If ski-in / ski-out access isn't enough to lure you into Méribel's hottest new opening, the sumptuous interiors will surely do the trick.
Perched on the Belvédère in Méribel, new hotel Le Coucou is the name on everyone's lips thanks to its stylish interiors by artist-designer Pierre Yovanovitch.
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The design-focused interiors offera sculptural, modern twist on classic Alpine design, and they're a breath of fresh air.
The55-room luxury hotel comes withtwo private chalets, two swimming pools (one indoor and one outdoor), a stunning spa, two restaurants and sweeping mountain views, but it's the interiors that are the real draw.
High-ceilinged interiors are lined in light wood, bespoke furniture and Yovanovitch’s signature pared-back aesthetic.
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Warm colours and contemporary artwork set the tone, while furniture designed by Yavanovitch takes on a fun, seventies twist.
A selection of over 160 artworks personally curated by Yovanovitch is dotted around, as well as the occasional cuckoo clock – a wink to the hotel's name.
Guests access the mountainside hotel via a lobby lined with pine sourced from nearby forests.
Below a domed ceiling is a nature-themed fresco by artist Matthieu Cosse depicting owls soaring across mountain ridges and nesting amongst gnarled trees.
The bedrooms have warm, terracotta-coloured walls, polka-dot carpets and frosted-glass light fittings.
While the smaller rooms feature Yovanovitch's sheepskin-upholstered Bear chairs – which boast cute, ear-like protrusions from the backrests – larger suites have been completed with curved velvet sofas where guests can enjoy breakfast or drinks.
The Tata Harper Spa offers six treatment cabins including a spacious spa suite.
In addition to a new spa, Le Coucou’s two new heated indoor and outdoor pools are separated by a glass window, while the fitness area offers panoramic views across the peaks with state-of-the-art fitness equipment.
The heated indoor pool is framed bya series of arched niches that cocoon loungers and side tables...
...While the heated outdoor pool offers up-close views of the snowy summits.
The hotel's staggering mountainous surroundings became a "natural focal point" for designer Pierre Yovanovitch, and fromevery vantage point, full advantage is taken of the views of Belvedere’s snowy peaks.
The hotel's Beefbar restaurant has been finished with cherry-red seating banquettes and dining tables inlaid with patterned tiles.
There is also a secondary restaurant called Bianca Neve, entirely dedicated to Italian cuisine.
Photography byJerome Galland