Swap snowboards for skateboards, skis for mountain bikes and busy beaches for peaceful peaks: this is what to expect during a summer holiday at altitude.
Leave those gadgets and gizmos at home and enjoy some quality time with your family and friends in the mountains. Alongside skateboarding, mountain biking and walking, there’s also golf, swimming, white-water rafting and fishing on offer. Create lasting memories and marvel at the spectacular scenery in the great outdoors.
Well-loved ski company VIP SKI, will be opening 14 of its luxurious chalets to guests during the summer months under its summer name, VIP Chalets. Its beautiful accommodation can be found in resorts including Morzine, Les Gets and Alpe d’Huez grand domaine.
NEW: A luxurious stay at The Manoir in Morzine, France, this summer
Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax or indulge that inner-adrenaline junkie, there’s plenty on offer in Morzine, a traditional French village in the Portes du Soleil region. Enjoy swimming, walking, white-water rafting, fishing, mountain biking and many other activities in the sweeping valleys.
Opening on 22 June 2017, and new for this season, stay at The Manoir which is based in the heart of Morzine and just 200 metres away from the lifts. Built in 1790, and once the home of the local Notary, The Manoir has been completely renovated with all the modern-day essentials. Guests can relax in the spacious house with five en-suite bedrooms (three of which offer an extra bed for children), two airy lounges one with flat-screen TV, a magnificent dining room, and a hot tub affording incredible views. The Manoir can be booked on a room-by-room basis (three nights minimum stay), but it is the ideal chalet for a larger group of family or friends to book sole occupancy. Fire up the BBQ and dine on delectable local produce, while enjoying a glass of smooth Savoie wine and watching the sun set behind the massifs.
VIP Chalets offers half-board accommodation for the first time at The Manoir, which includes breakfast and a three course evening meal with wine. Breakfast can be served on the terrace with stunning views of the Alps, weather permitting, of course. Prices for the 2017 summer season start from £65 pp per night (two sharing) on a half board basis. For more details visit: www.vip-chalets.com
Reasons to visit now: What’s new in Morzine?
New for this summer, Nadia Stragliati, who created Altura Yoga, is working with the Morzine Tourist Board to offer holidaymakers a weekend of yoga and Nordic walking from 17 to 18 June 2017. Nadia has been teaching Vinyasa and Yin yoga in Morzine for five years and offers retreats and hikes around the area.
Trail Running: training courses and trail-running sessions are open to the general public and to competitors hoping to improve their performance, over one or several days, organised and coached by the CESNI (National & International Sporting Studies Centre). A centre created in 1992 after the Olympic Games in Albertvile, which has chosen to work with Morzine to support and develop trail-running.
To do the running, but not the mountain climbing, Morzine is offering trail running routes that use the ski lifts to avoid the steep slopes at the start of the route and to skip straight up to the mountain ridges with 360° panoramic views. Bypassing the steep uphill allows access to natural trail-running routes offering the essence of mountain the sport: spectacular landscapes and varied terrain (single tracks and forest trails between woodlands, mountain meadows and the summits).
Family Value: The Multi Pass is a pass for those who want to experience everything the mountains have to offer at a great price with free and unlimited access to more than 50 activities in the 12 resorts in the Portes du Soleil area: lifts for pedestrians, swimming pools including the aquatic centre in Morzine, swimming lakes, tennis courts, cultural sites, ice-rinks, tourist trains, mini-golf courses and shuttle, buses to link the resorts, hiking on the Nyon trail, relaxing by the side of the pool, summer sledging… Everything you need to get the most you can out of your family holidays without counting your euros,
In parallel, many activity providers offer a minimum of 10 % reduction upon presentation of your MultiPass card.
Cycling: This year is the 200th anniversary of cycling and where better to go than Morzine where there are sports shops with specialised bike services: road-bike rental, sale of accessories, service and repairs.
There is a large choice of routes that start in Morzine: organised outings with a map and a description including details of distance, metres of climbing, profiles, estimated time, water stops are all available.
Whilst VIP Chalets offers bike-friendly accommodation that offers all the little extras that cyclists need: secure bike storage, laundry service or facilities, catering suitable for hungry cyclists, early breakfast and picnics available on request, weather reports, Wi-Fi etc.
To top it all off there are professional competitions and public events open to non-elite cyclists.
VIP Chalets has introduced childcare service in Morzine, Les Gets & Alpe d’Huez.So parents can enjoy the mountains with the added convenience of a qualified spare pair of hands. VIP’s private nannies will care for children in the familiar surroundings of the chalet, meaning toys, comforters and spare clothes are always within reach. Children can enjoy a variety of fun outdoor activities including swimming, gondola trips, picnics and, if brave enough, even a trip down the luge. There is a mixture of options and level of care from a half-day stints to a full week. Prices start from £60 per child for a half day. For more details visit www.vip-chalets.com
Other options in Morzine, from VIP Chalets
VIP Chalets offers eight first-class chalets in Morzine, including The Manoir, Chalet Kenai, Chalet Nevada, Chalet Valdez, Chalet Berger, Chalet Alaska, Chalet Kaila and Little Lumi. Each one is ideal for families, groups of friends or couples wanting to experience a wonderful summer adventure. The chalets can be booked for self-catered, B&B or half-board breaks and the exceptional staff are on hand every day to ensure guests get the most out of their stay. Each holiday can be tailored to specific requirements, removing all the hassle and leaving families and friends to relax, recharge and rejuvenate. Dogs are also accepted in Morzine properties (on request), so there’s no need to look up your local kennels.
For more information about VIP Chalets please visit www.vip-chalets.com or call 0208 875 1957.