Changing coat at every season, the mountain never ceases to surprise us. This summer, it invites us to rediscover a feeling of plenitude in all simplicity. A beautiful way to remind us that it has always been in us. So, we bring you our favourite destinations for your holidays at altitude as well as the best luxury hotels with spa where to stay!
Les Houches: a 100% mountain destination
Between the heart of the Chamonix Valley and the foot of Mont Blanc, the village of Les Houches welcomes you in an exceptional environment. The goal? To make you discover the infinite richness of the mountain. These are declined notably through endless outdoor activities. First of all, hiking, biking or horseback riding. Then, speed and splashes with canyoning, hydrospeed or rafting. But above all, the adrenaline and the surpassing of oneself with sports activities such as mountain biking, tennis or paragliding.
Do you want to unravel the mysteries of this nature and tame it further? Head for the Carlaveyron nature reserve! Presented as an aquatic garden crowned with glaciers, it has a specific and rare flora. This can be explained by the combination of humidity and altitude, and is a grandiose ode to contemplation.
Finally, animal lovers will appreciate the animal park of Merlet. Here marmots, ibexes, chamois and deer roam free in their vast natural habitat. Expect a completely serene moment in the company of animals that are not so wild!
Staying in a hotel with spa in Les Houches
We naturally recommend the excellent hotel Les Granges d’en Haut. With its chalets harmoniously combining noble and modern materials, this 5-star residence offers a full immersion in a Savoyard universe and a serene atmosphere. In addition, there is a breathtaking view of the Chamonix Valley, the Aiguille du Midi and Mont Blanc. Enjoy the fresh local produce on the terrace.
Megève: between enchantment and alpine traditions
You will love Megève with its case set with massifs such as the Giffre, Beaufortin and the Aravis chain. Indeed, it is a real escape in the heart of a preserved nature leading to many activities. Thus, you will be able to touch the sky during a discovery of mountaineering or from a paraglider. Similarly, you will be able to take beautiful walks with your feet in the water around an excursion in the Belle au Bois canyon. Finally, golf enthusiasts will inevitably go to the Golf du Mont d’Arbois. This 18-hole golf course, managed with respect for the environment, opens up a fantastic panorama in a setting reminiscent of the French garden.
But above all: Megève is to visit a charming Savoyard village and its exceptional heritage. To follow in the footsteps of the past through historic monuments, we recommend the superb Chemin du Calvaire. Don’t worry, it only has a calvary in its name and invites you to a peaceful excursion with fifteen chapels and oratories as a guideline. On the program: architecture, sculpture and painting recalling the life and passion of Christ. A unique heritage to be discovered during an idyllic walk… A beautiful discovery!
Staying in a hotel with spa in Megève
If you are tempted by the quality of a 5-star service where everything is thought out for your well-being, the Fer à Cheval is for you. Indeed, this hotel with the allure of a chic chalet is situated halfway between pleasure and greediness. It will be just as pleasant to go there with two people or with friends and just as difficult to leave. Finally, each room is unique, each memory tinged with marvellous… It’s the ideal place to recharge your batteries and let go.
La Clusaz: for family outings
Wander through a huge open-air playground! Labelled Famille Plus, La Clusaz is a resort that offers a wide range of activities between lakes and mountains. Your children will have the choice among many surprises. To name but a few: archery, golf, geocaching, the Aravis water park, ice skating rink, summer tobogganing, etc… The older children will be able to take to the mountains through sporting, aerial or aquatic activities and recharge their batteries in contact with nature.
La Clusaz is above all a wide range of choices in a vast and preserved nature. You will enjoy the sun, the valley and the fresh air at the same time for a stay in complete tranquillity. It is also an opportunity to taste the local gastronomy: reblochon, diots, sausage and wines of Haute-Savoie…
Finally, it is the meeting place for hiking enthusiasts. Thus, you will be able to go to the Trou de la Mouche. It is two interconnected combes, a geological curiosity facing a grandiose panorama. Similarly, from the Gramusset Refuge to the Pointe Percée, you can take a magnificent walk leading to the highest point of the Aravis. Don’t forget to bring sturdy shoes and a good helmet! Perhaps you will be lucky enough to enjoy a spectacular sunset over the entire Northern Alps.
Staying in a hotel with spa in La Clusaz
No need to go very far: Au Coeur du Village, the only 5-star hotel in La Clusaz awaits you. In a resolutely mountain world, comfort is brought to you in all its variations. Enjoy a well-deserved relaxation break at the Cristal Spa. Similarly, it will be delicate not to succumb to the delights of the restaurant “Le Coeur”, concocted with great creativity by the chef Vincent Deforce.
Saint-Nicolas de Véroce: for the discovery of oneself and one’s heritage
Situated on a balcony of the Mont Blanc massif, Saint-Nicolas de Véroce is a charming and peaceful village. Naturally, it is an authentic village of Haute-Savoie and has a precious heritage. Amongst this, there is its church, a jewel of baroque art that is among the most beautiful in the Mont Blanc region. Similarly, you can retrace the history of the village through the Museum of Sacred Art and its Hidden Treasure. Finally, the Baroque Trail is a beautiful walk linking churches, chapels and oratories. And this, from Saint-Nicolas de Combloux to Contamines Montjoie. Between typical houses, old farms, picturesque hamlets and landscapes adorned with herds, the stress of everyday life gives way to the present moment.
Don’t forget to prolong this experience of fullness and take a break from the stress of everyday life at the thermal baths of Saint-Gervais. Thanks to the age-old water that cures ailments and restores the spirit, the thermal baths deliver a regenerating experience. A must-see if you haven’t already done so.
Staying in a hotel with spa in Saint-Nicolas de Véroce
If you’re looking for a difference, you’ll be conquered by the Armancette! On the one hand, you will find rooms with unique decorations, decorated with rare materials from the five continents. On the other hand, the gastronomic restaurant “La Table d’Armante” will delight your taste buds thanks to local products carefully prepared by Antoine Westermann, chef with three Michelin stars. Rest assured: this small haven of peace offers a pure experience of happiness.
Les Gets: the eclectic destination
If you’re looking for a picturesque resort with charm you’ve come to the right place! Les Gets is situated between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, in the heart of the Portes du Soleil area. This mountain village is a real corner of paradise with stone and wooden chalets. It is not far from the village of Les Lindarets where the goats frolic happily, which we obviously recommend you to visit. While nature lovers will enjoy getting lost in the mountains, sports enthusiasts will also be delighted. For example, we have in mind the Bikepark des Gets, a mountain bike area that can easily be adapted to all tastes and levels.
Still in the realm of sensations, the School Lake offers slides, a water park, beach volleyball, a multi-sports ground and even inflatable KidsPark. A superb setting to refresh yourself and create unforgettable memories with friends or family. Similarly, lovers of gastronomy will find many restaurants with a variety of cuisines (notably the restaurant Les Chevrelles, a treat for both the eyes and the taste buds). As for cultural outings, the museum of mechanical music offers a timeless immersion with a unique collection of about 800 pieces. A real enchantment that is revealed and listened to around a timeless exhibition.
Staying in a hotel with spa in Les Gets
For a cocooning stay combining tradition and modernity, head for La Marmotte, la Tapiaz & Spa. This Chalet-Hotel with its unusual objects and large bay windows with panoramic views of the mountain invites you in a friendly atmosphere. This is the editor’s favourite for a very simple reason: it feels like home. Isn’t that the real definition of well-being?
All in all, we wish you a great adventure under the Savoyard sun!