For many people, Alpine resorts are the go-to winter holiday destination, but far fewer consider places like The 3 Valleys or the Portes du Soleil for their summer escape. We think they're missing out...
The much lower demand for holidays in summer means that Alpine summer holidays offer excellent value. You can enjoy temperatures above 30°C and luxury accommodation for much less than you might pay for a holiday on the Mediterranean.
Here at Delicious Mountain, we don't currently offer summer holidays in the Alps. Sorry! But the good news is that we know lots of people who do. Use this resource to find the best summer Alpine chalet companies, and to plan your summer holiday in the Alps.
These chalet companies all offer summer chalet holidays in the Alps. Some are catered, some self-catered.
As well as standard summer chalet holidays, you could consider a specialist or event-specific holiday. Here are some examples for you to consider.
Lift-Accessed Epic Mountain Bike Adventure Holidays in the French Alps.www.trailaddiction.com
Yoga retreat summer holidays with all the luxury of a Samoens chalet.www.apassion.co.uk
Alpine foodie breaks in Sainte Foy. Wine-tasting, cooking, market visits and more.www.brilliant-white.co.uk
If you haven't booked your flights already, we would recommend that you do so soon to get the best prices. The nearest airport is Chambery, but most people tend to opt for the more regular flights into Geneva, just over two hours from Meribel resort. The main provider of budget flights from the UK is EasyJet, but British Airways also offer regular flights from London Heathrow, along with one or two others.
It is also possible to drive to Meribel. The village is about 9 hours' drive from Calais and, if chosen carefully, the route will be all motorways until the final 30 minutes or so.
The final option is to travel by train. The best option is to get the Eurostar to Paris, then the TGV to Geneva (at lightning speed!). After a 15-minute train ride to the airport, you can take a transfer bus from Geneva Airport to Meribel. See below for details of transfer companies.
One you have booked your flights, the next step is to organise your transfers from the airport to Meribel and the warm welcome of Chalet La Chouette. Here are some of the most popular transfer providers in the Three Valleys area.
With 8 years experience working as a nanny in the French Alps, company founder Nicole decided to start Meribel Nanny Services, a reliable and personal childcare service. Ensuring you have a relaxed enjoyable holiday.www.meribelnannyservices.com
Caring for children of all age groups. Little Chicks Child Care are based in Val D'Isere but serve Meribel, too. With a team of highly qualified nannies and with great rates Little Chicks Child Care aim to take the hassle out of your holiday.www.littlechickschildcare.com
Merinannies have been providing professional childcare in the French and Austrian Alps since 2003. Their aim is to offer families the best nanny service for peace of mind and a memorable family ski holiday.www.merinannies.com
Offering a high quality, friendly and trustworthy service since 2008. Personal and professional, SnowBugs entertain your little ones in the comfort of your own chalet in the beautiful ski resorts of the Meribel and Courchevel Valleys.www.snowbugs.co.uk
T4 Nanny are experts in chilcare and ensuring the key ingredients of your happy holiday are in place. Each day a T4 Nanny will take your children out for an adventure. This includes trips to the farm or sledding down a mini hill.www.t4nanny.com
3 Valley Massage are the experts in revitalising massage across the Three Valleys. Enjoy their service from your own chalet, hotel or apartment. A truly luxurious way to recover from or get prepared for a day's skiing.www.threevalleymassage.com
Alpine Therapies are available in Meribel, La Tania and Courchevel. Experts in Massage, Pilates and Physiotherapy individually or as part of a holistic wellness package.www.alpinetherapies.com
Massage Me is a professional massage service, on wheels, so they can get you no matter where you are in resort. Their mobility is ideal if you feel like spending the day lounging and being pampered without having to leave the house.www.massage-me.com
Enjoy a day of indulgence at Nuxe Spa, part of the luxurious Hotel Le Kaïla Meribel. Featuring a list of delights including a sauna, aquamarin pool, jacuzzi and hammam. Experts in massage and relaxation treatments.www.lekaila.com
Choose to have a super luxury massage at your hotel or chalet. Alison Prideaux is and expert in the field of sports massage that can feel like a life saver after a long day on the slopes or a heavy night of Apres Ski.www.formevital.com
Covering Meribel, La Tania and Courchevel. Independent and fully qualified they have been working as massage therapists in the 3 Valleys since 2003. Visiting any accommodation in La Tania, Meribel, Mottaret, or Courchevel.www.meribelmassage.co.uk
Destination Pamper are a very reputable wellness company in the 3 Valleys. With over 15 years of experience in the industry. Enjoy a truly professional and relaxing experience.www.destinationpamper.com