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Summer holidays in the Alps: top tips for keeping cool

As the summer sun graces the mountains, staying cool becomes a priority for those seeking relaxation and fun. In this guide, we’ll share some top tips to beat the heat while enjoying your summer holidays in the Alps. From lounging by the pool to finding respite indoors, we’ve got you covered.

Summer chalets in the Alps


Top tip for keeping cool in the Alps

1. Proper Hydration

When the sun is blazing, it’s essential to stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle handy and make sure you’re drinking enough throughout the day. Hydration not only helps regulate your body temperature but also keeps your energy levels up for all your Alpine adventures such as hiking and cycling!

Tap water is drinkable in the Alps and is naturally very cold and fresh, so there’s no need to buy in plastic bottles or filter your water. When out and about, keep your eyes peeled for water refill stations which tend to be dotted around larger towns and cities.

A woman refills her bottles in the mountains
Hydration is key, especially when you’re keeping active! Photo by Fellipe Ditadi

2. Choosing the right sunscreen

Because the Alps are mainly associated with snowy weather, people often underestimate how easily you can burn. So, don’t get caught out – opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to shield your skin from harmful UV radiation. Apply generously and reapply after swimming or sweating.

A mother applies sunscreen to a child's face
Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, even in cloudy weather!

3. Dress for the heat

Your clothing choices can make a significant difference. Opt for lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-coloured clothing that allows air circulation and reflects the sun’s rays. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses will provide extra protection for your head and eyes, too.

A woman wearing a straw sun hat
Don’t forget to pack a sun hat for hot days in the mountains – photo by Maël Renault on Unsplash

4. Strategic shade

When it’s time to take a break from sunbathing, seek out shade under trees or take a parasol with you if you’re heading to the lake.

Even if you’re cooling off in the water, avoid sitting out in the sun at the hottest time of the day. And remember, even when the weather is cloudy, there is still a chance of burning, so whenever possible, opt for shadier spots.

A dog lies under a parasol in the mountains
Remember to keep cool in the shade – photo by Robson Hatsukami Morgan on Unsplash

5. Cooling techniques

Cooling down doesn’t have to be complicated. You can start by keeping a damp cloth or cooling towel on hand to wipe your face and neck. Misting bottles or handheld fans also provide instant relief, and a dip in a cool pool or mountain lake is always a good option.

Remember that there is still a high risk of sunstroke and heatstroke are still prevalent risks in the Alps – so try and keep as cool as possible!

Two little girls swim in a pool
Plan regular swims to keep cool! Photo by Juan Salamanca

6. Indoor cooling

To beat the heat indoors, close the curtains and blinds in your chalet during the sunniest parts of the day to keep the heat out. Then, open windows during the cooler evenings to allow fresh air to circulate.

If you’re staying somewhere which offers air con, set a timer to start just before you head to bed. However, avoid keeping air con or fans running constantly as it wastes energy.

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Keep cool by the pool at an OVO Network chalet

Chalet Beau Caillou: Family fun by the pool

Chalet Beau Caillou, Saint Gervais' exterior with swimming deck and mountain views
Chalet Beau Caillou, Saint Gervais

Chalet Beau Caillou is a noteworthy spot in the picturesque landscapes of Saint Gervais. Particularly suitable for families, it has earned the OVO Network “Cool for Kids” lablel, designed with exceptional kids’ facilities. The chalet also boasts an inviting outdoor pool that presents panoramic mountain views, setting a serene scene.

With space for up to 14 guests, it’s well-suited for both cosy gatherings and larger groups. Additionally, for cooler evenings, the chalet provides the convenience of a hot tub and sauna, offering a perfect balance of relaxation and revitalisation.

Villa Flying Dragon: A pool with a view

A pool set on the terrace of a villa above Lake Annecy
Villa Flying Dragon, Lake Annecy

Situated along the peaceful shores of Lake Annecy, Villa Flying Dragon offers a private pool that’s perfect for relaxation and leisure. While you enjoy a refreshing swim, you can also admire the paragliders gracefully soaring above.

The villa features a sunny terrace that encourages relaxation, providing lovely views of the calm lake waters. Accommodating up to 8 guests, this well-regarded 4-star chalet provides ample space for your group. Additionally, the villa is equipped with air conditioning, ensuring your comfort during warmer days as you appreciate the natural charm of this Lake Annecy retreat.

Chalet Bonnevie: The romantic hideaway

Chalet Bonnevie exterior shot with swimming pool and sunny garden
Chalet Bonnevie, Villards-sur-Thônes

Located within the quaint village of Villards-sur-Thônes, Chalet Bonnevie offers a tranquil 4-star haven, ideal for couples seeking a romantic retreat. The chalet exudes a comfortable ambience, enhanced by a peaceful pool that imparts a sense of luxury to your stay.

As the day winds down, couples can indulge in the cosiness of a hot tub and sauna, providing the perfect setting to unwind and enjoy the crisp alpine evenings.

Chalert Happyview: Poolside luxury

Outdoor swimming pool overlooking mountains at Chalet Happyview in Le Grand Bornand
Chalet Happyview, Le Grand Bornand,

Explore Chalet Happyview in Le Grand Bornand, a wonderful property that seamlessly combines luxury and leisure. Unwind in its inviting leisure area, complete with a shady swimming pool and sauna for a rejuvenating escape. For indoor entertainment, there’s both a home cinema and a well-equipped gym.

With the ability to accommodate up to 23 guests, it’s an expansive and refined retreat suitable for larger groups, creating an ideal backdrop for unforgettable get-togethers.

With endless outdoor activities, fantastic weather and a range of stunning properties with first-class facilities, there are plenty of reasons to experience the Alps in summer!

Make sure to check out OVO Network’s range of partner properties across the Alps. From outdoor pools to pétanque courts, gardens, al fresco dining areas and much more – you’re sure to find your perfect summer escape.

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