We all look forward to their summer holidays but choosing a sun-filled destination doesn’t just have to involve lazing on the beach all day. Heading to the Alps has become increasingly popular with people looking for sunshine as well as wanting to experience fresh air, beautiful scenery and an array of attractions including local markets, alpine restaurants and of course, fantastic outdoor activities.
Here are our picks for the most popular resorts and some of our favourite chalets…
Perfectly positioned on the gloriously sunny, south-facing Swiss mountains; Verbier offers magnificent landscapes with the second biggest nature reserve in Switzerland and panoramic views of Mount-Blanc. With an incredible 826km of biking tracks, 500km of signposted walking trails, plenty of rock climbing, para-gliding and two golf courses - you will never struggle for things to do!
The Lodge, Verbier
The lodge is a perfect alpine summer escape. This spectacular luxury chalet is split over five floors with a private lift, accommodating 18 guest and 6 children, or alternatively you can book just one very special individual room for your stay. After an active day on the mountains, The Lodge provides a unique, luxurious setting with a private spa treatments, tailored menus, indoor pool with Jacuzzi and a fantastic chalet team at your service.
** SPECIAL OFFER: 4 nights for the price of 3 for stays at The Lodge between 3rd June and 26th September**
Chamonix is one of the most popular summer destination in the Alps and is a great choice for families with children. If you’re looking for a relaxing holiday in the sunshine there is a beautiful lake with water-sports, sightseeing tours to popular destinations such as Mont Blanc and weekly markets to enjoy.
Amazon Creek, Chamonix
Chalet Amazon Creek is nestled in tranquil woodland by a mountain stream and has breath-taking views of Aiguille de Midi. Amazon Creek is one of the most luxurious and picturesque ski chalets in the Mount Blanc valley with its vast living areas, luxury spa, cinema room and outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi to enjoy.
**SPECIAL OFFER: 30% off your summer stay at Amazon Creek**
The only resort to claim that it offer 365 days of skiing a year meaning you can shred the slopes in the morning and soak up the sun in the afternoon! Zermatt is a beautiful resort that is especially popular with mountain climbing and biking enthusiasts but there are also fantastic walking trails, sports centres and even a beach where you can water ski, fishing or just lay back and relax!
Heinz Julen Loft, Zermatt
This breath-taking Manhattan style loft is a unique and very spacious apartment designed by the famous local architect Heinz Julen, who once owned it as his private home where he hosted rock star parties! The Heinz Julen loft boasts floor to ceiling glass walls, with fantastic views over the village and allowing the sunshine to flood in. This fabulous 3 bedroom apartment is in a very central location which means it’s the perfect base for activities!
Morzine is the hub of outdoor activity in summer with so many to choose from including horseback riding, canoeing, hot air ballooning, disco golf, caving and even ‘geo-catching’ (a GPS treasure hunt!)…you won’t know which one to try first!
Summer in Morzine has a much more laid-back feel with flower displays spilling off balconies over the town’s bars and restaurants filling their sunny terraces that open onto pavements with people enjoying a warm summer evenings with a refreshing glass of french rose.
Chalet Twenty 26, Morzine
This beautiful, contemporary luxury chalet is located in a private, idyllic location close to the centre of Morzine. Twenty 26 has 6 ensuite bedrooms is set over four floors with a superb 50m2 living area of 50m2 with a wraparound balcony which offers stunning views of Point De Nyon. This is the perfect retreat for a relaxing summer break with a dedicated spa and outside spa deck which has a sunken hot tub with beautiful cedar barrel sauna and treatment rooms.