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French Alps: The best resorts for a summer in the mountains

Updated: Sep 15, 2021


Are you dreaming of a change of scenery, of getting out into the fresh air and of getting a breath of fresh air for your summer vacations? Mountain holidays in the French Alps have become very trendy in the last few years, and even more so in the context of a trip close to home.  


Get into the green, explore the most beautiful corners of the region, practice activities related to nature, far from the noise of the city and the worries of everyday life... that's the promise of a stay in the Alps! In this article, we share with you our favorite resorts to recharge your batteries in the fresh air during a summer in the mountains.



1. Samoëns - The most family-oriented


Located in Haute-Savoie, the resort of Samoëns takes advantage of the Grand Massif domain to make its commune a real family destination in summer and winter. Its various infrastructures allow it to satisfy the expectations of the youngest, in particular thanks to its daycare and its leisure center. 


On site, you can enjoy a wide range of activities that will delight young and old alike: between adventure parks, paintball sessions, paragliding, walking trails and hikes in the Col de Joux Plane, the Bourgeoise or the Cirque du Fer à Cheval to admire magnificent panoramas, Samoëns is indeed a resort that we love to discover all year round. 


During the hot days, you can let yourself be tempted by a rafting, canoraft or airboat activity along the currents of the Giffre, or prefer a horseback ride to contemplate without getting tired the most beautiful corners of the region. 

A destination far from the beaten track, ideal for family and friends during the summer vacations. 


For more information on the Samoëns area and its activities, go to: samoens.com


Where to stay in Samoëns? 


Chalet Forest


What better way to stay in the mountains than in a chalet? Chalet Forest is a 200 year old farmhouse that has been completely renovated into a warm and modern design accommodation.


It has all the necessary comfort to accommodate up to 12 people: between king size and queen size beds, balconies with hot tubs, play areas, office and yoga areas, every detail has been thought to make you live an unforgettable experience with your family. It is located only 5 minutes from the ski lifts and one hour from Geneva, and is close to various mountain activities in summer and winter. This chalet in the heart of nature is a real favorite!


For more information on this mountain chalet, contact us.



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2. Chamonix-Mont-Blanc - For hiking lovers


Not far from Switzerland and Italy, Chamonix is located at the foot of Mont Blanc, known as the highest peak in Europe. It is easy to get there in summer and in winter thanks to the ski lifts and footpaths, which allow you to reach the summit at 4,800 meters high and contemplate a magnificent panoramic view of the whole region. 


With family, friends or even alone, you can walk along the 350 km of hiking trails that run through the valley, passing by some charming places such as churches dating from different eras, traditional farmhouses and even hotels and typical lodgings of the region, which invite you to get away from it all and discover the area. 


As for activities, the region has no shortage of attractions of all kinds to satisfy everyone's desires: paragliding, mountain biking, dog-sledding, horseback riding or hiking, hydrospeed, canyoning and even rafting, enough to delight sportsmen in search of new experiences. 


A little extra: Chamonix is only 15 km from Italy and Switzerland, allowing you to discover the most beautiful landscapes of these regions, which promises to blow your mind!


For more information about Chamonix-Mont-Blanc and its excursions, it's right here: chamonix.com


Where to stay in Chamonix-Mont-Blanc?


Chalet Black Squirrel


Located in the Bois district, at the foot of the Drus and the Aveyron, the Chalet Black Squirrel is a true haven of peace. Its huge windows offer a 180° view on the Mont Blanc, the Drus, the Aiguille du Midi and the Flégère. 


It is equipped with an incredible comfort both inside and outside thanks to its 360m2 surface, its elevator, its 5 spacious rooms with private bathrooms, its swimming pool and its sauna, without forgetting its fully equipped cinema room! Outside you will also find a private jacuzzi with a view of the Aiguille du Midi and the Drus, a secure underground parking, and even two large rooms to store your sports equipment... In short, this chalet lacks nothing to offer optimal comfort no matter the season. 


A small paradise in the heart of Chamonix and its activities that can accommodate up to 12 people.


For more information about Chalet Black Squirrel, contact us or visit: renaissanceprestigeproperties.com



3. Tignes - The most versatile


Among our favorite resorts to go to in the mountains in summer, Tignes remains a must. The resort, well known for its ski slopes in winter, also has everything to please you during a summer stay! 


For young and old, for sports enthusiasts and thrill-seekers, but also for fans of a lazy pace, Tignes is the ideal resort for summer vacations. 

Put on your shoes and go down the various pedestrian paths accessible by free ski lifts. If you prefer mountain biking, the Tignes bike park welcomes you on more than 150 km of trails that are waiting to be tested. 


To admire the most beautiful landscapes without making too much effort, the funicular and the cable car take you to discover the massifs of the surroundings. And if you are not afraid of heights, we recommend paragliding, ideal for contemplating the landscape from the sky! 


Summer skiing is also one of the main attractions of the resort: it's an opportunity to rediscover the happiness of your winter vacations between the pleasure of skiing and small drinks on the terrace at more than 2,000 meters high... All this while enjoying the summer sun in a unique setting. 


A multiple destination, which allows you to recharge your batteries and take a deep breath of fressh air without going to the other side of the world. 


To find more information on the station, visit: tignes.net


Where to stay in Tignes? 


Lodges Vallat 


Whether you're traveling with family, friends, business, or couples, Lodges Vallat has apartments, chalets, houses and residences to suit your needs and accommodation preferences for a mountain stay. 


For large groups, Chalet Kaya, a luxury chalet with a panoramic view of the lake and mountains, will be an exceptional place for your stay. Its chic and contemporary style, its modern equipment and its careful decoration as well as its various personalized services will allow you to fully enjoy your vacation without worrying about anything, not even dinner! Chef Jules Baralo will be on hand to satisfy your every desire and awaken your taste buds.


For those who prefer to go in small groups, the Vallat lodges offer you magnificent apartments at the foot of the slopes, which can accommodate up to 9 people in optimal comfort. You will appreciate the view that these accommodations offer you, and especially the chic and contemporary decoration that gives an air of vacation!


Contact us for more information on these accommodations in Tignes.



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4. Morzine-Avoriaz - The most exclusive


Close to various lakes, rivers and above all mountains, Morzine is one of the best destinations in the French Alps for the summer. For those who love adventure, all kinds of activities, sports and nature, this is the ideal region for a mountain getaway, accessible for both young and old. 


Various activities are offered to you: between golf courses, water activities, climbing, laser game, summer tobogganing, paragliding, tennis, paintball, via ferrata or adventure course, it's up to you to choose! 


For winter skiing enthusiasts, it's an opportunity to rediscover mountain vacations from a new angle, and enjoy different activities that will revisit your mountain adventure. 




For more information on the Morzine-Avoriaz resort, follow this link: morzine-avoriaz.com


Where to stay in Morzine-Avoriaz? 


La ferme du Lac Vert


La ferme du Lac Vert is an old Savoyard farmhouse from the 19th century in the heart of the village of Montriond, a few minutes from Morzine. It was renovated in 2010 by the owners Lucy and Rob who have given it a contemporary and authentic decoration, in order to bring out the charm of this atypical place. 


For large families or groups of friends, you can stay in the main chalet which has 12 rooms, each as spacious and charming as the next. For small groups or families with few children, you will stay in the small farmhouse, which can accommodate up to 6 people, and has a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains, the perfect spot for a mountain vacation! 


The 2 chalets can be rented together or separately, so it's the perfect place if you're looking to organize a big event with family, friends or even colleagues. The charm of this alpine setting at the foot of the mountains is sure to delight all guests!


Contact us for more information about La ferme du Lac Vert.



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