Winter in the Alps is a truly magical experience, but summer in the Alps is equally as special, and even more unique. Once the winter season comes to an end, skis are replaced by mountain bikes and the mountains are alive with hikers and explorers.
With an abundance of fun and thrilling adrenaline fuelled activities, breathtaking mountain scenery and some of the most luxurious chalets at a fraction of the winter price, a summer holiday to the Alps will certainly not disappoint.
These chalets are some of the very best mountain retreats that include a fully catered service during the summer months in the Alps, similar to the winter months. Their outstanding views, wellness facilities, outdoor entertainment areas and exceptional service, all make for the perfect alpine adventure with family or friends.
Chalet Sapphire, Morzine
Nestled in the hillside with incredible views over Morzine towards the Pleney, Chalet Sapphire has certainly been built without compromise and is no doubt amongst the finest properties in the Alps. The fabulous outdoor area is the perfect place to make the most of the warm summer evenings. Guests can enjoy a delicious barbeque, followed by some quality family time toasting marshmallows on the fire, then finishing the evening stargazing in the hot tub. This chalet is ideal for a relaxing summer break to the mountains, with wellness facilities that rival those in a 5* hotel and forest trails starting at the foot of the garden for those seeking a little adventure.
Dining is taken seriously in Chalet Sapphire and the special summer catered service is designed to allow flexibility. Guests will be able to select lunch or dinner enabling them to enjoy their outdoor lifestyle of the mountains with alfresco dining at lunchtime or take a day trip and enjoy a delicious meal in the evening. There are also signature dining concepts like the Kaiseki fine dining Japanese tasting menu and the special Breakfast Club.
For guests wanting a relaxing retreat to the Alps whilst indulging in pure luxury, Chalet Sapphire is the perfect match.
Chalet Zermatt Peak, Zermatt
In true James Bond style, the extremely exclusive Chalet Zermatt Peak can only be accessed through a private tunnel. This utterly private chalet is in a landmark position in Zermatt, boasting spectacular views overlooking the village and the iconic Matterhorn. Once inside, guests will be greeted by interior that oozes style, luxury and panache and of course, views that will take their breath away.
For the summer months, this stunning chalet has a special bucket list package where guests can arrive in style with private helicopter transfers and see the beautiful village from new heights with a breathtaking sightseeing flight. For the perfect day in the alpine sunshine, the concierge team can plan a secluded mountain picnic, organise private wine tasting in a local vineyard, luxury shopping trips or, for those that fancy something a little more exhilarating, an ascent of a 4,000m peak.
After a fabulous day discovering what the Alps has to offer in the summer months, guests can make the most of a whole floor dedicated to wellness, soaking up the sunshine from the outdoor jacuzzi, with a glass of vintage champagne in hand of course. The terrace area is the ideal place to enjoy some refreshing cocktails, followed by an alfresco gourmet meal, prepared by the Michelin star Swiss chef.
If guests are looking to experience a summer retreat where pampering is at the forefront of the mind, Chalet Zermatt Peak is the ultimate catered summer chalet.
Chalet Chouqui, Verbier
Full of wonderful character with traditional English charm and offering uninterrupted views of Mont Blanc Massif, it’s clear to see why Chalet Chouqui is one of the most luxurious summer alpine retreats. Guests can watch the sensational sunset whilst feasting on a delicious gourmet meal sitting on the extensive outdoor terrace, or simply kick back and relax on one of the loungers with a gin and tonic in hand. If a day of exploring the Alps has worn guests out, they can take a dip in the 15m swimming pool, said to be one of the largest private indoor pools in Verbier, or savour the jaw-dropping views from the sunken outdoor hot tub.
Whether guests want to spend their days unwinding in the fabulous spa facilities, or they want to discover all of the thrilling activities that Verbier has to offer, their every whim will be taken care of at this beautiful chalet.
Chalet Chouqui has everything guests could wish for and more, in one of the most exclusive resorts in the world.
Ferme de Moudon, Les Gets
Arriving at the intensely private Ferme de Moudon, tucked away in its own grounds, will instantly feel magical. This chocolate box style chalet is full of history and charm, with the traditional architecture and authentic features of this 17th Century farmhouse having been preserved. Inside this beautiful chalet lies a chic and contemporary interior, yet with its relaxing and welcoming ambience, guests will feel completely at home.
Guests can embrace the incredible natural surroundings and take in the exceptional views across the valley whilst making the most of the fabulous spa facilities. Slide into the sunken outdoor hot tub and gaze out onto the pine forest and breathe in the fresh mountain air. With nothing but spectacular scenery and the sound of the stream rushing by, guests are sure to forget all of their worries in this summer hideaway.
For a summer break to the mountains in a charming chalet full of personality, Ferme de Moudon will be sure to delight.
Tivoli Lodge, Davos
Combining traditional chalet charm with modern and contemporary touches, Tivoli Lodge is the perfect place for a family holiday to the Alps in the summer. This stunning chalet is private and secluded, offering spectacular south facing views of the Engadine Valley and the surrounding majestic mountains.
Set in vast grounds, this mountain retreat has plenty to keep the children entertained, with a sandpit, swings and trampoline. Taking centre stage is the incredible two-storey soft play area where up to 20 children can play until their heart's content! Adults can take advantage of the wonderful spa area and treat themselves to a bit of much-needed pampering.
After a fun-filled day in the mountains and in the chalet, guests can make the most of the warm summer evenings and dine alfresco. This is where the chef's real passion for food and wine will come alive. Using only the finest ingredients and seasonal, local produce whenever possible, guests can indulge in some of the most delicious food they will have tasted, whilst watching the sun set on another beautiful day in the mountains.
For those who like to take a more relaxed approach to a summer holiday, needn't look further than Tivoli Lodge.