Holidays in the Alps are commonly known for the winter sports lovers, but this world famous mountainous region sets the scene for an abundance of activities during the summer time too. It becomes a green alpine playground for those seeking new thrills, as well as an oasis of serenity where to unwind and relax. Moreover, to better complement the active and entertaining days outdoors, choosing to stay at a luxury chalet will be the ultimate pampering experience to start and end each holiday day in luxuriant comfort. Totalprestige Magazine hand-picked some of the best luxury chalets ideal for a summer retreat in the Alps.
Chalet San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge – Dolomites, Italy
When the snow melts, the Dolomites becomes a beautiful natural playground for holidaymakers seeking high altitude excursions in a peaceful, picturesque and dramatic landscape. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers a wide array of activities, from mountain climbing on the most beautiful via ferratas, mountain biking to family friendly hiking trails.
Coming to the Dolomites and staying at Chalet San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge is in itself a unique experience as the owners (Stefano and Giorgia) themselves are looking after the guests. The meals are deliciously prepared by Giorgia in the original ‘stübe’, then complimented by amazing regional wines selected by Stefano in the wine cellar. Stefano is not only passionate about wine, but also about wood cutting. It is also a great activity for kids as Stefano can involve the children to play with wood, teaching them how to cut it and build different objects, such as cars for boys and doll houses for girls. This mountain lodge represents the epitome of luxury as it features its own helipad and a stunning golf course situated at 1200 metres altitude. It is a one of a kind masterpiece created in collaboration with the renowned American golf course architect. Indulge in the ultimate luxury to have a private helicopter tour to view the majestic sights of the Dolomites peaks from the sky or even fly to Milan or Venice for a shopping spree.
Chalet Grace – Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is the dream of every mountain lover. In summer, in addition to the mountaineering, rock climbing, biking, hiking and extensive walking there are countless other activities to entertain the whole family or a group of friends who are looking for adventures while having breathtaking views of the majestic Matterhorn peak. Zermatt is the place of superlatives, with 38 four thousand-meter peaks surrounding this car free mountain resort. Here it is possible to ski all year round, but other summer activities are mountain lake swimming, fly fishing, tandem paragliding for spectacular views, walking around the Gornergorge Canyon walk or simply having a relaxing picnic on a green alpine meadow.
Staying at the chic and sumptuous chalet Grace which overlooks the whole Zermatt village and the Matterhorn, will add a unique touch of luxury to a deluxe summer holiday in the Swiss Alps. The dedicated team of staff are at hand to provide concierge services to offer to its guests a completely tailor made experience. Chalet Grace is located two minutes by electro- taxi from the Sunnegga lift and three minutes from the village centre, offering a central point to get access to the activities in the area.
Chalet Dalmore – Chamonix, France
Chamonix- Mont Blanc, known as Chamonix is one of the oldest ski resorts in the French Alps. The dazzling Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest mountain, offers a breathtaking backdrop to the pretty village of Chamonix. In the summertime this resort offers something for all types of travellers, whether they are looking for adventurous thrills or relaxation time with the family. Outdoor enthusiasts will find it hard to choose from the myriad of activities, such as hiking, rock climbing, rafting, canyoning, biking, paragliding, horse riding and summer toboganning. Moreover, Chamonix has a world class 18 hole golf course and also an excellent tennis club. In the summer the club runs courses for adults and children; or one off lessons can be booked with bilingual instructors too.
After an active day enjoying the stunning nature, retreating at the modern Chalet Dalmore will be a pampering experience filled with luxury. With stunning views of Mont Blanc, this five bedroom property features deluxe amenities for clients’ ultimate relaxation. Guests can completely unwind at the outdoor hot tub and heated swimming pool perfect for the summer days. Another highlight of the chalet is the spa area including an indoor sauna and massage room. For guests to fully indulge in luxury, there is a fantastic staff team composed of a private chef, hostess, housekeeper and a chalet manager. Guests who wish to enjoy wellness activities at their summer home, the chalet can host private yoga and Pilates sessions in order to make the most of the privacy and serenity brought by the scenic natural surroundings.