming pools — indoor and outdoor — which are next to each other and separated only by a window. Lined with arcades, the indoor pool seems to continue outside thanks to an astonishing trompe-l’oeil effect; Pierre Yovanovitch has created two perfectly aligned pools to obtain this wonderful visual perspective.
Sophie Jacquemin, a specialist in captivating children, has created an imaginary world in the Baby Club, where children can meet a very kind yeti, funny monsters and even throw themselves into the mouth of a bear wearing ski goggles! With a TV booth, slide, climbing wall, activity workshops, and more, there is everything here to have great fun. Teenagers can meet with or without their parents at the Teen Club to play table tennis, table football or to take part in karaoke. A giggling session is on the cards!
Maisons Pariente Beautiful And Private Escapes
A discreet player on the luxury hotel market, the Pariente family made its first appearance in 2013 with L’Apogée in Courchevel. The project was in partnership with Xavier Niel and Oetker Collection, and this first experience turned out to be a revelation. Since then, Maisons Pariente has come into its own, with the 2018 takeover of Hôtel Crillon Le Brave, a 5-star Relais & Châteaux establishment at the foot of Mont-Ventoux. Hôtel Lou Pinet will be opening in Saint-Tropez in spring 2019, and Le Coucou in December 2019. Other projects are under way in Paris. Gradually, Maisons Pariente is making its name in the sector with a clear positioning exclusively with 5-star hotels designed like private houses, where each address develops its own unique identity. Privileged havens where time stands still for a special moment away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Hotel Le Coucou is opening in December 2019. If you wish to get more information about the hotel, please call us on +44 20 7148 1778 or send us an enquiry.
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