Here's a hen-do idea for the ski fanatics: the stunning alpine hideaway that is Chalet Du Vallon in Meribel is just the place to celebrate your last few days of freedom with your closest 'maids. 

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The chalet is spot-on: think contemporary cool open plan living with snuggly sofas, perfect for cosying up next to the roaring log-fire, all with a breathtaking backdrop of views across the valley.

Foodie's rejoice, the oh-so-pretty hamlet of Meribel Village, is just a minute's walk away - pop to the boulangerie for freshly baked baguette and croissants.

Back at the chalet it's all about the après ski and they cater for your every whim: from four course gastronomic feasts to scrumptious afternoon tea when you return wearily from the slopes, everything is executed to perfection.

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The newly introduced cookery lessons are a real highlight - why not learn to cook pan fried bream with a risotto of Chorizo, saffron and garden peas or apricot panacotta with chocolate tuiles? Delicious. Then sit back  sip champagne and munch canapés (served each evening by the fire).

With a massage or beauty treatment per guest and your very own chauffeur in resort, Chateau Du Vallon is delightfully decadent and gets our vote for the ultimate top-notch hen-do.

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Chalet Du Vallon, Meribel sleeps eight people and priced from £1,245 per person (based on exlcusive use, maximum occupancy).  This price includes return airport transfers, in-resort chauffeur service, 6 day 3 valley lift pass, a complimentary days ski guide, a massage or beauty treatment per person as well as breakfast cooked daily, afternoon tea, champagne and canapés each evening, dinner on six evenings, an open bar throughout the week.  Cookery lessons are included as well as a chauffeur in resort; www.averycrestchalets.com