Plush mountain hideaways ideal for ‘no snow needed’ summer getaways luxury alpine escape specialists.
Chalet breaks needn’t be confines to the winter months, with plenty on offer at traditional snowsport destinations to keep luxury-seekers more than happy when the heat of summer sets in. To help inspire those tired of the usual fly-and-flop beach escapes, Alpine Guru, specialists in luxurious mountain breaks, have launched a brand new collection of ‘No Snow Chalets’; available from just £90pp per night.
From one of Switzerland’s most impressive chalets in the midst of a walker's’ paradise, to a remote spa retreat in the French Alps and a foodie haven in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains, the No Snow Chalet collection has properties to suit all types of luxury traveller. Highlights of the new collection below, with all available to view at www.alpineguru.com/2016/05/no-snow-chalets-chalets-summer
Secluded spa hideaway accessible via boat- Le Grand Joux, Graydon, French Alps
Tucked away at the foot of the Roc d’Enfer in the tranquil mountain hamlet of Graydon is Le Grand Joux; a luxurious, remote chalet escape for up to 10 guests, perfect for a relaxing summer spa retreat. Accessible via boat across a lake throughout the summer months, this secluded sanctuary offers seriously impressive yet comfortable interiors as well as its own private spa. The spa itself comes complete with indoor swimming pool, steam room, dry flotation bath and massage room, whilst outside there’s a yoga deck with hot tub, sauna and massage yurt. If all the relaxation gets too much, the chalet is perfectly placed for a plethora of hiking trails across the surrounding mountainscape. Foodies too are well catered for here, greeted with a champagne reception and served excellent breakfasts, afternoon teas and gourmet evening meals prepared by a Michelin-rated chef throughout their stay.
Price: Summer retreats and experiences start from £490pp for a 4 night stay based on two sharing, including breakfast, lunch and pre-dinner canapés. Evening meals not included. www.alpineguru.com/chalets/france/morzine/le-grand-joux
Authentic foodie getaway in the Rhodope Mountains- Villa Gella, Bulgaria
Food lovers seeking an authentic local cuisine experience amidst luxurious surroundings need look no further than Villa Gella in Bulgaria’s Rhodope Mountains; a beautiful 6 bedroomed chalet for up to 12 guests, tucked in an intensely private location in the picturesque village of Gela. Sleek in design, the chalet itself boasts modern interiors with neutral fabrics and plenty of nods to the surrounding mountainscape, plus a large terrace complete with outdoor dining area and incredible two hundred and eighty degree views of the surrounding mountains. Family run, the chalet goes above and beyond to offer a warm, personal service to guests; not least when it comes to the food. Dimka, the owner’s mother, prepares exceptional daily meals, from traditional bread and Rakia on arrival to locally-sourced delicacies in the evening, paired with award-winning wines from the families’ Terra Tangra vineyard. After all that food, guests can relax in Villa Gella’s in-house spa, complete with ten-metre indoor jet swimming pool, steam room, gym and treatment area.
Price: From £90pp per night when sharing a double room including daily breakfast and evening meals. www.alpineguru.com/chalets/bulgaria/rhodope-mountains/villa-gella
Adventure on tap- Chalet Amazon Creek, Chamonix, French Alps
Luxury-seekers with a thirst for adventure can whet their appetite at Chamonix’s Chalet Amazon Creek, a vast property in the beautiful Chamonix Valley for up to 10 guests. Tucked away next to a pretty woodland area and babbling stream, guests are greeted by traditional Alpine interiors with dashes of luxury throughout- think fur throws, wood-clad walls and sink-in King-size beds-plus a large terrace acting as the perfect spot for sundowners or dining al fresco. Activity-hunters will have more than enough to keep them entertained, with bike and hiking trails, paragliding, rafting and golf all on the doorstep; plus the chalet has its own split-level outdoor pool and an outdoor hot tub- perfect for when the summer sun sets.
Price: From £7,000 for a week’s chalet rental including chalet manager, daily housekeeping, concierge and a welcome pack including Bollinger Champagne and essentials. www.alpineguru.com/chalets/france/chamonix/chalet-amazon-creek
Walkers’ paradise and one of the Alps’ most impressive chalets- Chesa Falcun, Klosters, Swiss Alps
Boasting an unrivalled position above the beautiful Klosters valley is Chesa Falcun, one of the Alps’ most impressive chalet rentals and an ideal base for the area’s fantastic hiking and walking trails throughout the summer months. Sleeping up to 12 across 6 bedrooms, service here is second to none, with discreet daily housekeeping, a 4x4 chauffeur service and in-chalet private chefs catering to your every culinary need; complimentary Perrier Jouët Champagne is even on tap. The surrounding area boasts over 700 km of walking and hiking trails within the Prättigau, Klosters and Davos region, ranging from footpaths suitable for prams through to challenging mountain hikes, making it a fantastic summer destination for activity-hunters of all abilities. When all the fresh air gets too much, retire to Chesa Falcun to drink in the incredible views from one of the many terraces, or indulge in a little R&R at the chalet’s own wellness area.
Price: Available on request. www.alpineguru.com/chalets/switzerland/klosters/chesa-falcun
To view the full No Snow Chalet collection, please visit www.alpineguru.com/2016/05/no-snow-chalets-chalets-summer
To book any of the properties featured, please visit www.alpineguru.com or call 0203 004 8750.