While most people associate the Alps with winter holidays, there is actually just as much, or maybe even more, to do in summer. Hiking through valleys, biking along pristine lakes, soaring through the skies paragliding, skiing on glaciers – the adventures are endless. To make the most of this excellent summer vacation destination, our experts at Ultimate Luxury Chalets have launched a new site, Alps In Luxury, focused entirely on summer trips in the region. They’ve recommended the following excellent resorts, activities and chalets for an exciting and luxurious summer Alpine getaway.
With the backdrop of the majestic Matterhorn and surrounded by vibrant green meadows, Zermatt is a summer paradise, especially for trekking and mountain biking. Hop aboard the Gornergrat train to reach this 3,135 meter Swiss resort and you’ll be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views of the whole Alps in addition to all of the charms of this traditional mountain town.
In summer it beckons eager skiers who come for its Matterhorn glacier. At 3,883 metres, it’s open year round and is the highest European summer skiing area. Since Zermatt faces south and borders Italy, that means it receives plenty of sunshine and boasts warm temperatures. The perfect climate for hiking along its great trails into the mountains and around gorgeous glacial lakes, which you can linger to admire on a lunchtime picnic or stop for a cool swim. Mountain biking is also popular and you can even do water-skiing in nearby Tasch. Zermatt offers a stunning location for a chic, outdoorsy summer holiday in Switzerland.
Where to Stay in Zermatt: Chalet Grace
The gorgeous Chalet Grace is one of the most luxurious holiday rentals in Zermatt. Found on a south-facing hillside in the exclusive Petit Village area and three minutes from the village centre, it’s an ideal base for a spectacular summer vacation in the Swiss Alps.
The stylish 500m² chalet sleeps up to 12. Expansive views of the phenomenal scenery can be savored throughout thanks to floor to ceiling windows. The spacious open-plan lounge includes a stone fireplace and a raised dining area that opens onto large outdoor living spaces with comfortable loungers, chairs and tables. Next to the lounge is a well-equipped games room and home cinema room. Several of the en-suite bedrooms feature panoramas of the Matterhorn and surrounding mountains. There is also a glass fronted wellness area with a sauna, shower room, massage room, a large pilates/yoga space with ambient lighting and music, as well as an outdoor hot tub.
In summertime sunbathe by a mountain lake with a Matterhorn in the backdrop as your chef prepares a gourmet barbecue while adventurers can do some mountain climbing or take a helicopter tour to view the Alpine peaks. Breathe in the fresh mountain air, relax and the excellent staff at the Chalet Grace will take care of the rest. Contact Ultimate Luxury Chalets/Alps In Luxury here for more information.
Verbier might be best known for its well connected network of snow fields, however, with over 500 kilometres of hiking trails it is an excellent choice for summertime mountain vacations. It also attracts a great deal of mountain bikers thanks to its 826 kilometres of biking trails and thrilling bike park. Those craving more thrills can test out the area’s canyoning, hydro-speeding and paragliding or others seeking more leisurely pursuits can take their clubs out at Verbier’s two golf courses. Rock climbers can scale Mont-Fort to admire some of the most jaw-dropping views of the Swiss and French Alps including the peaks of Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. At the end of an active day, treat yourself to a seasonal specialities at one many excellent local restaurants in the resort.
Where to Stay in Verbier: Chalet Nyumba
With accommodation for up to 16, a fabulous private spa and breathtaking views, the Nyumba is an ideal summer retreat in Verbier to gather together friends and family. Perched high above the village, it offers privacy whilst only being a five minute drive from the town centre.
Meaning “home” in Swahili, The expansive 500m² Nyumba spreads over four floors and features a refined mix of alpine character and African artwork. The main living room has a double height ceiling and is furnished in worn leather sofas and comfortable wooden furniture. There is a cinema room with a projector screen and extensive DVD library as well as a large playroom for the kids with an abundance of toys and games.
The luxurious spa includes an L shaped pool with adjustable floor depth and swimming current (the floor can also be lowered or raised for children or converted into a dance floor), a hammam/steam room, an indoor and exterior spa, sauna and bar. Adjacent to the spa is a massage room where a variety of treatments can be arranged.
Guests can make the most of the long summer days lounging on the sunny terraces and enjoying outdoors meals prepared on the barbecue, soaking in the hot tub and taking in the amazing views of the mountains. Your days can be filled with the wide array of activities and events taking place in Verbier during summer. Guides, equipment and lift passes to access its vast biking trails can all be arranged and tips on hiking trails, other summer activities and the best places to eat can be happily provided.
For larger groups, there is also a self-contained chocolate box chalet, the Mazot, which sleeps up to 6, located next to the Nyumba (with a separate kitchenette and dining area). Find out more about renting one or both chalets through Ultimate Luxury Chalets here.
For an authentic French Alpine experience come to this sublime valley. The town exudes quintessential charm with its traditional buildings and friendly locals. Mountaineers needn’t look any further for their summer holiday destination as it was in this valley that the sport was born. The sixteen by two kilometer valley has a fabulous array of mountains to climb including the world famous Mont Blanc peak.
The areas of Brevent and Flegere, on the sunny, south side of the valley, are populated with hiking and mountain biking trails, mountain lakes and feature exceptional views across the valley towards Mont Blanc. Experienced bikers and trekkers can take on the challenging 200km trail circling Mont Blanc. Other active pursuits include parapenting, cliff jumping, canyoning down glacial lakes and coves, whitewater rafting and tree top assault courses – exciting summer fun for the whole family.
Where to Stay in the Chamonix Valley: Chalet Amazon Creek
Nestled in the forest next to the charming village of Les Bossons, this vast chalet offers sweeping views of the Aiguille du Midi, excellent luxury amenities and accommodation for up to ten guests.
The comfortable living area is furnished with soft chocolate leather sofas and chic zebra patterned armchairs. Paintings of mountain scenes and an open log fireplace add to its cozy ambiance. The bedrooms are decorated in neutral tons, have plasma screens, DVDs and Bose iPod stations and en-suite bathrooms, most with tubs and showers. There is a cinema room, a luxury spa equipped with hamman/steam room, sauna, sunken indoor Jacuzzi and treatment room, however in summer guests spend more time outdoors in the split-level swimming pool and hot tub.
The chalet comes with a chalet manager who ensures everything goes smoothly and oversees all aspects of your stay as well as daily housekeeping. A private chef can be made available at an additional fee for some or all of your dining.
Enjoy the best of the Chamonix Valley in summer by contacting Ultimate Luxury Chalets at this link.
Part of the Portes Du Soleil mountain region, meaning “the door of the sun,” Morzine is an extremely popular (and sunny) summer holiday spot. Your days can be filled with hiking in around fresh mountain lakes, biking in the mountains or a range of different bike parks, hitting the waters via canoe, pedalo, kayak or stand-up paddle board at Lac Montriond or even doing some caving/pot-holing. There’s really something for everyone from fishing to horseback riding and from golf to geocaching. Alternatively, have a quiet moment at the cinema or meandering the wonderful selections of shops in town.
Where to Stay in Morzine: Chalet M
Sleeping up to 14, Chalet M’s prominent position on the sunny side of Morzine grants it stupendous views across the resort and the slopes of Pleney and Nyon.
Decorated in a bright, contemporary style, it also has classic touches like the custom-designed walnut dining table made by local craftsmen and a gorgeous fireplace, a favorite gathering place in the evenings for socialising and playing games. Other entertainment can be enjoyed in the cinema/games room, however, most summertime guests prefer spending time on its expansive terrace or in its outdoor jacuzzi both overlooking Morzine and the stunning mountains. Relax indoors in the chalet’s sauna, drench shower or massage room where in-house treatments change to arranged at an additional charge. All bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms, some have balconies and there is one bunk room that sleeps up to six, perfect for the kids.
Guests adore the special events held in summer in Morzine and Les Gets as well as other summer activities like swimming, tennis, hiking, mountain biking and golfing. Start planning your perfect family escape at the Chalet M in Morzine here.
Steeped in history, Megeve was built around a medieval church dating back to 1202, as such the town has a lovely traditional Haute-Savoie style. It is found in the Mont Blanc region of France which guarantees you stunning scenery, crystal lakes and lush green forests. Situated just over an hour from the Geneva airport, it is one of the most convenient summer vacation places in the Alps. With over 150 kilometres of marked hiking trails and 300 kilometres of sign-posted biking trails, making it a fantastic destination for active families. The town also stays alive with summer from international polo to the Tour de France which often passes through in July.
Where to Stay in Megeve: Chalet Mouka
Located near the Princesse lift station and a short drive to the centre of the prestigious resort of Megeve is this lovely contemporary chalet. Sleeping up to 14 and with spacious open plan living areas, it is ideal for a summer family holiday in the Alps.
The ground floor the chalet features a large living room with several lounges and large bay windows showcasing spectacular views of the nearby Aigulles de Warens. The master bedroom is located on the upper level and has an en-suite bathroom and toasty fireplace. The bottom floor is home to five of the six bedrooms, one of which is the children’s bedroom with two bunk beds.
Guest can savor the beauty of this picturesque resort, the natural splendor of the area and the luxurious comforts of this 5-star chalet. Let the Ultimate Luxury Chalets team assist you with planning the perfect holiday in Megeve at this link.