With fantastic hiking paths, countless biking trails and spectacular views of sparkling lakes and sweeping valleys, it’s no wonder the Alps are a popular summer holiday destination. Guests staying in the alpine resort of Les Gets with VIP Chalets will discover a wide range of new thrill-seeking activties and events making it the ideal destination this summer.
Awarded the Famille Plus Montagne quality-label, the village of Les Gets offers the very best for fun family holidays in the summer such as hiking trails, a recreation area at Les Ecoles Lake, the oldest wooden merry-go-round, a petting farm and more. Thrill-seekers can also choose from a wide range of activities in the water, in the air, on horseback or even up in the trees, there is something for everyone.
Here are the regional highlights for summer 2017…
NEW: The “Wibit Park: A New Concept In Inflatable Water Fun
Christened “Wibit park des Gets”, the Ecoles Lake and activity area are launching a new giant inflatable creating a water play area which includes slides, a water trampoline and even a human catapult. This new innovation in inflatable water play, offers unlimited fun in both swimming pools and lakes and is suitable for everyone. Open every day from 23 June to 27 August 2017 (ages six years and above).
NEW: A Mountain Bike Chrono Park
For those wanting to time themselves over a downhill mountain bike course, a timing system will be installed on one of the Bike park descents. It will register the descent time, analyse speed variations and compare them with those of the World Champion Loïc Bruni, a Les Gets Ambassador.
NEW: Get Fit Solo – Self-Service Fitness Workshops
Holidaymakers can get fit in Les Gets this summer with a new open-air gym featuring a cross trainer, rowing machine, cross-country ski simulator and abdominal boards, all while enjoying the stunning natural surroundings of the Ecoles Lake. Parents can get well deserved me-time while kids can paddle and play in the nearby water slides watched over by qualified life-guards.
Restoration of Historic Merry-Go-Round
The oldest merry-go-round in France has been fully resorted to its former glory and will re-open this summer in the Place de la Maison des Gets. It will be presented to the public as a “Museum Piece” and this rare monument to Fairground Art will come back to life in the village centre, giving holidaymakers the opportunity to enjoy the iconic 145 year old merry-go-round once again.
New: 100 Skies – Relaxation Event
Open to adults, children and families, the 100 Skies wellness event is the perfect chance for holidaymakers to disconnect, unwind and take time for themselves. Hosted by Barbara (Yoga teacher) and Catherine Wagner (Energy therapist) there will be group workshops from 19 – 23 July 2017 with a choice of individual à la carte treatments lasting from 45 minutes to 2 hours in length or longer. A variety of techniques includes yoga, Pilates and fit ballet to stretch and strengthen the body. Auto-hypnosis will also be available along with other less-known practices such as wutao, qi-gong, Toltec agreements and tactile workshops using clay. The courses will be held either inside or outside in beautiful natural locations including the Ecoles Lake, Mont Chéry opposite Mont Blanc or at the Ferme de la Sarre.
For more information: www.lesgets.com/evenements
Les Gets Vintage Golf Cup
On Sunday 13 August 2017 Les Gets will go back in time by celebrating the elegant and glamorous golfing attire of bygone times with its Vintage Golf Club. In the sumptuous natural surroundings of the Les Gets 18-hole golf course, various activities will take place throughout the day including; a stock exchange, a drive and putting competition using old wooden clubs, a traditional barber and an old-fashioned photographer. A music-hall style evening with accordion music will bring this special day to a close and give participants the opportunity to sample delicious local produce.
For more information: www.lesgets.com/golfvintage
Family Value: The Multi Pass is 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, 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.
Well-loved ski company VIP SKI, will be opening its luxury chalet, Altitude Lodge during the summer months under its summer name, VIP Chalets. Altitude Lodge is located at 1530 metres in a unique position just above the golf course in Les Gets. The funky urban interior boasts lift access to nine bedrooms sleeping 18-29 people, including five family rooms, some with balconies and terraces, each with flat screen TV and three with private outdoor hot tubs. The hotel includes a bar, lounge terrace, two small private lounges with flat screen entertainment, and private hot tubs and resort staff will be on hand every day to ensure that guests get the very most out of their stay.
Prices for this summer start from £65 per person per night at Altitude Lodge on Half Board. For more information visit www.vip-chalets.com or call 0208 875 1957. Les Gets – open from 10 June to 1 Sept 2017.
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 half-day stints to a full week. Prices start from £60 per child for a half day.